Maine Medicine Weekly Update - October 7, 2019
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Tickets Still Available for MMA Leadership Gala October 26th

Time is getting short: MMA's Gala recognizing the contributions of former Executive Vice Presidents Gordon Smith, Frank Stred, and Daniel Hanley, M.D. is just 19 days from now!  Please plan to join friends and colleagues at the incomparable Brick South venue at Thompson's Point in Portland on Saturday, October 26, 2019 for a fun evening of networking, dining, dancing, and celebration.  A link to the event page on the MMA web site is below.

 


Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate 65 Years of MMA Leadership!

Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate 65 years of leadership and a tasteful roast of our own Gordon Smith

Saturday October 26th is not that far away so NOW is the time to order your tickets for this exceptional evening of dining, dancing, and socializing with all your friends! Just click here and place your order:  65years.mainemed.com

 

 

 

 

 

MMA "Listening Session" in Portland on Friday, October 25

Join the MMA on Friday, October 25 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Portland Regency Hotel for an information Listening Session with MMA board members and senior staff.

 

MMA Listening Session
Friday, October 25, 2019
5:30 - 7:30pm
RSVP to Sarah Lepoff at slepoff@mainemed.com

Portland Regency Hotel, 20 Milk Street, Portland ME

MMA members are invited to a "Listening Session" hosted by the MMA at the Portland Regency Hotel on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

This is an informal opportunity for you to join us for a hosted reception with MMA board members and senior staff so that we can hear your concerns and thoughts about how the MMA can help you in your daily practice of medicine.  It's also a chance for you to network with colleagues outside of your work setting.

We hope that you can join us in Portland on Friday, October 25th.

Please RSVP to Sarah Lepoff at slepoff@mainemed.com.

Maine Legislature's List of Bill Titles Proposed for 2020 Session

The Maine Legislature has published the list of bill requests for the 2020 session.

 

The Maine Legislature has published the list of bill requests for the 2020 session. These are bill titles, with sponsor names, for any bills requested to be considered by the Legislature. Since this will be the second regular session of the 129th Legislature, bills must be of an emergency nature (although that term is often construed rather loosely), and they must be approved by the Legislative Council in order to be taken up by the Legislative committees and voted on.

The list is here: http://legislature.maine.gov/news/403/second-regular-session-preliminary-title-lists .

Among the proposals of significance to medicine are bills relating to surprise billing, firearms, prior authorization, health insurance coverage, drug costs, Lyme disease, informed consent for pelvic exams, vaccines (including a bill to allow naturopaths to write medical exemptions), telehealth, behavioral health, vaping, abortion, and scope of practice. The Weekly Update will publish links to the bills which have been allowed and to the text contents of those bills when they become available.

Maine CDC Vaping Webinar October 9th

In response to the growing number of lung injury cases related to e-cigarette use nationally, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention will host an informational webinar on the topic on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at 11 A.M. 

 

In response to the growing number of lung injury cases related to e-cigarette use nationally, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention will host an informational webinar on the topic on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at 11 A.M. 

Emily Moores, Tobacco Prevention and Control Manager for Maine CDC, will lead the presentation. Dr. Siiri Bennett, Maine State Epidemiologist, will also present. The webinar will provide an overview of e-cigarette products associated with cases nationally and in Maine, common clinical findings, and recommendations for clinicians.  

As of October 2, 2019, Maine has reported five cases of vaping-related lung injury to the U.S. CDC.  These patients exhibited symptoms similar to those cited in more than 800 cases nationally. Maine’s reported cases to date involve four adults and one youth. None of the cases in Maine has been fatal, and there have been 12 deaths nationally. 

Pulmonary disease associated with e-cigarette use is now temporarily added to the list of Notifiable Conditions that are required to be reported to Maine CDC. The webinar will provide guidance to clinicians on how to conform with the new reporting requirement and information on how the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define probable and confirmed cases. 

We encourage you to participate. To join the Zoom Meeting presentation, click here: https://bit.ly/356EQa3 

Meeting ID: 605 801 485 

Password: 997242 

To participate by phone, dial: 

+1 646 558 8656 US (New York) 

Meeting ID: 605 801 485 

 

2019 Breaks Record for TIck-borne Diseases in Maine

Maine has seen a significant increase this year in the reported cases of two tick-borne diseases, with 556 cases of anaplasmosis and a record-breaking 124 cases of babesiosis so far, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

[from MHA E-clips]

Maine has seen a significant increase this year in the reported cases of two tick-borne diseases, with 556 cases of anaplasmosis and a record-breaking 124 cases of babesiosis so far, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of reported anaplasmosis cases is also on track to break the previous state record of 663 from 2017.

https://bangordailynews.com/2019/10/04/news/state/maine-has-seen-a-record-breaking-number-of-cases-of-a-tick-borne-disease-this-year/

 

 

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.]

 

Tobacco policy experts warn that crackdown on e-cigarettes may send some people back to smoking

The AP (10/5, Perrone) reported experts on tobacco policy are concerned that the current crackdown on e-cigarettes may send some vapers back to smoking. Experts say many vaping products have been marketed as smoking cessation tools, so if their availability is limited, some users may resume smoking. The article quoted several experts discussing the potential consequences of the current crackdown and the possible unintended consequences.

Transgender people who have gender-affirming surgery may be less likely to need mental health treatment, research suggests

Newsweek (10/4, Gander) reported, “Transgender people who have gender-affirming surgery are less likely to need mental health treatment,” researchers concluded after examining “data collected between 2005 and 2015 from a Swedish population register linked to a national healthcare database,” then assessing “the available information on the 2,679 individuals diagnosed with gender incongruence.” The findings were published online Oct. 4 in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Public health experts warn Americans to receive flu shot early following bad season in Australia

The New York Times (10/4, McNeil) reported public health experts are worried that the U.S. may be in for a particularly bad flu season following “an unusually early and fairly severe flu season this year” in Australia. As a result, public health officials are urging Americans to receive flu shoots “as soon as possible.”

Hepatitis A outbreaks reportedly spread across U.S

The Wall Street Journal (10/4, Campo-Flores, McKay, Subscription Publication) reported there are many hepatitis A outbreaks across the U.S. Since hepatitis A outbreaks started in 2016, there have been 30 states that reported cases, totaling over 26,000 and including 268 deaths.

 

U.S. maintains measles-elimination status, HHS says

The Wall Street Journal (10/4, McKay, Subscription Publication) reported the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed on Friday that the U.S. has managed to hold on to its measles-elimination status, despite an outbreak in New York state. Had that outbreak, which began in October 2018, lasted for more than a year, the status would have been removed.

 CDC says there have been more than 1,000 cases of vaping-related lung illnesses

The New York Times (10/3, Grady) reports there have been 1,080 cases of vaping-related lung illness, including 18 deaths, according to the CDC. The article says symptoms of vaping-related lung illnesses including coughing, troubles breathing, as well as fever, nausea, and vomiting. The article adds that while “the exact cause” remains unknown, many affected “have vaped THC,” while some have vaped THC and nicotine, and others say they have only vaped nicotine.

The AP (10/3, Stobbe) reports there have been cases reported in all states except Alaska and New Hampshire. Physicians “say the illnesses resemble an inhalation injury.”

Twin birth rate declining for first time in nearly four decades, data indicate

The Wall Street Journal (10/3, Abbott, Subscription Publication) reports that the birth rate for twins in the U.S. is on the decline for the first time in nearly 40 years.

The NPR (10/3, Vaughn) “Shots” blog reports that data published recently from the National Center for Health Statistics show “twin births declined in the U.S. by 4% from 2014 to 2018.” According to the article, “the leading theory for the trend reversal is that fertility treatments – generally thought to have caused the twin boom in the first place – have gotten more sophisticated.”

People with a positive outlook on life may be less likely than pessimists to experience heart attack, stroke, and may live longer, researchers say

Reuters (10/3, Rapaport) reports, “People with a positive outlook on life may be less likely than pessimists to experience events like a heart attack or stroke, and they may live longer,” researchers concluded after examining “data from 15 studies with a total of 229,391 participants who were followed for an average of about 14 years.” The data revealed that the “most optimistic people were 35% less likely than the least optimistic to have cardiovascular events like heart attacks or strokes, and 14% less likely to die for any reason.” The findings were published in JAMA Network Open.

Research considers relationship between fungi and pancreatic cancer

The New York Times (10/3, Sheikh) reports a study “found that fungi can make their way deep into the pancreas,” and “in mice and human patients with pancreatic cancer, the fungi proliferate 3,000-fold compared to healthy tissue.” Moreover, “one fungus in particular may make pancreatic tumors grow bigger.” The study showed “one particular fungus was the most abundant in the pancreas: a genus of Basidiomycota called Malassezia,” and “Malassezia was not only abundant in mice that got pancreatic tumors, it was also present in extremely high numbers in samples from pancreatic cancer patients.” The findings were published in Nature.

Thousands of U.S. schools reportedly do not have measles vaccination rates high enough to stop disease from spreading

The Wall Street Journal (10/3, Abbott, Umlauf, Moriarty, Subscription Publication) reports thousands of schools in the U.S. have measles immunization rates below 95%, the level needed to stop the disease from spreading. The article says that the majority of schools have rates of at least 90%, while some schools have rates close to 50%.

Congenital heart defects in babies may be associated with prospective parents’ alcohol consumption before conception, study indicates

CNN (10/3, Lamotte) reports research indicates “a link between a baby’s congenital heart defects and their prospective parents’ drinking before conception.” The study revealed that “compared to non-drinkers, fathers who drank during the three months before conception were 44% more likely to have babies born with congenital heart disease.” If the would-be fathers “were binge drinkers, which was defined as downing five or more drinks per session, there was a 52% higher likelihood their baby would have a congenital heart defect.” For potential moms “who drank or binge-drank before conception, there was a 16% higher risk for their babies, compared to not drinking,” the study found.

According to Newsweek (10/3, Gander), “men shouldn’t drink alcohol at least six months before conceiving, and women should quit drinking up to one year prior to getting pregnant to prevent their child from having congenital heart diseases,” the study revealed. The findings were published online in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.

Study: Incidence of head and neck melanomas increased by more than 50% over two decades

Reuters (10/3, Carroll) reports researchers found that head and neck melanomas are “relatively rare,” but their incidence has increased “by more than 50% over two decades” in North America. The findings were published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Celebration for Our Healthy Future Thursday, October 17th Honors Lani Graham, M.D.

Celebration for Our Healthy Future Thursday, October 17, 6-8 p.m.

This year the celebration will honor Lani Graham, M.D., for her crucial role in the passage of first-in-the-nation legislation to phase out toxic chemicals in food packaging.

 

Please join us on Thursday, October 17 for our annual Celebration for Our Healthy Future! You can purchase a ticket—or join us as a Host and receive FREE tickets.

Celebration for Our Healthy Future

Thursday, October 17

6-8 p.m.

Beautiful venue, with free parking

Congregation Bet Ha'am

81 Westbrook Street

South Portland, Maine

RSVP

We'll kick off with food, drink, and music, then move to our annual leadership awards and the inspiring stories behind them.

You'll honor award winners like Dr. Lani Graham, recipient of this year's Bettie Kettel Award for an Outstanding Health Professional.

Dr. Graham is renowned for her leadership for environmental health as a medical doctor and public health official here in Maine, and across the nation. This year, Dr. Graham's testimony as a member of the medical community played a crucial role in the passage of first-in-the-nation legislation to phase out toxic chemicals in food packaging.

Read all about Dr. Graham's inspiring career hereand stay tuned for our other award winners to be announced!

Will we see you there on the 17th? Click below to register for tickets!

RSVP

Our Celebration is attended by lawmakers, advocates, health and law professionals, and leaders in the nonprofit and environmental world in Maine and across the nation. 

Interested in bringing friends? Join our Host Committee, and you'll receive 2-4 FREE tickets. Act soon, before our free tickets run out!


Medicare Annual Wellness Visit: Tools from the Alzheimer's Association

Looking for tools to assist with Cognitive Assessment during the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit?

 

Looking for tools to assist with Cognitive Assessment during the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit?

The Alzheimer's Association convened a group of practicing expert clinicians to make consensus recommendations for an effective, practical and easy process for detecting cognitive impairment in the primary care setting.  Follow this link to learn more about the benefits of early detection, recommended cognitive assessment tools, who should be evaluated, and more: https://www.alz.org/professionals/health-systems-clinicians/cognitive-assessment

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

MICIS: Individual Clinical Education Sessions on Opioid Topics

The Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS) offers individual, 1-hour education sessions on two topics at your practice location: (1) Treating Complex Patients with Chronic Pain who Are Prescribed Opioids and (2) 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.  In 2019 two topics are available for individual sessions:

  • Treating Complex Patients with Chronic Pain Who Are Prescribed Opioids
  • Overview of Office-Based Buprenorphine Prescribing
Medical Directors and prescribers (MD, DO, PA, NP) may request a free session at their practice location.  Sessions can be scheduled for any time of day -- before or during a break in patient care, during the noon hour or after patient care. Multiple sessions can be scheduled on the same day for prescribers in the same or nearby practices.  Participants will be able to prioritize their learning needs and customize their learning session.

    Visit https://micismaine.org/contact/ to request an Academic Detailing session at your medical practice or hospital.

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

    MICIS is a program of the Maine Medical Association.

    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

    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 1-2, 2020
    Maine Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting

    Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel & Conference Center – Carrabassett Valley, ME
    Contact: Lisa Montagna at 207-620-4015 or mesahq@gmail.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: 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.

      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.

       

      This Thursday: 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

      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-66193569749

       

      Obesity Medicine: There is no 'one size fits all' - Monthly Lecture Series Beginning November 13th

      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, November 13 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


      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

      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.

      12/30/19

      Medical Director - Bucksport, ME

      Come join a FQHC located in the small community of Bucksport, Maine. 

      Position:  Medical Director

      Location:  Bucksport Regional Health Center in Bucksport, Maine

      Come join a FQHC located in the small community of Bucksport, Maine.  Services provided for medical, dental, Behavioral Health, Lab and Radiology.  Enjoy the beauty and central location.  We are unique in that we are Just minutes from  Bangor, Maine and the beautiful Acadia National Park. 

      Expressed interest can be sent to dadams@brhcme.org

      10/28/19

      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

      11/18/19

      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

      10/28/19

      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

      11/4/19

      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

      11/4/19

      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

      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

      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


      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

      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/