Maine Medicine Weekly Update - June 24, 2019
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Maine Legislature Adjourns Sine Die; Major Bills Pass in the Waning Hours

The Maine Legislature adjourned for the year (unless the Governor vetoes any bills passed in the waning hours) at 6:30 a.m. last Thursday, after a 20 1/2 hour day in which several bills, including a major tobacco bill, were passed and sent to the Governor's desk.

 

The Maine Legislature adjourned for the year (unless the Governor vetoes any bills passed in the waning hours) at 6:30 a.m. last Thursday, after a 20 1/2 hour day in which several bills, including a major tobacco bill, were passed and sent to the Governor's desk. In the coming weeks we will publish a review of the new laws of interest to physicians, but for now the following summary addresses the most significant health bills dealt with in the last week.

Among the bills receiving legislative approval in the final days of the session were the following of interest to physicians:

LD 443, which requires prophylactic ophthalmic ointment and Vitamin K injections for newborns.  (PL 2019 c. 426)

LD 37, which allows the sale of over-the-counter medications, like emergency contraception, in vending machines. The bill has been signed into law. (PL 2019 c. 454)

LD 1461, which supports early intervention in cases of emerging psychosis. The bill passed both chambers but ended up on the Special Appropriations Table, where it sat at the end of the session. It will now be carried over to next year's session for a determination of whether it will be funded. It carries a fiscal note (the estimated cost of implementation) of $2.1 million for the biennium.

LD 1028, which equalizes taxes on various tobacco products (including "vaping" fluids), which survived last minute efforts by the industry to weaken it by changing the tax calculation method. Intense lobbying efforts by health advocates, including the MMA, helped to get it through in the form approved by the Taxation Committee.The senate vote was 23-12 and the House vote was 86-49. As of this writing it has not yet been signed.

LD 1811, the "yellow paper" bill that involves health care practitioners in a law enforcement and judicial process whereby a person's firearms could be removed pending a hearing on concerns about a risk of harm to self or others. It passed unanimously in the Senate, and an attempt to kill it in the House failed by a vote of 45-99, after which it was passed. Governor Mills has signed it. (PL 2019 c. 411)

So far, the following statistics show the laws passed by the Legislature and signed into law:

465 Public Laws (the ordinary type of laws people usually think of);

95 Resolves (laws having a temporary or limited purpose, such as direction of executive departments to do something);

13 Private and Special Laws (laws addressing particular persons or institutions, such as those relating to public utility charters).

For those of you who made it to the end of this article and are curious, the words "sine die" mean "without day." The term refers to the final adjournment of the legislature for the session, when all legislative business has been completed. They carry legal significance for such things as recess appointments and vetoes.

Vaccine Law Opponents Seek "People's Veto"

Three legislators, a religious lobbyist, and two witnesses who testified to the Education Committee have filed an application for a people's veto referendum seeking to overturn Maine's new vaccine exemption law.

 

Three legislators, a religious lobbyist, and two witnesses who testified to the Education Committee have filed an application for a people's veto referendum seeking to overturn Maine's new vaccine exemption law. Senator David Miramant (D-Knox), Rep. Heidi Sampson (R-Alfred), and Rep. Justin Fecteau (R-Augusta) joined Christian Civic League lobbyist Michael McClellan and two individuals who testified against LD 798, Rebecca Grant-Widen of Wilton and Sarah Kenney of Orono in submitting the application.

The Secretary of State's office will determine the language to be used on the petitions for referendum. The applicants need to gather over 63,000 valid signatures of registered Maine voters in order to place the question on the ballot this November.

The Christian Civic League apparently is planning to seek the same type of referendum with regard to the "Death with Dignity" law and another which will provide state funding for Medicaid patients having an abortion.

MMA physicians are urged to watch the immunization situation carefully, to talk with your neighbors about it, and most of all to vote if the question makes it onto the ballot in November. This being an off year, with no national, statewide, or legislative races on the ballot, a small but determined group like this could overcome the will of a majority of Mainers if that majority does not vote.

Ronan New Head of MHA Board

Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital's and Maine Coast Hospital's president, John Ronan, has been elected the new chair of the Maine Hospital Association's board of directors.

 

Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital's and Maine Coast Hospital's president, John Ronan, has been elected the new chair of the Maine Hospital Association's board of directors. He joins a number of new officers and board members. Mr. Ronan also serves on the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board.

You can read the hospital association's article about Mr. Ronan here: http://mha.informz.net/MHA/pages/062119Ronan_is_new_MHA_board_chair?_zs=197gW&_zmi=67XD

MaineCare Enrollment Far Below Expectations

MaineCare enrollment following the expansion referendum and Governor Mills's executive order has been far below the 70,000 projected during the campaign.

 

MaineCare enrollment following the expansion referendum and Governor Mills's executive order has been far below the 70,000 projected by a nonpartisan state government agency during the campaign. Latest figures from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services indicate that approximately 26,000 people have signed up for the health care coverage.

Expansion advocates intend to use the county-based data to focus their enrollment efforts.

You can read a more detailed article on the issue at: https://www.centralmaine.com/2019/06/23/medicaid-enrollment-lower-than-expected-since-expansion/?utm_source=Headlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily 

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.]

 

Researchers studying “eye microbiome” that may impact eye diseases

Newsweek (6/21, Leger) reported researchers are exploring the role of bacteria in a number of different eye diseases. The article added that just as researchers are learning more about the impact of microbes in the gut and on the skin, research into the eye microbiome might also yield insights affecting the treatment of eye diseases.

“Sober bars” cater to growing number of people who want to abstain from alcohol

The NPR (6/23, Fulton, Aubrey) “Shots” blog reports on the growth of “sober bars” that serve nonalcoholic drinks to cater to a growing number of people who want to abstain from alcohol completely or temporarily. The article highlights the “sober curious” or “sober sometimes” movement that started as a challenge on social media for people to see how long they can abstain, but which has grown into something bigger.

Deaths from cardiovascular disease not decreasing as fast recently as they were before 2011

In a greater than 2,900-word article, the Wall Street Journal (6/21, McKay, Subscription Publication) reported that deaths from cardiovascular disease decreased more than 70% in the six decades preceding 2011, but have only decreased 4% since then, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest data suggest that cardiovascular disease will remain the leading cause of death in the U.S. ahead of cancer, contrary to previous predictions that cancer would overtake cardiovascular disease by 2020.



Cannabidiol appears to have potential as an antibiotic, study indicates Newsweek (6/23, Gander) reports researchers found that cannabidiol “killed all the strains of bacteria they tested in a lab, including some which are highly resistant to existing antibiotics,” meaning the chemical found in cannabis could have potential as an antibiotic. The findings were presented at ASM Microbe 2019.

U.S. suicide rate continues to climb, CDC data indicate

Bloomberg (6/20, Koons) reports, “U.S. suicide rates are at the highest level since World War II, said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” and the problem is becoming “worse: The U.S. suicide rate increased on average by about 1% a year from 2000 through 2006 and by 2% a year from 2006 through 2016.”

CNN (6/20, Howard) reports the U.S. suicide rate “continues to climb, with a rate in 2017 that was 33% higher than in 1999,” research indicates. During that period, “suicide rates among people 15 to 64 increased significantly...rising from 10.5 per 100,000 people in 1999 to 14 per 100,000 in 2017, the most recent year with available data.” The findings were “published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics” on June 20.

Researchers develop AI to listen for audible warning signs of heart attack

USA Today (6/20, Brown) reports researchers “found that around half of people experiencing a heart attack made sounds known as agonal breathing,” and the researchers also “developed an early stage artificial-intelligence tool that could be baked into smart speakers or smartphones to listen out for warning signs.” The group from the University of Washington published their findings in NPJ Digital Medicine.

This flu season was the longest in a decade, CDC says

TIME (6/20, Ducharme) reports, “The 2018-2019 flu season may not have been as severe as the one that came before it, but...it was the longest in a decade, lasting 21 weeks,” a recap from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show. The agency said the season was “moderate,” based on the overall number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Researchers use “DNA microscopy” to see inside cells

The New York Times (6/20, Sheikh) reports researchers have developed a new way to see inside cells called DNA microscopy. The technology “uses simple chemical reactions essentially to map a cell’s interior, highlighting the contents and indicating exactly where everything can be found.” The findings were published in the journal Cell.

Teen sexting tied to increased odds of certain types of risky behavior, study indicates

Reuters (6/20, Rapaport) reports, “While teen sexting is linked to increased odds of certain types of risky behavior, a new analysis of research to date on the impact of sexually explicit content on adolescent health also suggests there’s a lot” that is still unknown, researchers concluded after examining “data from 23 sexting studies with more than 41,000 participants.” The findings were published online in JAMA Pediatrics.

Research links toxic dust from September 11 to prostate cancer in responders

The Wall Street Journal (6/20, West, Subscription Publication) reports research indicates men exposed to toxic dust after the World Trade Center collapsed on September 11, 2001, may have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer. Responders who had cancer displayed signs of inflammation activated in the prostate following exposure. The findings were published in Molecular Cancer Research.

Suicide Rates Increase Among US Teens

Reports show teen suicide rates in the U.S. are climbing, especially among boys.

 

[from AMA Morning Rounds]

Reuters (6/18, Carroll) reports that since 2007, “suicide rates have been climbing among U.S. teens, with an especially pronounced increase in boys recently,” researchers concluded after examining data from “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Underlying Cause of Death database.” The study’s lead author “hopes the study will alert parents and other relatives to the increasing suicide rates so they will notice changes in teens and young adults that might suggest a risk for suicide.” The findings were published June 18 in a research letter in JAMA.

According to CNN (6/18, Howard), “overall in 2017, there were 6,241 suicides among young people aged 15 to 24, of whom 5,016 were young men and 1,225 were young women, the researchers found.” The study, however, “had some limitations, including that the causes of death in the data were based on death certificates, which can be subject to error, or it could suggest that the observed increase in suicide deaths may reflect more accurate reporting in certificates.” In addition, investigators “did not examine factors behind the increase in suicide rates.” 

MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session

Now that the Maine Legislature has adjourned sine die, our MMA legislative calls are on hold. Watch this space in late autumn for information about an in-person meeting to prepare for the Second Regular Session (2020) of the 129th Maine Legislature.

 

 

MMA Legislative Committee Chairs Jay Mullen, M.D. and Lindsey Tweed, M.D. thank you for participating in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee. It was a busy session for health care and health legislation, and the legislative calls were essential in giving MMA advocacy staff the guidance we needed to support or oppose significant legislation.

Preparation for the 2020 Second Regular Session of the 129th Maine Legislature will begin with an in-person meeting sometime in late fall, and regular legislative calls will resume the first week of January. In the meantime, enjoy your summer and fall, and don't forget to cultivate your relationships with your representative and senator. They appreciate hearing from you, not just on health issues but on any matters in which you have an interest.

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 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, 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.

 

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 is offering 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.

As part of our project RISE educational programming, we are offering 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. 

  • 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

If you have questions or would like more information please contact Kayla Cole at kcole@mainequalitycounts.org or tel. 207-620-8526 ext. 1027. 

2019 Governor Mills Response to the Opioid Summit - July 15th

The 2019 Governor Mills Response to the Opioid Summit being held on July 15, 2019 at the Augusta Civic Center and is now open for registrations. 

The 2019 Governor Mills Response to the Opioid Summit being held on July 15, 2019 at the Augusta Civic Center and is now open for registrations.  Keynoting the Summit will be Sam Quinones journalist and author of the landmark book, Dreamland, and former White House Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli.  In addition, a panel will address what Maine and neighboring states are doing to respond to the opioid issues as we create unity within our great state

Numerous breakout sessions, each opening by someone in recovery, will be moderated by experts in their fields addressing issues ranging from recovery support strategies to community coalitions and law enforcement’s impact and ability to bring hope to recovery.  Specifically, one breakout will be voices of recovery, where individuals will share their stories of challenges and transformation.  Another will be a debate around responsible prescribing and if the pendulum has swung too far.

At only $40, this will be a sold out event.  Secure your seat at the summit by clicking the link below:

http://www.cvent.com/d/ryqjz6

 

ACU Annual Conference is taking place in Washington, DC from July 28th-31st

The 2019 ACU Annual Conference entitled "Stronger Teams, Healthier Communities" is set to take place July 28th through July 31st at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC. We hope you will join us for this special occasion.

The 2019 ACU Annual Conference entitled "Stronger Teams, Healthier Communities" is set to take place July 28th through July 31st at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC. We hope you will join us for this special occasion.

The ACU Annual Conference is a great opportunity to meet with hundreds of clinical leaders from across the country who all have an interest in improving care for the underserved. There will also be Continuing Education credits offered for each workshop session. Our workshops and general sessions begin on Monday, July 29 and run through Tuesday, July 30. Committee meetings, Board meetings, and a special Leadership Development pre-conference workshop will take place on Sunday, July 28, and a Hill Briefing and visits will take place on Wednesday, July 31.

 

2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award Nominations Due by July 31

The Maine Medical Association presents the Mary F. Cushman Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer each year to recognize the humanitarian service of Maine medical volunteers. 

 

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/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.

Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) Training Program - October 9

The Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) has its final training program for 2019 on October 9 at the annual conference of the Brain Injury Association of America-Maine Chapter. MCMI training will be listed as the Youth Concussion Track.

The Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) has its final training program for 2019 on October 9 at the annual conference of the Brain Injury Association of America-Maine Chapter. MCMI training will be listed as the Youth Concussion Track.

The BIAA-Maine Chapter conference will be held at the Abromson Community Education Center on the campus of the University of Southern Maine. The conference runs from 8:00am to 4:30pm. The MCMI Youth Concussion Track will have Level 1 from 9:30am to 1:00pm and Level 2 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

Registration will be online at the BIAA-Maine Chapter website www.biausa.org and should be available by August.

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

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

 

Physician

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

Nasson Health Care is seeking a qualified clinical leader to work collaboratively with a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care delivery.  The Physician provides direct clinical services and works in partnership with members of the practice team to manage the care of patients, assuring a high standard of medical care.   

Applicants must have a degree from an accredited medical school in the U.S., Board certification in Family or Internal Medicine, an unrestricted Maine license to practice medicine, as well as a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency license.  Qualifications include:

  • A minimum of three years’ experience in a primary care medical practice; 
  • Demonstrated respect for cultural diversity in serving patients and families;
  • Working knowledge of the core concepts of evidence-based practice, social and behavioral determinants of health, population-based care, integration of medical, behavioral health and dental care, and Meaningful Use of health information technology;

Springvale is an iconic New England village located in western York County, Maine, less than an hour’s drive from Portland, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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

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

EOE

7/22/19

Nurse Practitioner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EOE

7/22/19

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

7/8/19

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

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

7/1/19

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/