Maine Medicine Weekly Update - May 28, 2019
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New Maine CDC Director Appointed

Dr. Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD, has been selected as the new director of the Maine CDC.

 

[from the Maine DHHS press release]

Dr. Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD, has been selected as the new director of the Maine CDC. Shah received both medical and law degrees from the University of Chicago. He also studied economics at Oxford University.

As an attorney and public health economist, Shah previously advised professionals and governments around the nation and globe about improving the delivery of health care. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Ministry of Health in Cambodia, with his work including investigating and managing disease outbreaks as an epidemiologist.

Dr. Shah comes to Maine CDC with broad experience in public health, most recently as director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, where he implemented key initiatives to address the State's opioid crisis, reduce maternal and infant mortality, and reduce childhood lead poisoning.

"We are proud to welcome Nirav Shah to Maine CDC," said Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew. "His expertise and enthusiasm will serve the state well as he leads the revitalization of our public health system to improve the health and wellbeing of Maine people."

"I'm delighted to join the dedicated staff of Maine CDC to continue their momentum in rebuilding the state's vital public health infrastructure," said Dr. Shah.

"I look forward to supporting the key initiatives of Governor Mills and Commissioner Lambrew, including restoring public health nursing, responding to the opioid epidemic, and avoiding the spread of vaccine-preventable disease."

"I am pleased that Maine CDC now has a permanent director in Dr. Shah," said Rep. Patty Hymanson, House chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services. "The health of Maine people is among our most critical priorities, and I'm confident that the state will benefit from his impressive experience and credentials."

"Dr. Shah has been a national leader in several areas during his tenure as State Health Official for Illinois and in his active participation in the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and I know he'll bring the best of what he learned to Maine," said Michael Fraser, Chief Executive Officer of ASTHO. "Public health is a team sport, and Dr. Shah is collaborative, enthusiastic, and knows what it takes to create meaningful health improvement. With the support of an excellent team in Maine, I look forward to partnering with Maine reach its health improvement goals."

Since January, the Maine CDC has hired 18 new employees, and 40 additional positions are approved to be filled.

Shah is scheduled to begin as CDC director on June 3.

 

 

Governor Mills Announces Opioid Response Summit

Day-long summit will bring together national and state leaders to collaborate on the state’s ongoing response to the opioid crisis and help inform future initiatives to combat it.

 

Governor Janet Mills announced last Thursday that her Administration will convene an Opioid Response Summit on July 15, 2019 at the Augusta Civic Center. The summit, “Turning the Tide: Maine’s Path Forward in Addressing the Opioid Crisis,” will bring together members of the public, health providers, experts, affected individuals and families, and law enforcement officials from across Maine to foster collaboration on the state’s ongoing response to the opioid crisis. The summit will feature national policy experts Michael Botticelli, President Barack Obama’s Director of National Drug Control Policy, and Sam Quinones, journalist and author of the landmark book,Dreamland, which chronicles the national opioid crisis and is widely credited with awakening public interest in the issue. Both will deliver keynote remarks.

“While we have made strides in expanding access to treatment and recovery, investing in prevention and education, and supporting law enforcement, we have much more to do to stem the tide of this deadly epidemic,” said Governor Mills. “This summit will bring together national and state leaders to give us feedback on our actions and provide new ideas to inform our work on this critical issue.”

“I am honored Michael Botticelli and Sam Quinones have agreed to keynote this summit and share their experience, knowledge and recommendations with our public health officials, legislators, state and local government officials, and the public as Maine continues to tackle the opioid epidemic,”said Gordon Smith, Director of Opioid Response. “I look forward to convening this summit and advancing our work to build a stronger, healthier Maine.”

“Tackling the opioid crisis is part of our broader effort to address substance use disorders, mental health challenges, and prevention – giving Mainers the tools to get and stay healthy,”saidMaine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew. “We value this opportunity to achieve consensus on how to address opioid use disorder, which touches every facet of Maine’s population, from workforce issues and health care costs, infants and families, to the state’s oldest residents.”

In addition to keynote presentations from Botticelli and Quinones, Governor Mills and Commissioner Lambrew will deliver remarks. The day-long summit will feature additional presentations on actions taken by neighboring states and new threats such as the emergence of deadly synthetic drugs. There will be breakout sessions moderated by experts on issues ranging from recovery support strategies to community coalitions. Registration will be open to the public in the coming weeks, at a cost of $40.00 per attendee, to cover the cost of lunch.

According to the Attorney General’s Office’s 2018 Drug Death Report, drug overdose deaths decreased in 2018, but Maine's opioid crisis continues to be a public health epidemic requiring a comprehensive response from jurisdictions inside and outside of state and local government. While the total number of 354 drug fatalities during 2018 was lower than the 417 deaths reported in 2017, 80 percent were caused by opioids, often in combination with other drugs or alcohol. At least 89 percent of those deaths were attributed to accidental overdoses.

 

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. [This article is updated weekly.]

 

  Almost two-thirds of U.S. adult e-cigarette users want to quit

HealthDay (5/23, Preidt) reports that “nearly two-thirds of American adults who use electronic cigarettes want to quit using the devices, a new study” published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research suggests. The “examination of data from a representative sample of [e-cigarette] users found that more than 60% said they want to quit using the devices, and 16% said they planned to quit in the next month.” Over “25% said they’d tried to quit using e-cigarettes in the past year.” The piece adds that study author Rachel Rosen said, “The strategies that people reported using to quit e-cigarettes include many of the strategies we recommend for quitting traditional cigarettes, such as FDA-approved nicotine replacement products or medications, counseling, and social support.”

Study gives insight into how superbugs “outsmart” antibiotics

The Los Angeles Times (5/23, Baumgaertner) reports a new study published Thursday in the journal Science gives insight into how superbugs “repel” modern medicines. Researchers found that a “two-part system allows bacterial cells to stay alive until another bacterium can deliver a lifeline, packaged in a snippet of DNA.” According to the article, “now that scientists understand the mechanics of plasmid transfers, they can try to create new treatments that attack the multidrug efflux pumps that allow resistance to spread.”

Texas legislature passes tobacco 21 legislation

The Dallas Morning News (5/21, Selby) reports that “only Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature is required for Texas to join more than a dozen states in requiring purchasers of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products to be 21 years old.” The state Senate agreed on Tuesday “to House changes and sent Abbott a bill that would raise the legal sales age for such products from 18.” The bill includes “an exception for young members of the armed services.”

Azar blames complacency with public health for decline in vaccination rates

The Washington Examiner (5/21, Morrison) reports that on Tuesday, HHS Secretary Alex Azar “blamed falling vaccination rates...on not just misinformation but also unwarranted satisfaction about the public’s health.” During an address to the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly in Geneva, Azar said, “Vaccines are safe, effective, and lifesaving. ... But around the world, complacency among the public, coupled with misunderstanding and misinformation, is causing vaccination rates to decline, with tragic results,” noting that “insurgent groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo spread misinformation about the Ebola vaccine. Terrorists in Pakistan do the same, preventing children from receiving the polio vaccine.” Azar also indicated that “HHS has ramped up education programs in an effort to dispel conspiracy theories about vaccinations among hesitant parents.”

Cholesterol levels in U.S. children, teens have improved, study suggests

The AP (5/21, Tanner) reports, “Cholesterol levels in children and teens improved in the latest analysis of U.S. health surveys, yet only half of them had readings considered ideal,” researchers concluded after looking at “1999-2016 government surveys of 26,000 kids aged six to 19 who had home interviews, physical exams and lab tests.” The study revealed that approximately one in four teenagers and one in five “younger children had unhealthy levels of at least one of type of blood fat, including cholesterol and triglycerides.” The findings were published in JAMA.

Doctors Without Borders in Portland May 28th

On Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 you are invited to join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for a recruitment information session in Portland, ME. This is your opportunity to meet our recruitment team and learn about how you can join their pool of dedicated aid workers.  

 

Put your ideals into practice!
 

On Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 you are invited to join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for a recruitment information session in Portland, ME. This is your opportunity to meet our recruitment team and learn about how you can join our pool of dedicated aid workers. We’re currently recruiting for a variety of medical and non-medical positions.


Recruitment Information Session
Maine Historical Society
Shettleworth Jr. Lecture Hall
489 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101


Tuesday, May 28th, 2019
7:00 - 8:30 pm



Please help distribute this event posting to your co-workers and friends.
Portland Recruitment Information Session Flyer


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Our mailing address is:
FHROutreach@newyork.msf.org


 

MedHelp Maine Seeks Data on Unaffordable Medicines

Do you have patients who can't afford to fill their prescriptions or who skip doses or split tablets to save money? Does this medication nonadherence result in avoidable hospitalizations and compromised health?

 

Unaffordable Medicines?

Do you have patients who can't afford to fill their prescriptions or who skip doses or split tablets to save money? Does this medication nonadherence result in avoidable hospitalizations and compromised health?

As many as 30% of prescriptions are never filled and 50% of medications for chronic diseases are still not taken as prescribed.  This medication nonadherence is not only a problem for the low-income uninsured, but increasingly also a concern for Medicare beneficiaries and other insured individuals with high deductibles and copays.  It results in at least 10% of all hospitalizations and more deaths than from opioid overdose, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, or kidney disease.

If you are a regular prescriber of medicines for adult outpatients, please help develop solutions by completing this brief survey.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CWTXZM8

To offer comments or to speak with surveyor MedHelp Maine, contact Martha Morrisson at medhelpmaine@gmail.com or (207) 793-4462.

AMA Hires First Chief Health Equity Officer

The American Medical Association announced last week that it has hired Aletha Maybank, M.D., M.P.H., as its first ever chief health equity officer. Dr. Maybank was formerly deputy commissioner and founding director of the Center for Heath Equity, part of the New York City Public Health Department.

 

The American Medical Association announced last week that it has hired Aletha Maybank, M.D., M.P.H., as its first ever chief health equity officer. Dr. Maybank was formerly deputy commissioner and founding director of the Center for Heath Equity, part of the New York City Public Health Department.

According to the AMA, "In her new role at the AMA, Dr. Maybank will launch the AMA’s Center for Health Equity which will work to embed health equity across the organization so that health equity becomes part of the practice, process, action, innovation, and organizational performance and outcomes. She will also be tasked with building organizational capacity to elevate the importance of and to sustain the AMA’s health equity efforts."

 For more information, go to: https://www.ama-assn.org/press-center/press-releases/ama-announces-first-chief-health-equity-officer?&utm_source=BulletinHealthCare&utm_medium=email&utm_term=051619&utm_content=NON-MEMBER&utm_campaign=article_alert-morning_rounds_daily&utm_uid=&utm_effort= 

MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, May 28th

The Maine Legislature is in full swing, with over 1760 bills printed. As we approach statutory adjournment date (June 19th), public hearings and work sessions are beginning to tail off while voting on bills increases. There's still work to do on the MMA Legislative Calls. The next call will be Tuesday, May 28th, 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, May 28th, 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. To date the Legislature has printed approximately 1700 bills, and as the deadline for committee consideration is approaching the number of bills printed each week is beginning to dwindle. While that makes the work of the legislative call shorter, it also allows for more in-depth discussion of significant matters.

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.


Following are the bills of the week: 

May 28, 2019

LD 1786,  An Act To Update Maine's Sales Prohibition on Upholstered Furniture Treated with Flame-retardant Chemicals. Aligns Maine with California standards for flame retardant chemical treatment as of January 1, 2020. (Current ME maximum is 0.1% maximum; CA maximum is 1000 ppm. Same concentration.)

Repeal of non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions Becomes Law, and Other State House Highlights of the Week

Please see a summary of the MMA's legislative advocacy at the Maine State House last week.

 

The drama did not let up on the vaccine exemption bill (LD 798) this week. The final enactment vote occurred in the Senate, but not before some legislative scrambling as one senator who had voted to support the bill all along began to express some reticence. Finally things were worked out, another floor debate occurred, and the bill was enacted. Governor Janet Mills signed the bill into law the next day (Friday). Pediatricians around the state are already reporting an uptick in parents asking about immunizing their previously unvaccinated children. Some opponents continue to say they will be forced to leave the state. A similar threat was made in California when it enacted a similar bill, but school enrollments experienced an increase, not the threatened decrease. Time will tell what happens here.

In the coming week we expect the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee to hold work sessions on some of the firearm safety bills. Among the remaining bills are LD 379 (safe storage), 1276 (background checks);  and 1099 (waiting periods for purchase).  LD 533, a "stand your ground" bill supported by the NRA and SAM, is still alive.

The legislature's committee work is almost finished. On June 3rd the Legislature moves to a 5-day-per-week schedule of full sessions in the House and Senate, where members will debate divided committee reports and process unanimous reports through the consent calendar with a goal of meeting the June 19th statutory adjournment deadline.

 

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

June 1, 2019
Maine Gastroenterology Society “2019 GI Update”
Hilton Garden Inn – Freeport, ME – Registration 7:15am, Program 8:00am - 3:00pm
Contact:  Gail Begin at 207-588-6619 or gbegin@mainemed.com

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
The following Specialty Society Meetings are being held in conjunction with MMA’s 166th Annual Session taking place September 6-8, 2019 at the Harborside Hotel & Marina in Bar Harbor, ME

Maine Chapter, American College of Surgeons
Time TBA
Contact: Cathy Stratton at 207-592-5725 or cstratton@mainemed.com

Maine Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians
Time TBA - Ironbound Room in the Pool House
Contact: Cathy Stratton at 207-592-5725 or cstratton@mainemed.com

Maine Society of Anesthesiologists
2:00pm – 5:00pm – Stave Island Room in the Pool House
Contact:  Lisa Montagna at 207-620-4015 or mesahq@gmail.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

February 7-9, 2020
Maine Urological Association & Rhode Island Urological Society’s
2020 Winter Program
Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel & Conference Center – Carrabassett Valley, ME
Contact: Dianna Poulin at 207-480-4194 or dpoulin@mainemed.com

April 23-24, 2020
Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians, 14th Annual Spring Program

Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport, ME
Contact Dianna Poulin at 207-480-4194 or dpoulin@mainemed.com

 

 

 

 

  


 

Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, Webinars, ECHO Program

Quality Counts is hosting an education program for hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) with training and technical assistance on initiating buprenorphine in the ED.

 

Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Education Program: Training, Webinars, ECHO Program

Quality Counts (QC), in collaboration with BlueWater Emergency Partners and several other partners (MMA and ACEP) is working under a contract with the state of Maine to host an education program for interested hospital Emergency Departments (EDs) focusing on how to initiate buprenorphine in the ED.  During the Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) project, QC plans to offer a range of learning methods, including both in-person and virtual events, to provide education and assistance on best practices for initiating buprenorphine in hospital EDs for individuals with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) who are willing to engage in treatment during an ED visit.

If your ED is interested in receiving training or technical assistance on initiating buprenorphine in the ED from peer coaches in the field please contact Kayla Cole at kcole@mainequalitycounts.org or tel. 207-620-8526 ext. 1027.

Additionally, as part of our project RISE educational programming, we will offer a four-month ECHO program that will convene a "hub" of faculty experts and clinicians as well as three one-hour webinars.  Our team will engage clinicians and teams from hospital EDs that have and/or are planning to implement MAT in the ED to serve as "spokes", giving them the opportunity to learn together and discuss specific questions and challenging issues through case discussions.  Content for the ED MAT didactic sessions in the ECHO program will reflect key educational topics related to initiating MAT in the ED, with specific content to be developed with input from ED and addiction medicine expert consultants, as well as from targeted ED clinicians and staff around the state.  If you are interested in these educational opportunities please hold the following dates.  If you have questions or would like more information please contact Kayla Cole at kcole@mainequalitycounts.org or tel. 207-620-8526 ext. 1027.

ECHO Dates:

  • May 22, 2019 from 12:00-1:00 PM
  • June 26, 2019 from 12:00-1:00 PM
  • July 24, 2019 from 12:00-1:00 PM
  • August 28, 2019 from 12:00-1:00 PM
Webinar Dates:
  • June 5, 2019 from 12:00-1:00 PM
  • June 12, 2019 from 12:00-1:00 PM
  • June 19, 2019 from 12:00-1:00 PM

 

MICIS 2019 Clinical and Legal Opioid Update - May 29 in Brewer, June 5 in Augusta

Choose one of two dates for this three-hour presentation by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS): Wednesday, May 29 at Jeff's Catering in Brewer or Wednesday, June 5 at the Augusta Civic Center.

 

2019 Clinical and Legal Opioid Update

Brewer: Wednesday, May 29, 2019  at Jeff's Catering and Event Center  Register for May 29 in Brewer

Augusta: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the Augusta Civic Center  Register for June 5 in Augusta

5:00 PM -8:30 PM
Check-in begins at 4:30 PM

Free - advance registration is required
Light snacks will be provided

Topics:

  • 2019 Clinical Opioid Update
  • 2019 Legal Opioid Update
  • Co-Prescribing Benzodiazepines and Opioids: The Black Box of Increased Overdose Risk

Presenters: Elisabeth Fowlie Mock, MD, MPH and Peter Michaud, JD, RN

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. 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.

The Maine Independent Clinical Information Service is a program of the Maine Medical Association. For information about MICIS, visit www.micismaine.org

This activity qualifies for a maximum of 3 credits of the 3 CME credit requirement for opioid medication education found in P.L. 2015, Chapter 488, Maine's legislation to address the opioid drug crisis.

 

Free MAT Training at CMMC June 1

Tri-County Mental Health and the United Way are sponsoring free X-waiver training at CMMC on June 1.

 

There will be an 8 hr MAT course at CMMC in Conference Room I on June 1, 2019 from 8a-5p.  All physicians, RNs, nurse practitioners, counselors, physician assistants are invited to attend. 
 
You do not need to be affiliated with Central Maine Medical Center to attend. 
 
This course is presented by Tri County Mental Health Services by a grant from the United Way.  There is no cost for participants taking the course.  This will provide the 8 hrs education for physicians to obtain DEA X waiver to prescribe buprenorphine and the 8 hrs can be used by APRNs and PAs as part of the 24 hrs education required for them to obtain the waiver.

Dr. Kristen Silvia, medical director of addiction services at Maine Medical Center will be the speaker. 

There will be continental breakfast and lunch provided.

Pleas go to the following link to register for the course:

https://www.tcmhs.org/events

This is a Live-in-Person training. There is always lively informative collegial discussion during these in-person trainings, that isn't available if you watch the training online at home all alone. The last live training in Bridgton got rave reviews.



Topics in Gastroenterology 2019 Update - June 1, 2019 Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport, Maine (6 CME)

The Maine Gastroenterology Society invites you to the "2019 GI Update"  (6 CME).  Please contact Gail Begin gbegin@mainemed.com for more information.

The Maine Gastroenterology Society invites you to the "2019 GI Update"  (6 CME).  Please contact Gail Begin gbegin@mainemed.com for more information.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

Gastroenterologists, Primary Care Physicians, Family Physicians, Internal Medicine and Allied Health Professionals that want to broaden their knowledge of Gastroenterology

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND?

Expand your knowledge of

Gastroenterology in these

areas and more.

Management of:

Bowel Disease

Diverticular Disease

Hep C

Updates on:

Anorectal Disorders

Bariatric Surgery

Colon Cancer Screening

Pancreatic Cancer

Brochure:   2019 Topics in Gastro Brochure.pdf

 

MaineGeneral Xwaiver Training for Staff - June 3

MaineGeneral is offering a “half and half” waiver training on June 3 in Augusta. Please share the attached flyer with your provider networks. It is free and open to all MaineGeneral medical staff.

 

Office-Based Treatment of Opioid Dependence Course


FOR: All physicians, NPs, PAs, MAs, other medical office staff
DATE: Monday, June 3, 2019
LOCATION: MaineGeneral Alfond Center for Health, 35 Medical Center Parkway, Augusta, ME


AAAP’s “Half and Half” Course with Dr. Nathaniel Bowling (8am-12:30pm)

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AAAP’s “Half and Half” course with Dr. Nathaniel Bowling is a free American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry program that combines 4.25 hours of face-to-face/in-class instruction and 3.75 hours of online training. Those wishing to qualify for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex) must complete both components of this program.


Training will focus on clinical vignettes to help participants think through “real life” experiences in opioid dependence treatment. The online modules provide a background on the treatment of opioid dependence and substance use disorders. This program has been approved for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 CMEs. Note that NPs/PAs can take this 8 hour waiver training and it will count towards their waiver application.


To register or for more information email shane.gallagher@mainegeneral.org


The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry is the Data Sponsor for this activity. Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Providers’ Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment (1U79TI026556) from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.  

Maine Professionals Health Program 1-day wellness conference June 13, 2019 - Augusta Civic Center

The MPHP is inviting all interested to join us for a comprehensive 1-day wellness conference on Thursday, June 13th, 2019

The MPHP is inviting all interested to join us for a comprehensive 1-day wellness conference on Thursday, June 13th, 2019 at the Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine. Designed to help gain a better understanding of the varying factors affecting Maine’s medical professionals, a variety of topics will be covered. Including, but not limited to; medication assisted treatment and recovery considerations, opioid prescribing practices for the treatment of chronic pain, and self-care methods and earlier intervention in addressing these issues. Notably, MPHP participants will speak on their experiences with addiction, recovery, and wellness.

This conference has been approved for 6 CMEs and 6 CEUs

Join us for our biennial conference on Professional’s Health and Wellness at the Augusta Civic Center on Thursday, June 13th, 2019. 

Brochure 

 

 

2019 Jurisdiction K Listening Tour - June 18 - South Portland

National Government Services, serving as your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), is dedicated to providing superior customer service and is committed to finding new ways to improve upon that service. We appreciate your commitment to excellence, your efforts in working with us and in serving our beneficiary community. As a result, we are inviting you to participate in the annual ‘National Government Services Listening Tour’. Meeting sites have been set up by state and you are invited to attend the location nearest you.

National Government Services, serving as your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), is dedicated to providing superior customer service and is committed to finding new ways to improve upon that service. We appreciate your commitment to excellence, your efforts in working with us and in serving our beneficiary community. As a result, we are inviting you to participate in the annual ‘National Government Services Listening Tour’. Meeting sites have been set up by state and you are invited to attend the location nearest you.

2019 Jurisdiction K Listening Tour

South Portland, ME
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
11:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Anthem Building, 2 Gannett Drive (See 1st Floor - Security)
                                                                    

What to Expect:

During this event, we will sit down with you and listen to your ideas about how we can improve in areas such as:

  • Initiatives to reduce provider burden, rural provider issues and patients over paperwork
  • Customer service you receive when contacting our call center
  • Training you receive during our webinars and in-person events
  • Ease of use of our website, www.NGSMedicare.com and Internet portal, www.NGSConnex.com
  • Our provider enrollment and provider revalidation processes
  • Timeliness and accuracy of our claims processing and payments
  • Claim denials and appeals
  • Processes where you find it difficult to do business with us
  • Actions we could take to help make your job easier

Please RSVP with your attendance to Lori Langevin at lori.langevin@anthem.com no later than two weeks prior to the meeting date to let us know you can attend. We look forward to partnering with you and discussing your ideas for future improvements. If you have suggestions, but are unable to attend in person, please send your suggestions to lori.langevin@anthem.com.


 

The Maine Concussion Management Initiative Will Be Offering Training Programs June 21 and October 29

The Maine Concussion Management Initiative will be offering two training programs in 2019. The first will be June 21 in Waterville at Colby College. And the second on October 29 in South Portland at the Double Tree hotel as the Youth Concussion track at the annual conference of the Brain Injury Association of America-Maine Chapter.

The Maine Concussion Management Initiative will be offering two training programs in 2019. The first will be June 21 in Waterville at Colby College. And the second on October 29 in South Portland at the Double Tree hotel as the Youth Concussion track at the annual conference of the Brain Injury Association of America-Maine Chapter. Online registration will be available in September.

Level 1 is the Introduction to Concussions and Concussion Management. Level 2 is Advance Concussion Management that includes interpreting neurocognitive tests. Level 1 will be held in the morning and Level 2 will be held in the afternoon. Level 1 is a prerequisite for Level 2.

MCMI training is appropriate for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, neuro-psychologists, school nurses, athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic administrators/directors, and coaches.

For more information or to register:

2019 General Information sheet

2019 Registration form

At this time online registration through the MCMI website is not available – you will need to mail in your registration and payment. For any questions – please contact: Jan Salis, PT, ATC, at jsalis@aol.com or 207-577-2018.

 

Assessing and Managing Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Suicide Risk in Healthcare Settings - 3 Hour CME Training for Healthcare Professionals at MMA on Friday, June 21, 2019

Assessing and Managing Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Suicide Risk in Healthcare Settings -  3 Hour CME Training for Healthcare Professionals at MMA on Friday, June 21, 2019.

Assessing and Managing Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Suicide Risk in Healthcare Settings -  3 Hour CME Training for Healthcare  Professionals

Friday, June 21, 2019

Maine Medical Association – 30 Association Drive, Manchester

8:30 am – Welcome/Continental Breakfast,   9:00 am – Program begins

Suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in Maine and the incidence of suicide in Maine has increased almost 25% in the last decade.   Non-suicidal self injury, most frequently intentional cutting or self-burning has also increased markedly over the past decade.  These behaviors are increasingly being identified, assessed and managed within healthcare settings. 

This professional training offers an opportunity to learn valuable knowledge and skills in the function, assessment and management of non-suicidal self injury.  The second part of the training will address suicide prevention and management within the framework of Suicide Safe Care, a systemic approach that increases safety and support for someone at risk.  This evidence-based approach includes screening and assessment of risk, intervention, Collaborative Safety Planning and assured follow-up with anyone at risk for suicide. 

Presented by: Greg A Marley, LCSW, Clinical Director, NAMI Maine - Greg Marley has practiced in the field of community mental health and prevention in Maine for over 30 years. 

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Sponsored by the CDC Maine Suicide Prevention Program,
NAMI Maine, and the Maine Medical Association

 

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.

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.

Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist

Northern Light AR Gould Hospital is seeking an additional Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist for its outpatient health facility in Presque Isle.  This is an outpatient only position with 24/7 Hospitalist support for all admissions.

Northern Light AR Gould Hospital is seeking an additional Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist for its outpatient health facility in Presque Isle.  This is an outpatient only position with 24/7 Hospitalist support for all admissions.

AR Gould Hospital features 89 acute care beds and a 72 bed facility and serves all of Aroostook County with a broad array of primary and specialty care, acute inpatient, diagnostic and surgical services.

Northern Light AR Gould Hospital in Presque Isle, Maine is the county seat of Aroostook County, which is known for its beautiful lakes, rivers, and forests.  When you’re not enjoying year round outdoor activities, you will be working with supportive colleagues in a modern facility that is well-integrated into a cutting-edge health care syste

For confidential consideration, please contact: Monica Hewitt, Physician Recruiter ProviderJobs@NorthernLight.org or 207.973.5358.

8/12/19

Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)

Belgrade Regional Health Center seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) to provide primary care to people of all ages. As a NCQA-Patient-Centered Medical Home, the health center offers accessible, high quality healthcare with integrated behavioral health services.

Belgrade Regional Health Center seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) to provide primary care to people of all ages. As a NCQA-Patient-Centered Medical Home, the health center offers accessible, high quality healthcare with integrated behavioral health services.

Founded in 1977, we serve over 2,300 residents and travelers each year. We reside in the peaceful, picturesque, and welcoming Belgrade Lakes region in the heart of central Maine, renowned for its chain of seven sparkling lakes and abundant streams. Belgrade is part of HealthReach Community Health Centers, a group of eleven Federally Qualified Health Centers in Central and Western Maine serving 28,000 residents in 80 Maine towns.

We offer competitive salary and benefits, pension plan with employer match, malpractice coverage, and loan repayment options. EOE. Contact: Recruiter, HRCHC, 10 Water Street, Suite 305, Waterville, ME 04901 | (207) 660-9913 | Fax: (207) 660-9901 | Communications@HealthReach.org | www.BelgradeCHC.org

6/17/19

BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has an exciting leadership opportunity for a BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician to lead our primary care network of five well-established, quality-driven, outpatient practices serving the greater Bangor community.

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has an exciting leadership opportunity for a BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician to lead our primary care network of five well-established, quality-driven, outpatient practices serving the greater Bangor community.

The Physician Director, Primary Care will collaborate with the Practice Director, Primary Care to form a dyad partnership in leading our primary care team, as well as provide peripheral oversight for our Walk In Care and university health center locations. The Physician Director of Primary Care will have clinical, operational, financial and strategic duties. This role is 80% administrative and 20% clinical practice.

Why Northern Light Health? We offer a robust compensation and benefits package, generous PTO benefits, loan repayment program, and an exceptional work/life balance.

For confidential consideration, please contact:
Amanda Klausing, FASPR, Physician Recruiter
ProviderJobs@NorthernLight.org

207.973.5358

6/3/19

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.

5/27/19

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

5/27/19

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/