Maine Medicine Weekly Update - September 24, 2018
(Print All Articles)

Attorney General Releases Overdose Death Numbers for First Half of 2018

Drug overdose deaths declined slightly from one year ago but are still averaging over one death per day, according to a report released Friday by the Office of the Attorney General.

 

The regular reports on overdose deaths in the state is prepared by Marcella Sorg, PhD., of the University of Maine's Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.  

 
As has been the case in recent years, most of the 180 overdose deaths were caused by the synthetic opioid fentanyl. The 180 deaths is actually a slight decrease from the first half of 2017 when 185 drug-related deaths were reported. By the end of 2017, a total of 418 overdose deaths had occurred, representing a significant increase from the 376 deaths in 2016. The increase from 2016 to 2017 was higher than all but five other states.
 
Other facts of interest in the report:
 
The average age of the decedents was 42, fairly consistent with previous years.
 
Seventy-one percent of victims were male, an increase from previous years.
 
Eight percent of the deaths were attributed to suicide.   

Dr. Dora Mills Joins MaineHealth Community Health Efforts

Dr. Dora Anne Mills, who  served as Maine’s State Health Officer and Director of the Maine CDC for 15 years, will join MaineHealth in November as senior vice president for community health.  

 

[from MaineHealth]

Dr. Dora Anne Mills, who oversaw the state of Maine’s public health initiatives for 15 years, will lead efforts to create healthier communities for 1.1 million people across Maine and New Hampshire. 

Portland, Maine ­– MaineHealth, northern New England’s largest healthcare provider, has tapped a well-known and highly regarded public health leader to drive its community health efforts on behalf of the 1.1 million people in its service area in Maine and New Hampshire. 

Dr. Dora Anne Mills, who for 15 years starting in 1996 served as Maine’s State Health Officer and Director of the Maine CDC, will join MaineHealth in November as senior vice president, community health. She replaces Deborah Deatrick, leader of MaineHealth’s community health efforts for the past 20 years, who plans to retire in January. 

“We are both fortunate and excited to have Dr. Mills joining our team,” said William Caron, president of MaineHealth. “Deb Deatrick has established our organization as a national leader in promoting health and wellness, and Dr. Mills is uniquely qualified to build on that work supporting our vision of ‘working together so our communities are the healthiest in America.’” 

Since its founding 20 years ago, MaineHealth, under Deatrick’s direction, has established itself as a leader in promoting health and wellness in the communities it serves. Among the initiatives undertaken are a series of programs created in coordination with community stakeholders to address some of our most pressing public health needs. These include the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence, Raising Readers, Let’s Go!, CarePartners and MedAccess, and a statewide approach to Community Health Needs Assessments at local hospitals that is a model for the rest of the country.

 “This is a special opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people in Maine and Carroll County, N.H.,” said Mills. “Always during my time working in public health in Maine, we could count on MaineHealth to be a leader in promoting healthy lifestyles and addressing our most pressing public health concerns. Now, in this role, I get to drive those efforts in partnership with government and community organizations.”

Mills joins MaineHealth from the University of New England, where she was vice president of clinical affairs. Mills joined UNE in 2011 during a critical period of growth for the university. During her time there, she led clinical education and practice initiatives, working to establish and strengthen relationships between UNE and its clinical affiliates, especially health systems and federally qualified health centers in northern New England. Mills also grew UNE’s grant-funded public health programs from $2 million to $8.5 million per year in external funding, and served in several leadership capacities, including oversight of UNE’s Master’s of Public Health program and as interim vice president for Research and Scholarship. She was a frequent and effective external spokesperson for UNE, speaking at numerous conferences and regularly commenting on public health issues in the media. 

For 15 years prior to joining UNE, Mills served as State Health Officer and Director of the Maine CDC, first serving in the administration of Gov. Angus King and later as part of Gov. John Baldacci’s leadership team. In her time with the state, Mills established herself as Maine’s leading voice with respect to public health, speaking frequently on matters ranging from the H1N1 flu pandemic to childhood obesity to tobacco cessation and more. 

A native of Farmington and a graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Mills holds a medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard University School of Public Health. 

Mills began her medical career as hospitalist pediatrician at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Calif., and later practiced as a pediatrician in her hometown at Pine Tree Medical Associates, part of Farmington-based Franklin Community Health Network.


MMA Seeks Contract Academic Detailer/Prescriber Educator

The Maine Medical Association, on behalf of MICIS, is seeking a clinical health professional to serve in the role of a contract "academic detailer."


Job Description:  The Maine Medical Association, on behalf of the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS), is seeking a clinical health professional to serve in the role of a contract “academic detailer.” Academic detailing entails offering independent, scientific evidence on prescription drugs at the request of prescribers working in primary care.

The part-time contract academic detailer will conduct face-to-face educational outreach visits to discuss the current evidence on best clinical prescribing practices. The candidate will be available to do one-on-one consultations with prescribers and group teaching sessions in practices, hospitals and at conferences, per request, across the state.

Hours required will vary from month to month, based on demand, and may range anywhere from 5 to 35 hours a month. Flexibility is required. One-year contract subject to renewal.

Training: Candidates must be available to attend a two-day training session in Boston on the principles and techniques of academic detailing. Additional trainings on specific clinical topics to be detailed will take place in Maine or Boston periodically.

Requirements:

  • Clinical background: MD, DO, PA-C, RN, CNP, or PharmD or similar.
  • Two or more years of clinical experience.
  • Therapeutic competency.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including service-orientation.
  • Excellent presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Ability for light lifting when delivering presentation materials to sites.
  • Ability to travel throughout the state including occasional long days driving and overnight stays in Maine and Boston.
  • Ability to attend monthly work group meeting and quarterly advisory committee meetings in Manchester.

Pay: The contractor will be paid on an hourly basis commensurate with the candidate’s background and skills.

Contact: Please send cover letter and resume to Susan Kring skring@mainemed.com.

US Senate Passes Bill Prohibiting Gag Clauses for PBMs

The US Senate passed Sen. Collins's bill to prohibit gag clauses in pharmacy benefit manager contracts. Those clauses prevent pharmacists from informing patients of lower cost options for medication.

 

On Sept. 17, the Senate passed S. 2554, the "Patients Right to Know Drug Prices Act of 2018," by a vote of 98 to 2. This legislation, which was introduced by Sen.  Susan Collins, R-Maine, would prohibit health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers from using gag clauses that prevent pharmacists from sharing with patients the lower cost options when purchasing medically necessary medication.

The legislation will ensure that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will have the necessary authorities to combat anti-competitive pay-for-delay settlement agreements between manufacturers of biological reference products and follow-on biologicals. The Senate recently passed legislation (S. 2553) that would apply similar gag clause protections to Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans. The AMA sent a letter of support for this legislation as AMA policy supports legislation that will not only allow, but require pharmacies to inform patients of the actual cash price as well as the formulary price of any medication prior to purchase. 

The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved similar gag clause legislation, HR. 6733, the "Know the Cost Act of 2018," by voice vote on Sept. 13. This bill, which the AMA also supports, applies to both private insurance plans and Medicare Advantage plans. The full House is expected to consider this legislation after it returns from recess.  

2019 CPT Code Set Released

The new code set includes 335 changes reflecting new scientific and technological advances in medical, surgical, and diagnostic services.

 

2019 CPT code set released

The American Medical Association has released its 2019 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set, which includes 335 changes reflecting the CPT Editorial Panel and the health care community's combined annual effort to capture and describe the latest scientific and technological advances in medical, surgical and diagnostic services.

The changes include three new remote patient monitoring codes and two new inter-professional internet consultation codes, reflecting how health care professionals can more effectively and efficiently use technology to connect with patients at home and gather data for care management and coordination. The AMA's Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group provided recommendations on these and other new codes to better integrate digital medicine modalities into clinical practice.

Additional new codes for 2019 include revised codes for skin biopsy, fine needle aspiration, leadless pacemaker procedures, breast MRI with computer aided detection and psychological and neuropsychological testing.

New CPT category I codes are effective for reporting as of Jan. 1, 2019. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is proposing to cover the new CPT codes and adopting, for the most part, recommendations from the RVS Update Committee for cost year 2019 on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.  

To assist the health care system in an orderly annual transition to a new CPT code set, the AMA releases each new edition four months ahead of the Jan. 1 operational date and develops an insider's view with detailed information on the new code changes.

 

MEJP, Speaker Gideon Urge CMS to Approve MaineCare Expansion

The Hill reports that Maine Equal Justice Partners and Speaker of the Maine House Sara Gideon have contacted the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services urging the administration to approve Maine's plan for Medicaid expansion.

 

The letters, written separately, contrast with the one written recently by Governor Paul LePage in which he asked CMS to refuse to authorize the plan. They point out the action of Maine voters in approving expansion in last November's referendum vote.

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/407417-supporters-urge-trump-officials-to-approve-medicaid-expansion-in-maine?utm_campaign=KHN%3A%20First%20Edition&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=66069500&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_5BRblYvCiwVpajykHia9YK7luYx9p-mqxONUv5hHtEAqq6GmcuBPybmiFz3ZNFJ6sG7TbP7izAn23uxaulLRkajwFBA&_hsmi=66069500 

Richard A. Evans, M.D. Honored as Outgoing Chair of New England Delegation to AMA

The Council of New England State Medical Societies (CNESMS) and the New England Delegation to the American Medical Association held their Fall meetings at the Massachusetts Medical Society on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

 

The Council of New England State Medical Societies (CNESMS) and the New England Delegation to the American Medical Association held their Fall meeting last Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the offices of the Massachusetts Medical Society in Waltham, MA. Representing the Maine Medical Association at the meeting were AMA Delegate Richard A. Evans, M.D. and Deputy EVP & General Counsel Andrew MacLean. 

The primary business of the CNESMS meeting is the presentation of the six state reports from the President of each New England state medical society, followed by questions and discussion. Dr. Evans presented the Maine report on behalf of MMA President Robert J. Schlager, M.D. who was traveling and could not attend. As usual, the state reports reflected issues common to all the states, including the opioid drug use disorder problem, the political landscape in each state, and operational challenges being faced by each state society.

The agenda for the meeting of the New England Delegation (NED) to the AMA is focused on preparation for the next meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, the interim meeting scheduled for early November in National Harbor, MD. It includes review and discussion of proposed resolutions from states to the AMA, presentation of reports from various AMA Councils and Task Forces, and discussion of races for various AMA offices. At this meeting, three proposed resolutions were on the agenda.  

  1. Creation of an AMA Election Reform Committee (CT)
  2. Shade Structures in Public and Private Planning and Zoning Matters (CT)
  3. Due Diligence for Physicians and Practices joining an ACO with based models (upside and downside risk) (MA)

 At the beginning of the NED meeting, Maine's Richard A. Evans, M.D. completed his term as Chair if the Delegation and turned the position over to Vice Chair Peter Hollman, M.D. of Rhode Island. Dr. Hollman and Mr. MacLean each took a few minutes to recognize Dr. Evans for his service.

MMA Listening Session in Newcastle on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:00-8:00pm

MMA will hold its next Listening Session at the Newcastle Publick House in Newcastle on Tuesday evening, Oct. 9 from 6:00 to 8:00pm.   MMA officers and senior staff will be present to hear from the physicians in Lincoln, Knox and Sagadahoc counties.  

 

MMA will hold its next Listening Session at the Newcastle Publick House in Newcastle on Tuesday evening, Oct. 9 from 6:00 to 8:00pm.   MMA officers and senior staff will be present to hear from the physicians in Lincoln, Knox and Sagadahoc counties.  

Physicians living or practicing in these three counties are invited to stop by for an appetizer and beverage on us and share your thoughts and opinions on the many issues impacting physicians practicing today in our state.  The MMA leadership would like the opportunity to mingle with physicians in an informal setting and to hear what's on your mind.

Over the past couple years,  MMA has held similar sessions in Presque Isle, Portland, Machias, Augusta, Camden, Lewiston and York.  Any physician is welcome to attend, although invitations will be mailed to just the physicians in the three counties noted.
 
To RSVP, please e-mail your interest in attending to Sarah Lepoff at MMA at slepoff@mainemed.com or call Sarah at 480-4191.  
 
There will also be a Listening Session on Thursday, Oct. 18 in Waterville.  Watch for the details to be announced shortly in the Update with all Kennebec County members also receiving a post card invitation.

Please note: the October 9th Listening Session will be held on the second floor of the Newcastle Publick House which is only accessible by stairs.

 
 

Do you hold a DEA X-waiver to prescribe buprenorphine?

If the answer is ‘yes’, we’d like to hear from you.  Please take our 8-minute survey.

 

Do you hold a DEA X-waiver to prescribe buprenorphine? If the answer is ‘yes’, we’d like to hear from you.  Please take our 8-minute survey.

As part of our response to the opioid epidemic that is devastating Maine communities, the Maine Medical Association is part of a collaborative effort to expand the availability of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)* for people with opioid use disorder.  

We’ve all heard the frustration in our communities that there is a shortage of treatment that is local, affordable, and immediate.  In order to share accurate information with patients and stakeholders, as well as fill gaps in regional treatment capacity, we are assisting in the development of a community resource map that accurately reflects MAT prescriber and addiction counselor capacity in every Maine county.

The information we collect will be compiled and stored here at the Maine Medical Association, and it will be available in database and mapping formats to inform community planning and response efforts.  

If you hold a DEA X-waiver, please help us put a sharper focus on available resources for MAT. Your input is very important to us and to the thousands of Maine people with opioid use disorder and their families.  This survey will take less than 10 minutes.  It is designed for current MAT prescribers and addiction counselors, as well as for anyone who holds the licensure but has not yet joined a collaborative MAT effort in their community.  

Thank you for helping us collect and confirm this important information. 

Link to the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MaineMAT

*SAMSHA Definition: Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), including opioid treatment programs (OTPs), combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders. https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment

Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training

Maine continues to see deaths from opiate use increase. Rates of opiate use are highest in the 18-25 year old group and data from those entering treatment suggest that the majority begin using before the age of 17. Maine AAP is committed to helping practitioners identify youth on this path earlier and intervening earlier! SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) is one evidence based approach to doing this.

 

Maine continues to see deaths from opiate use increase. Rates of opiate use are highest in the 18-25 year old group and data from those entering treatment suggest that the majority begin using before the age of 17. Maine AAP is committed to helping practitioners identify youth on this path earlier and intervening earlier! Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment is one evidence based approach to doing this. Maine AAP will be offering several trainings throughout the state over the next 6 months. Please consider joining us to enhance your skills in identifying and offering brief interventions in the primary care settings for youth on the path to substance use disorders.

The Maine AAP will be offering one day Saturday sessions in several regions of Maine, providing training and coaching to Pediatricians and Pediatric Specialists in SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) and effective conversational skills in Motivational Interviewing.

Confirmed Dates for all sessions:

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston - REGISTER NOW

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - Presque Isle/Caribou - REGISTER NOW

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - Bangor - REGISTER NOW

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - Farmington - Franklin Memorial Hospital, Allen Room - REGISTER NOW

Saturday, April 6, 2018 - Biddeford/Saco - REGISTER NOW

Instructor: Stephen R. Andrew LCSW, LADC, CCS, CGP is a storyteller, consultant, trainer, co-author of Game Plan: A Man's Guide to Achieving Emotional Fitness, and Chief Energizing Officer of Health Education & Training Institute. He maintains a compassion-focused private practice in Portland, Maine (USA) where he also facilitates a variety of men's, co-ed, couples, and caregiver groups. Stephen has been a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2003 as well as a MIA-STEP (Motivational Interviewing Assessment; Supervisor Tools for Enhancing Proficiency) trainer for the New England ATTC. Stephen has been MITI trained and has over 100 hours of training in Motivational Interviewing. He provides coaching and training domestically and internationally for social service agencies, health care providers, substance abuse counselors, criminal justice, and other groups.

 

MaineHealth Announces 2018-19 Tobacco Treatment Training Program

The MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence(CTI) has just put out its 2018-19 Tobacco Treatment Training and Education Program. 
 

The MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence (CTI) provides a variety of trainings and educational programs for health care professionals throughout the state of Maine. CTI is pleased to announce the 2018-19 Training and Educational offerings, training descriptions and additional information is available in the attached brochure and at: http://www.cti-trainingmaine.org/home

These training opportunities are available to provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully engage their patients/clients with proven strategies for lasting tobacco abstinence. Advice and assistance from health care professionals remains a powerful tool for helping tobacco users quit.

The 2018-19 Training program includes:

·       Tobacco Intervention: Basic Skills Training (multiple dates and locations)

·       Tobacco Intervention: Intensive Skills Training (multiple dates and locations)

·       Tobacco Treatment Groups as a Healing Process: Exploring the Possibilities (October 11th, York)

·       Electronic Cigarettes & Vaping: Implications for Tobacco Prevention & Treatment (April 10th, Rockland)

·       Annual Tobacco Treatment and Prevention Conference (June 17-18th, South Portland)

Continuing Education Credits will be available for all trainings.

 

12/31/18 Deadline for All MDs Who Do NOT Prescribe Opioids

All professionals licensed by the Board of Licensure in Medicine (MDs and PAs licensed by that board) are advised to remember that they are required by Board rule to have taken three hours of opioid CME by December 31, 2018, even if they do not and will not prescribe opioids.

 

Rule Chapter 21, Section 4 (1), states in relevant part: "By December 31, 2018 and thereafter, all clinicians must complete 3 hours of Category 1 credit Continuing Medical Education every two years on the prescribing of opioid medication regardless of whether or not they prescribe opioid medication."

CME is available through the MMA's MICIS program. Contact Susan Kring at the MMA skring@mainemed.com for additional information or to register for a CME program. The next program is scheduled for Wednesday, September 12th in Auburn.

The Board rule further states, "Category 1 credits will be accepted for CME regarding opioid prescribing from any of the following: the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA); the American Medical Association Council on Medical Education (AMA); the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME); the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP); the Committee on Continuing Medical Education of the Maine Medical Association (MMA); the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); or the Maine Osteopathic Association (MOA)."

Additional, online CME may be obtained from Maine Quality Counts at https://qclearninglab.org/qc-getting-started/.  

MMA Presentation on Healthcare Issues Considered by 128th Legislature Now Available

During the two sessions of the 128th Legislature, the Maine Medical Association advocacy team monitored well over 300 pieces of legislation involving some aspect of healthcare. With the session now nearly concluded, MMA attorneys are available to present a one hour CME talk on the new laws of which physicians need to be aware.

 

This is a one-hour, in-person presentation that will cover all bills that have become law related to health care over the last two years. Any last minute work the Legislature does this week will be added, so that a complete review will be available.

Medical practices, medical staffs or specialty societies interested in the presentation should contact MMA EVP Gordon Smith, Esq. via e-mail to gsmth@mainemed.com.

Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings

Below you will find an on-going list of Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings.  Any questions should be referred to the contact person listed for each specialty.

Below you will find an on-going list of Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings.  Any questions should be referred to the contact person listed for each specialty.

UPCOMING SPECIALTY SOCIETY MEETINGS

October 18-19, 2018

Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians Fall Program
Meeting the Mental and Physical Health Needs of Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Maine
DoubleTree Hotel – South Portland, ME – Thursday – 5:00 p.m., Friday, 7:30-4:30 p.m.
Contact: Dianna Poulin at 207-622-7743f or dpoulin@mainemed.com

November 15, 2018

Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians Executive Council Meeting
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Maine Medical Center, Dana Center
Contact: Dianna Poulin at 207-622-7743 or dpoulin@mainemed.com  

December 12, 2018

Maine Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians Meeting
Portland Regency Hotel – Portland, ME – 5:00 pm
Contact: Cathy Stratton at 207-592-5725 or cstratton@mainemed.com

February 23-24, 2019

Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Winter Meeting
Sugarloaf Hotel & Conference Center – Carrabassett Valley, ME
Contact: Lisa Montagna at 207-620-4015 or mesahq@gmail.com

April 3-6, 2019

27th Annual Family Medicine Update & Annual Meeting
Atlantic Oceanside – Bar Harbor, ME
Full brochure & registration available after Jan 15, 2019 at www.maineafp.org
Contact: Deborah Halbach at 207-938-5005 or maineafp@tdstelme.net

May 10, 2019

Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Spring Educational Program & Business Meeting
Harraseeket Inn – Freeport, ME from 11:30am – 5:00pm
Contact:  Shirley Goggin 207-445-2260 or sgoggin@mainemed.com

May 18-19, 2019

Maine Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics 2019 Spring Conference
Point Lookout – Northport, ME
Contact: Dee Kerry at 207-480-4185 or dakerry@aap.net

 

Health Care for Maine Conference October 1

HC4ME invites you to a one day conference with tracks dedicated to those who want to more about assisting Mainers navigating the health care systems in Maine and a second set of tracks dedicated to those interested in getting involved in health care policy. This year’s theme will be The Opportunity of Extraordinary Times. The event will be held at the Augusta Civic Center October 1, 2018.

 

 

6th Annual HC4ME Conference

HC4ME’s 6th annual conference, The Opportunity of Extraordinary Times, will focus on the accomplishments realized this past year in preserving and expanding health coverage through the ACA, CHIP, Medicaid and programs serving the uninsured. The conference will highlight the need to continue working together to address challenges many Mainers still face in accessing quality, affordable health care.  Register at this link.

Quick Links:
Tentative Agenda
Breakout Session Descriptions
Plenary Descriptions
Keynote Speaker

Elena Hung, Cofounder of Little Lobbyists https://www.littlelobbyists.com/

Elena Hung is co-founder of Little Lobbyists. She is Xiomara’s mom and she believes in the power of stories to change hearts and minds.

Little Lobbyists began as conversation between friends who shared their concerns for their community of kids with complex medical needs. Elena worked with other families to form a simple plan. They took photos and shared stories of kids with complex medical needs directly with their legislators. The deliver them in person with their own kids (and their trachs, ventilators, oxygen, wheelchairs, walkers, leg braces, feeding tubes, and more…) so lawmakers could see first-hand who needs the protection of the very laws and programs under threat.

Their goal is for the United States to become a place where the government does not repeal, but rather advances and champions, policies and laws that protect the livelihood and future of our children. They hope one day soon all parties will come together to map a path to better health care, education, and community inclusion for every person with complex medical needs and disabilities.

Elena has been an immigration lawyer since 2006: helping families to reunite, U.S. employers to sponsor workers, and asylum seekers to flee persecution.

Tentative Break Out Sessions:

  • State Action to Address Rising Prescription Drug Costs

    Vincent Demarco and Ann Woloson

    Rising prescription drug costs impacts our ability to access the medicine we need and is contributing to increases in the cost of health insurance and health care in general. Learn more about efforts in Maine and other states to increase transparency about rising drug costs including requiring drug companies to report details on how they set their prices.

  • Community Conversations: Bringing Civility Back to Policy Making

    Mark Hews, and Amy Regan Gallant, others unconfirmed at this time…

    Maine Revives Civility is a project of the National Institute of Civil Discourse (NICD). This workshop will focus on civil discourse in our health care conversations and will include tips and tricks to help Revive Civility.

  • Diving Deeper into Children’s Health Care Issues

    Nancy Cronin, Julia Underwood, Dr. Margaret Curtis, Elena Hung

    When Maine children have health care coverage, they can get the preventive care they need to thrive. But with the continued attacks on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), children’s coverage is at risk. Learn what’s at stake and what’s being done to advocate for the health and well-being of our children.

  • Getting to Universal Access

    Joe Lawler, Trish Riley, Mitchell Stein, Tom Saviello, and Erika Ziller

    While the Affordable Care Act has enabled many Mainers to acquire health insurance, there are still tens of thousands who are uninsured. Others have insurance but struggle to afford care. This panel discussion will look at different options to improve access to health care through more insurance coverage and better coverage within insurance plans.

  • MaineCare Today and A Look Ahead

    Christine Hastedt, DrewChristopher Joy, Kathy Kilrain del Rio

    What’s happening with the new law expanding Medicaid and the Section 1115 waiver the LePage administration has submitted? Are there opportunities to improve Mainers health through MaineCare policy change? What’s on the horizon for this vital program? Advocates will discuss the current landscape and explore what could be possible for the Medicaid program in Maine.

  • Building Good Health: The Foundational Role of Social Determinants

    Rebecca Boulos, Ana Hicks, Kalie Hess, MPH, and Malory Otteson Shaughnessy

    There has been increased awareness that improving health and reducing health disparities will require broader approaches that address social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health. This workshop will provide an overview of these social determinants of health and allow for discussion of some public policy efforts to address them.

  • Changes in the Marketplace

    This session is your chance to find out what changes were made to health insurance plans offered in Maine in 2019.


NEW! Lunch Plenary:  Investing and Building Capacity to Foster Health Equity in Maine

The Maine Health Access Foundation recently announced a new initiative aimed at addressing health inequity in Maine.  MEHAF is investing in organizations led by and serving communities that face disproportionate barriers to health and well-being, including communities of color, LGBTQ+ communities, people living with disabilities, and people experiencing homelessness.

Learn more about MeHAF’s investment in organizations working to address inequality in Maine communities:
Moderator: Jake Grindle
Grantees and speakers: TBA


Invitation to join Older Adult ECHO Program beginning October 4th - Applications close 9/28.

Maine Quality Counts and the Project ECHO Northern New England Network would like to invite you to join a virtual educational program to support primary care providers and care coordinators from across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont that treat and manage the care of older adults.

Maine Quality Counts and the Project ECHO Northern New England Network would like to invite you to join a virtual educational program to support primary care providers and care coordinators from across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont that treat and manage the care of older adults. The curriculum will focus on common and complex issues in the geriatric patient population, including the diagnosis and management of cognitive impairment, agitated and psychotic behaviors, depression, sleep disorders, frailty, functional decline, falls, and polypharmacy.  The importance of working with and supporting caregivers will also be addressed, as will complex care issues involving multiple disorders and social factors affecting wellbeing and function.

Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an evidence-based method developed by researchers at the University of New Mexico. The ECHO model™ links teams of interdisciplinary specialists with primary care clinicians. During teleECHO™ sessions, experts mentor and share their expertise across a virtual network via case-based learning, enabling primary care practice teams to treat patients with complex conditions in their own communities.

The program begins with an Orientation on October 4th followed by 8 monthly case-based sessions. Meetings will be held virtually using an online platform (Zoom) on the 4th Thursday of each month from 11:30 to 1:00 PM, beginning October 25th.  The 90-minute virtual learning session will include a patient case presentation and a brief lecture with Q&A.  Participants can receive 1.5 CME credits for each virtual learning session attended.

Attached is a program overview highlighting the intended audience, learning objectives, participation commitment, and program schedule, as well as a PDF of the application.  Space will be limited to 10 practice teams from each State (ME, NH, an VT) and if interested, please apply early.  Rural practices are encouraged to apply.  Applications will close September 28th! 

You can access the online application link here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R5CMN23

For more information, please contact Lise Tancrede at ltancrede@mainequalitycounts.org


 

 

Maine Concussion Management Initiative final training program for 2018 on October 16

The Maine Concussion Management Initiative has its final training program for 2018 on October 16 at the annual conference of the Brain Injury Association of America-Maine Chapter. MCMI will be a presenter and not the sponsor / organizer. MCMI training is listed as the Youth Concussion Track.

The Maine Concussion Management Initiative has its final training program for 2018 on October 16 at the annual conference of the Brain Injury Association of America-Maine Chapter. MCMI will be a presenter and not the sponsor / organizer. MCMI training is listed as the Youth Concussion Track.

The BIAA-Maine Chapter conference will be held at the Double Tree by Hilton in South Portland. The conference runs from 8:00am to 4:30pm. The MCMI Youth Concussion Track will have Level 1 from 9:30am to 1:00pm and Level 2 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

You will need to register online for the conference at: www.biausa.org/2018maineconference

            - for a course brochure – click on the highlighted 2018 BIAA-ME Conference Brochure

            - to register, scroll down to Professional Registration, click and follow the directions

Here is a limit of 30 for the Youth Concussion Track, so you might want to register early.

Level 1 is the Introduction to Concussions and Concussion Management. Level 2 is Advance Concussion Management that includes interpreting neurocognitive tests. Level 1 is a prerequisite for Level 2. MCMI training is appropriate for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, neuro-psychologists, athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, school nurses, athletic directors, and coaches.

For any questions – please contact: Jan Salis, PT, ATC, at jsalis@aol.com or 207-577-2018.

 

MICIS 3-hour Opioid CME Presentations - Augusta 10/16, Wells 10/17, Portland 11/26

All licensees of the Board of Licensure in Medicine must take 3 hours of CME on opioid prescribing every two years whether they prescribe opioids or not.

 

All licensees of the Board of Licensure in Medicine must take 3 hours of CME on opioid prescribing every two years whether they prescribe opioids or not.

Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety

This 3-hour presentation is an updated version of the broad clinical and legal review of opioid prescribing in Maine first presented by MICIS in 2017.

The Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine has established a new CME rule which is currently effective. All its licensees, whether MDs or Physician Assistants, must take 3 hours of CME on opioid prescribing every two years whether they prescribe opioids or not. No BOLIM licensee is exempt from this requirement.  

MICIS, a program of the Maine Medical Association, is scheduling five 3-hour presentations on opioid prescribing in different regions of the state which are designed to fulfill this requirement.  Registration is open for:  

AUGUSTA: Tuesday, October 16 at the Augusta Civic Center REGISTER HERE

WELLS: Wednesday, October 17 at Village By The Sea REGISTER HERE

PORTLAND: Monday, November 26 at Fireside Inn REGISTER HERE

Presentations were held in Brewer on August 21 and Auburn on September 12.  

Topics and Learning Objectives:

How Did We Get Here: (1) review 2016 CDC opioid prescribing guidelines, (2) understand morphine milligram equivalents (MMEs), (3) Assess alternative treatments for acute and chronic pain

Transforming Our Practices & Our Communities: (1) review best practices in opioid prescribing practice transformation, including team-based care, (2) understand benefits of buprenorphine prescribing, anticipate prescribing naloxone for all patients and families at risk

    Recent Legal Changes Affecting Opioid Prescribing in Maine: learn about recent changes in (1) Maine statutes related to opioid prescribing and safety and Substance Use Disorder recovery, (2) rules from licensing boards related to opioid prescribing and safety and Substance Use Disorder recovery, (3) rules from Maine DHHS relating to opioid prescribing and safety and Substance Use Disorder recovery

    The Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS) is a program of the Maine Medical Association. 

    This MICIS activity qualifies for a maximum of 3 CME credits of the 3 CME credit requirement for opioid medication education found in P.L. 2015, Chapter 488, and the similar requirement in the recent amendments to Chapter 1 of the Rules of the Board of Licensure in Medicine. 

    The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS). The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    For more information, contact Susan Kring at 480-4190 or skring@mainemed.com

    Harvard Professor and Author Philip Landrigan, MD speaks at UNE evening of Friday, Oct 19

    Children and Environmental Toxins: What Everyone Needs to Know - Friday, October 19th at UNE's Innovation Hall. Harvard Professor and Author Philip Landrigan, MD has helped shaped public health policy to save the lives of children around the world. 

     

    REGISTRATION IS OPEN

    Join us for an extraordinary opportunity to hear from someone who has shaped public health policy and saved the lives of children around the world. Please help us welcome Dr. Philip Landrigan.

    Children and Environmental Toxins: What Everyone Needs to Know. 

    Friday, October 19, 2018

    5:30PM reception, 6:30PM talk (followed by Q&A)

    Innovation Hall, UNE Portland campus

    Registration CLICK HERE 

    Dr Landrigan is an international leader in public health and preventive medicine. He is a pediatrician and epidemiologist and his pioneering research on the effects of lead poisoning in children led the US government to mandate removal of lead from gasoline. His leadership of a National Academy of Sciences Committee on pesticides in children’s diets resulted in the passage of the Food Quality Protection Act in 1996, a major US federal pesticide law and the first environmental statute to contain specific protections for infants and children.

    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

     

    Introduction to Lean in Healthcare Full-Day Workshop on Friday, November 9

    Lean Healthcare East presents a full day workshop on Lean process improvement for hospital and practice leaders.

     

    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 November 9 in Portland 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.

     

    Division of Disease Surveillance Annual Infectious Disease Conference - November 14

    Since 1983, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Disease Surveillance, Department of Health and Human Services has organized an annual infectious disease conference targeting public health issues of emerging concern to medical practitioners throughout the state. Presentation topics will focus on a range of infectious diseases.

    Since 1983, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Disease Surveillance, Department of Health and Human Services has organized an annual infectious disease conference targeting public health issues of emerging concern to medical practitioners throughout the state. Presentation topics will focus on a range of infectious diseases.

    DATE: November 14, 2018

    LOCATION: Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME

    AGENDA:
      7:45 - Participant and Exhibitor Registration Poster Set-up
      8:15 - Welcome
      8:30 - Top 10 - Updates and Epidemiolog and STDs - Dr. Katherine Hsu, MD, MPH, FAAP
    10:45 - Break / Visit Exhibits & Posters
    11:00 - Antibiotic Stewardship - Minkey Wungwattana, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID
    12:00 - Lunch & Pump Handle Awards, Visit Exhibitors & Posters
      1:15 - Infectious Disease Hazards of Occupational and Recreational Needle Use - Panel Discussion
      2:15 - Tuberculosis Diagnosis - Prevention and Treatment - Elizabeth A. Talbot, MD
      3:15 - Break / Visit Exhibits & Posters
      3:30 - What About Rabies? - Rachel Fiske, DVM
      4:30 - Adjourn
    Please check the event website for agenda updates and additional speaker information.

    Continuing Education:

    • Nurse Continuing Education
    • Continuing Medical Education
    • American Osteopathic Association
    • American Academy Family Physicians Continuing Education
    • Pharmacy Continuing Education
    • General Continuing Education

    Intended Audience:

    • Healthcare Providers - Immunization Program Staff, Clinicians, Hospital & Nursing Leaders, Health Policy Makers, Public Health Workers, Healthcare Administrators, Infection Control Practitioners, Pharmacists and Laboratorians.
    • Medical Office Staff - Practice Managers, Nurses, Case Managers, Medical Assistants, Health Educators, Pharmacy and Laboratory Staff.
    • Others interested in emerging infectious diseases of public health significance including public health educators, partners in public health, and students of public health, nursing or medicine.

    Questions should be directed to 207-626-3615 or adcare@adcareme.org.

    For more information and to register online visit:  http://www.cvent.com/d/4gqcxk

    Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care

    Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified clinical leader to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery. 

    Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified clinical leader to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery.  The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner:

    • Provides diagnoses, conducts therapy and prescribes medication for patients with substance use disorder, psychiatric disorders and medical organic brain disorders.
    • Assures access for continuity of care through appropriate referrals for sub-specialty and inpatient services and prompt follow-up of patients discharged from inpatient settings.

    Applicants must have a Master’s degree in nursing, an unrestricted Maine license to practice as an advance practice nurse practitioner, Board Certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as well as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency license.  Qualifications include:

    • A minimum of three years’ experience in a psychiatric or primary care medical practice required.
    • A working knowledge of the core concepts of evidence-based practice, social and behavioral determinants of health, population-based care, integration of medical, behavioral health and dental care, and Meaningful Use of health information technology.
    • Willingness to work some non-traditional hours and ability to travel between YCCAC/Nasson Health Care clinical sites. 

    Visit www.yccac.org for an application. Completed cover letter, resume, and YCCAC employment application will be accepted until position is filled.  York County Community Action Corp., 6 Spruce Street, P.O. Box 72, Sanford, ME 04073 - (207)324-5762 or 1-800-965-5762 - Fax (207)459-2811 - apply@yccac.org - EOE

    10/22/18

    Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care

    Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified Nurse Practitioner to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery. 

    Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified Nurse Practitioner to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery. 

    • Provides direct clinical services in accordance with the highest standards of medical and nursing practices and in full accordance with health center policies and protocols.
    • Fully embraces and carries out all applicable NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home standards and Federally Qualified Health Center requirements.

    Applicants must have a Master’s degree in nursing, an unrestricted Maine license to practice as an adult, family or pediatric nurse practitioner, as well as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency license.  Qualifications include:

    • A minimum of three years’ experience in a primary care medical practice required.
    • A working knowledge of the core concepts of evidence-based practice, social and behavioral determinants of health, population-based care, integration of medical, behavioral health and dental care, and Meaningful Use of health information technology.

    Visit www.yccac.org for an application. Completed cover letter, resume, and YCCAC employment application will be accepted until position is filled.

    York County Community Action Corp.
    6 Spruce Street, P.O. Box 72
    Sanford, ME 04073
    (207)324-5762 or 1-800-965-5762
    Fax (207)459-2811
    apply@yccac.org

    EOE

    10/22/18

    BC/BE Family Physician

    Franklin Health Farmington Family Practice, member of Maine Health, located in Farmington, Maine, is searching for a BC/BE Family Physician.

    Franklin Health Farmington Family Practice, member of Maine Health, located in Farmington, Maine, is searching for a BC/BE Family Physician. Tucked in the beautiful western mountain foothills of Maine, FHFFP has been serving the community for 30 years, caring for multi-generational families.  The family practice provider opportunity is a full-time, salaried position joining 5 providers. The outpatient call schedule is one-in-six nights and one in six weekends. No obstetrics.

    Located in the new Medical Arts Center, attached to the Franklin Hospital, the outpatient practice provides care for infants and pediatrics through geriatric care and includes nursing home visitations. Patient volume draws from an extensive geographic region with 40,000 people.  Franklin Memorial Hospital is a 65-bed, acute care community hospital with a 40-member medical staff offering exceptional benefits and compensation packages.

    Please contact Donna Lafean, Recruiter, MaineHealth/Franklin at (207) 779-2185 or dlafean@mmc.org.

    10/15/18

    Internal Medicine MD or DO (BE/BC)

    Franklin Health Internal Medicine is an office based Internal Medicine practice tucked in the beautiful western mountains of Maine, and owned by Franklin Memorial Hospital, a member of Maine Health.

    Franklin Health Internal Medicine is an office based Internal Medicine practice tucked in the beautiful western mountains of Maine, and owned by Franklin Memorial Hospital, a member of Maine Health. FH Internal Medicine provides office based adult medicine services and preventive and diagnostic cardiovascular services and serves a population of approximately 40,000.

    FHIM providers average 15 to 18 patients with ages ranging from 18 to end-of –life. Expectation is 36 hours a week with 32 patient contact hours. The office is located on the Franklin Memorial Hospital campus, a 65-bed, acute care community hospital with a 40-member medical staff.  In addition to an annual base salary, physicians are offered significant additional income potential, as well as student loan repayment and relocation assistance.   

    Please contact Donna Lafean, Recruiter, MaineHealth/Franklin at (207) 779-2185 or dlafean@mmc.org.

    10/15/18

    Internal Medicine Physician

    Maine Medical Partners Internal Medicine is seeking a FT Board Certified/Board Eligible Internal Medicine physician for their well-established outpatient practices located in the greater Portland area. 

    Maine Medical Partners Internal Medicine is seeking a FT BC/BE Internal Medicine physician for their well-established outpatient practices located in the greater Portland area.  This is an exciting opportunity involving the teaching of medical students and residents, and includes the option to continue hospital care if desired. 

    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 successful candidate will have an academic appointment at Tufts University School of Medicine, and 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 Gina Mallozzi, Physician Recruiter at (207) 661-2092 or gmallozzi@mmc.org.

    11/12/18

    Franklin Health Behavioral Services is seeking a BC/BE Psychiatrist/Medical Director

    Tucked in the beautiful western mountains of Farmington, Maine, this full-time position with have an average of 14 patients per day and call is provided by our own local Evergreen Crisis Team, providing 24 hour crisis service coverage. 

    Tucked in the beautiful western mountains of Farmington, Maine, this full-time position with have an average of 14 patients per day and call is provided by our own local Evergreen Crisis Team, providing 24 hour crisis service coverage. The candidate would be the Lead provider for the Practice, IOP Program Director, Medical Director/Board member of our Crisis program, and Suboxone prescriber.

    Patient volume draws from a wide geographic region with 40,000 people.  This evolving practice now offers ECT treatment and has a shared medical record with primary care practices in a patient centered medical home model. The provider would work with 2 Nurse Practitioners and a team of clinical professionals in our Medical Arts Building attached to Franklin Memorial Hospital, a 65-bed, acute care community hospital with a 40-member medical staff offering exceptional benefits and compensation packages.

    Contact Donna Lafean, Recruiter, MaineHealth/Franklin at dlafean@mmc.org.

    10/15/18

    Family Nurse Practitioner - Ellsworth

    Full time FNP position available in the Ellsworth location of the Bucksport Regional Health Center.

    Full time FNP position available in the Ellsworth location of the Bucksport Regional Health Center. Qualifications include a minimum of 5 years of clinical experience or clinical perioperative required.  Minimum of 2 years experience as a NP strongly preferred.  Graduate of an accredited NP program.  Current APRN licensure in the state of Maine.  Current PLS, ACLS and PALS required.  Qualified applicant may apply at www.brhcme.org or send CV to dadams@brhcme.org

    10/8/18

    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.

    10/1/18

    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.

    9/17/18

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

    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.

    10/8/18

    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

     10/8/18


    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.

    9/17/18

    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.

    9/17/18

    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.