Maine Medicine Weekly Update - April 30, 2018
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The Honorable George J. Mitchell to Keynote MMA's 165th Annual Session

The Maine Medical Association will hold its 165th Annual Session Sept. 7-9, 2018 at the Harborside Hotel and Marina in Bar Harbor. Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and Special Envoy, The Honorable George J. Mitchell will kick off the weekend with a keynote presentation at 6:30pm on Friday evening, Sept. 7. Registration materials are included with the current issue of Maine Medicine.

 

Members, guests and exhibitors can also register on the Association's website at www.mainemed.com.  In addition to Senator Mitchell's presentation, the weekend will feature a gubernatorial forum featuring candidates for Governor, the annual presentation of 50 year pins and other awards on Saturday evening and the installation of a new President-elect. A new feature this year will be a champagne reception for MMA past presidents.

 
On the education side, programs will be presented on alternatives to opioids for pain, a panel discussing what more needs to be done to address the epidemic of drug overdoses in the state and a panel discussing leadership from physicians in the C-suite. Media training will be offered in an optional session, as will education on Chapter 488 on opioid prescribing and on the new Chapter 21 rules from the licensing boards (took effect for most boards on March 23, 2018). These optional sessions will qualify for the mandatory CME on opioid prescribing (3 hours CME).
 
Questions about the Annual Session can be addressed to Diane McMahon at the MMA at 480-4188 extension 216 or via e-mail to dmcmahon@mainemed.com.
 
We hope to see you in Bar Harbor in September!

New Interactive Online Course Ups Physicians’ Nutrition Knowledge, Supports Patients in Diabetes Prevention

An important part of preventing type 2 diabetes is lifestyle changes. Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that people with prediabetes can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by nearly 60 percent when they participate in a structured lifestyle change program.

 

An important part of preventing type 2 diabetes is lifestyle changes. Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that people with prediabetes can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by nearly 60 percent when they participate in a structured lifestyle change program.

"Early risk detection and educational interventions for diabetes have tremendous potential for engaging people more meaningfully in their own wellness and for reducing the risk of developing diabetes and all of its complications and costs," said Noah Nesin, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Penobscot Community Health Care, and Physician Champion for MMA's diabetes prevention efforts.

Part of lifestyle changes include learning how to eat properly to maintain a healthy weight, which is often a contributing factor for type 2 diabetes. In fact, the CDC study found that people could lose between 5 percent and 7 percent of body weight through healthier eating. However, learning how to eat properly isn’t always intuitive and requires education about nutrition.

Most patients usually look to their physicians for help as a starting point. Unfortunately, many physicians may simply not be armed with enough education and training on nutrition to provide sufficient education. In turn, this makes trying to help patients challenging.

Although patients can work with health coaches and be referred out to a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention program (DPP) to help improve eating habits, physicians now have access to nutrition tools as well. A new self-paced online course on nutrition helps physicians begin the conversation with patients at risk for chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

Nutrition training through modules

Research reveals that medical schools provide less than 20 hours of nutrition training, and very little continuing medical education (CME) that’s relevant is offered. To fill in the gap, the American Medical Association partnered with the Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology to develop a three-hour interactive course called Nutrition Science for Health and Longevity: What Every Physician Needs to Know.

The course provides evidence-based information, encourages a team approach and offers tools necessary to make referrals to nutrition professionals. Broken up into four modules of 45 minutes each, the course addresses the following topics:

  • Module 1: Why does nutrition matter to your patients?
  • Module 2: Dietary fats and patient health
  • Module 3: Helping your patients understand carbohydrates and protein
  • Module 4: Making nutrition counseling work in a busy practice

The first three modules address core nutrition concepts while the fourth module offers practical tools for implementation and then uses realistic patient scenarios to test your knowledge and provide customized feedback. Links to the original studies are also provided, which allows you to dig deeper in the materials, and all the modules offer a printable summary sheet of each module to help you put the education into practice.

Upon completion of the course, physicians earn three hours of AMA PRA Category 1 credit.

Additional tools to support patients

Screening tools can help you identify your patients who have prediabetes. Once you’ve identified these patients, you can begin the conversation on nutrition with them and help refer them to a DPP to get the necessary support they need to make lifestyle changes.

Some tools physicians may find useful include:

Most chronic diseases can in part be prevented by eating a healthy diet. In fact, the No. 1 contributing factor to premature death and disability in the United States is poor nutrition. Equip yourself with the knowledge and tools you need to meet this challenge head on and partner with patients on chronic disease prevention.


 

MMA Acknowledges the Passing of Jordan Shubert, M.D. and Mark Cooper, M.D.

The MMA recently has learned of the passing of two members who have made substantial contributions to the practice of medicine in Maine, as well as to the work of the MMA. We extend our condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of Jordan Shubert, M.D. and Mark Cooper, M.D. Please see their obituaries below.

 

Obituary for Jordan J. Shubert, MD

SURRY and BANGOR - Jordan J. Shubert, MD, 74, of Surry, Maine passed away suddenly on April 1, 2018. He will be remembered as an extraordinary man, who made everyone he met feel special, and made the world a better place with each life he touched.
 
Jay was born in Seattle, Washington but was really a Bangor man through and through, moving here when he was 6 months old. He was the son of William M. Shubert, MD and Alice Jordan Shubert, MD of Bangor. He attended Bangor High School and then Bowdoin College, playing football at both. After graduating from Bowdoin in 1966, he went on to attend medical school at Tufts University and then orthopaedic residency at Tufts/New England Medical Center, finishing in 1975 and becoming the third generation of doctors in his family. He worked as a surgeon in the US Army, at William Beaumont Hospital in El Paso, Texas, before returning to Bangor in 1977 to begin his orthopaedic surgery practice at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
 
Jay was the founder of Downeast Orthopaedics and soon became one of the premiere orthopaedic surgeons in Maine. He stood out not only with regard to his skill, but also in the kindness and care he always gave to his patients. He was beloved by his many patients throughout the state of Maine. Always an innovator, he was one of the first to practice arthroscopy in the state, and founded the first outpatient surgery center.
 
His awards and accomplishments are too numerous to list, but despite them, he was always humble. The love that Jay had for Maine and the Bangor community was reflected in his commitments—he provided care for the University of Maine athletic teams, was active in the Bowdoin community, and was a leader in medical education with the Maine Society for Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Maine Board Review Course, the Association of Sports Medicine, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons Council of Delegates. He brought many wonderful specialists to this area that he loved, and added tremendously to the level of healthcare for the people of Maine.
 
If you knew Jay, you know he simply loved life. He enjoyed running, skiing, swimming at the YMCA throughout his life, and living near the ocean, even becoming an amateur lobsterman later in life. He also enjoyed his second home in Gold Canyon, Arizona, where he spent his days hiking in the desert and golfing, and would escape to Colorado to ski in the mountains. He never fully retired from medicine, continuing to see patients several days a month. He was ready for any challenge and took each one on with a fun determination, energy and a smile. He excelled in nearly everything he did, and if he didn’t, knew how to shrug it off with a laugh at himself. More than anything, Jay loved people, took such joy in his family, and always put his loved ones first. It leaves a hole in our hearts to lose him, but he leaves us all better people because of him.
 
He is survived by his loving wife, Lynne Santerre Shubert, of Surry, his four children, Jennifer Fournier of Bangor; Sarah Shubert, MD and husband Alpay Balkir of Falmouth; Daniel Shubert, MD currently in Morgantown, West Virginia; and Emily Burke and husband Daniel, of Bangor; and his five adoring grandchildren, Natalie Fournier and Hailey Fournier, of Bangor, Ryan Banerjee, of Falmouth, and James Burke and Genevieve Burke of Bangor. In addition, he is survived by his brothers and sisters, William Shubert, and wife, Carol, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Susan Buchwald, MD, and husband Ted, of Reno, Nevada; Dennis Shubert, MD, and wife Jane, of Seal Harbor, ME; Robert Shubert of Bangor; Sandra Adams and husband, Vernard, of Tampa, Florida; Elizabeth Dupuis, and husband Roland, of Seal Harbor Maine; and Jayson Shubert of Ellsworth; as well as countless cherished nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved sister, Sally Shubert, and his nephew, Scott Buchwald. Jay was also a treasured family member to Lynne’s parents, siblings and her extended family of the Millinocket area. Services were held at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 1PM, with a celebration of his life at Season’s restaurant following. There will be a private ceremony later this summer.
 
Gifts in Jay’s memory can be made to the Sally Shubert Scholarship Fund, c/o Bangor School Department, 73 Harlow St. Bangor, ME 04401, to the Julius Shubert M18, Alice Jordan Shubert, M41 and William Moses Shubert, M41, Scholarship Fund at Tufts University, P.O. Box 3306, Boston, MA 02241-3306 with checks made out to Trustees of Tufts College, or to the Eastern Maine Medical Center Foundation, P.O Box 931 Bangor, ME 04402. Condolences to the family may be expressed at BrookingsSmith.com.

Mark Cooper M.D.

Obituary
 
MARK STEPHEN COOPER, M.D.
1955 - 2018
PITTSTON - Mark S. Cooper, M.D. of Pittston, passed away April 28, 2018, at home after a long battle with cancer surrounded by his family.
He was born on Feb. 26, 1955, in Somerville, Mass. to Douglas and Evelyn (Avadesian) Cooper. He attended Gardiner area schools, the University of Vermont, and graduated from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine in 1981.
After graduation from medical school, he did his internship and residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Following residency training, he returned home to central Maine and established his solo practice in Augusta. This practice would eventually grow into Kennebec Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Cooper practiced Obstetrics & Gynecology in Augusta for more than 25 years, delivering over 3,500 babies over his career.

He retired from his practice in 2010 to work for the State of Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine as the Medical Director. During his time at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, Dr. Cooper served as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and & Gynecology several times, the Chief of Staff and the President of the Medical Staff, and served on the Board of Directors. He was a Consultant in the Department of Surgery at the Veterans Administration at Togus providing gynecologic care and surgery for women veterans for 10 years. He was a member of the Board of Directors for Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine for 13 years. He was the Treasurer of the company for the last several years of his term. Dr. Cooper was also active in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology having served on a national committee, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Maine Section, Secretary and Treasurer of District I, and was the General Chairman for two District I educational meetings. In 2012, he received the Outstanding District Service Award. He was a member of the Maine Medical Association and served on its Executive Committee.

He, with his wife Amy, was a volunteer driver for Avian Haven Bird Rescue and a volunteer with the Meals on Wheels program through Senior Spectrum in Hallowell delivering meals weekly. He enjoyed golf, skiing, boating, and trips with his family, partners and office staff. He obtained his private pilot license. He especially enjoyed fly fishing and fished throughout Maine, the West and Canada. Dr. Cooper coached Little League a number of years for the Hall-Dale league including an All-Star team and a softball team in Gardiner for 5 and 6 year olds. He was a member of the Sugarloaf Ski Patrol from 1992 to 1999.
 
Dr. Cooper was predeceased by his mother Evelyn A. Cooper; brother Jeffrey J. Cooper; and nephew Douglas P. Cooper. He is survived by his loving wife and partner in life Amy C. Cooper; father Douglas C. Cooper, DMD and his wife Mary Ellen of Vero Beach, Fla.; sister-in-law Susanne Cooper of Nashville, Tenn.; sons Andrew S. Cooper and his wife Tawny of Philadelphia, Pa., Eric C. Cooper of Randolph, daughter Gabrielle E. Cooper of Pittston; and grandson Conrad Cooper of Pittston.
There is no memorial service planned at this time. Arrangements are under the care of Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner.

Mark has requested donations be made to one of his two passions:
Avian Haven
c/o Diane Winn & Marc Payne
418 North Palermo Rd.
Freedom, ME 04941
or:
Spectrum Generations
Meals On Wheels
c/o Lynda Johnson
22 Town Farm Rd.
Hallowell, ME 04347

  

Consumer and Healthcare Groups File Suit for Medicaid Expansion Implementation

On April 30, 2018, Maine Equal Justice Partners (MEJP) held a press conference announcing they have filed a lawsuit in Maine Superior Court to require implementation of Medicaid expansion as enacted by Maine voters in a 2017 referendum.

 

 

Robyn Merrill, Executive Director of MEJP, announced the action against the Maine Department of Health and Human Services by MEJP, Consumers for Affordable Health Care, the Maine Primary Care Association, Penobscot Community Health Care, and several individual plaintiffs who would be eligible for coverage under the expanded form of Medicaid. The claim is based on “a simple legal issue,” said Jamie Kilbreth, Esq., lead plaintiffs’ attorney on the case: the State’s failure to file a State Plan Amendment by April 3, 2018, as required by the referendum.

Ms. Merrill stated that the plaintiffs had waited for the Legislature or the Governor to act on the issue, “but we couldn’t wait any longer.”

Governor LePage’s office stated that he can’t comment on “active litigation.”

 

MMA Listening Session in Presque Isle on Tuesday, May 15 6-8pm

All Aroostook County physicians and their guests are invited to join MMA officers and executive staff at a Listening Session to be held on Tuesday, May 15th.

 

 

Join us at Cafe Sorpreso, 415 Maine Street in Presque Isle. Stop by for an appetizer and beverage on us and share with us your thoughts and opinions, including on topics such as:

  • 2nd Regular Session of the 128th Maine Legislature
  • Physician-Assisted Death
  • MMA Statement on Reform of the US Health Care System
  • MMA member engagement and leadership development
Please RSVP to Sarah Lepoff slepoff@mainemed.com 480-4191
 

MICIS: Next Steps in Addressing Maine's Opioid Crisis

2018 Maine Independent Clinical Information Service opioid education presentations.

 

MICIS, the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service, has been providing evidence-based prescribing education throughout Maine since 2008.  In 2017, MICIS focused exclusively on providing opioid education required by Maine law, Chapter 488, and this year presents new clinical modules and an updated presentation on opioid-related prescribing laws and rules. Topics include:

  • Opioid Use Disorder and Medication Assisted Recovery: Caring For Our Communities
  • Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain
  • Co-Prescribing Benzodiazepines and Opioids: The Black Box of Increased Overdose Risk (launching summer 2018)
  • Recent Legal Changes Affecting Opioid Prescribing in Maine.
For more information and to schedule a presentation at your hospital, medical practice or conference, visit www.micismaine.org or contact Susan Kring at 480-4190 skring@mainemed.com

AMA, Specialty Societies Ask CMS to Reduce 2018 MIPS Reporting Period

 See current MIPS information from the AMA here.

 

 The AMA, along with national physician specialty societies, recently sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) asking that the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting period be reduced from a full calendar year to a minimum of 90 consecutive days due to the lack of timely and direct notification about whether a physician is considered MIPS eligible.

In addition, there will be a further significant delay by CMS in updating the Quality Payment Program interactive website with 2018 information. The website is not expected to  be updated until the summer of 2018, at the earliest. The two delays combined make it extraordinarily difficult for physicians to meet the full-year quality data reporting requirements for MIPS this year. The letter also requests a reduced reporting period for future MIPS program years in order to reduce administrative burdens and ensure physicians have sufficient time to report after receiving performance feedback from CMS.

To determine whether they are eligible for the MIPS program, physicians must actively consult CMS' website. Previously, CMS had mailed letters to practices to inform them of their eligibility status, which many practices were waiting for this year. Without direct outreach by CMS to physicians and group practices, many will be left in the dark on their status.

Therefore, the AMA encourages practices to look up their MIPS eligibility at the CMS QPP website. The AMA is committed to working collaboratively with CMS to ensure MIPS recognizes the quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries rather than quantity of data reported, and will continue to advocate for timely notification by CMS on program changes to ensure successful participation.

Register for MIPS group web interface, CAHPS for MIPS 2018 survey reporting

Registration is required for groups that intend to use the CMS Web Interface and/or administer the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) survey for 2018.

Only groups of 25 or more eligible clinicians that have registered can report via the CMS Web Interface. Groups that participate in MIPS through the qualified registry, qualified clinical data registry, or electronic health record (EHR) data submission mechanisms do not need to register. For 2018, only groups of two or more eligible clinicians that have registered can participate in the CAHPS for MIPS survey. Visit the Quality Payment Program website to register. You will need a valid Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) account. If you do not have an EIDM account, please create one as soon as possible. The registration period is from April 1–June 30, 2018.

Please note: If your group was registered to participate in MIPS in 2017 via the CMS Web Interface, CMS automatically registered your group for 2018. You may edit or cancel your registration at any time during the registration period. Automatic registration does not apply to the CAHPS for MIPS survey. For more information, visit the Quality Payment Program Resource Library to review resources on the CAHPS for MIPS Survey and the CMS Web Interface. 

Reminder: Participate in CMS Quality Measures Study to Receive Full Improvement Activity Credit in QPP

CMS is conducting the 2018 Burdens Associated with Reporting Quality Measures Study, as described in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) Year 2 final rule. Clinicians and groups who are eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that participate successfully in the study will receive full credit for the 2018 MIPS Improvement Activities (IA) performance category.

The study runs from April 2018 to March 2019. Clinicians do not need any outside knowledge of MIPS to participate in the study; rather the study team is interested in learning more about clinicians' experience participating in MIPS. Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2018. Clinicians will be notified in spring of 2018 if selected.

CMS is conducting this study to:

  • Examine clinical workflows and data collection methods using different submission systems.
  • Understand the challenges clinicians face when collecting and reporting quality data.
  • Make future recommendations for changes that will attempt to eliminate clinician burden, improve quality data collection and reporting, and enhance clinical care.

Participants will have to meet the following requirements in order to complete the study and receive full IA credit. For participants reporting as a group, their entire group will receive credit. For participants reporting as individuals, only the participating clinician will receive credit.

  • Complete a 2017 MIPS participation survey in April/May 2018.
  • Complete a 2018 MIPS planning survey September/October 2018.
  • The Study team will invite selected participants to join a virtual 90-minute focus group between November 2018 and February 2019.
  • Meet minimum requirements for the MIPS Quality performance category by submitting data for at least three measures in the MIPS Quality performance category, as required for 2018 MIPS participation.

The data submitted must:

  • Include one outcome measure.
  • Be submitted to CMS by the final MIPS reporting deadline (March 31, 2019).
  • Be submitted through any method accepted under MIPS for year 2 of the Quality Payment Program (2018).

Clinicians can apply to participate in the study here.

 

Doctors Without Borders Coming to Maine May 1st

On Tuesday May 1, 2018 you are invited to join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for a recruitment information session in Portland, ME. This is your opportunity to meet their recruitment team and learn about how you can join the pool of dedicated aid workers. They are currently recruiting for a variety of medical and non-medical positions. [Unfortunately, this event is sold out.]

 

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On Tuesday May 1, 2018 you are invited to join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for a recruitment information session in Portland, ME. This is your opportunity to meet our recruitment team and learn about how you can join our pool of dedicated aid workers. We’re currently recruiting for a variety of medical and non-medical positions. 

Le mardi 1 mai, les professionnels médicaux et non-médicaux au Portland, ME sont invités à nous joindre pour une réunion d'information organisée autour du témoignage d'un travailleurs humanitaire revenant de mission. Ces réunions abordent différents sujets dont les profils recherchés, les critères de recrutement selon votre profil, les conditions de départ ainsi que le processus de recrutement. Présentation en Anglais.

 

Recruitment Information Session/Réunion d'Informations
Maine Historical Society
Brown Library
Second Floor Reading Room
489 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101


Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (Le Mardi 1 Mai)
7:00 - 8:30 pm (19:00 - 20:30)



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Legislative Calls Over for 128th Legislature; Veto Day Wednesday

The Maine Legislature will return to Augusta on Wednesday, May 2nd, to decide whether to override the Governor's vetoes of several bills.

 

 

Among the bills with pending vetoes are the following bills related to health care (links are to the veto messages):

LD 1388: An Act to Prohibit the Falsification of Medical Records

LD 1187: An Act to Amend the Child Protective Services Statutes

LD 1771: An Act to Stabilize Vulnerable Families

LD 1866: An Act to Increase Youth Mental Health Awareness in Schools

LD 1874: Resolve, To Ensure the Continued Provision of Services to Maine Children and Families

LD 1892: An Act to Clarify the Prescribing and Dispensing of Naloxone Hydrochloride by Pharmacists

LD 1587: Resolve, To Study the Feasibility of the Establishment of Paid Family Leave in the State

The Legislature is expected to act on all of those bills when it returns to session on Wednesday, May 2nd. A two-thirds vote of both the House and the Senate is required to override a veto.

MMA Legislative Committee Chair Stephen Meister, M.D. and Vice Chair Katherine Pope, M.D., along with the MMA advocacy staff, would like to express our appreciation to all who participated in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee throughout the session, which began in early January. The next action of the Legislative Committee will be an organizational meeting after election day in late 2018.

Legislative Report

There were no legislative activities in the past week. As noted above, the Maine Legislature will reconvene on Wednesday. Check next week's issue of the Weekly Update for a report on how the House and Senate deal with a variety of gubernatorial vetoes.

 

 


 

 

    Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Spring Educational & Business Meeting - Friday, May 4th

    The Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons will hold their Spring Educational Program and Business Meeting on Friday, May 4th at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, ME from 11:30am - 5:00pm.

     

    The Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons will hold their Spring Educational Program and Business Meeting on Friday, May 4th at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, ME from 11:30am - 5:00pm.  The educational program will offer 2.0 Category 1 CME credits and will be followed by the Business Meeting. 

    For agenda and more details click here.  This meeting is open to ophthalmologists in Maine, but please contact Shirley Goggin at sgoggin@mainemed.com or 207-445-2260 to let her know of your attendance plans.

    Exhibit opportunities are also available by contacting Shirley (contact information above).

     

    Introduction to Lean in Healthcare Full-Day Workshop on Tuesday, May 8

    Are you frustrated by poor communication and waste in your work processes? Lean has recently transformed the way many hospitals and health systems operate. This full-day workshop on May 8 in Augusta provides those who lead hospitals, health centers, practices, and related service industries with an introduction to Lean thinking and process improvement tools.

     

    The first half of the day will cover the principles of Lean thinking and provide several exercises so participants can compare traditional processes to Lean processes. The second half of the day will share an overview of some of the important Lean tools and challenge the class to identify applications for Lean in their organization.

    Lean Healthcare East has over 30 years combined experience in leading organizational transformation and have many engaging exercises and examples to share from their experiences implementing Lean improvements at hospitals and other healthcare related organizations.Click here to learn more and register for the workshop. If you have questions or want to schedule a workshop at your practice please contact the Lean Healthcare East team.

     

    Maine Chapter, American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting in Kennebunkport, ME - May 18-20

    The Maine Chapter, American College of Surgeons will hold their Annual Meeting from Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20 at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, ME.

    The Maine Chapter, American College of Surgeons will hold their Annual Meeting from Friday, May 18 through Sunday, May 20 at the Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport, ME. All surgeons are invited to attend this exciting program offering 12.00 Category 1 CME Credits.  

    For more information and to register online, click here.

    Brochure (PDF)

    Exhibit opportunities are also available and any questions regarding exhibiting can be addressed to Shirley Goggin at 207-445-2260, emailing maine@mainefacs.org.

     

    One River, One Ocean: June 2-14, 2018

    River Awareness fundraiser on the Androscoggin River.

     

     

    One River, One Ocean: June 2-14, 2018

    Androscoggin River Awareness Journey and Fundraiser

    A River Awareness Journey down the Androscoggin, from Errol, NH to Topsham, ME

    One River~One Ocean

    When:  Saturday, June 2, 8am – Thursday, June 14, 6pm

    Where: Androscoggin River

    One woman’s river awareness journey down the Androscoggin~~~

    I am a Registered Maine Guide, retreat leader  and founder of Nurture Through Nature Retreat Center,  in Denmark, Maine, interested in bringing a voice to the Androscoggin River, its history, heritage and evolution in our culture. My intention is increase awareness about water quality and raise money for an environmental non-profit organization that includes in its mission and vision water and natural resource protection. I grew up on this river and have a deep appreciation for it. I am grateful to be in collaboration with MaineRIvers.Org whose mission is to protect, restore and enhance the ecological health of Maine’s river systems.

    I will be paddling its length and sharing what is discovered along the way.

    Please join me for the culminating celebration, where this majestic river meets the sea,  at the Sea Dog Brewing Company, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island #100, Topsham, ME on June 14, 4-6pm. Special thanks to Sea Dog Brewing for donating the space for this event.

    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.

    Peer Navigation Program from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)

    Free program for those affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancers.

    The mission of Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast, ovarian, and related cancers.

    The FORCE Peer Navigation Program helps match people facing hereditary cancer with support and resources.  This free program connects cancer survivors, people at high risk and their caregivers to support and resources personalized for them.

    For more information visit the FORCE website at http://www.facingourrisk.org

    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.

    Northern New England Society of Addiction Medicine 2018 Annual Conference & Meeting - Nov 2-3

    Save the date for the NNESAM 2018 Annual Conference taking place at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe Vermont November 2 & 3, 2018.

    SAVE THE DATE

    Northern New England Society

    of Addiction Medicine

    2018

    Annual Conference & Meeting

    November 2 & 3, 2018

    (Friday evening, all day Saturday)

    Conference registration forms will be available later

    Trapp Family Lodge

    Stowe, Vermont

    www.trappfamily.com – please contact the Lodge for reservations

    Conference rate:  $187, rate available for 11/4 and 11/5

    Please request conference rate for NNESAM

     

    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

     7/2/18


    Family Practice Physician - Bucksport Regional Health Center

    Bucksport Regional Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) has a unique opportunity in our small independent, community-based primary care facility offering great quality indicators, team atmosphere and excellent working conditions. 

    Bucksport Regional Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) has a unique opportunity in our small independent, community-based primary care facility offering great quality indicators, team atmosphere and excellent working conditions.  Located along the Penobscot River, we are centrally located along the beautiful coast of Maine, close to Acadia National Park and Bangor.

    This is a full scope of outpatient primary care services commensurate with his/her field of training and State of ME licensure.  Offers care to a diverse age population.  Optional 4/5 days/week schedule. 

    Candidates must have graduated from an accredited medical school & completed Family Practice or Med/Peds residencySheila, have a current State of Maine Medical License and D.E.A. Certificate and at least 5 years of experience in the practice of family or internal medicine.  Submit resume and cover letter to: Danel Adams, Human Resources, 110 Broadway, Bucksport, ME  04416,  email dadams@brhcme.org

    5/14/18

    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.

    7/2/18

    Psychiatry Faculty, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

    Maine Medical Center (MMC) is seeking a BC/BE part/full-time Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist clinician-educator or clinician-scientist to join the Department of Psychiatry.

    Maine Medical Center (MMC) is seeking a BC/BE part/full-time Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist clinician-educator or clinician-scientist to join the Department of Psychiatry.

    The position involves outpatient care in the child and adolescent psychiatry clinic. It also includes a role as the clinician leader of the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Division’s Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) program team.

    Maine Medical Center has 637 licensed beds and is the state’s leading tertiary hospital and Level One Trauma Center, and  the position involves teaching and mentoring Psychiatry residents, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry fellows, and medical students from the Maine Medical Center-Tufts University School of Medicine Program. 

    Just two hours north of Boston, this is an exceptionally diverse and vibrant community. 

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

    5/28/18

    Psychiatric Medical Director

    Tri-County Mental Health Services has multiple current and developing programs including Integrated Primary Care and Behavioral Health Homes.

    Change can make a world of difference. We offer hope.

    Tri-County Mental Health Services has multiple current and developing programs including Integrated Primary Care and Behavioral Health Homes. This is a true leadership position, where understanding of healthcare systems is important and involvement in the agency’s mission, clinical programs, and growth into new areas is key.

    As the Psychiatric Medical Director you will:

    • Oversee integrated behavioral healthcare initiatives and programs across multiple settings.
    • Build partnerships within healthcare systems.
    • Develop and implement integrated and consultative models of care that enhance access to quality whole health services.

    State of Maine licensure, certificate in psychiatry and DEA certificate required.

    Located in Lewiston, Maine.

    Contact Jessica Lachance at 207-344-1839 or jlachance@tcmhs.org for more information.

    4/30/18

    Maine's Largest FQHC in need of Physician for Geriatric Program

    PCHC in Bangor, Maine is seeking Board-Eligible Internal Medicine or Family Med Physician to join our team of doctors and advanced practice providers in our Community Care and Geriatrics department!

    PCHC in Bangor, Maine is seeking Board-Eligible Internal Medicine or Family Med Physician to join our team of doctors and advanced practice providers in our Community Care and Geriatrics department!

    • Provide care to seniors in post-acute care settings and in area long-term care facilities and serve as Medical Director in those facilities.
    • No call, no holidays, no nights or weekends.
    • Opportunity to mentor PA, NP, and DO students through partnerships with multiple university programs.
    Penobscot Community Health Care is a nationally recognized FQHC that focuses on patient-centered care, innovation and collaboration. For you, for your family, for our community. For more information, please contact Vanessa Sanderson, Recruitment Coordinator at (207)404-8015 or vsanderson@pchc.com.

    4/30/18

    Multiple Family Med Opportunities in Beloved Community Health Centers

    PCHC is recruiting Family Medicine Physicians for locations in Belfast, Old Town, and Bangor. This is your chance to work for a nationally recognized FQHC that is a leader in integrated primary care!

    PCHC is recruiting Family Medicine Physicians for locations in Belfast, Old Town, and Bangor. This is your chance to work for a nationally recognized FQHC that is a leader in integrated primary care!

    • Come and join our team at Seaport Community Health Center and become a part of a vibrant and active coastal community!
    • Work and play minutes away from the flagship university of the University of Maine System by working at our Helen Hunt Health Center!
    • Become a part of the health center where it all began, Penobscot Community Health Center located in the heart of Bangor, Maine!

    We are the largest and most comprehensive FQHC in Maine and the 2nd largest in New England. PCHC offers family medicine, psychiatry, mental health, pediatrics, specialty services, physical therapy, pharmacy, social work, lab, x-ray, and a large public health dental center -- all within our organization. If your passion is in community health, there is no place else to be. Questions? Contact Vanessa Sanderson, Recruitment Coordinator at (207)404-8015 or vsanderson@pchc.com.

    4/30/18

    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 Donna Lafean, Central Maine Medical Center, 300 Main Street, Lewiston, ME  04240.  Email:  Lafeando@cmhc.org; Fax: 207/344-0658; Call:  800/445-7431; or visit our website:  http://recruitment.cmmc.org/.

    7/2/18

    Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician

    Maine Medical Partners Internal Medicine Westbrook is seeking a BC/BE Internal Medicine physician for their well-established outpatient practice located in the greater Portland, Maine area. 

    Maine Medical Partners Internal Medicine Westbrook is seeking a BC/BE Internal Medicine physician for their well-established outpatient practice located in the greater Portland, Maine area.  The selected candidate will join 4 internal medicine physicians, 4 family medicine physicians and a geriatrician.

    Maine Medical Center has 637 licensed beds and is the state’s leading tertiary care hospital and Level I Trauma Center, with a full complement of residencies and fellowships and an integral part of Tufts University Medical School.  The position involves teaching and mentoring residents and medical students from the Maine Medical Center-Tufts University School of Medicine Medical School Program.

    Situated on the Maine coast, Portland offers the best of urban sophistication combined with small-town friendliness.  Just two hours north of Boston, this is an exceptionally diverse and vibrant community. 

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

    5/7/18

    Clinical Cardiology Opportunity

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

    Maine Medical Partners MaineHealth Cardiology is seeking an invasive clinical 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.

    5/21/18

    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.