Maine Medicine Weekly Update - September 16, 2019
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Photos from the 166th Annual Session of the Maine Medical Association

Click through for photos from the MMA Annual Session in Bar Harbor September 6-8, 2019. Whom do you recognize?

 

 

 

Cell Phone Driving Ban, Other Laws, Become Effective Thursday

This Thursday, September 19th, the laws passed by the 129th Maine Legislature (except those that have specified effective dates or those identified as emergency legislation) go into effect. Because the cell phone is a tool frequently used by physicians, the new ban on their use while driving is featured here.

 

This Thursday, September 19th, the laws passed by the 129th Maine Legislature (except those that have specified effective dates or those identified as emergency legislation) go into effect. Because the cell phone is a tool frequently used by physicians, the new ban on their use while driving is featured here.

The law says that one may not use, manipulate, or hold a cell phone or other electronic device while the vehicle is being operated on a public way. That means you are not allowed to do anything other than a single swipe to engage voice activation or to turn the device on unless your car is stopped in a location that does not obstruct traffic. CB radios are exempt from the ban.

To use the device it must be attached to the vehicle via a cradle or similar fixation. It can be used in hands-free or voice activation mode if it is so attached. There are no exceptions for using the device in GPS mode.

The Portland Press Herald has run an article of questions and answers from the Maine State Police, which you can read here.

Edmund Hardy Road Race Results & Photos

The 39th Annual Edmund Hardy 5K Road Race was held on Sunday morning of the MMA Annual Session. Charmaine Patel, MD was first among the women, and Garreth Debiegun, MD took first among the men. Click through for results and photos.

 

The 39th Annual Edmund Hardy 5K Road Race was held on Sunday morning of the MMA Annual Session. Garreth Debiegun, MD (20:21) took overall first place, with Charmaine Patel, MD (20:51) taking overall first place among the women.

30-40 Age Group: Ryan Best, MD (20:52), Cora Best, Esq. (25:48)

 

 

40-50 Age Group: Tim Pieh, MD (20:46)

 

50-60 Age Group: David McDermott, MD (39:55), Dora Anne Mills, MD (39:55) (with Dieter Kreckel, MD)

 

60-70 Age Group: Dan Campos, MD (23:00), Ms. Katharine Ayer (25:04)

 

 

70+ Age Group: Lloyd Harmon, MD (24:31)

 

And the rest of the field:

Alexandra Barr, DO

 

Mr. Mike Reveliotty

 

Michael Parker, MD

 

Jeff Barkin, MD

 

Sam Zager, MD

 

And in the sweep position, Laura Jett, MD, who collected all the signs that the runners (well, most of them, anyway!) followed so as not to get lost. Thanks, Dr. Jett!

 

Thanks to all who ran or walked; we hope you all had a great time!

Maine Perinatal Quality Collaborative Launches Oct. 1

Maine has one of the highest infant mortality rates in New England. Qualidigm and the Maine March of Dimes are hosting a daylong learning collaborative, bringing together key players to discuss and plan strategies around improving the state of perinatal health care in Maine, under the direction of expert perinatal clinicians utilizing evidence-based practice when available, who represent the full range of perinatal choices and birth options. 

 



Improving Perinatal Health in Maine: Launching the Perinatal Quality Collaborative for Maine (PQC4ME)




Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Time: 8:00 am Registration - 4:00 pm.

Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 14 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn, Maine




*This learning session qualifies for a maximum of 5.75 CME credits.




Maine has one of the highest infant mortality rates in New England. This daylong learning collaborative brings together key players to discuss and plan strategies around improving the state of perinatal health care in Maine, under the direction of expert perinatal clinicians utilizing evidence-based practice when available, who represent the full range of perinatal choices and birth options. 

Objectives:

1.  Engage hospital teams and others in a common agenda to improve perinatal outcomes in Maine through a Perinatal Quality Collaborative for Maine. (PQC4ME).

2.  Highlight current perinatal data in Maine including bright spots and gaps in care.

3.  Discuss national data and trends and how these apply to Maine providers.

4.  Provide an overview of PQC4ME priorities in Maine and for the Northern New England Quality Improvement Network (NNEPQIN)

5.  Highlight upcoming quality improvement work including a specific initiative on Safe Sleep.

6.  Set the stage for a more comprehensive Perinatal System of Care in Maine.




Speakers:

Keynote: Martin McCaffrey, MD

Dr. McCaffrey is the Director of the Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina (PQCNC) and a recognized expert in the pursuit of quality in perinatal care.

Other Speakers Include:

Amy Belisle, MD, MBA, Chief Child Health Officer, Maine Department of Health and Human Services

Kelley Bowden, RN, Perinatal Outreach Nurse Educator for the State of Maine

Lisa Capra, MD, Director, Normal Nursery; Director, Hospitalist Program at MetroWest Medical Center; Assistant Professor,Tufts University School of Medicine.

Ed Doherty, Executive Director, March of Dimes New England

Katherine Flaherty, Principal, Katherine Flaherty Consulting, LLC

Jennifer Hayman, MD, Pediatric Hospitalist, MaineHealth Maine Safe Sleep Physician Champion

Maryann Harakall, Maternal and Child Health Program Director, Maine CDC

Erika Lichter, ScD, MS, MA, Lead Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist, Maine CDC

Alan Picarillo, MD, Specialist in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at MaineHealth

Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., Director, Maine CDC

Gina Trachimowicz, MD, Neonatologist at MMC

Nell Tharpe, MS, CNM, FACNM, Perinatal and Women’s Health Consultant







*AMA Designation Statement

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CCMEA Accreditation Statement

Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association’s Committee on Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education (CME) to practicing physicians. 

Joint Sponsorship

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation through the partnership of Maine Medical Education Trust and Qualidigm. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association to provide CME activities for physicians.

Funding Statement

Funding for this project has been provided by March of Dimes of New England, and by the Hannaford Charitable Foundation for Qualidigm staff time.



Qualidigm

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Qualidigm.org

Quality Counts has merged with Qualidigm, a national healthcare consulting organization who has a strong presence in New England. As one unified organization with over 50 years of combined experience delivering healthcare quality improvement services, we are committed to transforming the quality, safety, and value of healthcare by leading, collaborating, and aligning improvement efforts. We look forward to working with you to make New England the healthiest region in the United States.

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MaineCare Medical Director Opportunity

The Office of MaineCare Services (OMS) is continuing its search for a new MaineCare Medical Director and is eager to identify qualified physicians, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants who are interested in applying for the position. 

 

MaineCare Medical Director Opportunity:  The Office of MaineCare Services (OMS) is continuing its search for a new MaineCare Medical Director and is eager to identify qualified physicians, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants who are interested in applying for the position. Click here for more information & position qualifications, but in brief…

The Office of MaineCare Services is seeking qualified candidates for the position of MaineCare Medical Director.  The Medical Director is responsible for providing clinical leadership and policy direction and oversight to the MaineCare program and staff and supports MaineCare goals and objectives established in coordination with the MaineCare Director and the Commissioner’s Office of Dept of Health & Human Services (DHHS). The Medical Director supports development and implementation of policy that aims to improve health outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries by improving population health outcomes and member experience and promotes the cost-effective use of resources. The Medical Director directly communicates with healthcare providers in the state, participates in relevant advisory groups, and when needed, interacts with state legislature and legislative committees at the direction of MaineCare leadership.  The position is expected to be 0.8-1.0 FTE and is based in Augusta.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Lisa Letourneau at lisa.letourneau@maine.gov with any questions, along with their resume.

 

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.]

 

  CDC says 27.5% of high school students report using e-cigarettes

CNBC (9/12, LaVito) reports, “More than one in four high school students in the U.S. use e-cigarettes, as teen vaping rates surged to yet another record despite efforts to control the epidemic, according to new federal data. Among high school students, 27.5% reported using an e-cigarette in the previous 30 days, up from 20.8% in 2018, according to preliminary results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual National Youth Tobacco Survey.”

Study: U.S. alcohol taxes fall far short of covering cost of harm from drinking

Reuters (9/12, Carroll) reports a new study suggests that “the sum total of taxes on alcohol doesn’t come close to paying the bills associated with excessive alcohol consumption in the U.S. The total damages from excess consumption add up to $2.05 per drink, while state and federal taxes bring in about $0.21 per drink, according to an analysis published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.”

Study suggests behavior modification programs may help mitigate incontinence symptoms in women

Reuters (9/12, Rapaport) reports a study of 121 women with incontinence showed among those who participated in a behavior modification program for four months, 71% of participants “reported improvements in urinary incontinence, compared with 23% of women in the waitlist group.” The study also showed “55% of women in the program reported improvements in bowel incontinence, compared with 27% in the waitlist group.” The program included instruction on how to “strengthen and coordinate the muscles that support the openings of the bladder and bowels, called the pelvic floor muscles,” said study author Dr. Heidi Wendell Brown. The findings were published in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Study finds fish oil supplements during pregnancy not tied to reduced preterm delivery risk

Reuters (9/11, Emery) reports a study “found virtually-identical rates of preterm delivery among 2,734 pregnancies where women were taking fish oil capsules daily and among 2,752 pregnancies where the mothers-to-be were taking vegetable oil capsules with only trace amounts of the n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids believed responsible for fish oil’s health benefits.” The study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed “early preterm delivery occurred in 2.2% of the fish oil pregnancies and 2.0% of the vegetable oil pregnancies, an insignificant difference.”

Research suggests erectile dysfunction may predict risk for stroke, heart attack

CNN (9/11, Lamotte) reports a meta-analysis on over 150,000 men indicates erectile dysfunction (ED) may predict “risk for a future stroke or heart attack.” The study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine showed “compared to men without symptoms of impotence...men with ED have a 59% higher risk of coronary heart disease or atherosclerosis, a 34% higher risk of stroke and a 33% higher risk of dying from any cause.”

Chinese researchers use CRISPR to make blood cells immune to HIV in adult patient

The AP (9/11, Marchione) reports a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine describes the first attempt to use CRISPR “to try to cure a patient’s HIV infection by providing blood cells that were altered to resist the AIDS virus.” The paper’s authors, a group of Chinese researchers, said the patient was given blood cells that had been modified with CRISPR to be immune to HIV.

On its website, the NPR (9/11, Stein) “Shots” blog reports that “while the treatment did not rid the man of the AIDS virus, the researchers and others are calling the report promising.”

Study: HPV vaccination in girls and women may decrease rate of HPV-related cancers in unvaccinated men

NBC News (9/10, Carroll) reports researchers found that “when young women and girls are vaccinated” against HPV, “rates of HPV-related cancers dropped in unvaccinated men.” The findings were published in JAMA.

HealthDay (9/10, Thompson) reports the study found that “oral HPV infections declined by 37% among unvaccinated 18- to 59-year-old men between 2009 and 2016.”

Shorter people may be at greater risk for developing T2D, researchers say

CNN (9/9, Asmelash) reports, “Shorter people are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes [T2D],” researchers concluded after looking at some “2,500 middle-aged men and women in Germany from a pool of about 26,000 people.” After adjusting for confounding factors, investigators found that “greater height was associated with a lower risk for diabetes.” The findings were published online in the journal Diabetologia.

Researchers examine association between sleep duration, heart attack risk

The New York Times (9/9, Bakalar) reports, “Getting less than six hours of sleep a night, or more than nine hours, might increase the risk for heart attack,” researchers found in a study that “included 461,347 men and women ages 40 to 69, all of whom were healthy at the start” and who were followed “over seven years.” The findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Daytime naps may be linked to lower risk of heart attack or stroke, study suggests

NBC News (9/9, Edwards) reports on its website that research suggests “daytime naps may be linked to a lower risk of heart attack or stroke, but only if they’re limited to a few times a week.” The findings were published in Heart.

TIME (9/9, Ducharme) reports that investigators “found that people who took one or two daytime naps per week had a lower risk of cardiovascular issues than non-nappers, even after adjusting for excessive daytime sleepiness...nighttime sleep duration and demographic and lifestyle factors.” The data indicated that “the connection between more frequent naps and heart health was not as strong.”



September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide prevention is up to all of us, you can save a life.If you are concerned about yourself or somebody else, please call the Maine Crisis Hotline 1-888-568-111.  Contact the Crisis Text Line by texting CONNECT to 74174. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-8255. All of the above are available for free 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

To help reduce deaths by suicide Maine CDC promotes the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s #BeThe1To campaign (www.BeThe1To.com), encouraging individuals to recognize and intervene when someone they know may be at risk of suicide.

According to the article Primary Care:  A Crucial Setting for Suicide Prevention by Jerry Reed, PhD, MSW, Director, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, "Up to 45% of individuals who die by suicide have visited their primary care physician within a month of their death; additional research suggests that up to 67% of those who attempt suicide receive medical attention as a result of their attempt. Given these statistics, primary care has enormous potential to prevent suicides and connect people to needed specialty care — especially when they collaborate or formally partner with behavioral healthcare providers."

October 10 Webinar Presented by Baystate Financial: Protecting Your Income

Free financial well-being education program presented by Baystate Financial on Thursday, October 10 from 6-7pm.

 

Protecting Your Income

Thursday, October 10 2019
6:00-7:00pm
Webinar Presented by Baystate Financial - RSVP to cperry@baystatefinancial.com

Your income funds all parts of your life: your day-to-day expenses, your future retirement, and the time you spend with your loved ones. Plan to attend this informative financial education session.  This session will help you:

  • Appreciate the true value of your income
  • Identify sources of income replacement
  • Understand disability income insurance
There is nothing you have to do to prepare for this session.  This session is simply to provide you with knowledge and insight so you can make informed decisions about your finances.  We hope you'll join us!
 
To RSVP or for more information, contact:
Christopher Perry
Baystate Financial
75 Leighton Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
207-770-2028
cperry@baystatefinancial.com

www.baystatefinancial.com

Caring for People Living With Dementia? Diagnostic & Management Tools for Health Systems and Clinicians

The Alzheimer's Association has partnered with government and professional organizations to develop several physician guidelines and recommendations that can help you care for your patients with dementia.

 

Caring for People Living With Dementia?
The Alzheimer's Association has diagnostic and management tools for health systems and clinicians.

The Alzheimer's Association has partnered with government and professional organizations to develop several physician guidelines and recommendations that can help you care for your patients with dementia.

Explore resources regarding detection of cognitive impairment in primary care, recommendations for defining preclinical Alzheimer's disease, appropriate use criteria for amyloid PET imaging, and more.
https://www.alz.org/professionals/health-systems-clinicians/guidelines_index_(1) 

New Strategies in Diagnosing, Treating and Managing Dementia: A Course For Primary Care Physicians
https://www.alzmassnh.org/hospital/physician-cme-course/

For more information, contact:
Peter Baker, LCSW, Program Director
Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter
207-772-0115 x9691  1-800-272-3900   pbaker@alz.org

PMP Password Policy Change

In response to the expression of concerns from physicians, the Maine Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) has modified its requirements for password changes by its users, moving from a 3-month time limit to 6 months.

 

In response to the expression of concerns from physicians, the Maine Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) has modified its requirements for password changes by its users, moving from a 3-month time limit to 6 months.

Gordon Smith, Esq., Maine's Director of Opioid Response, announced that the change will take place in the next few days. Users of the PMP will no longer have to change their passwords every three months. Instead, those changes (which are necessary to maintain the safety and integrity of the system) will only be required every six months.

This is one of several changes that will be put into place in the coming weeks.

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 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

November 9, 2019
Maine Neurological Society

  9:00am - 12:00pm - Maine Medical Association – Manchester, ME
REGISTER TODAY
Contact: Cathy Stratton at 207-592-5725 or cstratton@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 1-4, 2020
28th Annual MAFP Family Medicine Update & Annual Meeting

DoubleTree by Hilton Portland, Portland, ME
Full brochure and registration available after January 15, 2020 at www.maineafp.org
Contact Deborah Halbach at 207-938-5005 or maineafp@tdstelme.net

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

 

 

 

 

  


 

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.

 

MICIS: 2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update - Fall Dates Scheduled

Registration is open for Fall 2019 presentations of 2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update.  Presented by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS).

2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update
Presented by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS)
Free - Advanced registration is required
5:00-8:30 pm

The topics and learning objectives for this session will be:
    2019 Clinical Opioid Update
    • Review latest research relating to opioid + pain prescribing practices
    • Constantly consider harm reduction
    • Discuss opioid use disorder and treatments
    2019 Legal Opioid Update
    • Review impact of Chapter 488 in Maine
    • Discuss opioid laws, rules and initiatives of the new administration
    • Study Chapter 21 requirements and logical implementation
    • Investigate methods to further transform local and regional prescribing
    Co-Prescribing Benzodiazepines & Opioids: The Black Box of Increased Overdose Risk
    • Review the trends in benzodiazepine prescribing
    • Evaluate risks of co-prescribing benzodiazepines and opioids
    • Consider taper plans
    • Recall importance of risk reduction
    Presenters: Elisabeth Fowlie Mock, MD, MPH; Peter Michaud, JD, RN
    Light snacks will be provided.

    The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1Credit(s)TM.  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 to physicians.

    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 opioid drug use.

    The Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS) is a program of the Maine Medical Association. www,micismaine.org

    Qualidigm Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training

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

     

    Qualidigm: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training

    Qualidigm, 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, Qualidigm 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@qualidigm.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 with more conference information is now open online at: https://shop.biausa.org/products/meconfreg

    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.

     

    Celebrate 65 Years of MMA Executive Leadership on Oct. 26. Tickets Available Now

    Please join us this fall as the Maine Medical Association celebrates the past 65 years of consecutive leadership and accomplishments! Brick South, the event center at Thompson's Point in South Portland, will be the site of an MMA Gala Celebration on Saturday evening, Oct. 26. We will celebrate the executive leadership of Dan Hanley, M.D., Frank Stred and Gordon Smith who sequentially led MMA for sixty-five years from 1955 into 2019.

     

    Please join us this fall as the Maine Medical Association celebrates the past 65 years of consecutive leadership and accomplishments!

    Brick South, the event center at Thompson's Point in South Portland, will be the site of an MMA Gala Celebration on Saturday evening, Oct. 26. We will celebrate the executive leadership of Dan Hanley, M.D., Frank Stred and Gordon Smith who sequentially led MMA for sixty-five years from 1955 into 2019. An elegant evening of wonderful memories is planned, including dinner and dancing to the band Plush.

    The Oct. 26 event will begin with a reception from 5:00 to 6:30pm. The program will include a video tribute and a roast with invited roasters including Senator Angus King, Governor Janet Mills, MHA President Steven Michaud, MMA's Andy MacLean, and former Ohio State Medical Association Executive Director D. Brent Mulgrew.  

    Sponsorships are available and anyone wishing to sponsor or purchase an ad in the program should contact Andy MacLean at MMA (amaclean@mainemed.com) or Sam Surprise (sam@surpriseadvertising.com).

    Online registration is now open at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-65-years-of-mma-leadership-tickets-66193569749Early Bird ticket prices are available through September 8, so act now!

     

    MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine CDC/Sweetser 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.  

     

    The Maine CDC and Sweetser are offering free online Suicide Prevention Training Modules!

    Enrolling is easy. There are 12+ courses available at no charge. Download the flyer with enrollment info here.

    Sample modules:

    · Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)

    · Depressive Disorders in Children and Adolescents

    · Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM)

    · Collaborative Assessment & Management of Suicidality (CAMS)

    · Safety Planning Intervention for Suicide Prevention

    · Suicide Risk Factors, Screening and Assessment

    MaineCare Medical Director Opportunity

    MaineCare Medical Director Opportunity:  The Office of MaineCare Services (OMS) is continuing its search for a new MaineCare Medical Director and is eager to identify qualified physicians, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants who are interested in applying for the position.

    The Office of MaineCare Services (OMS) is continuing its search for a new MaineCare Medical Director and is eager to identify qualified physicians, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants who are interested in applying for the position. Click here for more information & position qualifications, but in brief…

    The Office of MaineCare Services is seeking qualified candidates for the position of MaineCare Medical Director.  The Medical Director is responsible for providing clinical leadership and policy direction and oversight to the MaineCare program and staff and supports MaineCare goals and objectives established in coordination with the MaineCare Director and the Commissioner’s Office of Dept of Health & Human Services (DHHS). The Medical Director supports development and implementation of policy that aims to improve health outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries by improving population health outcomes and member experience and promotes the cost-effective use of resources. The Medical Director directly communicates with healthcare providers in the state, participates in relevant advisory groups, and when needed, interacts with state legislature and legislative committees at the direction of MaineCare leadership.  The position is expected to be 0.8-1.0 FTE and is based in Augusta.

    Qualified applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Lisa Letourneau at lisa.letourneau@maine.gov with any questions, along with their resume.

    10/14/19

    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 November 22, 2019.

    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

    9/30/19

    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 November 22, 2019.

    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

    9/30/19

    Full-time, Part-time and Leadership Opportunities for Physicians

    TeamHealth is now partnering with Northern Light Health to provide integrated emergency medicine and hospital medicine services in Northern Light Health Hospitals throughout Downeast Maine.

    TeamHealth is now partnering with Northern Light Health to provide integrated emergency medicine and hospital medicine services in Northern Light Health Hospitals throughout Downeast Maine. We have full-time, part-time and leadership opportunities for physicians to join our teams at Sebasticook Valley Hospital, Inland Hospital, Blue Hill Hospital, AR Gould Hospital and Maine Coast Hospital. TeamHealth offers free CME, a great work-life balance that gives you quality time with family and friends, and the potential to realize your career by growing into local, regional and national leadership positions. Northern Light Health is the most expansive integrated healthcare system in Maine offering care in locations across beautiful Downeast and inland Maine, an area known for its breathtaking vistas and seaside living. TeamHealth will be working with clinical teams at Northern Light Health to optimize operational efficiency and continue providing compassionate, high-quality care in an environment that prioritizes integration between emergency medicine and hospital medicine teams. For more information and to apply, click here.

    12/2/19

    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

    9/9/19

    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

    9/16/19

    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
     
    9/30/19

    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.

    9/16/19

    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/