Maine Medicine Weekly Update - January 22, 2018
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Changing of the Guard at MMA Board Meeting: A New President Takes Over

Robert Schlager, M.D., becomes the new president of the Maine Medical Association upon the resignation of Charles Pattavina, M.D. after seventeen months of service.

 

 

The MMA Board of Directors met last week and took the following actions.

Accepted the resignation, effective Feb 1, 2018, of Charles Pattavina, MD as President and welcomed Robert Schlager, MD who automatically moves into the Presidency position. This action was expected and announced at the Annual Session in September and was occasioned by the resignation of President-elect Jabbar Fazeli, MD last August. Kenneth Christian, MD was elected to serve as President -elect until the next Annual Meeting in September, 2018. Dr. Schlager is expected to serve a 19 month Presidency ending in Sept. 2019.

Approved MMA’s participation in the AMA’s Type 2 Prevention Awareness & Éducation Initiative. 

Voted to establish a work group to consider the BOLIM Chapter 1 Rule requiring three hours of opioid related CME of all licensees regardless of whether they prescribe opioid medication. 

Heard a preliminary report from an ad hoc committee formed to inspect the Stred Building and develop proposals to make the building handicapped accessible and to remodel the conference room.

Voted to approve an amended version of the 2018 budget.

The Board meets next on Friday, March 9 at 4:00pm as part of a weekend Board retreat at the Regency Hotel in Portland.

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Drs. Pattavina and Schlager

 

Senior Section Luncheon January 24 Features Speakers on Precision Medicine

The MMA Senior Section will meet over lunch on Wednesday, January 24 from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. Featured speakers on the topic of Precision Medicine are from the Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative and Jackson Laboratory.  Any MMA member is invited to attend.

 

Senior Section luncheons are always held at the MMA offices in the Frank Sred Building on Association Drive in Manchester. Any MMA member is welcome to attend but please RSVP to Lisa Martin at MMA via e-mail to lmartin@mainemed.com. There is no cost to attend.

 
The speakers on Jan. 24 are Andrey Antov, MBA of the Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative and Jens Rueter, M.D. from Jackson Laboratory. The title of their presentation is: The Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative:  An Implementation of a State-Wide Precision Medicine Program.

2017-18 Flu Season a Bad One

The Washington Post reports that this year’s influenza outbreak is widespread and severe…and it has yet to peak. The paper reports that more people sought treatment in the second week of January 2018 than in any similar period in nearly a decade.

 

The U.S. CDC reports that most of the country is being hit at the same time and that flu activity is still on the rise. Over 8900 people have been hospitalized since October 1, 2017, and 30 children have died—10 in the single week ending January 13th. Approximately 80% of the children who have died from flu were not vaccinated. The hospitalization rate for the week ending January 13th was 31.5 per 100,000, up from 22.7 the previous week.

The federal government shutdown will result in over 8500 CDC employees being out of work, which will complicate and delay the agency’s understanding of the dynamics of the situation. State laboratories will continue to monitor flu activity and send information to the CDC, but there won’t be anyone at the receiving end to collate the data until the shutdown is over.

 

5 tips to help your patients make their new year a healthy one

The new year is a wonderful opportunity for your patients to make a brand new start—particularly when it comes to their health. Follow the link for tips on helping patients deal with diabetes and blood pressure risks.

 

With staggering statistics like one in three American adults having prediabetes and an estimated 46 percent of U.S. adults having high blood pressure, it’s important that physicians partner with patients to take positive actions toward their health.

Here are five simple ways to help you maximize your patients’ health and make a concerted effort at management and prevention of such chronic diseases as type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

1. Educate your patients on their risk for prediabetes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 84 million adults have prediabetes. But the good news is that prediabetes is often times a reversible condition. So it’s important that you screen patients to determine who may be at risk.

To make it easier for physicians to screen patients, the CDC and the American Medical Association developed the Prevent Diabetes STAT toolkit. The toolkit encourages physicians to:

·        Screen patients using a simple 1-minute risk assessment test, available online or in paper form

·        Test patients using one of three blood tests and

·        Act Today, which encourages physicians to refer patients with prediabetes to a lifestyle modification program to reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes

2. Encourage patients with prediabetes to enroll in lifestyle prevention programs.

Once you’ve identified patients who have prediabetes, their participation in a lifestyle change program that is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) becomes vital to their success.

Study results reveal that participation in a lifestyle change program that included counseling and motivation support on proper physical activity, diet and behavioral changes lowered participants’ risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. And for those aged 60 years and older, the risk was reduced by 71 percent.

Talk with your patients about how lifestyle change programs work and what the benefits of joining a DPP are. The Prevent Diabetes STAT toolkit includes helpful handouts and additional resources that can help you educate patients on the importance of it and how to partner with DPP providers in your community.

3. Learn how new BP guidelines affect your patient population.

New comprehensive hypertension guidelines have been released with key recommendations on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the condition.

The new lower target for blood pressure treatment is now 130/80 mmHg for most patients, which stresses the need for early detection, prevention and treatment to reduce the risk of future cardiovascular events.

By better understanding how the new guidelines work in practice, you can best serve your patient population and help to keep high blood pressure under control.

4. Help patients control their high blood pressure.

If you’re committed to taking action to help manage your patients’ rates of hypertension, the BP Improvement Program can serve as a great resource.

This evidence-based guide highlights three critical areas:

·         Measuring blood pressure accurately

·         Acting rapidly with a clear treatment plan and

·         Partnering with patients to enable them to self-manage their condition

When you work with your patients to improve their blood pressure control, you improve their quality of care and also help lower their risk of heart attack, stroke and death.

5. Make health a family affair.

As you encourage and support your patients in having a healthier lifestyle, it’s also important that they have the support of loved ones as well. Encourage all family members to work together to get healthy.

Suggest that they prepare healthy meals together, do fun physical activities together and spend time connecting as a family unit. That added support system makes it more likely that they will be successful and reinforces the importance of health for the rest of the family and encourages healthy habits that will last throughout the year.


 

US DHHS Proposes New Conscience and Religious Freedom Rules for Health Care

The Trump administration last week announced new regulations and a new federal office in the Department of Health and Human Services, the “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division,” related to complaints from health care workers who refuse to perform certain medical procedures on the grounds that they violate their religious or moral beliefs.

 

Conservative groups hailed the initiative as being a recognition of religious objections to abortion, sterilization, physician assisted suicide, and gender surgery and hormone treatments. Critics warned that the change could lead to sex, orientation, and gender identity discrimination.

The introductory information in the proposed regulation refers to abortion, sterilization, assisted suicide, and the ACA’s individual mandate, “and other matters of conscience.” It also refers to “conscience protections” for objections to counseling, advance directives, compulsory health care in areas such as vaccination, occupational illness testing, hearing screening and mental health treatment, and to “protections for religious nonmedical health care.” The rulemaking document also cites, as an example for the need for the rule, the following:

“In 2016, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) reaffirmed a prior ethics opinion that recommended, “[i]n an emergency in which referral is not possible or might negatively affect a patient’s physical or mental health, providers have an obligation to provide medically  indicated and requested care regardless of the provider’s personal moral objections.”

The publication date for the proposed rule will be January 26, 2018, which will mark the beginning of the period for public comment.

 

Administration Extends Opioid Emergency Declaration

The Trump administration has extended its emergency declaration for the opioid crisis after three months.

 

The extension, scheduled to expire this Tuesday, was announced by the acting secretary of HHS in a notice posted on the U.S. DHHS website last Friday. No top officials have yet been named to lead the agencies combatting the opioid crisis, and according to a report in Politico last week the administration is proposing a 95% cut in the budget of the Office of National Drug Control Policy for 2019. No new funding has been proposed to help states deal with the crisis. The administration has updated guidance on how states can expand access to inpatient treatment under Medicaid, clarified how physicians can share information without violating HIPAA, and discussed how the National Institutes of Health can increase research into non-opioid pain medication.

An HHS spokesperson said of the extension, “This is further evidence of the Trump administration’s strong, ongoing commitment to addressing this crisis and protecting the health and well-being of the American people.”

This new declaration is scheduled to expire on April 23, 2018.

 

Lyme Disease Continues to Rise in Maine

Once again in 2017 the number of Lyme Disease cases in Maine rose to a new record high. Anaplasmosis is doing the same.

 

In 2017 Maine saw 1787 positive tests for Lyme disease, a figure which represents a 22% increase over 2016. Except for slight dips in 2010 and 2015, the number of cases has risen steadily every year since 2003, when 175 cases were found. Experts say that the actual number of cases is probably significantly higher, since many cases are not noticed by the patient or reported.

Researchers hope that the very cold temperatures Maine experienced in late December and early January may help to reduce the number of deer ticks which act as the vector for the disease. More will be known after they have done their testing for 2018.

While in early years only a Lyme test was done, nowadays when a blood sample is sent to a lab a “tick panel” is requested, testing for Lyme, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and perhaps other tick-borne diseases as well. Researchers are finding that ticks are likely to carry both anaplasmosis and Lyme, especially in southern areas.

 

Important Update on MaineCare Provider Enrollment Applications: New Application Fee Amount for 2018

An important press release from the Office of MaineCare Services about changes that became effective January 1, 2018.

 

[from the Office of MaineCare Services]

Effective January, 1, 2018, in accordance with the CMS application fee requirements, the MaineCare provider enrollment application fee will increase to  $569.00 per service location for new, reactivating or revalidating providers, or when adding new service locations to an existing enrollment. You can pay the application fee by credit or debit card at the time of application submission.

Providers will not be required to pay the application fee to MaineCare if they have already paid the fee to Medicare or to another state Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for enrolling or revalidating their services location(s) within the past 12 months.

See the Application Fee Spreadsheet for more detail about provider types that will be required to pay an application fee for each service location.


Claims-Based Quality Reporting for MIPS: Submitting MIPS Quality Codes on CMS-1500 Claims

Webinar on Wednesday, January 31 at 11:30am

Join the New England Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for an informational webinar on January 31, 2018 from 11:30am-12:30pm.  This webinar will explore when claims-based quality measure reporting may be your best option and how to create your 2018 plan for successful MIPS reporting.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 11:30am-12:30pm  Register Here

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to:

  • Create a 2018 MIPS plan to avoid a Medicare Part B negative payment adjustment;
  • Choose 2018 quality measures using specialty sets; and,
  • Verify quality measure code submission on the Explanation Of Medicare Benefits (EOMB).
Who Should Attend: This session is intended for physicians, non-physician providers, support staff, office managers, practice administrators and any professional reporting MIPS data for PY 2017.
 
Contact: Susan Whittaker, CPC, CPMA swittaker@healthcentricadvisors.org, New England QIN-QIO

Community Health Options Sues Federal Government for $5.7 Million

Maine's insurance cooperative Community Health Options sued the federal government this week for $5.7 million seeking reimbursement the company alleges should have been paid during the last three months of 2017.  

 

The lawsuit was filed in federal court and claims that the government illegally stopped the reimbursement payments. Federal officials have stated that the payments were stopped as Congress had not appropriated funds for the payments.

 
Under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, insurers selling policies in the marketplace exchange reduce premiums for policy holders who are eligible for tax credits and the federal government is required to reimburse insurers for those reductions in premium.  
 
"The statutory guarantee of reimbursement is one of the ACA's linchpins," notes the plaintiff's filing in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  
 
Community Health Options also sued the federal government in 2016 for $23 million over a program designed to shield insurers from losses and is appealing a federal judge's ruling against it in that case.
 
(From Portland Press Herald, Jan. 13)

Legislative Call This Tuesday, January 23rd

The Maine Legislature has returned to Augusta. That means public hearings and work sessions resumed this week, and it's time for our weekly Legislative Committee calls to start up again. The next call will be Tuesday, January 23rd, at 8 p.m.

 

 

MMA Legislative Committee Chair Stephen Meister, M.D. and Vice Chair Katherine Pope, M.D. welcome you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee.

The next MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the Second Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, February 23rd, at 8:00 p.m.

Legislative Committee members and specialty society legislative liaisons are strongly encouraged to participate. Any physician, practice manager, or other staff member who is interested in the MMA's legislative advocacy also is welcome to participate. It is not necessary to RSVP for the calls.

Please use the following conference call number and passcode. These will remain the same for every weekly call during the session.

Conference call number:  207-480-4790

Passcode:  057614#

The purpose of the weekly conference calls is to review and finalize the MMA's position on bills printed the previous week, to hear the views of specialty societies on the new bills or their concerns about any current health policy issues, and to discuss the highlights of legislative action of the week. The calls rarely last longer than an hour. The MMA staff lists a suggested position for each bill and any medical specialty particularly affected by the bill.  

If you have an opinion about any of these bills, but cannot participate in the call, please contact Andrew MacLean, Deputy EVP & General Counsel at amaclean@mainemed.com or 480-4187, or Peter Michaud, Associate General Counsel at pmichaud@mainemed.com or 480-4199.

The following are bills of interest to the physician community printed last week. We will discuss the priority bills marked with an asterisk (*) first. This will be important when the list grows in the next few weeks.

Following are the bills of the week:

LD 1792: An Act To Improve Market Stability for Maine Residents Purchasing Individual Health Insurance Coverage. Changes to Maine Guaranteed Access Reinsurance Association law.

We will also discuss some carryover bills that were discussed in 2017 but are now coming up for work session in committee.

*LD 1587: An Act To Provide Economic Security to Maine Families Through the Creation of a Paid Family Medical Leave System. MMA Position: Monitor.

 

Legislative Report: Hospital Program Closures, School-based Health Centers

A brief summary of some hearings that took place last week.

 

  • Education & Cultural Affairs Committee:  The Education Committee held a work session on suicide prevention protocols for local schools. The bill will call on the Department to draft suggested protocols and require local school districts to enact protocols that may or may not use the Department's suggestions as a template. There was near unanimous support in committee.
  • Health & Human Services Committee:  The Health and Human Services Committee took testimony on LD 1715, a bill that would require an extensive public review process before a hospital could close a particular department or service. The MMA joined the Maine Hospital Association, MaineHealth, Eastern Maine Healthcare System, and others in opposing the bill. The Maine State Nurses' Association and the AFL-CIO were among the witnesses speaking in support. The MMA also testified in support of bills related to re-funding school based health centers and requiring a rule change in DHHS relating to the recoupment of certain debts.  The coming week in HHS will feature opioid bills, along with work sessions on meningococcal vaccines and allowing alcohol consumption in tobacco retail establishments.
  • Insurance & Financial Services Committee:  The Insurance Committee has been conducting work sessions on several carry over bills of interest to Maine physicians.  L.D. 1032, sponsored by Sen. Geoffrey Gratwick, M.D., would amend the definition of "clinical peer" in the Insurance Code and would require health insurance carriers to have a clinical peer render any utilization review decision.  Bangor OB/GYN Paul Smith, M.D., who worked with Dr. Gratwick and the MMA in developing the bill, came to speak to the Committee about his personal experience with the utilization review process by carriers in Maine.  Kate Ende of Consumers for Affordable Health Care also spoke to the Committee about her organization's consumer health line experience with this issue.  The Committee also continues to work on carry over bills that were subject to "mandate studies" by the Bureau of Insurance addressing coverage for long-term antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease (L.D. 1417) and the services of naturopathic doctors (N.D.s) (L.D. 1030).
  • Labor, Commerce, Research & Economic Development Committee:  The LCRED Committee last week conducted a work session on L.D. 958, a bill to enact the Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Care Practitioners Act (UEVHCPA), a bill supported by the MMA and the Maine Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, among others.

Healthcare Suicide Prevention Protocol Development Training - half day workshop - March 2

Did you know that approximately half of those who die by suicide are seen by a medical provider in the month before their death? Attend Healthcare Suicide Prevention Protocol Development Training to learn how your medical staff can be prepared.

 

HEALTHCARE Suicide Prevention PROTOCOL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 8:30am – 12:30pm at the Maine Medical Association, 30 Association Drive, Manchester.

Instructor: Greg Marley, LCSW, Clinical Director, NAMI Maine

Description: Approximately half of those who die by suicide are seen by a medical provider in the month before their death.  Few events are more painful or potentially disruptive to an organization or community than suicide. Suicide prevention protocols provide guidance on steps to safely assess and manage suicidal behavior and increase ongoing safety through a systemic approach to suicide management.   Suicide prevention is part of everyone’s role and protocols support training and implementation to save lives.   *This training is most effective if an organization sends both clinical and administrative staff. 

TO REGISTER: 

https://namimaine.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1060557&group

If you have questions, please email the Program Director, Dee Kerry at  dkerry@mainemed.com

28th Annual Winter Conference - Contemporary Topics in Orthopedics - March 16-18

Join us for the 28th Annual Winter Conference - Contemporary Topics in Orthopedics at the Sugarloaf Resort & Conference Center.

Join us for the 28th Annual Winter Conference - Contemporary Topics in Orthopedics at the Sugarloaf Resort & Conference Center.

DATES:  March 16-18, 2018

BROCHURE/REGISTRATION

ROOM RESERVATION FORM

For more information or questions, contact Laurie King at 207-307-8902 or lking@downeastortho.com.  

QC2018: Building Communities of Practice through Innovation - Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Maine Quality Counts (QC) will host their annual conference at the Augusta Civic Center. QC has decided to host a half-day conference this year, focused on a select number of topical innovations that are of strategic importance to QC’s members, partners, and stakeholders.

Maine Quality Counts (QC) will host their annual conference at the Augusta Civic Center. QC has decided to host a half-day conference this year, focused on a select number of topical innovations that are of strategic importance to QC’s members, partners, and stakeholders.

The Keynote Speaker will be Sanjeev Arora, MD, FACG, MACP – Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, as well as Director and Founder of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes): a revolutionary, guided-practice model whereby primary care clinicians retain the responsibility of managing their patients, while also increasing their independence and self-efficacy.

Other topics include: Real-Life Applications of the ECHO Model; Reaching Diverse/Rural Populations through Telehealth; Best Practices and Workflows around Lung Cancer Screening; Addressing Healthcare Affordability; Building Communities of Practice around Older Adults; and an overview of lessons learned from Maine CDC’s Chronic Disease Improvement Collaborative. Registration opens 2/1 - space will be limited, so register early.

New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management

Discussing memory concerns with your patients can be difficult. Alzheimer's and other dementias are complex, and patients often have many questions and concerns.

 

To help you prepare for these visits, the Alzheimer's Association® presents Challenging Conversations About Dementia. In this free course, you'll receive information to confidently approach the detection, diagnostic and care-planning process for your patients with cognitive impairment and dementia.

For more information and to complete this course, go to www.alz.org/FreeCME. Other tools on the website include the Cognitive Impairment Toolkit.

Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network

Take Advantage of Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - Available 24/7 now from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network (NNE-PTN).

 

Take Advantage of Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - Available 24/7 now from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network (NNE-PTN)

The Northern New England Practice Transformation Network, led by Maine Quality Counts in collaboration with the Citizens Health Initiative at the University of New Hampshire's Institute for Health Policy and Practice, and Vermont Program for Quality in Healthcare, Inc., is funded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative to provide technical assistance to support you, your practice, and your consumers in the transition to value-based payment. The QC Learning Lab has been designed to support health care practitioners and professionals, and practice teams with a wide range of continuing education offers including online courses, webinars, and learning sessions.

Topics include:

  • Improving Patient Outcomes with Cost of Care Conversation in the Clinical Practice
  • How to Transform Practice Finances for Success with Advanced Payment Models
  • Seamless Care
  • Get a Grip on Change
Click here to register for these no cost online learning opportunities, available 24/7 at your convenience.
 
This project is supported by FONCMS-1L1-15-003 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies or the Maine Medical Association.

MD/DO

Community Health Options is interested in contracting with a MD/DO, licensed in Maine, to assist in the Prior Approval process. 

Community Health Options is interested in contracting with a MD/DO, licensed in Maine, to assist in the Prior Approval process.  The predetermined schedule of hours will begin in May 2018 and will typically include 4 hours per day of Prior Approval work.  Work can be completed from home office.  Interested candidates should forward their resume and letter of interest to Joyce McPhetres, Chief Human Resources Officer, at jmcphetres@healthoptions.org.

2/19/18

Chief Executive Officer CEO at Greater Portland Health

Dynamic, experienced, leader sought by a growing Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in beautiful Portland Maine.

Dynamic, experienced, leader sought by a growing Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in beautiful Portland Maine.  Applicants must have FQHC experience and be familiar with laws and regulations related to FQHCs and Board governance.  Enthusiasm for fundraising and public relations is required.  The CEO will demonstrate a commitment to a diverse workforce that reflects the community served by the health center.

Qualifications:

  • Masters in Healthcare Administration or similar advanced degree.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of senior management experience in a healthcare setting, with FQHC required. Prior experience as a CEO preferred.
  • Demonstration of successful leadership of fundraising efforts.

To Apply: Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest describing in detail why they are applying, a resume or curriculum vitae, and a writing sample to Sarah Pesa, Human Resources Generalist, spesa@greaterportlandhealth.org

2/12/18

Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine

Eastern Maine Medical Center seeks a primary care physician, board-certified/board-eligible in internal medicine, to join our well-established, quality-driven, outpatient practice. Husson Internal Medicine is one of seven primary care practices operated by Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Eastern Maine Medical Center seeks a primary care physician, board-certified/board-eligible in internal medicine, to join our well-established, quality-driven, outpatient practice. Husson Internal Medicine is one of seven primary care practices operated by Eastern Maine Medical Center. Our practice was the second in the nation to achieve “Patient-Centered Medical Home” status with NCQA. All physicians are NCQA-certified in diabetes and cardiac care. Our primary care network, largest in our area, has adopted a new practice model to include teams of one physician, one nurse practitioner, two registered nurses, and two medical assistants.

Eastern Maine Medical Center is a 411-bed, regional, tertiary care and level II trauma center serving the more than 500,000 residents living in central, eastern, and northern Maine We offer a collegial atmosphere, cutting-edge EMR, generous vacation and CME benefit, flexible work schedule, and reasonable call schedule. No hospital call required. We also offer a relocation bonus and sign-on bonus in addition to our generous educational loan repayment program.

Candidates in need of J-1 visa waivers welcome to apply.

For confidential consideration, please contact:

Amanda Klausing, AASPR, Physician Recruiter

Eastern Maine Medical Center

Phone: 207-973-5358

ProviderJobs@emhs.org

 3/26/18


Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician

Sacopee Valley Health Center has a position available for a Medical Director/Family Practice Physician for our multi-service, progressive, rural federally qualified community health center located in a medically underserved area.

Sacopee Valley Health Center has a position available for a Medical Director/Family Practice Physician for our multi-service, progressive, rural federally qualified community health center located in a medically underserved area. This position allows for the medical director to apply leadership skills while partnering with health center staff and colleagues to provide optimal health care for our patients on a daily basis. Services on site include integrated primary care, dental services, family planning, mental health counseling, psychiatry, nutritionist, optometry, podiatry, social services support, sliding fee coverage, care management, radiology and lab services. NextGen EMR. Practice is outpatient only with no OB. On-call rotation is 4-5 times per month. NCQA Level III PCMH. Competitive salary and benefits package; physicians are eligible to apply for NHSC loan repayment. We are located in Porter, ME, between Portland and the White Mountains. Area is known for terrific four season recreational activities. Just two and one-half hours from Boston. Submit CV to: Linda Watson, Director of Operations or, (lwatson@svhc.org), Sacopee Valley Health Center, 70 Main Street, Porter, ME 04068. EOE. www.svhc.org Sacopee Valley Health Center is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

3/26/18

Chief Executive Officer - Pines Health Services

Pines Health Services, one of the nation’s top Federally Qualified Heath Centers and community-based physician practice in Aroostook County, Northern Maine is seeking a Chief Executive Officer.

Pines Health Services, one of the nation’s top Federally Qualified Heath Centers and community-based physician practice in Aroostook County, Northern Maine is seeking a Chief Executive Officer.

The chosen experienced professional will lead a team of more than 150 dynamic employees including 45 health care providers with multi-specialty medical staff.

The CEO will work with an engaged Board of Directors in collaboration with Cary Medical Center, a General Acute Care Hospital serving Aroostook County since 1924. 

Pines Health Services is a multi-disciplinary community health care center with services offered in Caribou, Fort Fairfield, Presque Isle, Washburn, and Van Buren.

Qualifications:  Minimum 5 years health care experience at the Senior Management level.  A Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration, Business or equivalent education is required, however, a Master’s Degree is preferred.  Prior experience working within the Federally Qualified Health Center system is a plus.

Interested candidates may forward a resume to:  Penny Wickstrom, Pines Health Services, Human Resources, P.O. Box 40, Caribou, ME 04736, or email pwickstrom@pineshealth.org.

1/8/17

Clinical Cardiology Opportunity

Maine Medical Partners MaineHealth Cardiology is seeking an invasive general cardiologist (non-interventional) for their practice located in their Augusta and Waterville, Maine locations

Maine Medical Partners MaineHealth Cardiology is seeking an invasive general cardiologist (non-interventional) for their practice located in their Augusta and Waterville, Maine locations.  Selected candidates will join a growing team of over 50 cardiologists who provide inpatient, outpatient and consultative services. 

Maine Medical Partners MaineHealth Cardiology is a growing practice, with office locations in Augusta, Waterville, Lewiston, Rockport, and Scarborough, and is affiliated with the nationally recognized cardiac services at Maine Medical Center and its parent organization MaineHealth. 

This integrated practice includes Maine General Health, Maine’s third largest health care system.  The Alfond Center for Health, MaineGeneral Medical Center’s state-of-the art, 192-bed regional hospital, has a cardiac catheterization lab and full on site imaging, including echocardiography and nuclear testing.  The Augusta/Waterville practice consists of 9 cardiologists and 2 advanced practice providers.

For more information please contact Alison C. Nathanson, Director, MaineHealth Physician Recruitment Center at (207) 661-7383 or nathaa@mainehealth.org.

3/19/18

Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus

The Central Maine Medical Group seeks BE/BC Internal Medicine physician to join cohesive, well-established, hospital-employed practice in Lewiston, Maine. 

The Central Maine Medical Group seeks BE/BC Internal Medicine physician to join cohesive, well-established, hospital-employed practice in Lewiston, Maine.  We offer:
  • Up to $200K in medical student loan repayment
  • $50K sign on bonus
  • Up to $12K moving allowance
  • 4 day work week/generous outpatient call
  • Healthy work/life balance
Central Maine affords easy access to the coast and mountains where you can enjoy four seasons of outdoor activities.  We have a growing arts and restaurant scene in a very safe affordable area to live and raise a family.  To join our growing team, contact Gina Mallozzi, Central Maine Medical Center, 300 Main Street, Lewiston, ME  04240.  Email:  MallozGi@cmhc.org; Fax: 207/344-0696; Call:  800/445-7431; or visit our website:  http://recruitment.cmmc.org/.
 
3/26/18
 
 

Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

Take advantage of this opportunity with the Veterans' Administration to thank our veterans in a concrete way for their service and their sacrifices.

The Physician Ambassador Program was created by the Department of Veterans Affairs as a best practice recruitment and placement initiative seeking fully licensed physicians and clinicians to enhance health care services for Veterans.

The Physician Ambassador Program is a without compensation program that provides civilian physicians and clinicians an opportunity to give back to the Veteran community by serving in a volunteer role to deliver health care services to Veterans. 

If you are interested in participating in this program at VA Maine Healthcare System, please contact Jonathan Barczyk at (207) 621-4886.