Maine Medicine Weekly Update - August 12, 2019
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MMA's 166th Annual Session in Bar Harbor September 6-8

The Maine Medical Association will hold its 166th Annual Session in Bar Harbor on September 6-8, 2019. This year's session marks significant changes in MMA staff leadership and presentations from a number of health leaders in Maine government.

 

The Maine Medical Association commences this year’s Annual Session on Friday, September 6th with an opening reception at 5:30 p.m. with our exhibitors.

This two-day event continues the time honored tradition of Maine physicians coming together as colleagues to discuss the status of the medical profession, to network, and to engage in the many recreational activities offered including whale watching, hiking, biking, shopping, and golfing. The meeting is family friendly with time to relax and enjoy the many attributes that only Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park can offer. We have a full agenda. You can register online by clicking here.

Features of the program, include Opening Remarks on Friday evening with the Honorable Angus King (invited). The weekend will feature the presentation of 50 year pins to members who graduated from medical school in 1969 and presentation of the Mary Cushman Award for Humanitarian Service, and the President's Award for Distinguished Service. On Saturday morning, MMA will hold its annual governance meeting, which will also include an update from Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine and will feature The Honorable Janet T. Mills, Governor of Maine (invited) and her team of health leaders to present the outline of actions addressing Maine's health needs. Sunday morning a panel discussion will feature How Physicians Can Take a Leadership Role. 

A rare event occurs this year: the torch of MMA staff leadership is being passed from Gordon Smith, Esq., who has been the MMA's executive director since 1993, to Andy MacLean, Esq. Don't miss this chance to bid Gordon adieu and welcome Andy to his new role! This will also be the last annual session for General Counsel Peter Michaud, JD, RN, who has served the MMA for five years.

We hope that you will join your colleagues from around the state as well as the MMA staff for an interactive and fun meeting at one of Maine's most beautiful locations at a great time of year!

Surprise Billing Legislation Being Considered in Congress

The AMA continues to seek improvements in the surprise billing legislation during the August recess and when the House returns in September. The MMA is coordinating efforts with the AMA. The 128th Maine Legislature enacted "surprise billing" legislation several years ago, P.L. 2017, Chapter 218

 

The AMA continues to seek improvements in the surprise billing legislation during the August recess and when the House returns in September. The MMA is coordinating efforts with the AMA. The 128th Maine Legislature enacted "surprise billing" legislation several years ago, P.L. 2017, Chapter 218. Physicians and others agree on this central tenet: Patients should be held harmless and not subject to bills higher than they would expect to pay had an in-network physician been available and there should be a fair system to resolve payment disputes between insurers and physicians.

In recent weeks Congress has taken significant steps in moving legislation aimed at tackling the issue of surprise billing by passing legislation out of committees in both the House and Senate. Both bills would protect patients by limiting their out-of-pocket costs to amounts they would have owed if they had been treated by an in-network physician. However, neither bill holds health insurers accountable. Both bills would resolve payment disputes between physicians and insurers by setting out-of-network payments at the median amount each insurer pays for in-network care.

Most stakeholders agree that patients should be held accountable only for their in-network cost-sharing amounts in situations where they are unable to select an in-network physician, such as in a medical emergency. Where views diverge is how to determine appropriate payment amounts for out-of-network physicians and other providers. As originally introduced, the "No Surprises Act" would have plans pay out-of-network physicians the median in-network contract amount for the service provided in that particular geographic area. Not only would that bind out-of-network physicians to contracted amounts they did not agree to accept, but it would eliminate much of the incentive for plans to contract with an adequate number of physicians in the first place. Furthermore, as the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has noted on similar proposals, plans would have an incentive to cancel or cut contracted amounts for any physicians currently above the median rate, reducing payment for both in- and out-of-network physicians. Such a solution would tilt the advantage in negotiating fair contracts even further in the direction of plans. 

At the urging of committee members Rep. Raul Ruiz, MD (D-CA), Rep. Larry Buschon, MD (R-IN) and others, the committee adopted an amendment to provide for an independent dispute resolution process loosely based on the successful baseball-style arbitration model used in New York. Under the proposal, if either party was dissatisfied with the initial payment offer, an appeals process could be triggered that would allow an independent entity to decide between the payment offer of the plan and the physician's billed amount while considering a number of other factors related to the circumstances of the case and the training and experience of the physician. While the proposal still needs improvement, it represents an important step forward by recognizing that the resolution of these disputes requires a solution that is fair and encourages both sides to make reasonable initial payment offers and charges. 

AMA will continue to work to make improvements to these provisions over the August congressional recess and when Congress returns in September.

Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule Changes

The Medicare Program's CY 2020 Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies, Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements, etc., will be published in the federal register on August 14th. The comment period will end September 27th.

 

The Medicare Program's CY 2020 Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies, Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements, etc. will be published in the federal register on August 14th. They will include the following:

Medicare Program; CY 2020 Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee
Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies; Medicare Shared Savings
Program Requirements; Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program Requirements for
Eligible Professionals; Establishment of an Ambulance Data Collection System; Updates to
the Quality Payment Program; Medicare Enrollment of Opioid Treatment Programs and
Enhancements to Provider Enrollment Regulations Concerning Improper Prescribing and
Patient Harm; and Amendments to Physician Self-Referral Law Advisory Opinion
Regulations.

After 8/14/19 you may find the document with all proposed changes at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/14/2019-16041/medicare-program-cy-2020-revisions-to-payment-policies-under-the-physician-fee-schedule-and-other .

Recent Study Suggests CV Risk Reduction From Continuing Statins After 75

A recent study suggests potential cardiovascular risk reduction associated with continuing statin therapy after the age of 75 years in persons already taking these drugs for primary prevention. However, due to the observational nature of this study, residual confounding cannot be excluded. Future studies, including interventional randomized studies, are needed to confirm these findings and support updating and clarification of guidelines on the use of statins for primary prevention in the elderly.

 

A recent European study suggests potential cardiovascular risk reduction associated with continuing statin therapy after the age of 75 years in persons already taking these drugs for primary prevention. However, due to the observational nature of this study, residual confounding cannot be excluded. Future studies, including interventional randomized studies, are needed to confirm these findings and support updating and clarification of guidelines on the use of statins for primary prevention in the elderly.

The role of statin therapy in primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in persons older than 75 years remains a subject of debate with little evidence to support or exclude the benefit of this treatment. The researchers assessed the effect of statin discontinuation on cardiovascular outcomes in previously adherent 75-year-olds treated for primary prevention. The study itself may be read here: https://academic.oup.com/eurheartj/advance-article/doi/10.1093/eurheartj/ehz458/5540819

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.]

 

Hearing loss in middle age may be associated with increased odds of cognitive decline

Reuters (8/9, Crist) reported a study published in JAMA Network Open suggested a link between hearing loss in middle age and higher odds of cognitive decline in later years. Researchers tracked over “16,000 men and women and found that a new diagnosis of hearing loss between ages 45 and 65 more than doubled the odds of a dementia diagnosis in the next dozen years.”

Late growth spurts in kids may be associated with lower bone density, study indicates

Reuters (8/9, Carroll) reported that, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open, “kids who experienced their growth spurts – which occur around the age of puberty – late had lower than average bone density in young adulthood.” Researchers found that “among both girls and boys, there were faster gains in bone mineral density when the growth spurt came late. But even with speeded up bone density gains, the kids who spurted late never caught up with those who spurted early.”

Massachusetts health officials confirm first human case of EEE this year

The AP (8/10) reported, “Massachusetts health officials have confirmed a case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus infection in a male over 60 from southern Plymouth County.” This is “the first human case of EEE” in the state since 2013.

Cardiologist highlights initiative that aims to obtain accurate blood pressure readings and improve blood pressure control

Dr. R. Todd Hurst, a board-certified cardiologist, wrote in an opinion piece for FierceHealthcare (8/9, Hurst), “For most of my career as a cardiologist, I’ve failed to take patients’ blood pressure readings in the most accurate way, and so have most healthcare providers.” Dr. Hurst highlights Target: BP, an initiative from the American Medical Association and the American Heart Association that aims to decrease uncontrolled hypertension, by “obtaining accurate blood pressure readings and improving blood pressure control among patients.”

New York officials confirm five measles cases in Mennonite community

The AP (8/8) reports New York state health officials “say they’ve confirmed five cases of measles in a Mennonite community in western New York.” The state Health Department “says Thursday the cases of the highly contagious respiratory disease were recorded in Wyoming County. The department has issued an advisory to notify regional health care providers of the potential for exposure.”

PFAS may be associated with increased risk of diabetes, study suggests

Reuters (8/8, Rapaport) reports that certain “chemicals known as PFAS (polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances), which are used to make consumer products stain-resistant, water-repellent and nonstick,” may be “associated with an increased risk of diabetes, but much of this added risk is reduced with good eating and exercise habits,” research indicated. The findings of the 957-participant study were published online in Diabetes Care.




10th Annual Silent Auction to Be Held at Annual Session

This year marks the 10th annual MMA Silent Auction, held during the MMA Annual Session, which takes place the weekend of September 6-8. All proceeds from the auction directly benefit the Maine Medical Education Trust which provides scholarships to Maine students pursuing a degree in medicine.

 

This year marks the 10th annual MMA Silent Auction, held during the MMA Annual Session, taking place the weekend of September 6-8. All proceeds from the auction directly benefit the Maine Medical Education Trust which provides scholarships to Maine students pursuing a degree in medicine. The stated amount of your donation can be used as a tax deduction as the MMET is a non-profit organization.

Donated items include both new and gently used items such as paintings and other art work, pottery and other items from local artisans, gift certificates to local restaurants or events, wood crafts and small furniture items, and gift baskets. Your contribution will greatly help us meet the increasing demands for financial assistance by Maine’s future medical providers and meet the needs of our members who look to the MMA to provide quality CME programs. Click here to download a Donation Form. Thank you for your consideration!

Features of the Annual Session this year include a panel on Saturday with The Honorable Janet T. Mills, Governor of Maine, and her team of health leaders to present the outline of actions addressing Maine's health needs. Sunday morning a panel discussion will feature how physicians can engage in leadership roles. Visit  https://www.mainemed.com/cme-education-info/annual-session to learn more about the program.

MICIS Individual Academic Detailing Sessions on Opioid Topics

The Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS) is offering 1-hour individual Academic Detailing sessions on two topics: Treating Complex Patients with Chronic Pain who Are Prescribed Opioids and Overview of Office-Based Buprenorphine Prescribing.  www.micismaine.org

 

2019 Opioid Academic Detailing Sessions
Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS)

Academic Detailing is peer-to-peer educational outreach which is designed to improve prescribing practices.  It is useful for improving quality of care and identifying priorities for change.

MICIS is scheduling individual 1-hour Academic Detailing sessions on these topics:

  • Treating Complex Patients with Chronic Pain Who Are Prescribed Opioids
  • Overview of Office-Based Buprenorphine Prescribing
Prescribers of opioids (physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants) and Medical Directors may request a 1-hour Academic Detailing session at their practice location.  This direct learning session can be scheduled for any time of day, and sessions can be scheduled on the same day for mutliple prescribers in the same or nearby practices.  The sessions are provided free of charge.

Visit www.micismaine.org for information on MICIS education outreach and academic detailing and to request an Academic Detailing session at your medical practice or hospital.

MICIS has provided evidence-based prescribing education since 2008, and is a program of the Maine Medical Association.

 

United States Census 2020

The US census is conducted every ten years and counts every person living in the US once, only once, and in the right place. Census Day is April 1, 2020.  https://2020census.gov

 

US Census 2020

Information about the 2020 United States Census is available at https://2020census.gov

The US census is conducted every ten years and counts every person living in the US once, only once, and in the right place.  By April 1, 2020 every household will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 census and will have the option of responding to the survey online, by mail, or by phone. 

Census 101: What You Need To Know
The 2020 Census and Confidentiality



 

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

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
1:00pm - 2:00pm - Ironbound Room in the Pool House
Contact: Cathy Stratton at 207-592-5725 or cstratton@mainemed.com

Maine Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians
  2:00pm - 4:00pm - 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
View Brochure or Register Online
Contact:  Shirley Goggin 207-445-2260 or sgoggin@mainemed.com

October 24, 2019
Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians, Fall Members Meeting/Program

Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport, ME
Contact Dianna Poulin at 207-480-4194 or dpoulin@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 16-17, 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

May 1, 2020
Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Spring Meeting

Harraseeket Inn – Freeport, ME 11:30am - 5:00pm
Contact:  Shirley Goggin 207-445-2260 or sgoggin@mainemed.com

May 1-3, 2020
Maine Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Spring CME Conference

Hilton Garden Inn – Freeport, ME
Contact:  Dee Kerry 207-480-4185 or dkerry@mainemed.com

 

 

 

 

  


 

Complex Mental and Behavioral Health Needs of Maine Youth - August 16

Collaborating to Address the Complex Mental and Behavioral Health Needs of Maine Youth

A joint conference for family and pediatric providers and school nurses.

Friday, August 16, 2019   ~   8:30am – 3:30pm

Talbot Lecture Hall, University of Southern Maine – Portland

 

Plenary Talks:

Identification and treatment of anxiety and depression in children and adults: How can we do better?  Speaker: Douglas Robbins, MD, Maine Behavioral Healthcare

ACEs and the Effects of Trauma Speaker: Cassie Yackley, PsyD, Yackley Consulting Group

 

Short Talks:

Creating an Inclusive Environment for LGBTQ Youth - Speaker:  Sue Campbell, OUT Maine

Begin with the End in Mind: ADHD/ODD - Speaker: Deborah Hagler, MD, Midcoast Pediatrics

Addressing Suicide Risk - Speaker: Sheila Nelson, MS, Maine CDC

Adolescent Substance Use Speaker: Day One Program

Absenteeism in Maine - Speaker: Susan Lieberman, Count ME In

 

REGISTER HERE!

 

 

 

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: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training and 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 is offering 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.  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. The final date is on 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. 

Obesity Medicine: There is no 'one size fits all' - Monthly Lecture Series Beginning September 18th

Obesity continues to skyrocket and most patients are not getting the help they desperately need.  Join us for one lecture or all 12 lectures (monthly) and learn the science behind obesity and current clinical guidelines in treating it. 

What: Monthly Lecture Series (1.25 AMA PRA category one CME credits per lecture for 12 months for a total of 15 CME credits) 

When: Lecture #1- Wednesday, September 18 from  6:00pm - 7:15pm

Where: 66 Leighton Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105

Who: Catherine Krouse, DO 

Why: Obesity continues to skyrocket and most patients are not getting the help they desperately need.  Join us and learn the science behind obesity and current clinical guidelines in treating it.  Understanding the physiology of weight regulation will help open lines of communication with your patients in unexpected ways, and help guide patients towards treatment options with the best evidence for long term success.

COST: $40 per lecture OR $360 for the entire series (15 CME)

RSVP: info@empoweredmaine.com

 

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.

 

MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program to offer training for clinicians.

MMA continues to partner with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program to offer training for clinicians.

The Maine Suicide Prevention Program, administered by NAMI-Maine, is excited to announce their Fall schedule.   The following suicide prevention, assessment and management trainings are open for registration.  MMA works closely with NAMI-Maine to provide educational opportunities for Maine physicians and other clinical providers. CMEs and contact hours for licensure are offered as appropriate. 

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

Suicide Prevention Training of the Trainers

Suicide Assessment for Clinicians Training

Non-Suicidal Self Injury Training

Suicide Prevention Protocol Development Training

Suicide Prevention Curriculum Training

If you have needs not identified in the above list, please contact Nicole, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, to discuss the possibility of a customized training program.  

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

8/5/19

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

8/12/19

Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon

Bread and butter surgery, with high volume elective surgery and low volume emergency surgery. Upper and lower endoscopy ability required. Breast surgery preferred, but not required.

Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon. Bread and butter surgery, with high volume elective surgery and low volume emergency surgery. Upper and lower endoscopy ability required. Breast surgery preferred, but not required.

Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital is a progressive, Joint Commission accredited, 25-bed Critical Access Hospital in Pittsfield, Maine that serves an area encompassing 40,000 people throughout the central region. Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital is a member of Northern Light Health, an integrated statewide health delivery system that is raising the bar with no-nonsense solutions that are leading the way to a healthier future for our state.

Why Northern Light Health?

  • Robust compensation and benefits package  
  • Student Loan Reimbursement Programs 
  • Relocation Bonus  
  • Sign on Bonus  
  • Flexible schedules and exceptional work/life balance  
  • Generous PTO benefits   

For confidential consideration, please submit CV to: Providerjobs@northernlight.org

10/7/19


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.

9/16/19

Physician Director of Primary Care

Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Health has an exciting physician leadership opportunity for a Board Certified/Board Eligible MD/DO Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician to lead our primary care network of three family medicine practices.

Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Health has an exciting physician leadership opportunity for a Board Certified/Board Eligible MD/DO Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician to lead our primary care network of three family medicine practices. This is an excellent opportunity to lead a group of well established, quality driven, outpatient practices serving the greater Pittsfield community. Our team of physicians and NP/MHNP providers are committed to providing excellent medical care, exceptional service and a satisfying relationship between patient and provider. We do this by blending the latest technology with old-fashioned care and customer service. Our skilled office staff and providers work as integrated care teams to provide our patients with a full spectrum of family care. This role will be 20% administrative and 80% clinical practice.
 
For confidential consideration, please contact: providerjobs@northernlight.org
 
7/29/19

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, 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

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/