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This Week's E-Newsbrief:         

Welcome to your MOA E-news Brief for February 15th, 2018!

The Highlights:  MOA Midwinter Symposium 2018 Follow Up,  Join Us at the Maine Legislature: Serve as Doctor of the Day, AACOM Updates from the Hill, Plus News on an Opioid Health homes Report from MaineCare, and Naloxone Rules Approved by the Board of Pharmacy, A UNE COM Student Requests Participation in Survey Research, DO Day Produces Nearly 1,000 Primary Care Residents, Gronk Delivers Check to Barbara Bush, Flu Season Continues with Vengeance in Maine, February is Heart Health Month, MIPS Deadlines, & more! 

Plus a featured LIVE stream event from our friends in Oregon! February 22-25th, 2018!
(Details below in events section)


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In Observance of this Federal Holiday,
The MOA Office will be
CLOSED
Monday, February 19th 2018

 


Thanks to all who joined us last weekend!

MOA Midwinter Symposium 2018:
Fostering a Philosophy of Distinctiveness

February 9-11th, 2018
22 AOA Category 1-A CME Credits
(21 AAFP Prescribed Credits Expected)


 

Some Highlights from this Past Weekend:

  • Over 225 registered attendees, more than 30 UNE COM students, a dozen Resident and Fellow OMT volunteers, 37 Exhibitors, and visitors of all ages and backgrounds attended our events over the weekend. That's more than 300 people! Thanks to all who came together to celebrate osteopathic medicine.
  • Students from UNE COM presented 24 posters and more than 100 attendees came to watch them present their research in the Casco Bay Exhibit Hall. Winners in each category are announced below! Thank you to our judges and UNE COM staff that help us bring this event together.
  • The MOEF Silent Auction Generated more than $5,000 for our Educational Foundation. Thank you to those who provided auction items, purchased items or otherwise supported this event.
  • More than 30 Speakers Shared Their Knowledge over the 3-Day weekend, totaling 22 hours of CME.

It was a great weekend in Portland, ME! Thanks for being there with us.

Check out our Facebook Page for Event Photos!
 


Here are some Important Reminders:

Missed something from a lecture that you would like to reference again? 
As is our custom, the Program Committee is continuing its “green” theme and will not be printing lecture slides and hand out materials. Because of copyright liability issues, we are including a link to a password protected file where you can access these presentations at your convenience.

Speaker PowerPoints and other materials can be found here at this
 Dropbox Folder Link.

(You will need a password to access this folder, check your confirmation emails)

Please remember to mail/fax or email in the following forms:

  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) Attestation Reporting Form: VERY Important! This form was in your registration packet. Please check off the lectures you attended, count up total credits and sign the form to get your AOA category 1-A credits reported. Must be completed and returned by March 9, 2018.
  • Program Evaluation Form: We want your feedback! In your registration packet you received a 2 page survey which you can use to review your experience at this year's symposium. Please leave your comments about speakers, food, and more. 
  • Pre/Post Tests: If you completed the blue "pre" test and the yellow "post" test, please fax, email, or mail them in! 
  • Outcomes Survey: You may earn an extra 1 or 2 AOA Category 1-A credits by completing a very brief (11 questions) post-conference outcomes survey for the MOA’s 2018 Mid Winter Symposium held February 9-11, 2018 in Portland, ME. 
    • The AOA Division of CME provides for DO’s to earn Category 1-A CME credits for post-conference outcomes assessment. The ratio of available credit is 1:10 (i.e. you can earn 1 additional credit for every 10 eligible credits you earned at the 21-credit live meeting in February. If you earned 1-19 credits at the MOA Mid Winter Symposium you are eligible for 1 outcomes-assessment credit. If you earned 20-21 credits at the symposium, then you are eligible to earn 2 outcome-assessment credits for completion of this survey. 
    • This survey will remain open until March 16, 2018. Your CME credit will be reported by the MOA directly to the AOA Division of CME upon closure of this survey.
  • Click here to complete the survey:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MOAwinter2018

    Amanda Richards
    MOA Director or Operations
    Email: 
    arichards@mainedo.org
    Phone: (207) 623-1101 ext. 12

  • Contingency Policy: If you were unable to attend the symposium because of the weather or were delayed, we apologize and completely understand! However, the MOA’s inclement weather policy is that all CME offerings and activities will continue as planned and no refunds will be given

To Return:

Fax: 207-623-4228 

Email: office@mainedo.org

Address for Mail: 128 State St., Suite 102, Augusta, ME 04330

Call 207-623-1101 with any questions.


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Dreaming of Summer Days? We are too!

Don't miss the MOA's Annual Convention 2018
June 8-10th at the Samoset Resort!


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Did You Know?

  • The MOA is dedicated to promoting our profession at the state level, educating patients about osteopathy, and providing high quality members services like CME programs. In fact, we are Maine’s only voice for osteopathic medicine. 
  • The MOA Payor/Payee Committee is the only one of its kind in the entire country and we have had major victory with National Government Services, a Medicare audit contractor and protecting reimbursement for OMT. Even if you don’t do a lot of OMT in your practice, this is important from a policy perspective because we were able to organize & successfully execute an advocacy campaign that impacted a policy decision at a federal level. 

Click here to download our member application


Advocacy/ Legislative Update

Did you Know?

The MOA Legislative Committee Holds Weekly Conference Calls to Discuss Upcoming Bills.
These calls are held weekly on Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m.
Interested in joining the discussion?

Contact Amanda Richards at arichards@mainedo.org for more details.



Experience the Maine Legislature Up Close: Sign up for the Doctor of the Day Program

The Doctor of the Day arrives at the Legislature just before 10:00 a.m. and is met by and MOA representative. After being introduced in the House and the Senate, the DoD is free to observe debate in either chamber and to chat with Senators and Representatives in between times. On some days there will be interesting committee meetings on bills of relevance to medicine or public health.

An additional benefit: for those of you with school-age children, your children are invited to serve as honorary pages in the House or the Senate. It's a great chance for them (and you!) to learn about the operation of state government from a close-up vantage point.

To volunteer as Doctor of the Day, please contact Amanda Richards at arichards@mainedo.org.

 


Washington InsiderAACOM

Washington Insider

February 12, 2018

Bipartisan Budget Deal Signed into Law; THCGME, NHSC Funding Included

On February 9, President Trump signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, a massive budget deal and continuing resolution that funds the federal government through March 23, while suspending the debt ceiling through March 1, 2019, providing $131 billion for non-defense discretionary spending over a two-year period, and funding a number of critical public health programs, to include the THCGME Program and the NHSC. This followed on the heels of a very brief shutdown early that same morning. AACOM has worked vigorously to advocate for the continuation of these important programs and commends Congress for legislators' bipartisan efforts to include these programs in the budget deal.

Although FY18 began on October 1 of last year, Congress had previously been unable to broker a final spending deal, instead temporarily funding the government through the passage of five subsequent short-term stopgap measures due to partisan disagreements over budget caps, immigration, and other issues. The current deal does not address the fate of the “Dreamers,” the undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children. Congress is running out of time and has only until early March to find a solution. AACOM is reviewing the budget deal legislation and will provide additional analysis on the impact of the measure to its membership.

Senate HELP HEA Reauthorization Hearings Continue; AACOM Reiterates Policy Priorities

The Senate HELP Committee has continued its hearings on the reauthorization of the HEA. Convened by Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the Committee held its fourth hearing on January 30, focusing on accountability and risk to taxpayers in the higher education sphere. On February 6, the Committee held its fifth hearing focusing on improving college affordability. AACOM will continue to strongly advocate for key priorities for osteopathic medical students and schools as this process continues to move forward.


Pharmacy Board Approves New Naloxone Rules 
Maine Medicine Weekly Update, February 12, 2018

As we reported in an earlier issue of the Weekly Update, Governor LePage had opposed the naloxone prescribing rules passed by the Maine Board of Pharmacy. One of his expressed reasons for opposing them was that the rules allowed purchase of naloxone beginning at age 18. The Governor expressed chagrin that a person has to wait until age 21 to buy tobacco but would be able to buy naloxone at 18.

Pharmacy Board President Joe Bruno explained to those attending the Board meeting that he had reached agreement with the Governor: If the age was changed to 21, the Governor agreed to sign the rules. The Board then unanimously approved the rules with the new age requirement.

The rules will now go through a 30-day public comment period and potential changes by the Board before final review by the Office of the Attorney General, after which they will become effective. We expect the rules to become effective in late spring or early summer, at which time pharmacists will be allowed to prescribe naloxone to persons age 21 or over.


Report on Opioid Health Homes Released by MaineCare 
Maine Medicine Weekly Update, February 12, 2018

Since the program's inception in April 2017, there are currently 18 approved service sites participating in the OHH program. Sites began enrolling members in October, 2017, and as of Feb. 6, almost 50 MaineCare members have been served by an OHH, resulting in $43,648 in program spending..
 
During 2017, the Department encumbered one contract for the provision of OHH services to uninsured individuals, allowing for eight "slots" per month. Through this contract, five uninsured individuals were served, resulting in $13.000 in spending. Thus far in 2018, the Department has sent out for signature an additional nine contracts for OHH services, which would allow providers to serve up to 144 more uninsured individuals.  
 
The Department expects OHH enrollment numbers to continue increasing as more providers submit applications for program entry and operationalize their approved OHH programs. Additionally, the Department anticipates encumbering more contracts for OHH services to uninsured individuals.
 
The Report goes on to list the 18 approved OHH sites and some of the barriers noted by providers resulting in such a low participation rate.
 
The HHS Committee of the Legislature is expected to schedule a time for the committee members to meet with the OMS staff and to discuss the Report.


News to Use    

UNE COM Student Requesting your participation in an IRB approved UNECOM student run survey study
 
William Ciurylo is a second year osteopathic medical student at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He and a team of fellow medical students are working with Dr. Victoria Thieme, DO to conduct a qualitative research study over the spring and summer months of 2018.  The aim of this study is to gather information about health care practitioners’ perspectives on patients considered to be racial minorities. We hope the results can be used to improve the care model for both healthcare professionals and patients. 
 
Participation in this study involves completing a 10-minute online survey of 24 multiple choice questions. This survey will be completely anonymous. Your confidentiality will be protected by having no identifying information on your survey responses. These will be stored in a password protected online database only accessed by members of the research team. There will be no cost to participate. 
 
Risks of this study include only the time lost to complete the survey. Some of the questions may make you uncomfortable. Your participation will help us better understand and improve the physician-patient relationship.
 
Please feel free to contact myself, William Ciurylo, at wciurylo@une.edu or at 860-933- 2549 with any questions that you may have. Please click the link below (or copy and paste it into your browser) to access the survey. Thank you for your time and participation.
 
If you choose to participate in this research study and believe you may have suffered a research related injury, please contact Faculty Advisor: Victoria Thieme DO, vthieme@une.edu (Please Include Reference to Study Title: Physician Beliefs About Racism in Healthcare)
 
If you have any questions or concerns about your rights as a research subject, you may call Olgun Guvench, M.D. Ph.D., Chair of the UNE Institutional Review Board at (207) 221-4171 or irb@une.edu.

DO Match day produces nearly 1,000 primary care residents
The DO. By AOA STAFF Email, MONDAY, FEB. 5, 2018

Family medicine and internal medicine dominate the 2018 AOA Match with more than half of participants matching into these specialties.

Over 2,500 graduating students and new DOs participated in this year’s AOA Match, with 65.7% successfully matching into residency programs.

The Top Matched Specialties Are:

Specialty 2018 Total Number Matched Percentage of Total Match by Specialty  
Family Medicine 503 30%
Internal Medicine 426 25%
Emergency Medicine 158 9%
General Surgery 118 7%
Orthopedic Surgery 115 7%
Other Specialties 360 22%

In all, 580 positions were filled in non-primary care specialties and over 700 positions were not filled through the initial match process. Historically many of these positions are filled after today’s match announcement.

Residencies moving, not disappearing
The AOA, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) are in the third year of a five-year transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education. To date, nearly half of all osteopathic training programs have transitioned to ACGME accreditation with the majority expected to complete the process by the end of 2020.

DOs currently have a choice between multiple systems for post-graduate education. In the single accreditation system, most DO and MD students will join in a unified National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), in which participants will have the opportunity to choose residency programs that received “osteopathic recognition.”

View the AOA Match results to learn more.


OMT Video of the Week

This week's video is Lumbar Type-II HVLA Modification of Articulation, Hip Lift, Patient Prone

This articulatory procedure may be modified as an HVLA procedure to treat single segment lumbar type-II flexion dysfunctions. (Example: L1 on L2 flexed with side bending and rotation to the left. Note: this procedure will not treat extended Type-II dysfunctions.)

This video is a companion to Chapter 20, SDOFM 2.

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photoThe 2017 Osteopathic Medical Profession Report Highlights:

  • 138,099 Osteopathic Medical Students and Licensed DOs in the US 
    • ​(68% Increase since 2007)
  • 54% of DOs were age 45 or younger as of 2017
  • 56% of DOs practice in primary care specialties (Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics)
  • 28,981 Students enrolled in 34 Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine in 32 states

Download the full 2017 Report.


DOs in the News

Patient Education, Scheduling Fixes Shrink Patient No-Show Rates 
Strategies to address missed medical appointments helped an outpatient clinic achieve a 34 percent annual decrease in no-shows, according to a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

5 Reasons to Hop in a Sauna ASAP 
A new study found spending time in a sauna helped elevate heart rates to the same rate as jogging. However, Rob Danoff, DO, cautions people still need to spend time on their regular workout routines.

How to Find the Data You Need for Value-Based Care Reporting 
Nick Beechnau, DO, and Naresh Rao, DO, share with Medical Economics the challenges they face with obtaining patient data they need in their systems for reporting purposes.


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AOA Updates:

AOA Calls On Specialty Colleges to Disseminate Research at OMED 2018

The AOA is issuing a Call to Disseminate Research to all Osteopathic Specialty Colleges for the 2018 Annual Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition (OMED) on Oct. 5-9, 2018, in San Diego. The AOA is seeking to integrate research into the osteopathic specialty colleges didactic sessions. Speaker packet submissions are due by Thursday, March 15, 2018Click here for further details.

AOA Key Dates:

Feb. 25 - March 1 - Midyear Meeting | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

March 7 - DO Day | Washington, D.C.

July 16-22 - Annual Business Meeting/House of Delegates | Chicago


Public Health Updates

Gronk visits patients at Barbara Bush Children's Hospital
 WMTW Updated: 4:12 PM EST Feb 13, 2018

WMTW-TVPORTLAND, Maine —
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski made a big donation to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital on Tuesday.

Gronkowski, along with his father and two brothers, donated $25,000 to the children's hospital.

The money was raised through two raffles by Gronk Nation.

Gronk also visited with children being treated at the hospital. He even gave them ball-spiking lessons.


FEBRUARY is American Heart Month
February 01, 2018

What is American Heart Month?

American Heart Month, a federally designated event, is an ideal time to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved.

Did you know? Cardiovascular diseases, which includes stroke, claim the lives of about one woman every 80 seconds unnecessarily -- because about 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases may be preventable with education and action.

  • The first American Heart Month, which took place in February 1964, was proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson via Proclamation 3566 on December 30, 1963.
  • The Congress, by joint resolution on that date, has requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating February as American Heart Month.
  • At that time, more than half the deaths in the U.S. were caused by cardiovascular disease.
  • While American Heart Month is a federally designated month in the United States, it’s important to realize that cardiovascular disease knows no borders. Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17.9 million deaths each year.
  • That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030.
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson’s proclamation that first declared February as American Heart Month.
  • Chances are, we all know someone affected by heart disease and stroke, because about 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 38 seconds. But together we can change that!

The biggest part of living healthy comes down to simply making healthy choices. While you can’t change things like age and family history, the good news is that even modest changes to your diet and lifestyle can improve your heart health and lower your risk by as much as 80 percent. 

Read more here.


Doctors In Maine Say Halt In OxyContin Marketing Comes '20 Years Late'
Maine Public, February 13, 20183:27 PM ET, PATTY WIGHT

The maker of OxyContin, one of the most prescribed and aggressively marketed opioid painkillers, will no longer tout the drug or any other opioids to doctors.

The announcement, made Saturday, came as drugmaker Purdue Pharma faces lawsuits for deceptive marketing brought by cities and counties across the U.S., including several in Maine. The company said it's cutting its U.S. sales force by more than half.

Just how important are these steps against the backdrop of a raging opioid epidemic that took the lives of more than 300 Maine residents in 2016, and accounted for more than 42,000 deaths nationwide?

"They're 20 years late to the game," says Dr. Noah Nesin, a family physician and vice president of medical affairs at Penobscot Community Health Care.

Nesin says even after Purdue Pharma paid $600 million in fines about a decade ago for misleading doctors and regulators about the risks opioids posed for addiction and abuse, it continued marketing them.

"I think it's similar to the tobacco industry learning they could sell tobacco without spending a lot of money on advertising. My guess is this decision is in their self-interest," he says.

A nationwide lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for deceptive marketing continues to grow. Seven cities in Maine have joined, including Portland, Lewiston and Bangor, along with five counties, to recoup some of the costs of addressing the addiction crisis.

A spokesman for Purdue Pharma said in an email that the decision to stop marketing to prescribers is voluntary and independent of any litigation.

Read More Here.


 

Maine has reported 4,147 confirmed cases of influenza so far this season, which ends in May.
Portland Press Herald., February 14, 2018, BY JOE LAWLORSTAFF WRITER

Influenza cases declined slightly last week, but the flu is still rampant in Maine, straining hospital emergency departments, keeping people from work and school and causing 43 flu-related deaths so far this season.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday reported 831 new cases for the week ending Feb. 10, down from 876 new cases the previous week, but still the second-highest week of the 2017-18 flu season, which runs from October through May.

Instead of peaking, flu cases in Maine jump 63% from previous week
“I’m cautiously optimistic we’ve hit the peak and cases could start going down, but I’m not convinced yet,” said Sara Robinson, a Maine state epidemiologist. “There’s still a lot of flu out there. Stay home if you’re sick.”

Flu is notoriously unpredictable, and three weeks ago cases appeared to have plateaued at about 500 per week, but new cases jumped to 876 the week of Feb. 3.

The total number of reported flu cases for the season is now 4,147, and unless cases decline substantially, Maine could top the 2016-17 season total of 5,830 confirmed cases. The actual number of flu cases is much higher because many people recover at home and are not tested for influenza.

Flu is prevalent across the United States and was still increasing in the week of Feb. 3, the latest nationwide data available, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 124,316 reported flu cases nationwide.

Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the federal CDC, told reporters in a conference call on Feb. 9 that this year’s flu season is “particularly challenging” and may rival the H1N1 epidemic in 2009.

“We may be on track to break some recent records,” Schuchat said.

This year’s predominant strain of influenza A, H3N2, is a virulent strain that’s resulting in more hospitalizations and deaths, according to the federal CDC. In Maine, 20 percent of all reported flu cases in 2017-18 have resulted in hospitalization, compared to 14 percent last season.

There have been 43 flu-related deaths so far this flu season, but no pediatric deaths, and 842 hospitalizations. There were 71 flue-related deaths in the 2016-17 season.

Dr. Kolawole Bankole, director of Portland’s Public Health Division, said it’s “too soon to call” whether flu cases have peaked.

“The influenza season is still raging,” Bankole said. “It’s not letting up yet.”


Practice Management​

MIPS Reporting Deadlines Fast Approaching – Key Dates

Data submission deadlines are fast-approaching for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance period. Instead of waiting until the last minute, submit early.

Two key deadlines:

Be sure to check with your registry to obtain your specific due-date.

Are You Required to Report for MIPS in 2018?

Good news for those who are in solo or small practices this year, CMS has upped the threshold in favor of allowing more of these practices to be excluded from participating in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). This is part of CMS’s commitment is to make quality reporting less burdensome.

CMS looks at two factors – the billing generated by the physician for Medicare Part B patients, and the number of Medicare Part B patients attributed to the physician or eligible clinician. The threshold for 2018 is $90,000 or less in billing, and 200 or fewer Medicare Part B patients.

There is nothing you have to do, no forms to fill out, as these numbers are calculated from your Medicare claims data. CMS sends a letter in Q’1 2018 which confirms your participation, or exemption. You can also check your status online now. Your National Provider Identifier number (NPI) will be needed for this.


Upcoming Events​


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FEBRUARY 2018
 

ONLINE STREAMING OPTION: This program will be offered as both a live and on-demand online webstream. The online stream will be a broadcast presentation of slides and audio, all eligible for AOA 1-A CME Credit. 

 

Click here to view & purchase the full online program for the discounted rate

 

Click here to view & purchase individual online sessions

 

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Join us at the 2018 OPSO Winter conference in beautiful Sunriver, OR! Enjoy all the amenities of Sunriver in addition to special conference events with opportunities to connect with colleagues, enjoy winter activities including ice skating and skiing/snowboarding on Mt. Bachelor, and include your family with our evening activities and more. REGISTER HERE


MARCH 2018

Healthcare Suicide Prevention Protocol Development Training - half day workshop 

Save the Date:  HEALTHCARE Suicide Prevention PROTOCOL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 8:30am – 12:30pm at the Maine Medical Association, 30 Association Drive, Manchester.

Instructor: Greg Marley, LCSW, Clinical Director, NAMI Maine

Description: Approximately half of those who die by suicide are seen by a medical provider in the month before their death.  Few events are more painful or potentially disruptive to an organization or community than suicide. Suicide prevention protocols provide guidance on steps to safely assess and manage suicidal behavior and increase ongoing safety through a systemic approach to suicide management.   Suicide prevention is part of everyone’s role and protocols support training and implementation to save lives.   *This training is most effective if an organization sends both clinical and administrative staff. 

To pre-register, email the Program Director, Dee Kerry at  dkerry@mainemed.com


DO Day 2018 will take place on Wednesday, March 7.



The ACOFP 55th Annual Convention & Scientific Seminars will take place March 22-25, 2018 at the JW Marriott Austin in Austin, Texas. 32 Category 1-A CME credits are anticipated, including pre-con credits beginning on March 19.

Don’t miss your chance to participate in additional CME programs and workshops, including: 

  • Written Test Taking Board Review Boot Camp

  • Joint Injection

  • Dermatology Skills Including an Introduction to Basic Wound Care

  • Splinting & Bracing

  • Incorporating OMT in the Office Setting

  • Introduction to Ultrasound for the Family Physician

  • IUD Insertion & Minor Gynecological Procedures 
     


View the ACOFP '18 schedule and register by February 11 to save!


APRIL 2018

 

Image result for maine quality countsQC2018: Building Communities of Practice through Innovation - Wednesday, April 4, 2018 

Maine Quality Counts (QC) will host their annual conference at the Augusta Civic Center. QC has decided to host a half-day conference this year, focused on a select number of topical innovations that are of strategic importance to QC’s members, partners, and stakeholders.

The Keynote Speaker will be Sanjeev Arora, MD, FACG, MACP – Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, as well as Director and Founder of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes): a revolutionary, guided-practice model whereby primary care clinicians retain the responsibility of managing their patients, while also increasing their independence and self-efficacy.

Other topics include: Real-Life Applications of the ECHO Model; Reaching Diverse/Rural Populations through Telehealth; Best Practices and Workflows around Lung Cancer Screening; Addressing Healthcare Affordability; Building Communities of Practice around Older Adults; and an overview of lessons learned from Maine CDC’s Chronic Disease Improvement Collaborative. 

Registration opens 2/1 - space will be limited, so be sure to register early. 


Save-the-Date – MAFP’s Annual Update – April 4-7, 2018

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Registration and complete schedule available after January 15th - http://www.maineafp.org/cme/mafp-cme-meeting


Save the Date!

 

 It's time to start planning your attendance:

What: The 2018 Clinical Conference on Quality & Chronic Disease

When: April 12 & 13, 2018

Where: Hilton Garden Inn Raleigh/Crabtree Valley

3912 Arrow Drive, Raleigh NC 27612

This conference brings together clinicians and clinic support staff from safety net healthcare organizations and provides high-quality sessions on cutting-edge trends and quality improvement methods.

Professionals from community health centers, health departments, rural health clinics, and school-based health centers will find opportunities to hear from nationally-recognized experts and exchange knowledge with other safety net providers.

Program draft and registration info to come.


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MOA Annual Convention 2018

June 8-10th, 2018
Samoset Resort in Rockport, ME

More Details to Come Soon! 


Need CME Credits Now? Complete Online Courses From Your Home or Office!


Classified Ads

DO or MD Physician - Augusta, ME 

Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency (MDFMR), a community of allopathic and osteopathic physicians in Augusta, Maine who love to teach, is seeking a DO or MD Physician to join our faculty. Come teach and practice family medicine in a community and hospital system where you will be well supported! Ideal candidate has strong clinical skills and a passion for teaching. Must be willing to practice in both inpatient and outpatient settings and practice of full spectrum family medicine is a plus. We are looking for an enthusiastic, flexible candidate dedicated to high quality patient care. Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency is a successful and innovative dually accredited, community based, thirty-resident program. MDFMR is a mission-driven organization that provides healthcare to patients of all ages, with an emphasis on underserved and rural people. Our graduates go on to practice in Maine and across the country. Generous benefits package offered. 

Contact Michelle Bragg, michelle.bragg@mainegeneral.org

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 Medical Office Space Available April 2018, Falmouth, ME

Two Doctors of Osteopathy are looking for a third practitioner to share their office suite. We have up to 3-4 offices available including two exam rooms, a lab, and an office. The building is a small, two suite, single story, Class A, Energy Star rated facility in West Falmouth just off exit 53 of the Maine Turnpike (I95). Amenities include a shared kitchen/lunchroom, staff bathroom, bright waiting room with skylights, beautiful landscaping, outdoor lunch area, and 25 dedicated parking spaces. Ideally we'd like to find a family practice doc who is an osteopath or a nutritionist/life coach type of practitioner. There may be an opportunity to purchase equipment and furnishings from the outgoing doctor. The lease is triple net and includes operating expenses which we expect to decrease in years to come as we make energy efficiency improvements over time. Rent for all four offices would be $2025/month. Three offices would be $1561/month. Availability starts April 2018, possibly earlier.

Contact info:  Karen L. Roberts, D.O., office:  541-9285; cell: 462-0997.


(06/23/17): BC/BE Family Medicine Physician – Livermore Falls, Maine

Western Maine Family Health Center seeks a BC/BE Family Practice physician to join three nurse practitioners and a clinical social worker upon the retirement of a long-term physician. As a NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home, we offer accessible, high quality healthcare with integrated behavioral health services to people of all ages in an outpatient setting. We provide check-ups for the entire family, care of acute and chronic conditions, and referrals to specialty care and community services. In addition, our specialists assist patients with enrollment in programs that help pay for healthcare and medications.

Livermore Falls, with a population of 3,500, is located at the northern end of Androscoggin County, 25 miles northwest of Augusta. Renowned for hunting, fishing, skiing, snowmobiling and countless other four-season opportunities, Livermore Falls and the surrounding towns boast of tranquil living and an abundance of natural resources.

Western Maine Family Health Center is one of 11 Federally Qualified Health Centers of HealthReach Community Health Centers which provides medical, dental and behavioral healthcare to 28,000 Maine people each year. We offer competitive salary, generous benefits, pension plan with employer match, relocation expenses, malpractice coverage, and loan repayment. EOE. Contact: Recruiter, HRCHC, 10 Water Street, Suite 305, Waterville, ME 04901 | (207) 660-9913 | Fax:(207) 660-9901 | Communications@HealthReach.org | www.WesternCHC.org


(04/13/17): Addictions and Recovery Provider Needed 

Immediate need for an addiction and recovery provider for a mix of new and established patients. The provider may see patients at our South Portland office or should they prefer, use the tele health option.  We are experienced in tele health  and can provide and install equipment so location of provider within the state is generally not an issue.  This is a cash only clinic and payment to the provider is usually within 24 hrs or less.

Please call Cardinal Professional Services at 530-0890 for more details.

BC/BE Family Medicine Physician – Kingfield, Maine--

Mt. Abram Regional Health Center (Kingfield) seeks a Physician who is BC/BE in Family Medicine to provide outpatient primary care and preventive services to people of all ages for 30-40 hours per week. As a NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home, we offer accessible, high quality healthcare with integrated behavioral health services focused on the patient’s care experience. We offer check-ups for the entire family, care of acute and chronic conditions and referrals to specialty care and community services. In addition, our specialists assist patients with enrollment in programs that help pay for healthcare and medications.

The health center resides in a welcoming community near Sugarloaf USA and the University of Maine (Farmington) and is part of HealthReach Community Health Centers, a system of eleven practices in Central and Western Maine. HealthReach has been providing healthcare in rural and medically underserved communities for 42 years. Annually, 28,000 Maine residents access medical, dental and behavioral health services at our facilities, which are located in Albion, Bingham, Belgrade, Bethel, Coopers Mills, Kingfield, Livermore Falls, Madison, Rangeley, Richmond and Strong.

We offer competitive salary, generous benefits, and malpractice coverage. The site is eligible for loan repayment. EOE. Contact: Recruiter, HRCHC, 10 Water Street, Suite 305, Waterville, ME 04901 | (207) 660-9913 | Fax: (207) 660-9901 |Communications@HealthReach.org | www.MTAbramCHC.org


PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN - Eastern Maine Medical Center (11/07)

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. Husson Internal Medicine is one of seven primary care practices operated by 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.  
 
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. Candidates in need of J-1 visa waivers welcome to apply. 
 
For confidential consideration, please contact: Amanda Klausing at Eastern Maine Medical Center Phone: 207-973-5358 emmccvs@emhs.org.


Family Physician seeking partner for unique Direct Primary Care practice.

Lotus Family Practice in West Falmouth, ME was opened in April, 2015 by Catherine Krouse, DO.  It is privately owned and operated using the model called Direct Primary Care.  This means that patients pay a flat monthly fee directly to you and there is no insurance billing.  Patient panels are limited to 500-600 which equates to about 5-6 patients a day.  Lotus Family Practice is focused on preventing illness and treating it at the source, so there is a heavy focus on nutrition, lifestyle, herbal medicine and yoga/tai chi/ meditation classes are offered to patients at no extra charge.  We are looking for a like-minded physician who is open to working outside the box and stepping out on their own.  This would entail building their own practice to manage side by side with a partner and offer cross coverage when needed.  
 
If interested, contact Catherine Krouse, DO for more details at:
catherine@lotusfamilypractice.com or 207-536-0560  
www.lotusfamilypractice.com

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