Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 04/01/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  Defendant in Aroostook County Jail Should Remain on MAT, Court Says
•  CMS Urged to Adopt Better Cost Measures in MIPS
•  Northern Maine Medical Center Among Top 20 Rural Hospitals in US
•  Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  Governor Ends 24-month Prior Authorization Requirement for MAT
•  Webinar: Estate Planning 101 - Managing Risks to Your Wealth
•  Photos from Physicians' Day at the Legislature 2019
•  Boards Seek Comments on Proposed Rule for Office-based Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, April 2nd
•  State House Highlights of the Week: HCIFS Committee Hears Bills on Insurance Coverage for Abortion, Prudent Layperson Standard, Lead
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Motivational Interviewing and SBIRT - Sat 4/6 in Biddeford
•  NAMI Maine’s Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention Conference - Friday, April 12, 2019
•  22nd Maine Pain Symposium on May 1 8am-4:30pm at University of New England
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  BC/BE Family Medicine Physician or Experienced Family Nurse Practitioner
•  Physician for Maine Maritime Academy Summer Training Cruise
•  Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
•  Mid Coast Maine - Adult Psychiatrist and/ Psychiatric NP/PA Opportunity
•  Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
•  PCHC in need of Pediatrician for Brand New Pediatric Center!
•  Medical Director - Maine Mobile Health Program
•  Board Certified Family Physician - Newport, RI
•  Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 

Governor Ends 24-month Prior Authorization Requirement for MAT

On March 14, 2019, Governor Janet Mills signed a Supplemental Budget 2018-19, which Includes the removal of the 24-month Prior Authorization (PA) requirement for members receiving Methadone or Suboxone treatment.

 

On March 14, 2019, Governor Janet Mills signed a Supplemental Budget for Maine’s fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. Included in this budget was the removal of the 24-month Prior Authorization (PA) requirement for members receiving Methadone or Suboxone treatment.

Effective immediately, providers do not need to submit PA requests for services provided on or after March 14, 2019. To ensure successful claims processing, providers will still need to submit PA requests to the Department for services performed prior to March 14, 2019, if the member has already exhausted their 104-unit lifetime benefit.

The Department of Health and Human Services is initiating an emergency rulemaking to remove the existing 24-month PA requirement from the MaineCare Benefits Manual.