Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 10/21/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  Celebrating 65 Years of MMA Leadership Gala Headlines Week of Activities at MMA
•  Vaccine "Skeptics" Qualify for March 3rd Ballot
•  Surprise Medical Bills: Physicians Want Market-Based Fixes
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  News From The Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine
•  MMA Gala October 26th - Tickets Still Available
•  MaineCare Adds Buprenorphine/Naloxone Tablets to Preferred List
•  Still Time to Register for MICIS/Qualidigm Opioid Webinars
•  MMA "Listening Session" in Portland on Friday, October 25
•  Celebration for Our Healthy Future Thursday, October 17th Honors Lani Graham, M.D.
•  From The Alzheimer's Association: Diagnosing Patients with Dementia
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
•  Maine Legislature's List of Bill Titles Proposed for 2020 Session
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  CDC to offer webinar on new law requiring Lead Testing for all 1 & 2 year olds - October 21
•  MICIS: 2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update 10/24 Dedham, 10/30 Portland, 3 November Dates
•  Qualidigm Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training
•  Celebrate 65 Years of MMA Executive Leadership on Oct. 26. Tickets Available Now
•  Obesity Medicine: There is no 'one size fits all' - Monthly Lecture Series Beginning November 13th
•  MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine CDC/Sweetser to offer training for clinicians.
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon
•  Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
•  BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
•  Physician
•  Nurse Practitioner
•  Physician Director of Primary Care
•  Full-time, Part-time and Leadership Opportunities for Physicians
•  Medical Director - Bucksport, ME
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 

Maine Legislature's List of Bill Titles Proposed for 2020 Session

The Maine Legislature has published the list of bill requests for the 2020 session.

 

The Maine Legislature has published the list of bill requests for the 2020 session. These are bill titles, with sponsor names, for any bills requested to be considered by the Legislature. Since this will be the second regular session of the 129th Legislature, bills must be of an emergency nature (although that term is often construed rather loosely), and they must be approved by the Legislative Council in order to be taken up by the Legislative committees and voted on.

The list is here: http://legislature.maine.gov/news/403/second-regular-session-preliminary-title-lists .

Among the proposals of significance to medicine are bills relating to surprise billing, firearms, prior authorization, health insurance coverage, drug costs, Lyme disease, informed consent for pelvic exams, vaccines (including a bill to allow naturopaths to write medical exemptions), telehealth, behavioral health, vaping, abortion, and scope of practice. The Weekly Update will publish links to the bills which have been allowed and to the text contents of those bills when they become available.