Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 06/10/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Governor Signs Bill Enacting "Prudent Layperson" Standard
•  Maine Public Health Association Awards to Dr. Lani Graham and Others
•  Maine Medical Center Wins $14 Million Grant from AMA
•  Women Officers Highlight 2019 AMA Annual Meeting
•  CVS-Aetna Merger Hearing Concludes
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  New HIPAA Guidelines for Business Associates
•  MedHelp Maine Seeks Data on Unaffordable Medicines
•  MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, June 11th
•  Firearm Safe Storage Bill Fails in House, and Other State House Highlights of the Week
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  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
•  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
•  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
•  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
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health


Firearm Safe Storage Bill Fails in House, and Other State House Highlights of the Week

A summary of the MMA's legislative advocacy at the Maine State House last week.


LD 1313, the "Death With Dignity" bill, has finally passed both House and Senate and is now on the Governor's desk for signature. The final votes were 73-72 in the House and 19-16 in the Senate.

LD 379, the safe firearm storage bill, failed by three votes in the House last week. There were two members excused and one seat is vacant, but 17 members were listed as "absent" and did not vote on the bill. It now goes to the Senate, but passage is highly unlikely at this point. LD 85, which provides tax incentive for the purchase of gun safes and other locking mechanisms, has passed both chambers and is on the Special Appropriations Table, where its future will be determined by the Appropriations Committee when it decides where the money will be spent after the budget is decided.

That leaves LD 1811, the so-called "yellow paper" bill, as the only remaining firearm safety bill. It would provide for a medical assessment of any person placed into protective custody by law enforcement due to a concern over the person's risk of harm to self or others with a dangerous weapon. The assessment would determine whether there is a "likelihood of serious harm," after which the person's firearms and other dangerous weapons could be removed from his control. The MMA, Maine Hospital Association, and others are working closely with the Governor's Chief Legal Counsel and members of the Judiciary Committee to craft a bill acceptable to all. It has the support of both the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine and the Maine Gun Safety Coalition. A public hearing was held on the bill, and the work session was adjourned without vote after several hours of discussion. A Committee vote is expected this Tuesday.

The legislature's committee work is almost finished. On June 3rd the Legislature moved to a 5-day-per-week schedule of full sessions in the House and Senate, where members will debate divided committee reports and process unanimous reports through the consent calendar with a goal of meeting the June 19th statutory adjournment deadline.

Governor Mills has already signed into law over 250 bills this session. In the coming weeks we will feature a discussion of some of those bills relating particularly to health care and the medical profession. Watch this space.