Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 12/31/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Dr. John Yindra to Step Down from MMA Committee for Physician Quality
•  Licensing Boards Propose Rule Changes for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Pain Prescribing
•  Human Genome Editing is Here. How Should It Be Governed?
•  Five Big Medical Court Cases that Made a Difference in 2019
•  Agreement Reached On FY 2020 Federal Funding and Extender Package
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  Vaccine Vote Update: Healthcare Advocates File Citizens' Guide Statements
•  Latest ACA Ruling: What it Means Now For Doctors, Patients
•  Opioid Related Webinars Offer CME Credit
•  Resources From The Alzheimer's Association
•  MMA Legislative Calls Will Begin Tuesday, January 14th
•  Maine Legislature's List of Bill Titles for 2020 Session: Initial Approval List
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  8-Hour Free Live Course for Buprenorphine Waiver Training @MMC - January 27th
•  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
•  Orthopedic Surgeon Opportunity in Beautiful New England
•  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
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health - Portland, ME


Resources From The Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter is a source of resources and Information on caring for people living with dementia, tools to assist with cognitive assessment, diagnosis and care planning.


Diagnostic and Management Tools for Health Systems and Clinicians   The Alzheimer's Association has partnered with government and professional organizations to develop several physician guidelines and recommendations that can help you care for your patients with dementia.  Resources include detection of cognitive impairment in primary care, recommendations for defining preclinical Alzheimer's disease, appropriate use criteria for amyloid PET imaging, and more.

Tools to Assist with Cognitive Assessment during the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit  The Alzheimer's Association convened a group of practicing expert clinicians to make consensus recommendations for an effective, practical and easy process for detecting cognitive impairment in the primary care setting.

Diagnosing Patients With Dementia  The Alzheimer's Association and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) jointly issued four criteria and guidelines to diagnose Alzheimer's disease, including recommendations for clinical office settings.

How does one optimally manage a patient living with Dementia?  Both nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions are needed to optimally treat the cognitive, behavioral and psychological symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.  Explore resources and tools to enhance and inform the treatment and management of patients living with dementia at

Making a Plan of Care for Patients with Cognitive Decline and Dementia   Cognitive decline, including Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, can be difficult and time consuming to discuss with patients. Although in-depth care planning is beneficial for all, this type of service has not been covered under Medicare - until recently.  CPT® code 99483 provides reimbursement for a clinical visit that results in a comprehensive care plan, allowing you to deliver services that can contribute to a higher quality of life for your patients.  Clinicians who can be reimbursed under the code include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and certified nurse midwives.  Care planning for individuals with dementia is an ongoing process and a formal update to a care plan should occur at least once per year or when indicated by disease progression.

Diagnosis, Treatment and Management of Dementia

For more information, contact:
Peter Baker, LCSW, Program Director
Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter
207-772-0115 x9691  1-800-272-3900