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

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In this issue:
•  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
•  MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
•  Maine Legislature's List of Bill Titles Proposed for 2020 Session
•  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.
•  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
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health


Celebrating 65 Years of MMA Leadership Gala Headlines Week of Activities at MMA

Today begins a busy week of activities at MMA. The Senior Section meets at the MMA headquarters in Manchester on Wednesday, October 23rd. The Board of Directors is hosting a "Listening Session" for members on Friday, October 25th at the Portland Regency Hotel. The Celebrating 65 Years of MMA Leadership Gala will take place on Saturday evening, October 26th at Brick South at Thompson's Point in Portland. Finally, the MMA Board of Directors will conduct its annual President's Retreat in the mornings of Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th at the Portland Regency Hotel. Please see more about these events in the article below and in related articles in this issue.


The first event in a busy week of activities at the MMA is a meeting of the Senior Section on Wednesday, October 23rd from 11:30 a.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m. The event takes place at the Frank O. Stred Building in Manchester. Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon. Maine Family Planning CEO George Hill will present a talk entitled, "The Reagan-Bush-Trump Gag Rule:  Wrong-Headed and Unethical Then and Now." If you would like to attend, please contact Lisa Martin at or 207-480-4201.  Chair Buell Miller, M.D. and Co-Chair Peter Shaw, M.D. serve in leadership roles for the Association.

On Friday, October 25th, the Board of Directors will host a "Listening Session" at the Portland Regency Hotel. We encourage members to drop by after work to have a drink and some hors d'oeuvres and to meet members of the MMA's volunteer leadership. These "Listening Sessions" are designed to give members an informal opportunity to share any thoughts about the practice of medicine in Maine today and how the MMA can assist. Please see the related article in this issue on the event.

On Saturday, October 26th, we will be "Celebrating 65 Years of MMA Leadership" at Brick South, Thompson's Point in Portland. We very much appreciate the many sponsors and those who have purchased tickets. We are expecting nearly 400 attendees for this event which promises to be a fun evening of celebration and camaraderie. Please see the related article in this issue on this event. Tickets are still available, but please act soon because the registration page on the MMA web site will close at the end of the business day on Thursday, October 24th.

Finally, MMA President Amy Madden, M.D. will be leading her colleagues on the Board of Directors in the annual President's Retreat at the Portland Regency Hotel during the mornings of Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th. This will be the Board's first strategic planning discussion with its new CEO, Andrew MacLean. We will inform you of the results of the Retreat.