Maine Medicine Weekly Update - February 4, 2019
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State House Report: MMA Testifies on Gun Violence and Patient Protection Bills

Each week this article will report on public hearings, work sessions, and other developments that occurred in the Legislature during the previous week.  We also will include grassroots "Calls to Action" here.

 

The MMA, the Sportsmen's Alliance of Maine, and the National Rifle Association joined forces this week to testify in support of LD 85, a bill that would provide tax breaks for the purchase of firearm safety devices such as gun safes, lock boxes, and trigger locks. There was no testimony in opposition to the measure, which would provide both a sales tax exemption and an income tax deduction for the purchase of devices that would help keep firearms out of the hands of children. The MMA has also proposed a bill calling for civil penalties for failure to use such devices, but the bill has not yet been printed.

 Gordon Smith, who just this week resigned as Executive Vice President of the MMA to become Maine's Opioid Response Director, gave his first testimony as spokesman for the Governor on LD 29, an opioid education measure.

On Thursday afternoon, the Health & Human Services Committee heard testimony on the nomination of Cape Elizabeth native Jeanne Lambrew to become Commissioner of the Maine DHHS. Testimony was overwhelmingly positive, and the Committee voted unanimously to support the nomination. You can read a full article about the hearing here: https://www.pressherald.com/2019/01/31/health-committee-unanimously-recommends-lambrew-for-top-dhhs-job-in-maine/.

Last Tuesday, MMA also participated in a public hearing before the Health Coverage, Insurance & Financial Services Committee on L.D. 1, a bill sponsored by the legislature's Presiding Officers, Senate President Troy Jackson (D-Aroostook) and House Speaker Sara Gideon (D-Freeport).  This bill is the first significant health policy bill of the session and reflects Governor Mills' and the legislature's majority Democrats' commitment to pursuing health care reform initiatives towards a goal of health care for all Mainers.  The purpose of the bill is to ensure that patient protections in the federal ACA are codified in Maine law in case of potential losses at the federal level, something that is much less likely following the 2018 elections when Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives.  After the Presiding Officers presented the bill, Governor Mills' health policy aide, Beth Beausang, expressed the Governor's support for the bill.  Beth has joined the Governor's Office after a number of years handling health policy issues for First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and the MMA looks forward to working with her.  MMA joined members of the Health Care For Maine (HC4ME) Steering Committee and other patient advocates in supporting the bill.  There was no opposition to the bill and the health insurance carriers and insurance agents spoke "neither for nor against" the bill, raising some technical issues.  You can find the MMA's testimony on the web here:  https://www.mainemed.com/sites/default/files/content/testimony/ld1_testimony.pdf.

The new legislature's committees continue with orientation activities, but public hearings will become a more significant part of their agendas as bills continue to be printed and referred.  The legislature also is anticipating release of Governor Mills' first biennial budget proposal which is due Friday and which she will present to a joint convention of the legislature on Monday, February 11th.  You can find coverage of the Governor's budget preparations by the Portland Press Herald here:    https://www.pressherald.com/2019/01/31/gov-mills-to-outline-her-first-state-budget-proposal-before-the-legislature-on-feb-11/.

MMA Wants Your Feedback: Physician Wellness Survey

The Maine Medical Association is conducting a study of physician wellness. Please help by taking a 5 minute survey. Details after the link.

 

  • The Maine Medical Association is interested in exploring issues related to member wellness and burnout. We are gathering information on the wellness climate of Maine’s physicians, your experience(s) with wellness and burnout, and any related resources that you are familiar with or have utilized (both in state and out of state). This survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete - we appreciate your participation!
 

 

E-cigarettes Better Than Other Nicotine Replacement Therapies

Researchers find that “e-cigarettes are almost twice as effective at helping smokers quit as nicotine replacement therapies such as lozenges and patches.”

 

The Washington Post (1/30, McGinley) reports researchers found that “e-cigarettes are almost twice as effective at helping smokers quit as nicotine replacement therapies such as lozenges and patches.” The findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Two accompanying editorials, however, questioned the implications of the study. In one editorial, Belinda Borrelli, Ph.D, and George T. O’Connor, M.D., “said e-cigarettes should be used only when Food and Drug Administration-approved treatments do not work.” In the other editorial, Jeffrey M. Drazen, M.D., Stephen Morrissey, Ph.D, and Edward W. Campion, M.D., “called on the FDA to immediately ban all flavored e-cigarettes, saying such flavors are responsible for a huge increase in teen vaping.”

The New York Times (1/30, Hoffman) reports the researchers found that 18% of participants who used e-cigarettes quit smoking compared to 9.9% “among those using traditional nicotine replacement therapy.”

 

Azar Proposes Shifting Drug Rebates From PBMs to Consumers

On Thursday, the Trump administration “proposed bringing transparency to one of the most secretive aspects of drug pricing by ending the widespread practice of rebates to middlemen – an effort to reduce what consumers pay for prescription medicine.”  

 

[from AMA Morning Rounds]

The Washington Post (1/31, Rowland) reports that on Thursday, the Trump administration “proposed bringing transparency to one of the most secretive aspects of drug pricing by ending the widespread practice of rebates to middlemen – an effort to reduce what consumers pay for prescription medicine.” Under the proposal announced by HHS Secretary Alex Azar, “drug manufacturers would be allowed to offer discounted prices directly to consumers but would no longer be able to give rebates to the middlemen, known as pharmacy benefit managers.” The article says if the rules take effect in 2020, they “would apply directly to older Americans who buy medicine under Medicare drug plans and low-income people with Medicaid managed-care plans.”

Bloomberg News (1/31, Edney, Langreth) reports that the proposal could end “a complex system of drug rebates that influence tens of billions of dollars in U.S. pharmaceutical spending, a move that could upend the relationship between drugmakers and pharmacy benefits middlemen.”

 

AMA State Advocacy Summit: 8 Physician Advocacy Wins that Set the Stage for 2019

AMA President Barbara L. McAneny, M.D. addressed physicians at the recent AMA State Advocacy Summit.

Given the turbulence in Washington, it's easy to overlook the many policy wins scored on behalf of patients and physicians at the national and state levels. In her opening address to the AMA State Advocacy Summit, AMA President Barbara L. McAneny, MD, detailed how physician advocacy has made a difference on gun violence, regulatory relief, physician payment and more, while offering a look ahead to the Association's ambitious 2019 policy goals. Read more.

Researchers Say Outpatient Use of Benzodiazepines Increasing

Research is showing a concerning increase in the prescription of benzodiazepine medication, with about half of all such prescriptions coming from primary care physicians. This is particularly concerning because benzodiazepines are implicated in a growing number of overdose-related deaths. Addressing prescribing patterns may help curb this growing use.

 

The NPR (1/25, Chatterjee) “Shots” blog reported, “The percentage of outpatient medical visits that led to a benzodiazepine prescription doubled from 2003 to 2015,” research indicated, with “about half” of “those prescriptions” coming “from primary care physicians.”

Medscape (1/25, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reported the study also found that “benzodiazepines are often coprescribed with opioids and other sedating medications, frequently for conditions other than anxiety and insomnia,” researchers concluded after analyzing data on “more than 386,000 ambulatory care visits from 2003 through 2015.” The findings were published online Jan. 25 in JAMA Network Open.

 

MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, February 5th

The Maine Legislature has returned to Augusta. That means public hearings and work sessions resume soon, and it's time for our weekly Legislative Committee calls to start up again. The next call will be Tuesday, February 5th, at 8 p.m.

 

 

MMA Legislative Committee Chairs Jay Mullen, M.D. and Lindsey Tweed, M.D. welcome you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee.

The last MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the First Regular Session of the 129th Maine Legislature will take place Tuesday, February 5th, at 8:00 p.m.

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

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

Conference call number: 1-603-766-5646

Participant ID - 699139#

The purpose of the weekly conference calls is to discuss the MMA's position on bills printed the previous week, to hear the views of specialty societies on the new bills or their concerns about any current health policy issues, and to discuss the highlights of legislative action of the week. The calls rarely last longer than an hour.

The following are bills of interest to the physician community printed last week. (For those not familiar with the term, a "concept draft" is a bill that contains only a title and a brief description of what it is intended to do. It does not contain the actual bill text.) We will discuss the priority bills marked with an asterisk (*) first. This will be important when the list grows in the next few weeks.


Following are the bills of the week: 

February 5, 2019

LD 493: An Act To Provide Lung Cancer Counseling and Screening for MaineCare Recipients. Reimbursement for shared decision making for certain lung cancer screenings.

*LD 494: An Act To Update the Family Planning Statutes. Significant language changes to family planning laws (e.g., “pregnancy” replaces “conception”).

LD 496: An Act To Extend the Availability of Protection from Abuse and Protection from Harassment Orders. Expands definition of family or household member.

LD 498: Resolve, Regarding Reimbursement of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Codes under MaineCare. Rate setting for Sections 68 and 85.

*LD 500: An Act To Extend the Limitation on Prescribing Opioids for Certain Individuals with Chronic Pain. Allows 6 month prescriptions for long term or elderly patients. (Constituent request.)

LD 506: An Act To Provide Architects, Engineers and Certain Other Professionals Immunity from Civil Liability When Volunteering for Evaluating Damage from Disasters. Gives immunity in disaster situations to a variety of professionals…but not health care personnel.

LD 508: Resolve, To Study the Protection of Youth and Young Adults from Addiction and Premature Death by Restricting Marketing of Tobacco Products. Requires AG’s office to study tobacco industry marketing practices and regulatory options to prevent youth and young adult use of addictive tobacco products.

LD 511: An Act To Create an Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Coordinator Position within the Department of Health and Human Services. As stated, to implement US CDC and other recommendations.

LD 516: An Act To Establish a Statewide Voluntary Firearm Collection Day and Ongoing Program. As stated, by Dept. of Public Safety. Free service, collected items to be destroyed unless stolen or used in a crime.

*LD 519: An Act To Expand Adult Dental Health Insurance Coverage. Requires MaineCare and other health insurance to include comprehensive dental coverage.

LD 529: An Act To Provide Property Tax Deferral for Senior Citizens and People with Physical Disabilities. Reinstates property tax deferral program for elders & disabled, raises income limit to $40,000.

LD 530: An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Subrogation Rights for Medical Payments Coverage. Requires insurer to notify insured of intent to subrogate, prohibits insurer from paying medical claims under MedPay coverage if insured entitled to coverage under other health insurance.

LD 531: An Act To Provide Counsel for a Person Who Is the Subject of an Adult Guardianship, Conservatorship or Other Protective Arrangement Proceeding. As stated, without need for a request by person.

*LD 532:  Resolve, Directing Professional Licensing and Certification Boards To Study the Barriers To Obtaining Professional Licensure and Certification. As stated, for all Title 32 licenses (includes physicians). Includes study of reciprocity.

LD 533: An Act To Eliminate the Statutory Duty To Retreat and Affirm the Right of Self-defense. As stated. Applies to use of deadly force.

LD 536: An Act To Direct the Judicial Branch To Establish a Veterans Treatment Court. As stated, for veterans and members.

LD 538: An Act To Ensure Access to Medical Cannabis for Visiting Qualifying Patients. Repeals requirement that visitors designate registered caregiver or dispensary.

LD 539: Resolve, To Ensure Appropriate Personal Needs Allowances for Persons Residing in Long-term Care Facilities. Raises limits from $40 to $70 (nursing) and from $70 to $100 (residential).

*LD 542: An Act To Allow a Person To Enter a Place of Public Accommodation Accompanied by a Medically Necessary Assistance Animal That Is a Dog. Expands service animal rule to include assistance dogs that are not service animals.

LD 544: An Act To Create Extended Producer Responsibility for Post-consumer Waste Generated from the Use of Tobacco Products. Concept draft, makes tobacco producers responsible for waste management.

*LD 545: An Act to Ban Child Marriage. Removes all exceptions to ban on marriage under age 16.

LD 548: An Act To Prohibit a Person under 18 Years of Age from Being Charged with the Crime of Engaging in Prostitution. As stated.

LD 549: An Act To Promote Academic Achievement through Hunger Relief for Maine Children. Provides free lunch for children entitled to reduced price lunch. (Under 185% federal poverty level.)

*LD 551: An Act To Ban Nicotine Liquid Containers. Currently allowed if in child resistant container.

LD 552: An Act Relating to Penalties for an Employer for the Retail Sale of Tobacco Products to a Minor when the Employer Possesses a Driver's License Reader. Seller has no legal exposure if employee does not use the device.

*LD 555: An Act To Reduce Colorectal Cancer Incidence and Mortality by Updating Screening Coverage. Removes age restrictions on coverage.

*LD 558: An Act To Amend the Continuing Education Requirements for Prescribers of Opioid Medication. Reduces CME requirement from 3 to 1 hour after first 3 hour session.

LD 577: An Act To Increase Access to Nutritious Foods in Schools by Implementing an After-school Food Program for At-risk Students. Participation in federal child and adult care food program.

LD 578: Resolve, To Create a Pilot Program To Assist the Transition to Recovery of Persons Suffering from Opioid Use Disorder. As stated. DHHS to establish details.

LD 583: Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Study the State's Long-term Services and Supports System for Older Adults. As stated.

*LD 593: Resolve, To Stabilize the Behavioral Health Workforce and Avert More Expensive Treatments. Section 65 rate increase and wage increase. $11 million over 2 years, drawing $19.5 million in federal funds.

LD 600: An Act To Achieve Mental Health Parity in Workers' Compensation. Reduces standard of proof for mental stress injuries from clear and convincing to preponderance (more probable than not), and equalizes standard for aggravation of preexisting condition.

LD 605: An Act To Improve Antihunger Programs in Maine Schools. Sets date deadline for DoE to provide application information to schools.

LD 615: An Act To Protect the Integrity of the MaineCare Program. Prohibits changes by department without Legislative approval (MaineCare and CHIP).

LD 616: An Act To Create Uniform Practices for Medicare Beneficiaries in Small Group Plans. Makes small group (<20) coverage primary over Medicare B.

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

February 9-10, 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

March 8, 2019
Maine Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians Annual Meeting

Sugarloaf – Carrabassett Valley, ME
Contact: Cathy Stratton at 207-592-5725 or cstratton@mainemed.com

March 23, 2019
Maine Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting

Maine Medical Association – Manchester, ME
Contact: Cathy Stratton at 207-592-5725 or cstratton@mainemed.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

April 25-26, 2019
Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians Annual Spring Program
PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY:  An Update and a Look Ahead

Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park Street, Freeport, ME 04032
Contact:  Dianna Poulin 207-480-4194 or dpoulin@mainemed.com

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 17-19, 2019
Maine Chapter, American College of Surgeons
Harborside Hotel and Marina – Bar Harbor, ME
Contact: Cathy Stratton at 207-592-5725 or cstratton@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

June 27, 2019
Maine Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians Chapter Meeting

Cabbage Island Clam Bake – Boothbay Harbor, ME
Contact: Cathy Stratton at 207-592-5725 or cstratton@mainemed.com

September 7, 2019
Maine Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians Chapter Meeting

Harborside Hotel & Marina – Bar Harbor, ME
Contact: Cathy Stratton at 207-592-5725 or cstratton@mainemed.com

September 20, 2019
Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Fall Business Meeting

(Held in conjunction with the 17th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium)

Harborside Hotel & Marina – Bar Harbor, ME from 10:30am – 11:45am
Contact:  Shirley Goggin 207-445-2260 or sgoggin@mainemed.com

September 20-22, 2019
18th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium

(Presented by the Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons)

Harborside Hotel & Marina – Bar Harbor, ME
Contact:  Shirley Goggin 207-445-2260 or sgoggin@mainemed.com

December 11, 2019
Maine Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians Chapter Meeting

Portland Regency Hotel – Portland, ME
Contact: Cathy Stratton at 207-592-5725 or cstratton@mainemed.com

 

 

 

 

  


 

Enrollment Underway for Maine’s Physician Executive Leadership Institute - The Advanced Course - Deadline Extended to February 8, 2019

 

Enrollment is now under way for the Hanley Center's sixth cohort of its Physician Executive Leadership Institute - The Advanced Course.

 

Enrollment is now under way for the Hanley Center's sixth cohort of its Physician Executive Leadership Institute - The Advanced Course.

Physicians enrolling in the course are designated as McAfee Fellows, in honor of former AMA and MMA President Robert McAfee, M.D. Participants gain knowledge, skills and tools in the core competency areas of: systems awareness; strategic focus; key management/business skills; self-awareness; healthcare trends; and teamwork and collaboration, best enabling them to lead and transform our healthcare delivery system.

Over the past 7 years, more than 150 physicians have participated in the Advanced Course. The sixth class will begin March 2019 at the Brunswick Hotel & Tavern in Brunswick and continue through January 2020. There are six two-day sessions, each running from Thursday evening through late Saturday morning. The class is expected to include 35 physician leaders from Maine, New Hampshire, and beyond. 

A distinguished five-member faculty team from the Heller School at Brandeis University delivers much of the program content for the Advanced Course, joining with Maine-based subject matter experts and physician leaders.  McAfee Fellows receive 80 hours of Category One CME for their participation in the full program.

Deadline for enrollments: February 8, 2019

Ready to accept the challenge? For more information about the Advanced Course, the nomination and the enrollment processes, please visit www.hanleyleadership.org, or contact Judiann Ferretti Smith at judiannsmith@hanleyleadership.org or Kathy Vezina at kathrynvezina@hanleyleadership.org.

To Enroll Go Tohttps://www.hanleyleadership.org/leadership-courses/physician-executive-leadership-institute/peli-advanced-course/

 

Webinar Presented by Baystate Financial - Sources of Retirement Income - Tuesday, February 12th

Free webinar next Tuesday, February 12th at 6pm presented by Baystate Financial.

 

Free webinar on Tuesday, February 12th at 6pm presented by Baystate Financial.

Sources of Retirement Income|
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
6:00 – 7:00pm

It is important to have a solid understanding of the different types of retirement income that maybe available to you in retirement.  This session will help you:

  • Understand different income sources
  • Know tax implications
  • Align income and expenses

To RSVP or for more information, contact Christopher Perry.
207-770-2033  cperry@baystatefinancial.com

Please RSVP by Monday, February 11, 2019.

There is nothing you have to do to prepare for this session. This session is simply to provide you with knowledge and insight so you can make informed decisions about your finances. We hope you’ll join us.

Baystate Financial
www.baystatefinancial.com

Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training - 1-day Sessions Offered on March 2 and April 6

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, February 2, 2019 - Bangor - REGISTER NOW 

 Saturday, April 6, 2018 - Biddeford/Saco - REGISTER NOW
 
 Saturday, June 8, 2019 - Farmington - Franklin Memorial, Allen RM - 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.

 

NAMI Maine’s Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention Conference - Friday, April 12, 2019

NAMI Maine is excited to announce that Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas is our keynote speaker.

Dr. Sally wears many hats: clinical psychologist, mental health advocate, faculty member, researcher, and suicide loss survivor. She has diligently earned her reputation in social change by helping to establish many mental health efforts, including Man Therapy and National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

 

The theme for this year’s conference is Building Resiliency Through Effective Interventions. Several breakout sessions will focus on different methods of intervention. We are pleased to announce that the conference offers both a clinical and a non-clinical track. Several sessions will include CME credits and CEUs for professionals who attend.

 

In the late afternoon, there will be mini breakout sessions focusing on building your self-resiliency, supporting self-care, and preventing burn out.

 

NAMI Maine is excited to announce that early bird registration for the Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention Conference 2019 is available at a reduced cost of $65 until March 1st. For more information, click here.

Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds

DFD Russell Medical Centers (DFDRMC) operates three community health centers in central Maine.  We are seeking a full time PMHNP, for our Leeds location.

DFD Russell Medical Centers (DFDRMC) operates three community health centers in central Maine.  We are seeking a full time PMHNP, for our Leeds location.

Our three health centers serve a multicultural, rural population and have a family practice focus serving pediatrics to geriatrics.

Responsibilities: Assessment of mental health needs for children or adults; Diagnosing mental health/psychiatric conditions; Developing and executing treatment plans; Providing primary health care; Prescribing medication (Suboxone waiver, required); It is a full-time 4 days per week.

This position combines making a difference in patients' lives with a family-friendly work life, please e-mail your resume to Laurie Kane-Lewis, CEO. (Laurie.Kane-Lewis@DFDRussell.org) EEO

Requirements
Current Maine License. Proficiency with electronic medical records.

Benefits
Excellent benefit package: medical, dental, life, 401(k), flexible spending accounts and a generous paid time-off plan. Salary is commensurate with experience; there is also an incentive plan and a CME reimbursement.

3/4/19

 

 

Urgent Care Physician - South Portland, ME

AFC Urgent Care is hiring for an Urgent Care Physician in South Portland, ME.  The incoming Physician will perform a fundamental role in the development of this new practice. 

AFC Urgent Care is hiring for an Urgent Care Physician in South Portland, ME.  The incoming Physician will perform a fundamental role in the development of this new practice.  The AFC Clinic in South Portland will open in Spring 2019 and be the first to open in Maine, in a brand-new state-of-the-art building. The incoming Physician will partner with the Medical Director and will be supported by a team of medical professionals onsite.  

Practice Need:

  • An Emergency Medicine or Family Practice Physician to provide urgent medical care for the community of South Portland and Cape Elizabeth
  • An entrepreneurial-minded physician seeking an opportunity to be part of building a practice
  • Ability to work 33-36 clinical hours weekly,12-hour shifts, occasional holidays, and 1-2 weekends monthly.  No call needed.

Candidate Parameters:

  • Board Certified in Family Practice or Emergency Medicine
  • MD/DO
  • American or International Medical Graduate

For more information and to apply: https://jobs.lever.co/kmaconsultingllc/7a2aa8f5-cd3a-4472-93ee-e3332a235870?lever-origin=applied&lever-source%5B%5D=Maine%20Medical%20Association

EOE

2/18/19

 

 

PCHC in need of Pediatrician at Multiple Locations!

Penobscot Community Health Care is seeking a Pediatrician for our Seaport Community Health Center in Belfast as well as in our Penobscot Pediatrics in Bangor. Come and join our team at Seaport Community Health Center and become a part of a vibrant and active coastal community. Become a part of the legendary Penobscot Pediatrics that has been a staple amongst the Bangor community for over 30 years! We are the largest and most comprehensive FQHC in Maine and the 2nd largest in New England. Seaport and Penobscot Pediatrics are both NHSC loan repayment eligible sites! PCHC offers loan repayment to those that are not awarded or eligible for NHSC. Competitive benefits package, 403(b) retirement, signing and retention bonuses, relocation assistance and more! Questions? Contact Vanessa Sanderson, PCHC Recruiter at (207)404-8015 or at recruitment@pchc.com.

2/11/19

Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine

Northern Light 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.

Northern Light 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. Our practice is one of seven primary care practices operated by Northern Light 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.

Northern Light 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
Northern Light Health
Phone: 207-973-5358
ProviderJobs@NorthernLight.org

2/4/19

Full-time Board Certified/Board Eligible MD/DO

Northern Light Inland Hospital is seeking a full time board certified/board eligible MD/DO to join a well-established outpatient practice for outpatient internal medicine and geriatrics. 

Northern Light Inland Hospital is seeking a full time board certified/board eligible MD/DO to join a well-established outpatient practice for outpatient internal medicine and geriatrics.  Role would include as Medical Director for Long term Care facility on site.  Provider would divide time for outpatients and nursing home panel.  At Northern Light Inland Hospital, we believe in putting the patient first in every way.  Northern Light Inland is a 48-bed acute care hospital with 14 primary and specialty care physicians in Waterville and the surrounding communities.  A patient centered approach is alive and well here where staff provide the kind of care we all want for our own families.  We offer a collegial atmosphere, cutting-edge EMR, generous vacation and CME benefit, medical tuition loan support, relocation reimbursement and sign-on bonus.  Enjoy the best of both worlds-practicing at a smaller community hospital in a comfortable environment while having the support of a large medical center. 

For confidential consideration, please contact:

MaryKate Friend, RMA (AMT), Physician Recruiter
Northern Light Health
Phone: 207.861.7189 
Email: mkfriend@northernlight.org or providerjobs@northernlight.org     

2/18/19

Outpatient Family Medicine - Brunswick, Maine

Mid Coast Medical Group is seeking a full-time BC/BE Family Medicine Physician to join a well-established practice located at Brunswick Station.

Mid Coast Medical Group is seeking a full-time BC/BE Family Medicine Physician to join a well-established practice located at Brunswick Station.  Admitting is through the hospitalist service. New graduates and experienced candidates are encouraged to apply.

A department of Mid Coast Hospital, Mid Coast Medical Group provides high quality primary and specialty care with more than 100 providers. All MCMG primary care practices are NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home certified.

Part of the Mid Coast–Parkview health family of services, Mid Coast Medical Group offers competitive benefits and compensation package, along with an excellent work environment. Please send CV to Melanie Crowe, Physician Recruiter, at mcrowe@midcoasthealth.com or call (207) 406-7872, for more information.

3/4/19


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

2/11/19

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.

Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

Partners for World Health has a great need for advice from certain medical professionals on how to sort and package the vast amount of supplies received, for shipping and use in destination countries.

Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health - Portland, ME

Partners for World Health (PWH) is a non-profit 501(c)3 based in Portland, Maine committed to reducing medical waste, improving the quality of healthcare in underserved countries, and educating our local community about global healthcare issues.

Our mission is to collect unused/discarded medical supplies from local medical facilities and to distribute those medical supplies to international communities in need. This work limits the negative impact we have on the environment and provides much-needed resources to the developing world. To support our work in improving health conditions around the world, we send local medical personnel on medical missions to developing countries, and we educate our local Maine community about global health issues. 

PWH has a great need for advice from certain medical professionals on how to sort and package the vast amount of supplies received, for shipping and use in destination countries, specifically, in the areas of:

  • Surgery: all aspects of OR medical supplies and equipment
  • Respiratory: any and all aspects
  • Anesthesia
  • Laparoscopic surgery: advice on the proper components of a “tower”
  • Cardiology

Please note: this request is not for ongoing time commitment but rather for a few hours of a professional’s time to help organize certain supplies appropriately.

While PWH receives tens of thousands of pounds of equipment/supplies from hospitals and clinics, there are certain critical items always in short supply.

For more information, contact volunteer Rita Zanichkowsky at rznct@maine.rr.com or 207-232-3264, or contact Partners directly at 774-5555.  Thank you! 
https://www.partnersforworldhealth.org/