Maine Medicine Weekly Update - April 8, 2019
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MMA Committee Releases Updated Policy Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide Before Legislature's Debate of Issue

An ad hoc committee established by the MMA Board of Directors, chaired by Past President and emergency physician Charles Pattavina, M.D., has drafted a Statement that will be presented for consideration by the Board at a regular business meeting on April 24th and will be shared with the Health & Human Services Committee on Wednesday, April 10th when the Committee considers L.D. 1313, An Act to Enact the Maine Death with Dignity Act.

 

 

The MMA has had a policy position in opposition to Physician-Assisted Suicide since a resolution adopted at the Annual Session on September 9, 2000 in anticipation of a question on the November 7, 2000 General Election ballot. Maine voters defeated the question. Since that referendum question, the Maine legislature has considered a bill on the topic every two years. In periodic polling, the MMA has observed an evolution in physician opinion on this topic which is reflective of evolving public opinion generally. The physician community appears as divided as the public at large, based on recent MMA polling.

In the wake of the legislature's debate on this topic in the last legislature, the MMA Board of Directors established an ad hoc committee of members interested in the issue to reconsider the MMA's policy on this issue. The result of several years of work by this committee is the draft Statement recently posted in the Spotlight Section of the MMA web site. The MMA Board of Directors will consider this Statement during its regular business meeting on Wednesday, April 24th. 

Charles Pattavina, M.D., an emergency physician and Past President of MMA who chaired the ad hoc committee, will present the MMA's testimony at the public hearing on L.D. 1313 this Wednesday morning. The MMA encourages any interested member or non-member physician to express an opinion to the HHS Committee on Wednesday, to the MMA Board on 4/24, or to both. The public hearing before the Joint Standing Committee on Health & Human Services will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10th in Room 209 of the Cross State Office Building in Augusta.

If you have any questions about participating in the debate on this important issue, please contact Andrew MacLean, Interim CEO, at amaclean@mainemed.com or by cell phone at 207-215-7462.

 

 

Maine School Immunization Rates Continue Downward Trend, Pertussis Rises

While the Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee sits poised to vote on a bill to eliminate non-medical exemptions, the reason for the bill becomes even more apparent: the rate of nonmedical exemptions in schoolchildren rose last year from 5.0% to 5.6%, and the rate of kindergarten children immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella fell from 94.3% to 93.8%.

 

While the Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee sits poised to vote on a bill to eliminate non-medical exemptions, the reason for the bill becomes even more apparent: the rate of nonmedical exemptions in schoolchildren rose last year from 5.0% to 5.6%, and the rate of kindergarten children immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella fell from 94.3% to 93.8%.

The national rate of nonmedical exemptions was 2%.

Immunization of kindergartners in five counties were below the 95% level generally considered to be necessary to confer “herd”, or community, immunity.

You can read more in the Bangor Daily News article, here.

Meanwhile, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 136 cases of pertussis in Maine through March 2019, more than double the 59 cases reported in the same period in 2018. Maine’s total of 446 cases in 2018 was the highest per capita rate in the nation, at 33.16 per 100,000, compared to the national average of 4.13 cases per 100,000.

For more information on the pertussis rates in Maine, see the Central Maine newspapers article, here.

 

 

Federal Judge to Hold Hearing on CVS-Aetna Merger in May

A federal judge in the District of Columbia has decided to hold a hearing in May to hear from the AMA and other opponents of the merger.

 

[from the AMA Morning Rounds]

Reuters (4/5, Bartz) reported that Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, who is “reviewing an agreement between the government and CVS Health Corp allowing the pharmacy chain to buy health insurer Aetna,” on Friday signaled “that he wanted to hold a hearing in May to hear from critics of the $69 billion deal.” Leon “said in a court hearing that he would likely take a week to hear from the American Medical Association and other opponents of the transaction, which closed in November.”

The Wall Street Journal (4/5, Kendall, Subscription Publication) reported that U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said Friday he will hear from witnesses objecting to the $70 billion purchase of Aetna by CVS, which the Justice Department recently approved. The proposed settlement must be approved by the court, though a CVS lawyer said no judge has ever decided to hear witnesses in a case of this type. The Journal added that in court, Judge Leon heard from health care and consumer groups, including the American Medical Association, that are in opposition to the merger.

 

Kentucky Physicians Pass Bill to Fix Prior Authorization. Will Maine Do the Same?

Kentucky patients will have speedier access to treatment as a result of a new law reforming health insurance company prior authorization processes.

 

Kentucky patients—particularly those with chronic conditions on an established medication regimen—should have speedier access to treatment as a result of a new law reforming health insurance company prior authorization (PA) processes. And their physicians next year are expected to have a major administrative burden reduction.

You can read the full article here.

The Maine Legislature is considering a similar bill that will, if passed, limit insurers' use of the prior authorization procedure.

This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA

Click through for a brief update on recent public health issues, provided by the American Medical Association's electronic publication, Morning Rounds.

 

Children prescribed more antibiotics following telemedicine consultations than clinic visits

The AP (4/8, Stobbe) reports a new study found that children who displayed symptoms of sniffling and a sore throat during telemedicine visits “were far more likely to be prescribed antibiotics than those who went to a doctor’s office or clinic,” and many “of those prescriptions disregarded medical guidelines.” Researchers assessed “more than 340,000 insured children who had acute respiratory illness medical visits in 2015 and 2016,” finding that the children “received prescriptions for antibiotics more than half the time during telemedicine visits, compared with 42% at urgent care clinics and 31% at doctors’ offices.” The findings were published in the journal Pediatrics.

Medicaid expansion linked to fewer cardiovascular-related deaths, research suggests

CNN (4/5, Howard) reported that a study suggests Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act “was linked with fewer cardiovascular-related deaths in counties where expansion took place.” The research was presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions.

Many women with menstrual symptoms do not tell their families or physicians

Reuters (4/5, Rapaport) reported researchers found that “many women who suffer from menstrual symptoms like pain and heavy bleeding don’t tell their families or doctors about it even when it interferes with their ability to keep up with daily routines.” The findings were published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Hospital discharges to SNFs may wait to see physician for first evaluation, study suggests

Reuters (4/5, Crist) reported researchers who assessed “nearly 2.4 million hospital discharges to skilled nursing facilities under fee-for-service Medicare in 2012-2014” found that when Medicare patients are discharged from a hospital to an SNF, “the time it takes for a doctor or advanced-level practitioner to see them for a first evaluation can vary widely.” They found that nearly “half of first medical assessments happened within a day of admission to the nursing home, and 71 percent occurred within four days.” However, “about 15 percent of assessments happened four to 14 days after the patient arrived, nearly 4 percent were more than 14 days later and 10 percent of patients were never seen at all.” The findings were published in Health Affairs.

Social media battle outbreak of bogus vaccine claims

The AP (4/5, Ortutay) reports, “internet companies are trying to contain vaccine-related misinformation they have long helped spread. So far, their efforts at quarantine are falling short.” Searches of social media “turn up all sorts of bogus warnings about vaccines, including the soundly debunked notions that they cause autism or that mercury preservatives and other substances in them can poison and even kill people.” Experts worry the spread of bad information is contributing to the return of deadly diseases such as measles.

Candida auris fungus is spreading around the world

The New York Times (4/6, A1, Richtel, Jacobs) reported that Candida auris, a fungus that “preys on people with weakened immune systems,...is quietly spreading across the globe.” The article explains that in the past five years, the fungus “has hit a neonatal unit in Venezuela, swept through a hospital in Spain, forced a prestigious British medical center to shut down its intensive care unit, and taken root in India, Pakistan and South Africa.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added the fungus to its list of “urgent threats,” and is leading an international effort to stop the fungus from spreading. Tom Chiller, M.D., the head of the CDC’s fungal branch, said, “It is a creature from the black lagoon. It bubbled up and now it is everywhere.”

California physicians broadly granting vaccine exemptions

Kaiser Health News (4/5, Ostrov) reported that physicians in California have “broad authority to grant medical exemptions to vaccination,” and some are “wielding that power liberally and sometimes for cash: signing dozens – even hundreds – of exemptions for children in far-off communities.” While the state’s SB 277 passed in 2016, improved overall youth vaccination rates by 92.9 percent in 2015-2016 and 95.1 percent in 2017-2018, parents “have found end runs around the new law requiring vaccinations.” This, Kaiser Health writes, “has led to a kind of gray market in which parents share names of ‘vaccine-friendly’ doctors by word of mouth or in closed Facebook groups. And some of those doctors are granting children blanket exemptions – for all time and all vaccines – citing a range of conditions not supported by federal guidelines.”

Maine Independent Clinical Information Service 2019 Presentations

2019 MICIS learning objectives and descriptions are available at www.micismaine.org.

 

MICIS, the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service, has been providing evidence-based prescribing education since 2008.  In 2019, MICIS is offering presentations on the following topics:

  • Clinical Opioid Update 2019
  • Legal Opioid Update 2019
  • Co-prescribing Benzodiazepines & Opioids: The Black Box of Increased Opioid Risk
  • Opioid Use Disorder & Medication-Assisted Recovery: Caring For Our Communities (presented in 2018)
  • Managing Depression in Older Patients (Note: this is not an opioid topic.)
A 3-hour presentation including Clinical Opioid Update 2019, Legal Opioid Update 2019, and Co-prescribing Benzodiazepines & Opioids is available.

In addition, individual academic detailing sessions are available to prescribers of opioids on these topics:

  • Treating Complex Patients with Chronic Pain who are Prescribed Opioids
  • Overview of Office-Based Buprenorphine Prescribing

Visit www.micismaine.org for information about MICIS education outreach and academic detailing, and to request a presentation at your medical practice, hospital or conference.

2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer

The Maine Medical Association presents the Mary F. Cushman Award each year to recognize the humanitarian service of Maine medical volunteers.  Nominations for the 2019 award are due by July 31.

 

Nominations for the 2018 Mary Cushman, MD Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer

The Maine Medical Association presents the Mary F. Cushman Award each year to recognize the humanitarian service of Maine medical volunteers who serve many hours in Maine, throughout the United States, or abroad.  The award is announced at the Association’s Annual Session, and includes a $1,000 donation to the institution or organization of the recipient’s choice.  Priority consideration is given to:

  • the nomination of a Maine physician who is a member of the Maine Medical Association.
  • nominations submitted by members of the Maine Medical Association.
  • nominations that, for international volunteering, include training people in other countries to provide care in their own communities.

Nominations for the 2019 award are due by July 31 and should describe the volunteer’s activities and contributions to the profession.

The nomination form is available at https://www.mainemed.com/cme-education-info/2019-annual-session.

MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, April 9th

The Maine Legislature is in full swing, with over 1470 bills printed. All committees are holding public hearings and work sessions and voting on bills. That means there's lots of work to do on the MMA Legislative Calls. The next call will be Tuesday, April 9th, 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, April 9th, 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: 

April 9, 2019

LD 1479,  An Act To Clarify Guardianship over Detainees under 18 Years of Age Regarding Mental Health Care. Clarifies that DHHS guardianship for health care includes mental health.

*LD 1485,  An Act To Create an At-risk Persons Program in Maine. Database for law enforcement of persons who have communication difficulty due to a physical or mental condition or “who may benefit from LEO being aware of specific information.”

LD 1486,  An Act To Strengthen Supports for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism in Crisis. Requires DHHS to develop crisis planning, assessment, intake, and regional and residential services for persons with intellectual disabilities or autism.

LD 1492,  An Act To Reform Drug Sentencing Laws. Relaxes or eliminates provisions concerning trafficking, possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

*LD 1499,  An Act To Establish the Maine Prescription Drug Affordability Board. To determine reasonableness of certain drug prices; requires manufacturer notice of prices and price increases; sets prices for certain covered entities.

*LD 1501,  An Act To Change the Law Governing Occupational Disease Claims under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992. Changes definitions relating to cumulative trauma or exposure; determines liability among sequential employers; establishes injury date for such injuries.

*LD 1504,  An Act To Protect Consumers from Unfair Practices Related to Pharmacy Benefits Management. Replaces current PBM statutes. Imposes duties on carriers to monitor PBM activity; requires consumer option to pay cash price without filing claim; prohibits “excessive payment”; requires adequate retail network; prescribes method of determining average wholesale price; requires rebates be applied to lower premiums; formulary requirements; prescribes method of using PBM compensation in calculating loss ratio.

LD 1510,  Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 97: Private Non-Medical Institution Services and Appendices B, C, D, E and F, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services. As stated.

LD 1512,  An Act Regarding Persons Who Are Found Not Criminally Responsible and Are Sent out of State for Treatment. Requires court to determine least restrictive placement and lack of equivalent placement within state, quarterly status reports to DHHS; requires DHHS to have oversight committee for such placements.

*LD 1523,  An Act To Ensure the Quality of and Increase Access to Recovery Residences. Adds “person recovering from SUD” and “recovery residence” to SUD program statutes; creates pilot program for brief rental subsidies for recovery residences with MAT.

LD 1529,  An Act Concerning Nondisclosure Agreements in Employment. Prohibits employment contracts containing agreements not to disclose claims of discrimination or harassment, but allows them in settlement agreements (except for judicial disclosures).

LD 1530,  An Act To Expand Incentives To Live and Work in Maine through a Tax Credit for Certain Student Loans. Income tax credits up to $1000 for student loan payments.

*LD 1532,  An Act To Eliminate Single-use Plastic Carry-out Bags. Prohibits retail establishments from using plastic or paper single use carry-out bags, with certain exceptions.

State House Highlights of the Week: Tobacco, Tanning, and Public Health in HHS; Short-Term Health Plans and Consumer Assistance in HCIFS

Click through for news on the past week's developments in the Legislature and from the Governor's office.

 

Last week, the Health Coverage, Insurance & Financial Services Committee held public hearings on bills to expand state regulation of short-term, limited benefit health plans (LDs 815, 1260, and 1263) which have been advocated by some as comprehensive health care coverage to the great confusion of consumers. MMA joined consumer advocates in support of some legislative action in this area. The MMA also testified in support of LD 1274, a bill that would provide needed support for the Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) at the Consumers for Affordable Health Care organization. The MMA also participated in an initial work session on LDs 249 and 705, MMA bills on the use of a "clinical peer" in health plan UR decisions and on prior authorization standards. The HCIFS Committee asked the stakeholders in LDs 249 and 705 to meet in an effort to find common ground on these issues.

The Health & Human Services Committee voted unanimously last week on a bill, LD 552, that would have allowed store owners to escape responsibility for tobacco sales to minors if their employees simply did not use installed drivers' license verification devices. The MMA and a number of public health experts testified in favor of a bill (LD 1277) to require the Director of the Maine CDC to have certain credentials or their equivalent. One item on the list, that the Director be a physician or nurse practitioner, was opposed by the DHHS, but there was agreement on requirements for significant public health experience and training. Again this year, for the third time in this writer's brief experience, the committee is considering a bill to ban the use of indoor tanning salons by persons under 18. Once again, the bill is opposed by the tanning industry, whose representatives are now claiming it is a medical procedure. We expect a repeat of favorable votes in Committee and in the House and Senate, but this time a veto is not expected. Finally, bills to support school based health centers financially and to expand their number were voted "ought to pass" by the committee. Their fate will be decided at the end of the session when the Appropriations Committee decides which bills to fund from the Special Appropriations Table.

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

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

 

 

 

 

  


 

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.

22nd Maine Pain Symposium on May 1 8am-4:30pm at University of New England

Presented by Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care:
22nd Maine Pain Symposium "Balancing Pain Management With The Opioid Crisis: Are We Making Progress?" at UNE Biddeford Campus

22nd Maine Pain Symposium
"Balancing Pain Management With The Opioid Crisis: Are We Making Progress?"

Presented by Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care

University of New England, Biddeford Campus, Multi Purpose Room
May 1, 2019, 8:00am-4:30pm
Details and Registration Information

For more information or to register:
call (207) 626-0651
http://mainehospicecouncil.org/index.php/category/events/

 

April 24 - Meeting Medicare's Quality Payment Program Requirements: Overview & Assistance

Healthcentric Advisors event on Medicare's Quality Payment Program requirements for Performance Year 2019

Meeting Medicare's Quality Payment Program Requirements: Overview & Assistance
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
5:30-8:00pm
University of New England, Portland Campus

Register Here 

Join Healthcentric Advisors, the New England Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIO) on Wednesday, April 24 from 5:30-8:00pm as their experts present an overview of Medicare's Quality Payment Program.  Program Information and Registration

Eligible clinicians are required to report performance data that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses to adjust future Medicare claims payments.  The majority of providers participate in QPP through the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). 

Healthcentric Advisors is a nationally-recognized, nonprofit healthcare quality improvement organization delivering education, technical assistance, research, analytical and project management services.  As a part of their contract with CMS, QPP support is provided at no cost to providers. 

Experts will be available afterwards for personalized assistance.  Dinner will be provided during the presentation.

BC/BE Family Medicine Physician or Experienced Family Nurse Practitioner

Western Maine Family Health Center (Livermore Falls, Maine) seeks a BC/BE Family Medicine Physician or experienced Family Nurse Practitioner to provide healthcare to people of all ages.

Western Maine Family Health Center (Livermore Falls, Maine) seeks a BC/BE Family Medicine Physician or experienced Family Nurse Practitioner to provide healthcare to people of all ages. The health center offers accessible, quality healthcare with integrated behavioral health services.

Western Maine is part of HealthReach Community Health Centers, a system of 11 practices in Central and Western Maine with a 44-year history serving 28,000 patients each year. We accept all insurances including commercial plans, MaineCare (Medicaid) and Medicare. In addition, through an ongoing grant from the federal Bureau of Primary Health Care, the health centers offer sliding fee services and assist with applications for healthcare and medication programs including the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The selected candidate will receive competitive salary and benefits, malpractice coverage, pension plan, loan repayment options, and relocation assistance. EOE. Contact: Recruiter, HRCHC, 10 Water Street, Suite 305, Waterville, ME  04901 ~ 207.660.9913 ~ Fax 207.660.9901 ~ email: Communications@HealthReach.org ~ www.WesternCHC.org.

4/29/19

Gastroenterology Lead Physician - Bangor, Maine

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has an exceptional opportunity for a physician leader to join our growing hospital based practice.

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has an exceptional opportunity for a physician leader to join our growing hospital based practice.

The ideal candidate will have previous physician leadership experience along with excellent communication and supervisory skills. They will assure the delivery of comprehensive multidisciplinary Gastroenterology care and their time will be divided between clinical and administrative duties. Call frequency is protected at 1:6.  Hospitalists are available 24/7 for all GI admissions. Modern facilities support basic endoscopic procedures, ERCP, EUS, capsule endoscopy.

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is a 411 bed, ACS Verified, Level II Trauma Center, serving a population of 500,000 in the Northern 2/3 of the State of Maine. Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is part of Northern Light Health Systems where we are building a better approach to healthcare because we believe people deserve access to care that works for them.

For confidential consideration, please contact:
Chelsea Pelletier, SHRM-CP, FASPR, Provider Recruiter
Phone: 207.973.5358
Email:
providerjobs@northernlight.org

5/6/19

Physician for Maine Maritime Academy Summer Training Cruise

Maine Maritime Academy is looking for a physician for its annual training cruise this summer. 

Maine Maritime Academy is looking for a physician for its annual training cruise this summer.  Cruise dates are May 5, 2019 to July 15, 2019.  There is an option for two shorter cruises with the swap from Cruise A to Cruise B occurring in Portsmouth, UK on or around June 9.  Other potential stops include Vigo and Barcelona, Spain; Tallinn, Estonia; and Oslo, Norway.  Compensation is $225/day.  Please visit https://mainemaritime.edu/employment-at-mma/ or contact Mikaela Wentworth at 207-326-2645 for additional details.  EOE.

4/29/19

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 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@mainehealth.org.

4/29/19

Mid Coast Maine - Adult Psychiatrist and/ Psychiatric NP/PA Opportunity

Maine Behavioral Healthcare (MBH) is seeking a BC/BE Psychiatrist or NP/PA to join its expanding team located in Rockland, Maine.

Maine Behavioral Healthcare (MBH) is seeking a BC/BE Psychiatrist or NP/PA to join its expanding team located in Rockland, Maine. The ideal candidate will provide medical leadership to the multidisciplinary teams in the treatment process within the MBH continuum care. Provider is responsible for the treatment planning process, pharmacologic, consulting/integrating with primary care and therapeutic interventions. This unique opportunity involves providing care to patients 18 years of age and older. Excellent benefit package.

“MBH, a MaineHealth member, is Northern New England’s leading integrated behavioral healthcare system serving predominantly southern, western, central and Mid-Coast Maine, and is composed of southern Maine’s only nonprofit psychiatric hospital, outpatient treatment, crisis services, Crisis Stabilization units, as well as 5 ACT teams. This fully integrated and growing system of behavioral healthcare makes it a regional and national model for treating people with serious mental health issues.”

Work in Mid-Coast Maine a truly magnificent area, with spectacular natural beauty and outdoor recreation not found anywhere else in the country.

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

4/22/19

Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine

Western Maine Primary Care, a department of Stephens Memorial Hospital, is currently seeking a BC/BE family medicine physician to join our exceptional team of providers.

Western Maine Primary Care, a department of Stephens Memorial Hospital, is currently seeking a BC/BE family medicine physician to join our exceptional team of providers. Western Maine Primary Care is committed to providing high quality care. Now is a great time to join our team as we recently relocated our practice to our brand new, state-of-the-art medical office building.

Stephens Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital, is a part of the MaineHealth family, the premier healthcare system in Maine, and is nationally renowned for its innovative programs in rural healthcare. This position offers teaching opportunities of medical students, as Stephens Memorial Hospital is one of the teaching sites for the Maine Medical Center – Tufts University Medical School program. Come be a part of our dynamic team of providers and exceptional support staff and experience the warmth of a small town combined with a medical community working closely with colleagues throughout the MaineHealth system.

Competitive salary and benefits, including student loan repayment and relocation assistance. FMI please contact Abbie Graiver, Director of Physician Recruitment at (207) 744-6049 or graiverab@wmhcc.org.

6/17/19

PCHC in need of Pediatrician for Brand New Pediatric Center!

Penobscot Community Health Care is seeking a Pediatrician in our Penobscot Pediatrics in Bangor. Become a part of the legendary Penobscot Pediatrics, at our new location set to open fall of 2019.

Penobscot Community Health Care is seeking a Pediatrician in our Penobscot Pediatrics in Bangor. Become a part of the legendary Penobscot Pediatrics, at our new location set to open fall of 2019. Penobscot Peds 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.

4/15/19

Medical Director - Maine Mobile Health Program

The Maine Mobile Health Program (MMHP) seeks a Medical Director to support its mission of improving the health status of Maine’s seasonal workers and their families by providing culturally appropriate care and services in an all-mobile health center setting.

The Maine Mobile Health Program (MMHP) seeks a Medical Director to support its mission of improving the health status of Maine’s seasonal workers and their families by providing culturally appropriate care and services in an all-mobile health center setting.

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and federally qualified health center (FQHC), MMHP has an innovative approach to care that is low-barrier, values cultural competency and embraces the human dignity of an invisible and vulnerable population. MMHP’s unique model brings medical, dental and behavioral health services to patients where they live and work via mobile medical units and by connecting clients to local partners.

The Medical Director (MD, DO, NP) is based part-time in the Augusta, ME office with some provision of state-wide care. Click here to read the full job description or visit us at www.mainemobile.org.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Lisa Tapert at ltapert@mainemobile.org. EOE.

4/15/19

Board Certified Family Physician - Newport, RI

East Bay Community Action Program, a Federally Qualified Health Center, has a full-time opportunity for a RI-licensed, board-certified Family Physician to join our location at 6 John H. Chafee Boulevard in Newport, RI.  

East Bay Community Action Program, a Federally Qualified Health Center, has a full-time opportunity for a RI-licensed, board-certified Family Physician to join our location at 6 John H. Chafee Boulevard in Newport, RI.   He/She will provide patient education and direct medical services for all ages including health promotion, disease prevention, routine health maintenance visits, and acute care, while providing supervision to a multidisciplinary team.    

The position requires an MD or DO degree, completion of an accredited residency in Family Medicine, current licensure through the RI Department of Health, current DEA registration/RI Controlled Substance Licensure, completion of all privileging and credentialing requirements, and Board Certification in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Interested candidates may log onto our website at www.ebcap.org, and apply to the position through our Careers page link.  For additional questions, candidates may contact Debbie Scott, Senior Staffing Specialist either at dscott@ebcap.org, or 401-431-9870 x 124.  

4/22/19

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.

4/8/19

 

 

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

4/22/19

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.