Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 05/06/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  MMA and Leading Medical Associations Hail Ruling in Maine Case Over Medication Assisted Treatment in Jail
•  Eat, Sleep, Console Update
•  Tick Aware and Tick Alert - May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Maine
•  Trump Administration Reveals New Refusal Options for Healthcare Personnel
•  Alfond Leaders Program Seeking More Applicants for Student Debt Relief - Applications Being Accepted Through May 15
•  Federal Judge Agrees with AMA, Strikes Down Gag Rule
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  Experts Fear Rising Number of Unvaccinated Children Will Lead to More Measles Outbreaks
•  Free MAT Training at CMMC June 1
•  Lawrence B. Mutty, M.D., M.P.H., 1934-2019; MMA President 2004-2005
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, May 7th
•  Vaccine Vote Drama and Other State House Highlights of the Week
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Cumberland County Physicians: Join the MMA at the Foreside Tavern in Falmouth on Thursday, May 16
•  Treatment & Prevention of Medical & Mental Health Emergencies -Substances & Gun Violence -May 17 & 18
•  Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, Webinars, ECHO Program
•  "Trust Me, I’m a (Certified) Doctor: Innovations and Improvements in Maintenance of Certification” - Thursday, May 23
•  MICIS 2019 Clinical and Legal Opioid Update - May 29 in Brewer, June 5 in Augusta
•  MaineGeneral Xwaiver Training for Staff - June 3
•  The Maine Concussion Management Initiative Will Be Offering Training Programs – June 21 and October 29
•  Assessing and Managing Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Suicide Risk in Healthcare Settings - 3 Hour CME Training for Healthcare Professionals at MMA on Friday, June 21, 2019
•  2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer
•  Maine Independent Clinical Information Service 2019 Presentations
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
•  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!
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 

MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, May 7th

The Maine Legislature is in full swing, with over 1660 bills printed. All committees are holding public hearings and work sessions and voting on bills. That means there's lots of work to do on the MMA Legislative Calls. The next call will be Tuesday, May 7th, at 8 p.m.

 

MMA Legislative Committee Chairs Jay Mullen, M.D. and Lindsey Tweed, M.D. welcome you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee.

The last MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the First Regular Session of the 129th Maine Legislature will take place Tuesday, May 7th, at 8:00 p.m.

Legislative Committee members and specialty society legislative liaisons are strongly encouraged to participate. Any physician, practice manager, or other staff member who is interested in the MMA's legislative advocacy also is welcome to participate. It is not necessary to RSVP for the calls. To date the Legislature has printed approximately 1700 bills, and as the deadline for committee consideration is approaching the number of bills printed each week is beginning to dwindle. While that makes the work of the legislative call shorter, it also allows for more in-depth discussion of significant matters.

Please use the following conference call number and passcode. These will remain the same for every weekly call during the session.

Conference call number: 1-603-766-5646

Participant ID - 699139#

The purpose of the weekly conference calls is to discuss the MMA's position on bills printed the previous week, to hear the views of specialty societies on the new bills or their concerns about any current health policy issues, and to discuss the highlights of legislative action of the week. The calls rarely last longer than an hour.

The following are bills of interest to the physician community printed last week. (For those not familiar with the term, a "concept draft" is a bill that contains only a title and a brief description of what it is intended to do. It does not contain the actual bill text.) We will discuss the priority bills marked with an asterisk (*) first.


Following are the bills of the week: 

May 7, 2019

*LD 1672,  An Act Regarding the Admissibility of Certain Health Care Records as Evidence. Simplifies the admission of medical records in court, without testimony.

*LD 1673,  An Act To Prohibit Prescription Drug Advertising. As stated, makes ad untair trade practice with daily violation. Includes broadcast, print, internet.

LD 1674,  An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program. Rules for enrollment in group health insurance.

LD 1678,  An Act To Authorize the Commissioner of Corrections To Designate Additional Employees of the Department of Corrections To Collect Biological Samples. Any trained DoC staff may collect non-blood biological samples, not just facility employees.

LD 1679,  An Act To Establish the Maine Climate Change Council To Assist Maine To Mitigate, Prepare for and Adapt to Climate Change. As stated. Requires 80% of electricity be from renewable resources after 2029, 100% after 2049.; updates greenhouse gas emissions laws; state climate action plan to be updated every 4 years.

*LD 1688,  An Act To Protect Original Birth Certificates.Repeals requirement of new birth certificate upon adoption and sealing of original. Does not affect persons born in foreign country or persons born before 10/1/19. Requires amendment of birth certificates to include adoptee’s new name and adoptive parents’ data.

*LD 1689,  An Act To Address the Opioid Crisis through Evidence-based Public Health Policy. Expands needle exchange programs to include naloxone distribution, HIV and Hep C testing, counseling. Removes criminal penalties for possessing and furnishing needles.

*LD 1694,  An Act To Amend the Mental Health Insurance Coverage Laws. Requires filing of mental health and SUD parity reports by insurers, HMOs, hospitals, and medical service organizations. Limits prior authorization and step therapy for SUD treatment.

LD 1696,  Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 28: Allowances for Rehabilitative and Community Support Services for Children with Cognitive Impairments and Functional Limitations, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services. Provides as stated.