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Welcome to your MOA E-news Brief for December 7th, 2017!

The Highlights:  Have you registered for the MOA Midwinter Symposium 2018?? Register Online NOW! , The MOA has a New Employee: Lynne McKenney!,  DO Day on Capitol Hill will take place on Wednesday, March 7th 2018, Highlights from the DO Engage, What You Need to Know About LD 911, Single Accreditation System Update, CVS to Purchase Aetna & Amazon Backs out of Pharmaceutical wholesaling in Maine, AACOM and AODME join forces, From The DO: Dispelling Myths About OMT, Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Ends December 15th, Still Need Opioid Prescribing CME Credits?: Webinars from Quality Counts offered in December. Also in Events: AOA Telemedicine Online Conference December 9th.

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 ​MOA News

Image result for new hireNew MOA Staff Member:
Lynne McKenney, Administrative Professional

Lynne McKenney started this week as a part-time administrative assistant with the MOA. For the past five and a half years she worked as a legal assistant at the law firm of Jim Mitchell and Jed Davis, and previous to that worked for 30 plus years at the State of Maine working her way up the clerical ranks from a Clerk Typist I to a Sr. Administrative Secretary. 
Please Welcome her to the MOA Team!
Email: office@mainedo.org
Phone: (207) 623-1101, ext 11


In Case You Missed It Last Week... 
Introducing MOA Member Corner:
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Meet Annie Liu, OMS III

Click Here to Read About Annie's First Week on a 
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Featured Events

MOA Midwinter Symposium 2018 is Coming Up: Have you Registered?

Register Now!

 

2018 Silent Auction to Benefit the 
Maine Osteopathic Educational Foundation (MOEF):

Friday, February 9th, 2018

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Advocacy/ Legislative Update

THIS IS THE DO ENGAGE for December 5, 2017

The U.S. Senates passes major tax legislation: In the early morning hours of December 2nd, the United States Senate passed comprehensive tax reform legislation aimed at reducing corporate tax rates, and overhauling tax rates and deduction for individuals.  The Senate-passed bill also includes a provision that waives the tax penalty of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, effectively repealing the mandate. According the Congressional Budget Office, the repeal of the individual mandate even when paired with a health insurance market stabilization package championed by Senators Alexander and Murray, would lead to an increase in health insurance premiums. Members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate are expected to go into conference to iron out differences between the Senate legislation and the legislation previously passed by the House of Representatives. The final bill is expected to be signed into law by the end of the year.

The AOA Speaks Out: The American Osteopathic Association joined several major health care organizations in their opposition of the inclusion of the individual mandate provision in the Senate tax reform legislation, absent the inclusion of additional reforms that would ensure a robust and competitive health care market.

CHIP and THCGME Are Still Pending: The Senate tax reform bill has dominated discussions on Capitol Hill over the last several months, causing the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education Program (THCGME) to be in limbo.  Both programs expired on September 30th and have broad bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress. The AOA issued a press release urging the Senate to reauthorize CHIP and THCGME before the end of the year.

Mr. Azar Goes to the Senate: Alex Azar, President Donald Trump’s pick to replace Tom Price as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, testified before the Senate HELP Committee on Wednesday. Mr. Azar outlined his vision for the Department of Health and Human Services and answered tough questions regarding efforts to reduce the price of prescription drugs.

DO Day Registration Open: DO Day on Capitol Hill, is set for Wednesday, March 7, 2018. DO Days are a unique opportunity for DOs and osteopathic medical students to engage with legislators and communicate our positions on important health policy issues in the place where legislation is crafted - Capitol Hill. 

“Dillon’s Law” Expanding Epinephrine Access Passes in Wisconsin with Support from WAOPS: Assembly Bill 96, also known as “Dillon’s Law,” passed this month with support from the Wisconsin Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (WAOPS). “Dillon’s Law” is named after Dillon Mueller, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 18 from anaphylaxis cause by a bee sting; volunteer first responders did not have epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) available because of the cost of the auto-injectors, which have a limited shelf life. A 2015 Wisconsin law allowed businesses and organizations to obtain a prescription for epinephrine and make it available for emergency use, and “Dillon’s Law” expands that access to any individual who has completed the “Do It for Dillon” anaphylaxis training course. WAOPS is a state-approved course provider, and Past-President Len Markman, DO and President-Elect Sumeet Goel, DO hopes that “Dillon’s Law” will serve as a template for other states and those osteopathic physicians and medical students will one day teach life-saving “Do It for Dillon” courses throughout the country. For more information, please contact WAOPS at info@waops.org or (262) 409-3413.


Maine Recently Enacted Legislation: LD 911
Content Courtesy of the Maine Medicine Weekly Update, December 4th, 2017

L.D. 911, An Act to Prohibit Certain Gifts to Health Care Practitioners (P.L. 2017, Chapter 267). The bill essentially codifies into law gift limits that are already dealt with in AMA and medical technology (AdvaMed) ethics codes.

The new law prohibits licensed manufacturers and wholesalers from offering or giving health care practitioners the following:

  • Cash gifts in any amount
  • Gifts for which reciprocity is expected or implied 

There are reasonable exceptions to the prohibition:

  • Drug samples for distribution to patients
  • Educational materials
  • Modest meals and refreshments, which will be defined by Board of Pharmacy rules, in connection with meetings or presentations about the seller's product..."as long as the meeting or presentation occurs in a venue and manner conducive to informational communication"
  • Funding to academic institutions and residency and fellowship programs to support participation in professional and educational meetings, but the funds are to be distributed without specific attribution to sponsors
  • Reasonable honoraria and reimbursement of reasonable expenses, defined by the Board, for professional or educational conferences and meetings. 

As one can see from the language of the statute and its placement in the part of the law governing pharmacy, it governs the actions of manufacturers and sellers and is not intended or designed to punish practitioners.

Since the effective date of all 2017 enactments has passed, this law is currently in effect.

 


Sixteen people have joined the field to replace Gov. Le Page in next year's race.
Maine voters will select a new governor in 2018 from one of the largest fields of candidates in recent history. Here is a rundown of who’s in the race to replace outgoing Republican Gov. Paul LePage. Primary elections are scheduled for June 12, and the general election will be held Nov. 6, 2018.
 
 

 

As of this week, registration for the 2018 DO Day on Capitol Hill is now open! DO Day is an exciting opportunity for DOs and osteopathic medical students to come to Washington, D.C. to educate Members of Congress and their staff on who DOs are and the importance of osteopathic medicine. Participants will have the chance to engage with lawmakers and communicate our positions on important health policy issues that will foster the development of legislation that supports the practice and principles of osteopathic medicine.

Agenda

DO Day 2018 will take place on Wednesday, March 7. The day will begin with a breakfast briefing that includes how to best communicate with members of Congress, the issues you will be discussing, and presentations by guest speakers who are experts in the legislative process. Following the briefing, you will go to Capitol Hill with your colleagues to meet with your congressional representatives throughout the afternoon.

Hotel Information

For the event, the AOA has reserved a block of rooms at the JW Marriott that can be reserved at a discounted rate. The hotel is located at 1331 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC. You can reserve a room through the following link or by calling the JW Marriott team at (202) 393-2000. Mention AOA DO Day group to receive the group rate of $369 per night.

Learn More

Taking the time to participate in DO day helps demonstrate the profession’s commitment to protecting and preserving the cornerstones of osteopathic medicine, while also strengthening our community’s voice. If you have any questions, please reach out to Sean Neal atsneal@osteopathic.org. Also, feel free to explore our FAQ page to learn more about event requirements and logistics. We hope to see you at DO Day 2018!

 

News to Use    

photoProgress at the Halfway Mark in Single Accreditation System

At the half-way mark in the five-year transition to the Single Accreditation System, more than 61% of AOA programs have achieved ACGME initial accreditation or submitted an application. More than 300 other programs are working on their applications or planning to apply.

Three-year programs that wish to participate in the 2018 AOA Match must submit their application to the ACGME by December 31. The AOA continues to offer an Application Assistance Program that includes free consultative services to any program that needs support. Program directors are encouraged to contact AOA’s Education Department at 312-202-8272

 

 

Download an Illustrated Timeline of the History of Osteopathic Medicinephoto

In honor of the 125th anniversary of the birth of osteopathic medicine, the AOA has created an illustrated timeline that tells the story of the profession's evolution. From A.T. Still's birth in 1828 to the founding of the first school in Kirksville to the rapid increase of present-day DOs, spread knowledge of osteopathic history. Download, post, link, share and enjoy!


DO helps write National Academy of Medicine paper on Rx drug affordability
Jennie H. Kwon, DO, an anniversary fellow in osteopathic medicine with the National Academy of Medicine, assisted with the report.
By THE DO STAFF Email, FRIDAY, DEC. 1, 2017

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, released on Thursday, offers recommendations for curbing the cost of prescription drugs without inhibiting innovation in drug development.

Jennie H. Kwon, DO, MSCI, in her role as an anniversary fellow in osteopathic medicine with the National Academy of Medicine, helped write the report.

You can learn more about the report here or read the full report here.


CVS to Purchase Aetna 
Content Courtesy of the Maine Medicine Weekly Update, December 4, 2017

CVS is planning to buy Aetna, one of the largest health insurers, for a reported $69 billion. Wall Street analysts see the buy as another step toward CVS being a "full service" health care provider. It reportedly plans to expand its current 1100 clinics to many more of its 10,000 locations.

As the Associated Press reported, "The clinics started off as a place to treat basic health care needs like sinus infections or strep throat. Gradually, CVS added services like blood draws or monitoring of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Expect that trend to continue as the drugstore switches more from selling products in its stores to services that can’t be bought online, where retailers face formidable competition from the likes of Amazon." The talk is that the company could expand its clinics to cover such services as vision and hearing care in addition to diabetes and hypertension.

Aetna, for its part, provides health insurance to around 22 million people.In light of the recent court defeat for the planned Aetna-Humana merger, there is a chance that regulators may look similarly askance at this type of "vertical" consolidation. Or not.

As the expansion of commercial entities into basic health care continues, one might ask, "What is the future of the primary care health home?" What, more importantly, will be the effect on patients' well-being?


Amazon backs out of pharmaceutical wholesaling in Maine
Portland Press Herald, BY PENELOPE OVERTONSTAFF WRITER

The retail giant’s applications were canceled because they did not contain all the required information, and no action had been taken by the applicant to complete them, according to Anne Head, the head of the state Department of Professional & Financial Regulation, which oversees the Maine Board of Pharmacy and all pharmaceutical licensing matters.

The online sales company had submitted three pharmaceutical applications in October – all three expired on Friday, Dec. 1, according to the board’s online license check. Amazon would not comment on its Maine applications, or its future sales plans in the health care field.

A spokeswoman would only say that wholesale licenses are required for Amazon to sell professional products to health care customers, like medical and dental offices or hospitals. She referred a reporter to the company’s Amazon Business website, which features photos of a fetal heart monitor, ear thermometers and dental tools with marketing aimed at licensed medical or dental professionals. Analysts are trying to decide whether Amazon merely stumbled and missed a local deadline, or if Amazon abandoned the license applications because it realized they were unnecessary if all it wants to sell are medical devices, not pharmaceuticals.

In a note to investor clients, Portland-based RBC Capital Markets cited Amazon’s abandonment of the license process in Maine as a sign that Amazon plans to pursue medical supplies sales, not drug sales, to consumers. Amazon has similar licenses in 15 states across the country, and in some, like Tennessee and Indiana, the company specifically told pharmacy regulators there that it does not plan to sell or ship drugs, according to records in those states. This “supplies only” reading of the Maine license situation is good news for pharmacy companies that would have faced Amazon competition, RBC told its investors.

Amazon has been steadily expanding its business-to-business online sales service since launching Amazon Business two years ago, having suppliers list their products, including clothing, electronics and food, for sale online with Amazon. Now, according to applications filed with other states, Amazon appears poised to enter the medical supplies field by offering devices manufactured by specialty companies for sale to professionals online.

Although its population is small, Maine’s status as the state with the oldest average age in the country, as well as its rural character, could make it attractive to Amazon, should it decide to jump into the prescription drug market. But in order to distribute prescription drugs, Amazon would first need to establish connections with pharmacy benefits managers and health insurers.


AACOM and AODME Join Forces to Strengthen the Full OME Continuum
November 29, 2017

Washington, DC) -The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME) are pleased to announce a landmark decision to bridge the gap between undergraduate and graduate medical education (GME) by providing leadership for the full continuum of osteopathic medical education.

AODME, which currently represents a robust membership of leaders in osteopathic graduate medical education(GME),will become an integral component of AACOM and will be renamed as the Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME). AOGME will support its members through leadership and professional development for those engaged in graduate medical education,fosterexcellence in the clinical learning environment and assist in developing community-based GME programs.

Dr. Shannon signs the MOU

“We are thrilled to welcome AODME members to AACOM. Although AACOM and AODME enjoy a decade-long track record of collaborating on joint annual conferences and other efforts, this decision formally incorporates AODME within AACOM as the AOGME. We are now strongly positioned to promote excellence in medical education, research, and service across the full continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the American public,” writes AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH.

“For nearly four decades, AODME membership has led osteopathic graduate medical education and advanced the unique principles and practices of osteopathic medicine. Today, we are excited to continue that tradition of leadership and to respond to the evolving landscape of osteopathic medical education by joining with AACOM to provide support and continuity for our valued members and the osteopathic clinical learning environment during this time of transformation,” notes AODME President Joanne Baker, DO.

The memorandum of understanding guiding the integration of AODME within AACOM was signed by both parties on Saturday, November 18, 2017, during AACOM’s Annual Board of Deans meeting and kicks off a six-month integration process, which will formally begin in January 2018. Current AODME members will continue to enjoy customary member benefits throughout this process and the current AODME board will remain as the AOGME transition board until 2019 to ensure a smooth process, Alegneta Long, MPP, will serve as AOGME’s Executive Director.

For more information, visit www.aacom.org/aogme.


Dispelling the myths about OMT
The DO. By WARREN CHIN, DO Email, WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6, 2017

Osteopathic manipulative treatment is one of the main factors that distinguishes osteopathic physicians from their allopathic counterparts. 
However, I’ve noticed that fewer DOs these days are incorporating OMT into their practice of medicine, and fewer attending physicians, who are tasked with training the next generation of DOs, are teaching manipulation. Why is this?

Some of the reasons may be the myths surrounding OMT. To summarize the more common ones:

  •  OMT is too hard, takes too long to master.
  •  OMT takes too long to perform during an office visit.
  •  OMT does not work or is potentially dangerous.
  •  It does not pay to do OMT.
  •  If it works, why aren’t all DOs doing it?

Please allow me to dispute each myth.

1. OMT takes too long to master.

Osteopathic medical students spend the first two years of their education learning palpation and the skills to practice OMT. Part of their frustration with OMT may be that the nomenclature used to describe lesions is often complicated and nonstandardized among the medical schools.

If osteopathic medical schools could simplify the terminology, spend more time teaching how osteopathic manipulation works and hire preceptors who are passionate about OMT, students could be more enthused about OMT. In one month, my medical students learn to be very comfortable using OMT because I use efficient nomenclature and techniques.

2. OMT takes too long to perform in a practice setting.

Using palpatory skills alone, a practitioner can easily identify the vertebrae that are out of place. Diagnosis and treatment can take less than 10 minutes with efficient HVLA (High-Velocity Low-Amplitude), FPR (Facilitated Positional Release), Still and muscle energy techniques. As one’s skill level increases, it can take even less time.

3. OMT does not work.

Many students are understandably frustrated when they have difficulty manipulating their classmates. It takes persistence, patience and good instruction to “lock out” lesions and to correctly apply gentle forces.

When done properly, OMT can help many patients and give you an amazing reputation.
Taking a few moments to explain the techniques and its benefits can put the patient at ease, which makes for a much easier and safer manipulation.

In my own practice, it is common to see several “miracles” a day, where patients have been going to specialists for years without any answers to why they are hurting. Often after one OMT treatment they are pain free. When done properly, OMT can help many patients and give you an amazing reputation.

4. It does not pay to do OMT.

With proper documentation, you can be well paid for doing OMT. This documentation takes no more time than documenting for a regular visit.

For billing, you need to submit a proper E/M code with a modifier 25 for the OMT. You get paid for both. Many of the problems that we see in a primary care setting have to do with back pain, and using our training to diagnose and fix these problems can be invaluable to a practice’s success.

5. Why aren’t all DOs using OMT in their practices?

OMT is mostly used in primary care practices and specialties such as emergency medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and neuromusculoskeletal medicine. Of course, some specialties and subspecialties have less use for it.

Part of the reason fewer medical students see OMT in practice may be because fewer primary care physicians are comfortable performing OMT. This can be fixed by offering more seminars taught by physicians who are skilled at using OMT in their practices.

It would be a tragedy if OMT, which can dramatically increase the well-being of our patients, falls by the wayside. We have this amazing diagnostic/treatment modality that is part of our “DNA,” and more of us should be using it.

More reading:

How to maximize your reimbursement for OMT

Following years of pain, former US ambassador finds relief through OMT

OMT: The military pilot’s drug-free treatment option


Public Health Updates

Health Insurance Marketplace 2018: Just Over 1 week left for Open Enrollment !

Open enrollment for 2018 began on November 1 for people to sign up for a health plan in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Consumers must sign up or renew health plans before Open Enrollment ends on December 15, 2017. 

Key Dates for the Health Insurance Marketplace

Need affordable health insurance?

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Franklin Community Health Network adopts unification with MaineHealth
Maine Biz, Courtesy / Franklin Community Health Network, BY STAFF, NOVEMBER 30, 2017

Franklin Community Health Network's board of trustees on Tuesday adopted a proposal for the organization to join with other members of the MaineHealth system in forming a single financial and operating model of governance.

The unification proposal has been discussed for the past year by the health care system's members and is subject to a due diligence review by FCHN, MaineHealth and the other member organizations.

Assuming the other members of MaineHealth give their approval in coming weeks and there are no unexpected findings in the due diligence process, FCHN and the nine other members of MaineHealth will be governed by a single board of trustees beginning in January 2019.

FCHN is the parent organization of Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington and its affiliated health care services.

 


FDA Sends Out Warning About Life-Threatening Health Problems Linked to Limbrel

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is directing physicians to stop prescribing Limbrel and to tell patients who are taking it to stop immediately. Limbrel, a medical food in 250 mg or 500 mg capsules that's prescribed to decrease swelling and pain associated with osteoarthritis, is currently under investigation. Please find more information on the health problems and symptoms associated with Limbrel.


Practice Management​

AOA Physician Services Hosted Webinars: Preparing for 2018

CPT Code Changes: Live webinar November 29 at 7 pm CT  

A new year brings new code changes. With 2018 just around the bend, there is little time to get ready for all the changes that will be taking place. This webinar will provide an update on the many CPT code changes that will take effect January 1, 2018. Get up to date on the new, revised and deleted American Medical Association (AMA) CPT® codes, including AMA’s reporting guidelines. Topics covered will include the rationale for any additions, revisions or deletions made to the 2018 CPT code set. 

Register at https://aoaonlinelearning.osteopathic.org

2018 MIPS Prep: Live webinar December 6 at 12pm CT

This webinar will provide information on the MIPS proposals for year 2 (and hopefully some of the final rules!) and what we have learned in 2017 that will help us get ready for 2018. Don't miss this year-end webinar to be prepared to continue and to succeed!

Register at https://aoaonlinelearning.osteopathic.org

2018 Physician Fee Schedule: What you need to know--Live webinar December 7 at 12 pm CT

The Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) updates payment policies, payment rates, and other provisions for services furnished under the on or after Jan. 1, 2018. In addition to policies affecting the calculation of payment rates, this final rule identifies potentially misvalued codes, adds procedures to the telehealth list, and finalizes a number of new policies.

In this webinar, CMS representative Barbara Connors DO will cover the new conversion factor, proposed change in reimbursement rates between 2017 and 2018 as well as other updates that may impact your practice.

This activity has been approved for 1.0 AOA Category 1A CME credits.  The Pre-test will be available prior to the webinar and will only be available until December 7, 2017 at 11:59AM CST.

Register at https://aoaonlinelearning.osteopathic.org

The Impact of Tax Reform on Your Practice: Learn what you should address before the year-end--Live webinar December 12 at 12 pm CT  

As the year draws to a close, your practice may face many uncertainties. Now is the time to evaluate the impact of possible tax reform and how you might respond. It's also the right time to make strategic decisions about the future of your practice.

Join the experts from ORBA for a discussion about divining legislative outcomes and how to plan in a season of uncertainty. Includes a checklist of the most important questions to ask yourself about your practice before every year-end. In this webinar, you will learn:

-About the proposed tax cuts

-How your practice can prepare for the best (or worst) outcome

-Tax planning strategies under the current law.

Register at https://aoaonlinelearning.osteopathic.org


Quality Counts Webinars presented by MICIS: Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety:  12/13

Register here for the Wednesday, December 13 webinar

Part 3: Enhancing Provider Communication Skills; Nonopioid & nonpharm treatment of chronic pain - evidence-based recommendations  

Wednesday, December 13 12:00-1:00 pm Register Here

Enhancing provider communication skills, building patient/family centered care models and incorporating patient education into practice:

  • Review Trauma-Informed care

  • Discuss integration strategies for behavioral health and chronic pain management

  • Demonstrate responses to Choosing Wisely's 5 Questions

Non opioid and nonpharm treatment of chronic pain - Evidence-based recommendations
  • Evidence-based review of alternative treatments for acute & chronic pain

  • Discuss comprehensive acute pain management plans & reduce surgical overprescribing


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December 7th, 2017

Provider Services Call Center Will Close Early Friday, December 22, 2017 
The Provider Services Call Center will close at 3:00 PM Friday, December 22, 2017 for the holiday. The MyHealth PAS Online Portal will continue to be available during this time. The IVR self-service options will also remain available; however, the option to speak with a call center representative will not be available.  The Provider Services Call Center will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, December 26, 2017. 


 Patient360

Patient360 is a physician owned and operated registry that was formed to help practices improve quality, increase incentives, and avoid payment adjustments from CMS. Patient360 is also a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) specializing in Orthopedic Neuromuscular and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM), Chiropractic, Physiatry, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, and Sport Medicine.

Patient360 is able to report on all registry measures and provides support to all specialties. We welcome suggestions for creation of other potential measures for the next reporting year, as well as recommended modifications to existing measures created for the current year. 

  • Patient360 is one of the original 16 CMS Qualified Registries
  • Vetted by CMS for 10 straight years with 100% successful reporting for clients in 2016
  • Access to over 240 MIPS measures, including 7 QCDR measures you won’t find anywhere else.

​​GET STARTED HERE!


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New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management 

To help you prepare for these visits, the Alzheimer's Association® presents Challenging Conversations About Dementia. In this free course, you'll receive information to confidently approach the detection, diagnostic and care-planning process for your patients with cognitive impairment and dementia.

For more information and to complete this course, go to www.alz.org/FreeCME. Other tools on the website include the Cognitive Impairment Toolkit.


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 DECEMBER

Connected Care: Telemedicine in Practice Conference, Online December 9th

Telemedicine and telehealth technology are gaining popularity in the health care industry. A recent study found that 20% of consumers would switch their current primary care provider if another PCP in their area offered telehealth visits. However, few providers know how to incorporate telemedicine into their delivery systems. Join us onlineDec. 9, 2017, at the Connected Care: Telemedicine in Practice Conference to learn how to incorporate telemedicine into your practice. Register Now!


Quality Counts Webinars presented by MICIS: Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: 12/13

Register here for the Wednesday, December 13 webinar

Part 3: Enhancing Provider Communication Skills; Nonopioid & nonpharm treatment of chronic pain - evidence-based recommendations  

Wednesday, December 13 12:00-1:00 pm Register Here

Enhancing provider communication skills, building patient/family centered care models and incorporating patient education into practice:

  • Review Trauma-Informed care

  • Discuss integration strategies for behavioral health and chronic pain management

  • Demonstrate responses to Choosing Wisely's 5 Questions

Non opioid and nonpharm treatment of chronic pain - Evidence-based recommendations
  • Evidence-based review of alternative treatments for acute & chronic pain

  • Discuss comprehensive acute pain management plans & reduce surgical overprescribing


JANUARY 2018

photoSave The Date: Leadership, Education, Advocacy & Development Conference Jan. 25-26 In Austin

The next Advocacy for Healthy Partnerships/Osteopathic Medical Educators & Leaders Conference will take place on January 25-26 in Austin, TX. New for 2018, these two meetings will be combined into one program, delivering Leadership, Education, Advocacy & Development (LEAD) training to individuals throughout the osteopathic medical profession. This integrated experience will include keynote speakers for all attendees and networking opportunities allowing professionals across the career spectrum to learn from each other. Breakout sessions will give individuals a chance to choose the topic areas and focus that best meet their career and leadership development needs.

Stayed tuned for more information. Housing and registration will open in early September. If you have questions, please contact Nick Schilligo, Vice President of Public Policy at nschilligo@osteopathic.org.



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


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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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.


NEW LISTING (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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