Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 06/03/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  Maine AG Sues Purdue Pharma for Deceptive Opioid Marketing
•  Reported Measles Cases Continue to Rise
•  New HIPAA Guidelines for Business Associates
•  AMA Opioid Task Force Recommendations Offer Roadmap to Policymakers
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  Governor Mills Announces Opioid Response Summit July 15th
•  MedHelp Maine Seeks Data on Unaffordable Medicines
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, June 4th
•  "Death With Dignity" Bill Passes House and Senate, and Other State House Highlights of the Week
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  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
•  Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, Webinars, ECHO Program
•  MICIS 2019 Clinical and Legal Opioid Update - June 5 in Augusta
•  Maine Professionals Health Program 1-day wellness conference June 13, 2019 - Augusta Civic Center
•  2019 Jurisdiction K Listening Tour - June 18 - South Portland
•  The Maine Concussion Management Initiative Will Be Offering Training Programs June 21 and October 29
•  2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer
•  Maine Independent Clinical Information Service 2019 Presentations
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist
•  Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)
•  BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
•  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, June 4th

The Maine Legislature is in full swing, with over 1760 bills printed. As we approach statutory adjournment date (June 19th), public hearings and work sessions are beginning to tail off while voting on bills increases. There's still work to do on the MMA Legislative Calls. The next call will be Tuesday, June 4th, 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, June 4th, 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: 

June 4, 2019

LD 1809,  Resolve, To Increase Funding for Evidence-based Therapies for Treating Emotional and Behavioral Problems in Children. Increased rates for MST, MST for problem sexualized behavior, and FFT; requires rate study with report to HHS Committee.

LD 1811,  An Act To Enhance Personal and Public Safety by Requiring Evaluations of and Judicial Hearings for Persons in Protective Custody Regarding Risk of Harm and Restricting Access to Dangerous Weapons. A variation on the “red flag” bill, requires law enforcement to take subject into protective custody and deliver to medical practitioner for evaluation and potential restricted access to firearms.

LD 1813,  Resolve, To Ensure Safe and Inclusive Learning Environments. Working group to study LGBTQ inclusiveness in the school environment.

LD 1816,  An Act To Ensure the Safety and Well-being of Infants Affected by Substance Exposure. Modernizes language and modifies reporting requirement and service referrals for substance affected infants; reflects changes in federal law.

LD 1822,  An Act To Protect Access to Services for Adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness. Informal DHHS review process for persons claiming denial of access to services by providers contracting with the Department. Provides for right of civil action in Superior Court after that.

LD 1825,  An Act To Authorize Limited Disclosure of Cigarette Sales Information To Ensure Continued Receipt of Tobacco Settlement Funds. Technical amendment to allow better computation and dispute resolution re: tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

LD 1831,  An Act To Correct Inconsistencies, Conflicts and Errors in the Laws of Maine. Mostly technical language and spelling corrections.