Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 12/02/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  5 things Doctors Need to Know About 2020 Medicare Fee Schedule
•  AMA Comments to CMS 2020 Physician Fee Schedule and QPP Proposed Rule
•  15 Physicians Fired From Chicago-area Health System, Replaced by APRNs
•  MaineCare "Provider" Application Fees to Rise
•  US Life Expectancy Continues to Decline; Maine has 4th Greatest Rate
•  Maine Native, Med Student, Featured in NPR Story on Opioids
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  IMD Exclusion for SUD and SMI/SED 1115 Waiver Application
•  Safe Sleep Research Project - Provider Survey to improve recommendations for parents
•  HealthCare.gov 2020 Open Enrollment Ends on December 15
•  From The Alzheimer's Association: Making a Plan of Care for Patients with Cognitive Decline and Dementia
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Legislative Calls Will Start Again in January; Organizational Meeting 12/10 at 6 p.m., MMA HQ
•  Maine Legislature's List of Bill Titles for 2020 Session: Initial Approval List
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine CDC/Sweetser to offer training for clinicians.
•  10th Annual Maine Patient Safety Academy - March 30, 2020
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon
•  Family Medicine Physician
•  Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
•  BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
•  Physician Director of Primary Care
•  Full-time, Part-time and Leadership Opportunities for Physicians
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 

15 Physicians Fired From Chicago-area Health System, Replaced by APRNs

At least 15 physicians were fired from suburban Chicago's Edward-Elmhurst Health to cut costs. They were replaced with APRNs in select Immediate Care locations.  

 

At least 15 physicians were fired from suburban Chicago's Edward-Elmhurst Health to cut costs. They were replaced with APRNs in select Immediate Care locations.  Hospital system CEO Mary Lou Mastro, MS, RN, and Chief Medical Officers Robert Payton, MD, and Daniel Sullivan, MD, in an Email to their medical staff, identified patient cost concerns as the reason for the move. "Patients have made it very clear that they want less costly care and convenient access for lower-acuity issues (sore throats, rashes, earaches), which are the vast majority of cases we treat in our Immediate Cares."

According to the Email, the action is part of the system's "vision of transforming the healthcare experience - safe, seamless and personal." 

The story in MedPage Today may be found here.