Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 04/08/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  MMA Committee Releases Updated Policy Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide Before Legislature's Debate of Issue
•  Maine School Immunization Rates Continue Downward Trend, Pertussis Rises
•  Federal Judge to Hold Hearing on CVS-Aetna Merger in May
•  Kentucky Physicians Pass Bill to Fix Prior Authorization. Will Maine Do the Same?
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  Maine Independent Clinical Information Service 2019 Presentations
•  2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer
•  MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, April 9th
•  State House Highlights of the Week: Tobacco, Tanning, and Public Health in HHS; Short-Term Health Plans and Consumer Assistance in HCIFS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  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
•  April 24 - Meeting Medicare's Quality Payment Program Requirements: Overview & Assistance
•  BC/BE Family Medicine Physician or Experienced Family Nurse Practitioner
•  Gastroenterology Lead Physician - Bangor, Maine
•  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


Federal Judge to Hold Hearing on CVS-Aetna Merger in May

A federal judge in the District of Columbia has decided to hold a hearing in May to hear from the AMA and other opponents of the merger.


[from the AMA Morning Rounds]

Reuters (4/5, Bartz) reported that Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, who is “reviewing an agreement between the government and CVS Health Corp allowing the pharmacy chain to buy health insurer Aetna,” on Friday signaled “that he wanted to hold a hearing in May to hear from critics of the $69 billion deal.” Leon “said in a court hearing that he would likely take a week to hear from the American Medical Association and other opponents of the transaction, which closed in November.”

The Wall Street Journal (4/5, Kendall, Subscription Publication) reported that U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said Friday he will hear from witnesses objecting to the $70 billion purchase of Aetna by CVS, which the Justice Department recently approved. The proposed settlement must be approved by the court, though a CVS lawyer said no judge has ever decided to hear witnesses in a case of this type. The Journal added that in court, Judge Leon heard from health care and consumer groups, including the American Medical Association, that are in opposition to the merger.