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

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In this issue:
•  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
•  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 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
•  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
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health


State House Highlights of the Week: HCIFS Committee Hears Bills on Insurance Coverage for Abortion, Prudent Layperson Standard, Lead

Click through for news on the past week's developments in the Legislature and from the Governor's office.


Last week, the Health Coverage, Insurance & Financial Services Committee held public hearings on insurance coverage for abortion services (L.D. 820) and updating the "prudent layperson" standard in Maine's health insurance laws, among others.  Physician turnout for these bills was excellent.  Norma Dreyfus, M.D., Jay Naliboff, M.D., and Connie Adler, M.D. testified in favor of L.D. 820 with Dr. Dreyfus speaking on behalf of MMA at the hearing last Wednesday.  You can find Dr. Dreyfus' testimony on the MMA web site here.  Last Thursday afternoon, House Speaker Sara Gideon sponsored a bill to update and clarify Maine's "prudent layperson" standard for coverage of emergency services (L.D. 1155).  MMA Legislative Committee Co-Chair Jay Mullen, M.D., M.B.A., a constituent of the Speaker's, had worked for months on this bill on behalf of the Maine Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).  He presented testimony in favor of the bill on behalf of Maine ACEP and the MMA.  Dr. Mullen's emergency medicine colleagues, Tom Dancoes, M.D. and Charles Pattavina, M.D., also spoke in favor of L.D. 1155.  The Maine Hospital Association and Consumers for Affordable Health Care also testified in favor of the bill.  The HCIFS Committee is expected to convene a stakeholders working group under the leadership of Senator Geoffrey Gratwick, M.D. to look for common ground on the "clinical peer" and "prior authorization" issues in L.D. 249 and L.D. 705.

The Health & Human Services Committee focused on radon and lead, with several bills relating to lead testing in children. It also heard a bill Sponsored by Rep. Jay McCreight, LD 78, to establish presumptive eligibility for the family planning benefit under MaineCare. Another bill sponsored by Rep. Lori Gramlich would establish in-state mental health treatment facilities for children to avoid their having to be sent to other states.

This (Monday) afternoon the Committee focused on opioids, hearing testimony on several bills relating to MAT in correctional facilities (LD 46), overdose prevention sites (LD 949), and one bill (LD 80) to create an entirely new cabinet level department dedicated to substance use disorder.