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Welcome to your MOA E-news Brief for June 21st, 2018!

Image result for juneThe HighlightsMOA 2018 Annual Convention: Highlights & Event Follow-Up Reminders, MOA Dues Renewals are now Past Due: Please contact the MOA Office if you have not yet renewed4 MOA Programs Added to DOcme's online, on-demand CME library-- check them out here!, Maine Legislature Returned This Week for Special Session: Passes Preliminary Spending Bills, Team "Just D.O. ME!" (Doctors of Osteopathy helping New England breathe easier) Rides 13 Members Strong in 180 mile Cycling Event Trek Across Maine Over Weekend; Raises Over $15k for American Lung Association, DOs receive international recognition as fully licensed physicians, OMED 2018 Registration Now Open, Join the Hike for a Cure Event July 14th! Maine Has Worst Rate of Lyme Disease in Country, Maine CDC Disease Report Released for May 2018, Practice Tips from Medical Mutual, classified ads, NEW upcoming events & more! 

 ​MOA News

MOA Annual Convention 2018 Highlights:

Thank you to all of our Attendees, Speakers, Sponsors, Exhibitors and Guests
for a great weekend!

More than 225 registered attendees, speakers and guests were present for the Maine Osteopathic Association’s 2018 Annual Convention held at the Samoset Resort June 8-10th. This year’s theme was: Relax. Re-energize. Reconnect! Special events such as the Opening Reception Lobster Dinner on Friday Evening (sponsored by UNE COM), the President’s Awards Luncheon on Saturday (sponsored by Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine), Annual MOA 5k Fun Run, Morning Yoga, Camp MOA for Kids, and a new ME ACOFP Chapter New Family Physicians Mixer rounded out the weekend in the spirit of relaxation, education family fun, and collegial camaraderie.

We would like to thank our generous Exhibitors and Sponsors for supporting this event. In addition, we would like to thank our speakers for sharing their knowledge and time with attendees.

Congratulations to the 2018 MOA Awards Winners & Service Pin Awardees:

We would also like to extend a special Thank You to Maine Osteopathic Educational Foundation Donors:

During the President’s Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 9th Boyd Buser, D.O. challenged the MOA membership to make donations or pledges to the Maine Osteopathic Educational Foundation’s DO Campaign, which raises money for scholarships, providing high quality speakers for MOA events, and public education. He stated that he would match donations up to $1,000. By Sunday at noon, this goal had been reached thanks to the following generous donors: Emily Trask-Eaton, DO- pledge of $200, David Scaccia, DO & Family- donation of $100, Howard Glass, DO- pledge of $500, Barbara Vereault, DO – donation of $200. Total pledges and donations resulting from this effort: $2,000!

In addition to these donations and pledges, over $1,500 was raised for the MOEF from raffle ticket sales. Winners of three prizes were announced on Sunday Morning. They are as follows: Grand Prize winner of a Samoset stay and play golf package for 2-- Boyd Buser, D.,O. Dr. Daniel Pierce was the winner of the second prize- Free Registration to any 2019 MOA conference. And finally, Dr. John Kazilionis was drawn as the winner of the third prize- a $100 gift card to Maine Lobster Direct.

View our Highlight Video Here:

Visit the MOA Facebook Page for More Event Photos.

A Few Reminders for Attendees:

 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.

PowerPoints and other information can be found digitally here:

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

  • 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 107th Annual Convention held June 8-10th in Rockport, 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 20.25-credit live meeting in June.  If you earned 1-19 credits at the MOA Annual Convention you are eligible for 1 outcomes-assessment credit. If you earned 20-20.25 credits at the convention, then you are eligible to earn 2 outcome-assessment credits for completion of this survey. 
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) Attestation Reporting Form: VERY Important! This form was in your registration packet and can be found digitally via the Dropbox link above. 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 July 10, 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 convention. Please leave your comments about speakers, food, and more. Lost your form? There is a digital version of this form that can be accessed via the DropBox link above.
  • Pre/Post Tests: If you completed the yellow "pre" test and the green "post" test, please fax, email, or mail them in! 
  • Did you attend Friday's Breakfast Lecture on HPV Vaccinations? Please complete this follow up survey

To Return:

Fax: 207-623-4228 


Address for Mail: PO Box 315, Manchester, ME 04351

Call 207-623-1101 with any questions

Save the Date:

MOA's Midwinter Symposium will be held

February 8-10th, 2019

at the Holiday Inn by the Bay

Visit the Event Page for Important Follow-Up Information & More!

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MOA Members: It's Time to Renew Your Membership!

Dues Invoices Have Been Mailed and should have arrived to your mailbox.
These renewal invoices are due June 1, 2018.

Click Here to Login and Pay Your 2018-2019 Dues Online


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  • 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

Maine lawmakers approve $41 million spending package that includes funding for the disabled, the elderly and opioid treatment
Central Maine. BY SCOTT THISTLESTAFF WRITER, June 19, 2018

AUGUSTA — The Maine Legislature returned to work Tuesday, passing one of two major spending packages that would add about $41 million to the state’s current two-year budget, with much of the funding aimed at helping those with disabilities, the elderly and people grappling with opioid use disorders.

There was little partisan rancor on the first of what is expected to be several days of a special session in which lawmakers will try to complete work on several key unresolved bills. The Legislature adjourned May 2 amid gridlock between Democrats who wanted funding for voter-approved Medicaid expansion and Republicans who wanted to slow voter-approved minimum wage increases.

The $41 million spending bill combines several measures, including one intended to move 300 people off a state waiting list for services for the disabled at a rate of 50 people a month starting in October. Also included in L.D. 925 was $600,000 from the Fund for a Healthy Maine to help fund school-based health centers, which had previously lost state funding. LePage has 10 days to either sign it, veto it or allow it to become law without his signature. LePage could also line-item veto parts of the spending package, but would need to do so within 48 hours of receiving it.

Still to be debated are several borrowing measures that could go to statewide votes in November, including $100 million for roads, bridges and port facilities. That transportation bonding package is important for the Maine Department of Transportation, which counts on about $100 million of borrowing each year.

The bill is also time-sensitive, according to transportation officials. If approved by June 30, the end of the state’s fiscal year, the state can apply for millions of dollars in federal matching funds. Other bonding proposals, including ones to expand classrooms and laboratories within the University of Maine System and to provide matching funds to cities and towns for wastewater treatment plant improvements, are also still in play. The borrowing bills would support about 3,800 construction jobs statewide, according to advocates, which include University of Maine System Chancellor James Page.

Another $21 million spending package consists of three bills that would set state funding for county jails and increase state reimbursement rates for some 4,000 direct care workers, including those working in nursing homes and group homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. That bill is awaiting a technical amendment and is expected to pass both bodies easily Wednesday before being sent to LePage.

Lawmakers have yet to reach agreement on other bills, including one to fix an error in the state’s budget law that has locked up funding for candidates running under the state’s Clean Election Act. Also Wednesday, lawmakers are expected to take up a bill to make clear that municipalities must enact ordinances if they want to allow medical marijuana caregivers to open storefront businesses.

Lawmakers were expected to return to Augusta at 10 a.m. Wednesday to resume work, although the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee was voting late Tuesday on other spending bills that need their approval before being sent to the full Legislature.

U.S. House of Representatives Passes 25 Opioid Related Bills 
Maine Medicine Weekly Update, June 18, 2018

Among the 25 bills are a measure that would provide resources for hospitals to provide patients naloxone after they are discharged following an overdose. Other legislation included a bill that would grant the Food and Drug Administration authority to stop illegal drugs through the mail. The House passed legislation in a 353-52 vote that focuses on preventing the shipment of illegal and deadly drugs such as fentanyl through the global mail system. The bill, which now moves to the Senate, requires the United State Postal Service to provide 70 percent of electronic data of international packages to Customs and Border Protection by Dec. 31, 2018 and 100 percent by Dec. 31, 2020.

The following is from the Washington Examiner:

"The House expects to finish passage this week on nearly 20 bills aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic, with an eye toward a conference with the Senate over the summer. The House passed about 30 bills last week that range from boosting treatment options to stemming the tide of shipments of illegal opioids from overseas. This week, the House will consider more than 20 bills and a legislative vehicle that would combine all of the legislation into one package. “Altogether, this will be the most significant congressional effort against a single drug crisis in history,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., wrote in an op-ed in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. A bipartisan group of committee leaders last week released the Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act. The bill will serve as a legislative vehicle to wrap in all of the opioid legislation that the House passes. Democrats, however, say the bills won’t make a dent in the epidemic without more funding.

House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., said he hopes the bills get through the Senate by August, but immediately cautioned that may be “a bit of a stretch.” The Senate is working on its own opioid bills, with several committees advancing legislation over the past few weeks. “Ideally we would like to go to conference with the Senate and work on what they enacted there,” an aide said, noting that it is “not clear when the Senate is ready to act on the floor.” The goal is to hold a conference in July, the aide added. “I feel this is going to be a productive conference if we are able to do that.""

 House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Republican leadership are pushing for a vote on the PROSPER Act, their Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization bill. The PROSPER Act would replace the Direct Loan Program, including Grad PLUS loans, with a new Federal ONE Loan Program, imposing serious limitations on borrowing for health professions students. In many cases, students would be left without adequate federal financial aid to support their full cost of attendance, including tuition, textbooks, room and board, and other critical living expenses.  Learn More Here!

News to Use 

Recognition from the UN’s International Labor Organization should help osteopathic physicians gain practice rights throughout the world.
The DO. By AOA STAFF Email, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2018

Plan to practice overseas? International recognition of osteopathic physicians just took a significant step forward.

The International Labor Organization (ILO), an agency of the United Nations, has issued a letter affirming that U.S.-trained osteopathic physicians are fully licensed physicians who prescribe medication and perform surgery. The acknowledgment draws a clear separation between American DOs and osteopaths. Within the international standards that classify jobs to promote international comparability across occupations, U.S.-trained DOs are now categorized with all other physicians as medical doctors.

This recognition is expected to make it easier for DOs to gain practice rights in different countries, and will assist the AOA in executing its strategic priority to expand the international impact of osteopathic medicine.

AOA staff accompanied AOA President Mark Baker, DO, to Geneva, Switzerland, last month to educate international health leaders about the distinctions between U.S.-trained DOs and non-physician osteopaths during the World Health Assembly. The ILO’s letter is a result of their efforts.

In other international news, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine became a recent addition to colleges of osteopathic medicine recognized as accepted providers of medical education in the United Kingdom. There are now 16 COMs whose DO graduates can practice there.

Trek Across MaineTeam "Just D.O. ME!" (Doctors of Osteopathy helping New England breathe easier) Rides 13 Members Strong in 180 mile Cycling Event Trek Across Maine Over Weekend; Raises Over $15k for American Lung Association

The Trek Across Maine is a 3-day, 180-mile cycling event from the mountains of Sunday River to the sea in Belfast. Since 1985, the Trek Across Maine is known as the largest fundraising event of its kind in the nation for the American Lung Association attracting cyclists of various levels and almost all 50 states to raise more than $24 million in the past 34 years.  The experience of the Trek brings over 2000 cyclists and more than 700 volunteers to make the event successful and memorable for all who are a part of it. The 2018 Trek was held Friday June 15th to Sunday, June 17th.


Image may contain: 11 people, people smiling, people standing, tree, child and outdoorUnder the team name “Just D.O. ME!” (Doctors of Osteopathy helping New England breathe easier), a group of riders promoted awareness and educated the public about the Osteopathic profession by becoming a part of a larger group raising money for the American Lung Association.  The team has grown from 2 members in its first year, to 4 members last year and 13 members this year (3 Osteopathic Physicians, 2 MOA Staff members & many other friends of the profession. For full team roster click here.) One of the goals of the team is to involve as many people as possible who play a role in Osteopathy; students, practicing Osteopaths, current patients and people involved in the profession in various capacities. For the past 3 years, University of New England's College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM), Maine Osteopathic Association (MOA) and the Maine Osteopathic Educational Foundation (MOEF) have been an integral part of our sponsorship and fundraising. Several Team members have already registered for the 2019 Trek Across Maine, which will feature a new route beginning and ending in Brunswick, ME.


For 100 years, The American Lung Association has supported research to achieve this goal and they continue to fund, develop, promote and advocate for programs that will result in life-changing advances for people impacted by lung disease. This event assists the American Lung Association’s efforts to.

  • Advocate for pollution free, safe and clean air in schools, the workplace and public places.

  • Lobby for FDA oversight over tobacco products and cessation treatment under health insurance plans.

  • Research better methods of detection, treatment and cures for ALL lung diseases.

For more photos of Team Just D.O. ME!, please visit the MOA Facebook page, here. To learn more about the Trek Across Maine, please click here. If you would like to donate or join Team Just D.O. ME! for 2019's Trek, please contact Amanda Richards at


The Task Force on Health Care Coverage for All of Maine continues its deliberations and in-depth study of health care issues facing Mainers.  The April 2nd meeting featured reports from three study groups: Health Insurance Market, Cost Containment, and Public Options. The task force and its committees plan to continue meeting in the fall. For detailed reports, see the March and April Maine ALL Care newsletters.


Thomas_Wickman_UNECOM_350pxOsteopathic Medical Student & Former MOA Board Student Representative Thomas Wickman Elected to NRMP Board of Directors

Thomas Wickman, osteopathic medical student at University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM), has been elected to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Board of Directors. He is the first osteopathic medical student to be elected to the NRMP Board, and will be able to give an osteopathic medical student perspective to the NRMP during the critical time of transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education.

Mr. Wickman is a member of AACOM’s Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP), President of the Student Government Association at the University of New England, and served as Vice President of the University's chapter of the American Medical Student Association. Mr. Wickham is also a member of the Maine Osteopathic Association Board of Directors and has served in laboratories at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He has presented at the American Federation of Medical Research and has been published in Stroke and the Journal of Investigative Medicine.

"Student directors are essential members of our Board," said NRMP Board Chair Susan Guralnick, MD. "Ms. Hanna and Mr. Wickham were selected from a large group of qualified and accomplished nominees, and we look forward to their contributions to the Board. We are especially delighted that our partnership with the osteopathic community continues to grow with the election of Mr. Wickham as the first osteopathic student to hold a director position."

Read the UNE COM announcement and the NRMP press release for more information

Androscoggin County Medical Association Announces Grants for Medical Students from Maine 

The Androscoggin County Medical Association announces the availability of financial grants for medical students from Maine.  Beginning immediately the County Association is offering awards of $1000 to medical student applicants from Maine.  

As our funds are somewhat limited, we plan to limit this offer to students who demonstrate that they resided in the state prior to their enrollment in medical school.  For similar reasons we cannot promise that each and every applicant will receive an award.  These awards are free of any obligation and can be used for any expense the student deems appropriate.  These awards are available to both MD and DO degree applicants.

It is our pleasure to support our young physicians in training.

To apply, please provide a brief synopsis of your background information, including duration of your residence in Maine, as well as your current medical school and date of expected graduation.  If you would like to provide any further information we would be happy to review it.

Applications can be mailed to Gregory D'Augustine, MD 39 Beau Drive, Greene ME 04236 or emailed to

UNE COM Student Requesting your participation in an IRB approved 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 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, (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

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OMED 2018: Digital Program Now Available-- Click Here!
Register now for OMED 2018, Oct. 5-9 in sunny San Diego, and save $200 off the on-site registration price.

Don’t miss out—secure your attendance now and lock in the lowest price possible! Register by May 16 to save $200 off the on-site registration rate. Register Here.

The theme of this year’s OMED is Come Together: join thousands of DOs, medical students and innovators in osteopathic medicine for the opportunity to learn, connect and grow at the premier osteopathic medical event of the year. OMED facilitates a gathering of the entire osteopathic family in one place every year to collaborate and celebrate.

AOA Supports Protection for Pre-existing Conditions under the ACA. Six physician groups, including the AOA, issued a statementexpressing support for the mandate in the Affordable Care Act which provides access to health insurance for patients with pre-existing conditions

AOA Key Dates:

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

Oct. 5-9 - OMED 2018 | Sa Diego

AOA Updates:

2018 Annual Business Meeting Update

The official call to meeting for the AOA’s 2018 Annual Business Meeting and 98th Annual House of Delegates is now available on the frequently-updated AOA Annual Business Meeting webpage. The Meeting will take place July 16-22, 2018, in Chicago at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.

Resolutions for consideration by the AOA House of Delegates can be accessed online. Please note that resolutions must be received by Tuesday, June 19, 2018. AOA divisional societies and AOA-recognized specialty colleges are asked to certify their delegation by Thursday, June 21. 

For questions and additional information, please contact the following AOA staff members:

DO-Developed RVU Manager Application Seeking Beta Testers

RVU Manager, a mobile application developed by Amy Marker, DO, of Essexville, Michigan, is seeking beta users to test its new program. The RVU Manager app, available for iPhone, iPad, Android devices and web application enables physician practices utilizing a production compensation model to track and save CPT Codes associated with each patient they see.

RVU Manager offers secure login, synchronization across mobile devices, custom billing sheets for easy data entry, convenient search functions and a fully-licensed copy of current CPT codes.

Anyone interested in participating in the next round of beta testing may apply online.


ACOFP Seeks Nominees for
2019 - 2020 Board of Governors

ACOFP is now accepting nominations for the positions of GovernorResident Governor, and Student Governor for the 2019 - 2020 ACOFP Board of Governors. These positions will be elected by the ACOFP Congress of Delegates in March, 2019 according to the Nominating Committee process.

Please submit your nominations via the links above by August 15, 2018.
Address cover letters to:
Peter L. Schmelzer, Executive Director
American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
330 East Algonquin Road, Suite 1
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Join UNECOM & the MOA's Hike for a Cure! Chordoma patient Seth Butler, a student at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, is organizing a hike to raise awareness and funds for chordoma. Seth and his classmates will be hiking a 2.3 mile trail at Bradbury State Park in Pownal, Maine on Saturday, July 14th. The Hike will be followed by a potluck barbecue. In the area? Sign Up!

Link sign up for the hike: 
Lastly, here is the link to the Fundraiser page with more information about the hike as well as information on how to donate:

Public Health

Maine has Worst-In-Nation Lyme Disease Rate 
The U.S. saw more than 26,000 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in 2016, but the CDC believes that the illness is so badly underreported that they estimate the true number of cases contracted annually is closer to 300,000.

In Maine the number of confirmed cases was 1,151, 8th highest in the country but highest in per capita rate at 86.4 per 100,000. That is over 10 times the national rate of 8.1 per 100,000, although the disease is still mostly concentrated in the Northeast.

Maine CDC Reportable Diseases: May 2018 

Among them are a rate of Anaplasma phagocytophilum that is almost 5 times the median, as well as a rate of gonorrhea that is over double the median. You can see the graphs here.

Harvard Pilgrim and Community Health Options File Lower than Expected Rates for 2019 Individual Policies Offered on the Exchange 

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care filed for an average increase of 9.5% for its individual plans to be sold on the Exchange and Community Health Options requested an average premium increase of 9.2% for its individual plans.  Approximately 85 percent of individuals purchasing policies on the Exchange would have some portion of these premium increases offset by federal subsidies.  

If the state were to reinstate the re-insurance program previously in existence, the proposed increases would be reduced to 4.6% for Harvard Pilgrim and 6.9% for Community Health Options.
These rates were filed one week ago with the Maine Bureau of Insurance.

Practice Management​

Court Orders DHHS to File State Plan Amendment for MaineCare Expansion 
Maine Medicine Weekly Update, June 11, 2018

The ruling was entered in a lawsuit filed April 30th against DHHS and the LePage Administration by a coalition of groups and individuals: Maine Equal Justice Partners, Consumers for Affordable Health Care, Maine Primary Care Association, Penobscot Community Health Care, and five individuals. The suit alleged that the Administration had failed to follow the mandate of the 2017 voter referendum, which required submission of a state plan amendment in early April.

After Maine Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy issued an order to the Maine DHHS to file its state plan amendment by today (June 11th) as the next step in Medicaid expansion, the ball was in the DHHS's court. Last Thursday (June 7th), the Department hit the expected stroke, filing an appeal of the orderwith the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and requesting both a stay of the order and an expedited schedule for the appeal. At the time of this writing (5:00 p.m. Monday, June 11th), no briefing schedule has yet been set, and it is unknown  whether the Court will order a stay of Justice Murphy’s order pending the appeal. Some close to the case anticipate oral argument may occur in mid-July.

Image result for medical mutual insurance company    Practice Tip!

Environmental Safety in the Physician Office Practice

Proactive safety management helps to ensure a safe environment in the physician office practice. Use the following recommendations as a guide in the development of an environmental safety program.

Provider Recommendations Tip Sheet HERE.

**Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine's "Practice Tips" are offered as reference information only and are not intended to establish practice standards or serve as legal advice. MMIC recommends you obtain a legal opinion from a qualified attorney for any specific application to your practice.

Maine Quality Counts Offers Project ECHO Medication Assisted Treatment Course 

The program will work to establish a primary care culture that understands addiction as a chronic disease and is prepared and capable to address the range of issues, including underlying trauma and mental health conditions that emerge during the process of treatment. Specifically, this program will focus on supporting primary care based Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services provided by prescribing providers, behavioral health clinicians and teams. By offering this virtual learning community, the program will support enhanced access to MAT in local communities. By continuing to strengthen the role and functions of integrated behavioral health clinicians in delivering MAT with their primary care providers and teams, the program will improve the experience, quality, and safety of care for patients with this dangerous and often deadly disease through evidence-based treatment. This program is intended to engage primary care prescribers who are already x-waivered or will be x-waivered by September 20th.

Intended Audience: Primary care teams, including x-waivered primary care MAT prescribers, behavioral health clinicians, and other team members from practices located across Maine and New Hampshire, who seek support to develop, implement and sustain MAT care. Rural providers encouraged to apply.

 Learning objectives: 

·        Establish cultural changes to reduce stigma of mental health and SUDs;

·        Explore the importance of screening for mental health concerns with underlying SUDs, defining why behavioral health conditions are important to identify and address;

·        Build competencies to deliver trauma-informed care and integrated behavioral health treatment;

·        Implement medication assisted therapies and models of care for SUD;

·        Bolster skills to appropriately identify and treat SUDs ;

·        Develop models for team-based addiction treatment including developing relationships with experts and supportive entities in the medical neighborhood; and

·        Build individual and organizational resilience to support complex patient care and sustain MAT.


·        Attend Project ECHO orientation on August 16, 2018 from 11:30 to 1:00 PM.

·        Participate in 8 monthly case-based learning sessions, using a virtual meeting platform (Zoom), on the third Thursday of each month from 11:30 to 1:00 PM, beginning September 20, 2018.

·        Each 90-minute virtual learning session will include 2 patient case presentations and a brief lecture with Q&A. Participants can receive 1.5 CME credits for each virtual learning session attended.

·        Commit to presenting at least one de-identified patient case presentation from each participating team. Provide any appropriate case follow-up to the network. 

·        Complete a pre- and post-assessment at beginning and end of program.

·        Provide requested data points for baseline, monthly and post-session measurement:

o   Number of patients being treated with MAT by participating provider, and by practice

o   Number of providers in clinic that are x-waivered

·        Complete CME evaluation surveys to help with on-going quality improvement efforts                                                                                                                                                                     

Project ECHO: Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is an evidence-based method developed by researchers at the University of New Mexico. The ECHO model™ links teams of interdisciplinary specialists with primary care clinicians. During teleECHO™ sessions, experts mentor and share their expertise across a virtual network via case-based learning, enabling primary care practice teams to treat patients with complex conditions in their own communities.

Northern New England Network: A collaboration of Maine Quality Counts, New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative at the University of New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice, the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center, and the Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont Area Health Education Centers.

Program Schedule:

Date and Time


August 16, 2018 from 11:30-1:00 PM

Project ECHO Orientation

September 20, 2018 from 11:30-1:00 PM

TeleECHO Session #1

October 18, 2018 from 11:30-1:00 PM

TeleECHO Session #2

November 15, 2018 from 11:30-1:00 PM

TeleECHO Session #3

December 20, 2018 from 11:30-1:00 PM

TeleECHO Session #4

January 17, 2019 from 11:30-1:00 PM

TeleECHO Session #5

February 21, 2019 from 11:30-1:00 PM

TeleECHO Session #6

March 21, 2019 from 11:30-1:00 PM

TeleECHO Session #7

April 18, 2019 from 11:30-1:00 PM

TeleECHO Session #8

Upcoming Events​

New AOA Online Learning Webinar Addresses Physician Burnout Crisis

With physician burnout reaching crisis proportions, the importance of understanding and coping has never been higher. In a new webinar from the American Osteopathic College of Pathologists and the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society (IOMS), Chaya J. Prasad, MD, MBA, provides current data on burnout, depression and suicide rates in the medical field. Dr. Prasad also instructs participants on identifying burnout’s causative factors and resilience-building techniques.

“Physician Burnout & Resilience” is available now on the AOA Online Learning platform and has been designated by IOMS for one AOA Category 1-A Credit.


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Caring for ME Upcoming Events:

  • July 17, 2018, 12-1 pm, Legal Updates around Chapter 488, Gordon Smith, Zoom Registration
  • August 21, 2018, 12-1 pm, Broadening Behavioral Health Integration around Substance Use Disorder, Jesse Higgins NP, Zoom Registration
  • September 18, 2018, 12-1 pm, Parallels between Opioid Overdose and Suicide: Engaging the Conversation, Greg Marley NAMI, Zoom Registration

JUNE 2018


MCMI Training Programs - Level 1 and Level 2 - June 22 

The Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) will to holding a training program on June 22 in Waterville at Colby College. It is appropriate for athletic administrators/directors, school nurses, coaches, athletic trainers, physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

MCMI Training Programs – Level 1 and Level 2

When and where held:

June 22, 2018 in Waterville at Colby College (Level 1 in the morning and Level 2 in the afternoon)

                              Class size limited to 40.

October 16, 2018 in Portland at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in conjunction with the Brain                       Injury Association of America-Maine Annual Conference

                              Class size limited to 30

                              (Level 1 in the morning and Level 2 in the afternoon)

                              (Registration and fees will be through the BIAA-Maine for October 2017)


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ACOFP Intensive Update & Board Review in
Osteopathic Family Medicine

August 24 - 26  |  Rosemont, IL

Join us at the ACOFP Intensive Update & Board Review in Osteopathic Family Medicine, taking place August 24-26 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel. 32 Category 1-A CME credits are anticipated, including 9.5 extra credits beginning on August 23.

This course is designed for practicing osteopathic family physicians who want to update their skills and knowledge, as well as those preparing to take the recertification examination given by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP).

The following OMT Breakout Sessions are open to all attendees and included in the registration fee:

OMT for Extremity Complaints
In a combined didactic and hands-on approach, this session will deliver osteopathic diagnosis and treatment options for commonly seen issues in the upper and lower extremities. It will help prepare for the board examination, as well as enhance osteopathic clinical skills and manipulative techniques.

OMT for the Thoracic & Cervical Spine
This session will provide an overview of clinical anatomy and osteopathic evaluation of the thoracic and cervical spine. Following a brief didactic review, the session will consist of a hands-on demonstration of basic OMT techniques geared toward the performance exam.

Viscerosomatic OPP: Common Cases
Similar to what may be seen in an office or on an OMT performance examination, this session will present clinical situations (migraines, asthma, sinusitis, etc.) while providing didactic and hands-on demonstrations of the appropriate therapeutic OMT options for treating them.

OMT for the Lumbar Spine & Sacrum
This session will offer a brief didactic review of the evaluation and application of OMT in the lumbar spine, pelvis and sacral regions, followed by clinical scenarios anticipated in the performance portion of the board examination.

View the preliminary schedule, make your hotel reservation and register onlinetoday.

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Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician Opportunity 

Western Maine Primary Care is seeking a BC/BE Internist for their well-established outpatient practice located in the Norway, Maine.  Experience the warmth of a small town combined with a medical community working closely with colleagues throughout the MaineHealth system to ensure the healthcare needs of patients are delivered with the highest level of quality.

Come be a part of our dynamic team of providers, which includes seven internal medicine physicians and five nurse practitioners, working with exceptional support staff.

Stephens Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital. The position involves teaching and mentoring residents and medical students from the Maine Medical Center-Tufts University School of Medicine Medical School Program.

Norway is a scenic affordable community in the heart of a four-season recreational area. Surrounded by more than ten lakes and ponds, Norway is a haven for boating, swimming, and fishing. The nearby mountains provide hiking with vista views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range.

Competitive salary and benefits, including student loan repayment. FMI contact Abbie Graiver, Director of Physician Recruitment (207) 744-6049 or


Ob/Gyn Physician Opportunity 

Western Maine OB/GYN is currently seeking a BC/BE OB/GYN physician to join our exceptional team of providers. Come be a part of our dynamic team, which includes board-certified physicians and a nurse practitioner, working with exceptional support staff. Now is a great time to join our team as we are currently relocating our practice to our brand new, state-of-the-art suite in the fall of 2018.

Stephens Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital. The position involves teaching medical students from the Maine Medical Center-Tufts University School of Medicine Medical School Program.

Norway is a scenic affordable community in the heart of a four-season recreational area. Surrounded by more than ten lakes and ponds, Norway is a haven for boating, swimming, and fishing. The nearby mountains provide hiking with vista views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range.

This position is a four day a week position, weekday call 1:3 and weekend call 1:4. Competitive salary and benefits, including student loan repayment. FMI contact Abbie Graiver, Director of Physician Recruitment (207) 744-6049 or


Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine 

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. We also offer a relocation bonus and sign-on bonus in addition to our generous educational loan repayment program.

Candidates in need of J-1 visa waivers welcome to apply.

For confidential consideration, please contact:

Amanda Klausing, AASPR, Physician Recruiter

Eastern Maine Medical Center

Phone: 207-973-5358


Maine's Largest FQHC in need of Physician for Geriatric Program 

PCHC in Bangor, Maine is seeking Board-Eligible Internal Medicine or Family Med Physician to join our team of doctors and advanced practice providers in our Community Care and Geriatrics department!

  • Provide care to seniors in post-acute care settings and in area long-term care facilities and serve as Medical Director in those facilities.
  • No call, no holidays, no nights or weekends.
  • Opportunity to mentor PA, NP, and DO students through partnerships with multiple university programs.

Penobscot Community Health Care is a nationally recognized FQHC that focuses on patient-centered care, innovation and collaboration. For you, for your family, for our community. For more information, please contact Vanessa Sanderson, Recruitment Coordinator at (207)404-8015 or


 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.

Family Practice Physician - Bucksport Regional Health Center 

Bucksport Regional Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) has a unique opportunity in our small independent, community-based primary care facility offering great quality indicators, team atmosphere and excellent working conditions.  Located along the Penobscot River, we are centrally located along the beautiful coast of Maine, close to Acadia National Park and Bangor.

This is a full scope of outpatient primary care services commensurate with his/her field of training and State of ME licensure.  Offers care to a diverse age population.  Optional 4/5 days/week schedule. 

Candidates must have graduated from an accredited medical school & completed Family Practice or Med/Peds residencySheila, have a current State of Maine Medical License and D.E.A. Certificate and at least 5 years of experience in the practice of family or internal medicine.  Submit resume and cover letter to: Danel Adams, Human Resources, 110 Broadway, Bucksport, ME  04416,  email


Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

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.

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