Maine Medicine Weekly Update - February 19, 2020
(Print All Articles)

No on 1: Time Is Short, We Need Your Help Now

 There are only two weeks left before Mainers decide the fate of our new vaccine law. 

 

There are 2 weeks left before Mainers decide the fate of our new vaccine law.

We have a great coalition of people and organizations who want to protect Maine's kids and our public health.  But to win this vote, we need to get the word out to our colleagues and communities about the importance of voting NO on Question 1.

What can you do?

Donate: We need to get our message out to protect Maine's kids. Your donation is critical and there's still time. 

Educate: Send letters to the editor to share your experience, post info on social media, engage your professional organizations or other social groups.  Even something as simple as sharing MMA Facebook posts and/or retweeting MMA Twitter posts on your respective feeds. There is an excellent education guide at www.protectmainechildren.com/the-facts.  

Get the word out: Signs, buttons, and social media tags are available from www.protectmainechildren.com. Click the "get involved" link.

Vote: Get to the polls on March 3rd if you can. If you're not sure you'll be able to make it, you can vote by absentee ballot https://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl The deadline to request an absentee ballot is February 27. 

Please act now. It's too important to wait.

 

The Maine Millennial: Donít Forget that Vaccines Save Lives

When Mainers go to the polls March 3, public health will be on the ballot. 

 

[From Portland Press Herald, The Maine Millennial 02/16/20]

When I used to visit my dad in the cancer ward of Maine Medical Center, some of the doors of the hospital rooms had signs on them restricting entry. The patients inside had compromised immune systems because of their cancer treatments, so only a small number of (presumably vetted and decontaminated) people were allowed inside.

I always held my breath when I walked past those doors. When I entered the cancer ward I was always terrified that somehow I would bring in germs from the outside world, germs I wouldn’t notice and that my healthy immune system could fight off without a problem, but germs that could kill an already-sick person. I felt a sense of responsibility for their well-being.

I like vaccines. I mean, I don’t enjoy getting them – nobody likes shots – but I hate being sick. I get my flu shot every year. I don’t take the medical miracle of mass vaccination for granted; growing up, my grandmother told us stories of the polio epidemics every summer, and when sitting next to my mom on the couch, I would rest my head on her shoulder. She has a tiny circular scar from a smallpox vaccination. My mom, who is not old, lived in a world where smallpox was still a threat. That’s how recent our triumphs are.

The “Yes on 1” signs say “Reject Big Pharma.” This is sly and misleading marketing, and it also picks an easy villain. Nobody likes Big Pharma. They price-gouge on insulin and EpiPens, and they gave us an opioid epidemic. But vaccines aren’t a big profit driver for them. What vaccines are is an investment in public health.

When we use public resources, we agree to certain rules and restrictions. If you drive dangerously on public roads, you can have your license taken away. You can’t litter in a public park. And if you are sending your child to a public school, they need to be vaccinated.

Maybe your kid could survive a round of measles or mumps or the flu, but others will not. Nobody should be forced to get vaccinated against their will, of course. I’m an American, and I’m all for bodily freedom and autonomy. But if you aren’t willing to do your part for public health, you shouldn’t be allowed to use public resources.

If you don’t want to vaccinate yourself or your children, fine. You can home-school them. I am glad that our Legislature eliminated religious and philosophical exemptions to mandatory school vaccinations. When vaccination rates dip below 95 percent, disease starts to spread, and people who can’t be vaccinated due to medical conditions, or infants too young to be vaccinated, are put in danger. I admit I am not a philosophy professor or a religious studies expert, but generally speaking, most religions are against deliberately putting your fellow human beings in danger.

Children used to die all the time. In our society we are lucky enough to have reached a point where the death of a child is an uncommon tragedy, but all you have to do is go to an old graveyard and look at some of the dates on the gravestones. Measles, mumps, whooping cough, diphtheria, polio, influenza. The invention of vaccines changed that, and if our vaccination rates start slipping, deaths will start rising. Already in Maine there have been 17 deaths from the flu this season. That’s 17 lives lost and 17 families left grieving because of a contagious illness that should be preventable.

A basic law of physics states that every action provokes an equal and opposite reaction. We often see this with ballot questions in Maine. Our representatives in the Legislature pass a law, and a small but noisy group of reactionaries moves to strike it down.

In 2009, it was the legalization of gay marriage. I still have “No on 1” signs in my barn from the referendum, where a “No” vote was for keeping the law. But enough ignorant voters decided they didn’t want women to marry women or men to marry men in Maine, and so they struck down the law. Fortunately, we reversed course three years later. But that experience taught me to always remain vigilant. Progress can be yanked away. Minorities armed with fear and shoddy arguments can win horrible, surprising victories.

Vaccinations are safe, effective and all-American – George Washington had his soldiers vaccinated against smallpox in 1777, and yes, it was controversial even back then. But guess who won the Revolutionary War?

On March 3, I ask you, as someone who has seen illness and death up close, to vote No on 1. The life you save may be your own.

Victoria Hugo-Vidal is a Maine millennial. She can be contacted at:

themainemillennial@gmail.com

Maine CDC Infectious Disease Program Report

 Maine CDC's Infectious Disease Program Quarterly Case Counts Report for Quarters 1-4.

 

This report includes investigations initiated during MMWR Year 2019 (December 30, 2018 through December 28, 2019).  Only investigations with a case status are included in this report.  For all outbreak conditions confirmed, probable, and suspect case statuses are included.  For non-outbreak conditions confirmed and probable case statuses are included.  If a condition is not listed that means no cases met the case definition during this time.

 

This report is a graph of selected reportable diseases that displays the preliminary Year-To-Date (YTD) totals for the current year against the median YTD totals for the previous five-year period (2015 – 2019).  

 

For more information about these reports, please contact the Division of Disease Surveillance at 1-800-821-5821 or disease.reporting@maine.gov. All STD and HIV related publications are available online at: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/hiv-std/index.shtml  and all other infectious disease publications are available at http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/.

These reports are also available online at http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/publications/index.shtml#Quarterlies.  

 

Please reach out to disease.reporting@maine.gov with any questions.

 

 

Maine's Weekly Influenza Report

Maine's weekly influenza surveillance report ending February 15, 2020. 

 

At a Glance:

  • Geographic Spread: Widespread
  • # Hospitalizations: 36
  • # Outbreaks: 10

These reports are posted online at https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/influenza/influenza-surveillance-weekly-updates.shtml

If you have any questions or suggestions please contact influenza.dhhs@maine.gov

 

 

 

 

 

Polio Eradication on UN Secretary Generalís Agenda During Pakistan Visit

The Secretary General of the United Nations (UNSG) Antonio Guterres today visited a kindergarten school in Lahore during the first nationwide polio campaign of the year and vaccinated 3 students with the polio vaccine. More than 39 million children across the country are set to be vaccinated during the February campaign.

 

[WHO 02/18/20]

Lahore, 18 February 2020 – The Secretary General of the United Nations (UNSG) Antonio Guterres today visited a kindergarten school in Lahore during the first nationwide polio campaign of the year and vaccinated 3 students with the polio vaccine. More than 39 million children across the country are set to be vaccinated during the February campaign.

Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres commented on the polio eradication efforts of the country, saying that, “Polio is one of the few diseases we can eradicate in the world in the next few years. This is a priority of the United Nations and I am extremely happy to see it is a clear priority for the Government of Pakistan.”

“My appeal to all leaders, religious leaders, community leaders, is to fully support the Government of Pakistan and other governments around the world to make sure that we will be able to fully eradicate polio.”

As part of his visit, the UN Secretary General met with front line workers of the Pakistan Polio Eradication Program and expressed his deep solidarity. There are currently 265 000 front line workers who go door to door during campaigns to ensure that as many children as possible are vaccinated against polio. Almost 62% of these workers are female. Women are key to helping the program rally community members, parents and caregivers in support of polio eradication.

Dr Yasmin Rashid, the Health Minister for Punjab, welcomed the UN Secretary General to the kindergarten school. Dr Rashid briefed the UN mission on Pakistan’s progress in polio eradication, the remaining challenges being faced by the country, and strategies being currently implemented to interrupt virus transmission. She further praised the efforts of the United Nations in assisting Pakistan to achieve a polio-free status.

“The Government of Pakistan thanks the United Nations for their support and commitment to end Pakistan’s battle against polio. We are committed to working as “one team under one roof” and believe together, we can make Pakistan polio-free,” Dr Yasmin Rashid said.

In 2019, Pakistan was confronted with a resurgence of polio beyond traditional strongholds of the virus. Wild poliovirus cases increased from 12 in 2018 to 144 by the end of 2019. There are 17 cases thus far in 2020.

WHO Pakistan Representative Dr Palitha Malipala said the visit comes at a time when the Pakistan Polio Eradication Program is re-strategizing its operations and approaches to better respond to increased transmission of the virus, one of which includes incorporating high level commitment to polio eradication from across the political strata.

“Polio eradication remains a top priority for WHO and the global polio partnership. We will continue to support the Government of Pakistan, who spearhead this initiative in country, to overcome the challenges of the last year and put in place robust measures to ensure a polio-free world for future generations,” he said.

Aligning with other UN programs, the Pakistan Polio Eradication Program is also committed to keeping its health workers safe, including by reiterating that health workers are never a target.

The Eastern Mediterranean Region is the only region in the world with wild polio virus transmission, with cases detected in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan. The concerted commitment to improving operations shown by both countries will be key to eradicating the virus and keeping the Region, and the world, safe from polio.

http://www.emro.who.int/pak/pakistan-news/polio-eradication-on-un-secretary-generals-agenda-during-pakistan-visit.html

 

Four Countries in the African Region License Vaccine in Milestone for Ebola Prevention

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, Ghana and Zambia have licensed an Ebola vaccine, just 90 days after World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification. Registration of the vaccine is expected in additional countries in the coming weeks.

 

[From WHO 02/14/20]

Brazzaville/Geneva 14 February 2020 - The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, Ghana and Zambia have licensed an Ebola vaccine, just 90 days after World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification. Registration of the vaccine is expected in additional countries in the coming weeks.
 
The licensing of the vaccine means that the manufacturer can stockpile and widely distribute this vaccine to African countries at risk of Ebola virus disease outbreaks. Once licensed doses are available, use of the vaccine will not require clinical trial or other research protocols.
 
"The approval of the Ebola vaccine by these countries is another milestone in the fight against this unforgiving disease," said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Africa has rallied to cement hard-fought progress to keep its people safe from Ebola."
 
WHO accelerated the licensing and roll-out of the Ebola vaccine by certifying that it met the organization’s standards for quality, safety and efficacy in its fastest vaccine prequalification process ever, announced in November 2019.
 
The speed with which this has been achieved has been made possible by a different approach, where national licensing procedures were done in parallel based on one single scientific review process. Usually, these process are done one by one, which can take years. The process was led by WHO with the participation of the African Vaccine Regulatory Forum (an African network of national regulatory authorities and ethics committees), the European Medicines Agency, and Merck.
 
“The rapid approval of the Ebola vaccine by countries in the Africa Region helps ensure this critical prevention tool will be available when and where it is needed most,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “This kind of collaboration and innovation is a model for other health priorities.”
 
The injectable Ebola vaccine, Ervebo, is manufactured by Merck (known as MSD outside the US and Canada). Preliminary study results have shown a 97.5% vaccine efficacy. Data also suggests that vaccinating people who are already infected reduces their chances of dying.
 
In response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the DRC, over 290 000 people have been vaccinated under compassionate use protocols. Once licensed doses are available, use of the vaccine in DRC will no longer require these protocols.


https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/14-02-2020-four-countries-in-the-african-region-license-vaccine-in-milestone-for-ebola-prevention  

 

Physicians are Making Waves for the Purpose of Change

 "They'll tell you talk is cheap, but you tell them silence is unaffordable." 

 

Physicians are "making waves for the purpose of change"

"They'll tell you talk is cheap, but you tell them silence is unaffordable." That was the message Sekou Andrews, creator of "Poetic Voice" kicked off the 2020 National Advocacy Conference with, reminding physician advocates that "there will always be those who will only wade waist-deep in the waters of change because they are afraid to make waves...today we are going to focus on making waves for the purpose of change." This sentiment echoed through the conference as attendees listened to speakers from the administration and from Congress, getting caught up on the latest issues in health care policy before heading to the Hill to make their voices heard.

In her speech Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma touched on the health care priorities in the president's new budget, including expanding access to care and innovative treatments as well as fixing Medicare's wage index to help save rural hospitals. She also spoke about the burden of prior authorization (PA) being a primary driver of physician burnout saying, "The practice of prior authorization became indefensible years ago."

 



CMS Administrator Seema Verma

Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) echoed a similar sentiment on the burden of prior authorization saying, "PA forms are deliberately burdensome—and should not be used as a tool to delay care." She is cosponsor of bipartisan legislation, H.R. 3107, the Improving Seniors' Timely Access to Care Act of 2019, supported by the AMA, which would reduce unnecessary delays in care by streamlining and standardizing prior authorization under the Medicare Advantage program.



Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA)

Efforts to ban surprise billing are under consideration in both congressional chambers, and the AMA is pressing lawmakers for a solution that protects patients but does not give insurers unreasonable negotiating power. One of the leading voices in this debate is Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) who gave an update to attendees on this issue and urged them to convey how these legislative proposals would affect their local communities.



Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA)

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), MD, emphasized the need for physicians to be involved in policymaking. He encouraged physicians to tell stories about their patients saying, "I didn't get into medicine to take care of me, I went into medicine to take care of patients—remember that as you go to your legislators and your patients will be behind you." He emphasized the need for more robust research into legitimate indications for medical marijuana and asked for a federal solution to needless prior authorization delays.

ADM Brett P. Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), laid out the plans behind the president's initiative to end HIV in America. The stated goal of the initiative, as modeled through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is to have a 75% reduction in new HIV infections in five years and at least a 90% reduction in 10 years. Currently there are 40,000 new cases of HIV identified in the U.S. every year, despite highly effective treatment being available.

Deputy HHS Secretary Eric Hargan gave an update on the coronavirus saying, "The immediate risk to the American public at this time is low, and we are acting swiftly to keep that risk low." Hargan discussed how hearing a story from a post-surgical patient about being able to receive all their medications before leaving the hospital inspired proposed changes to the Stark law and the anti-kickback statue, part of a larger sprint towards coordinated care. He emphasized a push towards "patient-centered innovation that focuses on quality and outcomes rather than reams of paperwork and volumes of procedures."

The AMA presented its Dr. Nathan Davis Awards for Outstanding Government Service to six honorees, including physicians who have served their patients by working in state houses, governors' mansions, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), working to move medicine forward on issues like surprise medical bills, malaria research, environmental health, gaps in mental health care and research on addiction.



Rep. Raul Ruiz, MD, a leader in Congress on issues ranging from graduate medical education to prior authorization reform, received the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service

Echoing the sentiment of many of the physician advocates in the room and speaking to the power of organized medicine, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) said: "When I talk to the medical students, they say, 'Would you still go into medicine today?' I said, 'Yes.' Would I join the American Medical Association again? Proudly."

Save the date to attend next year: The 2021 National Advocacy Conference will take place in Washington, D.C., Feb. 22-24.

To learn where the AMA stands on the most pressing issues of 2020 click here.

Next MMA Legislative Call Will Be Tuesday, February 25th

MMA Legislative Committee Chairs Jay Mullen, M.D. and Lindsey Tweed, M.D. welcome you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee. The next MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the Second Regular Session of the 129th Maine Legislature will take place Tuesday, February 25th at 8:00 p.m.

 

MMA Legislative Committee Chairs Jay Mullen, M.D. and Lindsey Tweed, M.D. welcome you to participate in the weekly conference calls of the MMA Legislative Committee.

The purpose of the weekly conference calls is to discuss the MMA's position on bills printed the previous week, to hear the views of specialty societies on the new bills or their concerns about any current health policy issues, and to discuss the highlights of legislative action of the week. The calls rarely last longer than an hour.

Legislative Committee members and specialty society legislative liaisons are strongly encouraged to participate. Any physician, practice manager, or other staff member who is interested in the MMA's legislative advocacy also is welcome to participate. It is not necessary to RSVP for the calls. 

The next MMA Legislative Committee weekly conference call for the Second Regular Session of the 129th Maine Legislature will take place Tuesday, February 25th, at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom. You may now join the meeting with your computer, or continue to connect by phone only. Please use the following Zoom meeting information. This will remain the same for every weekly call during the session.

 Time: Feb 25, 2020 08:00 PM Eastern Time 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/298741351
 
or dial by your location: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
 
Meeting ID: 298 741 351
 
 
A list of the bills to be discussed during the weekly call will be e-mailed to committee members and those interested on Tuesday mornings. If you would like to be added to this e-mail list, please contact Sarah Lepoff at  slepoff@mainemed.com.


State House Highlights of the Week

On February 11, Legislative Democrats led by Senate President Troy Jackson and Speaker Sara Gideon released their Patients First health reform package of four bills.  

 

On February 11, Legislative Democrats led by Senate President Troy Jackson and Speaker Sara Gideon released their Patients First health reform package of four bills. Taking advantage of the recently relaxed public hearing notice guidelines, the bills have been scheduled for public hearings next Tuesday, February 25, at 1:00 pm before the Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services. Combined, the bills attempt to address pricing transparency, out-of-network billing, surprise medical bills, facility fees, new patient fees, Medicare observation and/or inpatient status, insulin costs, etc. One of the bills (LD 2110, An Act To Lower Health Care Costs) also establishes the Maine Commission on Affordable Health Care. The Commission would have a very broad and influential charge on reigning in health care costs and spending, including for prescription drugs. The following bills will be up for public hearing:

LD 2096—An Act To Save Lives by Capping the Out-of-pocket Cost of Certain Medications (Speaker Sara Gideon: This bill provides that a health insurance carrier that provides coverage for prescription insulin drugs may not impose a cost-sharing requirement on the enrollee that results in out-of-pocket costs to the enrollee in excess of $100 per 30-day supply of insulin.

LD 2105—An Act To Protect Consumers from Surprise Emergency Medical Bills (Speaker Sara Gideon)

MMA Bill Summary Link (LD 2105)

LD 2110—An An Act To Lower Health Care Costs (President Troy Jackson)

MMA Bill Summary Link (LD 2110)

LD 2111—An Act To Establish Patient Protections in Billing for Health Care (Senator Ned Claxton, MD)

MMA Bill Summary Link (LD 2111)

As always, thank you to all the physicians who provide valuable feedback on policy issues of concern and additional thanks to those who provide written and/or oral testimony on important bills. You make the MMA what it is.

Last Thursday, Committee on Health and Human Services passed an amended version of LD 1937, An Act To Provide Timely Access to Behavioral Health Services for Maine Children and To Address Trauma and the Impacts of the Opioid Crisis. Deb Hagler, M.D., provided written testimony in support of the bill on behalf of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

LD 1096, An Act To Require That Comprehensive Substance Use Disorder Treatment Be Made Available to Maine's Incarcerated Population, was tabled for the second time today by the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety. Peter Michaud had provided testimony in support from MMA in 2019.

Friday, Feb. 7 was the deadline for Legislative Committees to vote on at least 60% of bills assigned to the Committee. All bills must be voted out of their assigned committees by Friday, March 6, which is less than three weeks away. As a result of the time crunch, legislative leaders have relaxed the rules on publication of hearing notices from a minimum of two weeks to just one week. The Supplemental Budget and bills on the Special Appropriations Table are not subject to these cutoff deadlines.

 

 

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

March 25, 2020
Richard Engel, MD, FACP 2nd Annual Primary Care Symposium
Maine Chapter, American College of Physicians and MMC Department of Medicine

Maine Medical Center – Portland, ME – 8:00am – 12:00pm
Contact: Warene Eldridge at 207-215-7118 or mainechapteracp@gmail.com

April 1-4, 2020
28th Annual MAFP Family Medicine Update & Annual Meeting

DoubleTree by Hilton Portland, Portland, ME
Full brochure and registration available 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
Sexual Health Issues in Psychiatric and Medical Practice

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
American Academy of Pediatrics, Maine Chapter Annual Meeting and Spring Conference

Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center – Freeport, ME
Contact:  Dee Kerry 207-480-4185 or dakerry@aapnet

October 2, 2020
Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Fall Business Meeting

Harborside Hotel & Marina – Bar Harbor, ME
Contact:  Shirley Goggin 207-445-2260 or sgoggin@mainemed.com

October 2-4, 2020
19th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium

(Presented by the Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons)

Harborside Hotel & Marina – Bar Harbor, ME
Contact:  Shirley Goggin 207-445-2260 or sgoggin@mainemed.com

 

 

 

 

  


 

Maine Suicide Prevention Program 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, offers the following suicide prevention, assessment and management trainings.  MMA works closely with NAMI-Maine to provide educational opportunities for Maine physicians and other clinical providers.

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 Gretchen, NAMI Maine Suicide Prevention Coordinator, to discuss 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

10th Annual Maine Patient Safety Academy - March 30, 2020

This all-day conference will focus on the interprofessional nature of patient safety, with the theme:  Vision 2020 - Looking at the Future of Patient Safety

This all-day conference will focus on the interprofessional nature of patient safety, with the theme:  Vision 2020—Looking at the Future of Patient Safety    

What:  10th annual Maine Patient Safety Academy

When: Monday, March 30, 2020

Where: University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center

Cost:  $60 general | $25 students and faculty

Website FMI and to register: http://mainepatientsafetyacademy.org/


Medical Director, Primary Care Physician

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.

The Physician Director of Primary Care will collaborate with the Practice Director for Primary Care to form a dyad partnership in leading our primary care team, as well as provider peripheral oversight for our Walk-In Care and university health center locations.

Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Health is a 25-bed, regional, Critical Access Hospital for the more than 30,000 residents living in our footprint. Our neighbors count on us as a resource for healthcare and health information.

For confidential consideration, please contact:
Sherry Tardy, Physician recruiter
Northern Light Health -Provider Recruitment
PRoviderjobs@NorthernLight.org 207-973-5358 (Office)

3/4/20

Physician - Nasson Health Care

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 March 27, 2020.

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

3/25/20

Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care

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 March 27, 2020.

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

3/25/20

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care

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 diagnoses, conducts therapy and prescribes medication for patients with substance use disorder, psychiatric disorders and medical organic brain disorders.
  • 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 psychiatric or 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 March 27, 2020.

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

3/25/20

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

2/12/20

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.

4/15/20

Orthopedic Surgeon Opportunity in Beautiful New England

Our Northern Light Inland Hospital and Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital Network seeks a BC/BE General or Hand Orthopedic Surgeon to join our Orthopedic Specialist team. 

Our Northern Light Inland Hospital and Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital Network seeks a BC/BE General or Hand Orthopedic Surgeon to join our Orthopedic Specialist team.  This position will be split between the two hospitals and the scope of practice will primarily focus on hand and upper extremity surgery, while also including a component of general orthopedics.  Extensive hand surgery experience is a must!  The ideal candidate will have a desire for community outreach and promoting collaborative relationships with other physicians in the community.  The preferred candidate will also have the interest to live within the hospital service area.

For confidential consideration, please contact:
Nick Huff, DASPR, CST
Provider Recruiter
Email: providerjobs@northernlight.org
Phone:207-973-5358
Or apply directly to: https://northernlighthealth.org/Careers/Position/60311/Orthopedic%20Surgeon

3/16/20

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 - Portland, ME

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.

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/