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Welcome to your MOA E-news Brief for April 12th, 2018!

The HighlightsRegister NOW for the MOA's Annual Convention at the Samoset Resort, Maine and National Legislative Updates, Member Corner: Get to know MOA President-Elect David Scaccia, DO, MPH, New SnuggleME Guidelines Released from DHHS, New Report Shows Physician Salaries are Increasing: Pay Gaps still persist, Extortion Scam Target DEA Registrants, New Practice Tips from Medical Mutual, Worker's Comp Board Proposes Changes to Medical Fee Schedule, Applications for Rural Medical Access Fund Assistance Due by May 3, 2018CMS Open Payment Review Period Has Begun, NEW classified ads, upcoming events & more! 


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Please join us for our Annual Convention, which will be held June 8-10th, 2018 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, ME. We have an exciting weekend planned with 19.5 hours of Continuing Medical Education Credits, Networking and social events, 5k Family Fun Run/Walk, Kids Camp, & more! 

This year's theme is Relax, Re-Energize, Reconnect! Take some time to invest in yourself and connect with your colleagues.

Expected Topics include: 3 Hours of Opioid Prescribing Education credits, HPV Screening, Diabetes Prevention & Screening, Head Injuries, OMT/NMM, Novel Treatments for Depression, Women's Health, Practice Management, Medical Marijuana, Herbal Supplements, Pain Management, Sports Medicine & More!

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Don't Forget to Reserve Your Hotel Room!

Reserve by April 20th, 2018 to qualify for the MOA Reduced Rates.

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Hotel Information:

​Samoset Resort
220 Warrenton Ave
Rockport, ME 

MOA Preferred Rate Starts at $221.00
*All rates subject to an 8% room tax.

Please call the hotel or book online here and be sure to mention the MOA Preferred Rate.
Call to reserve your room:  (207) 594-2511

Questions About this event? 
Email Amanda Richards at arichards@mainedo.org or call 207-623-1101


MOA Member Corner

This week, learn more about Dr. Scaccia, DO, MPH, & MOA's President-elect:

Medical school: 1980 graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internship: Osteopathic Hospital of Maine
Residency: Occupational medicine through the Medical College of Wisconsin. 
Military service:  After serving a total of 26 years as a flight surgeon in the United States Navy, Dr. Scaccia retired from the US Naval Reserves at the rank of Captain.  
Civil service: Following his military service, he practiced occupational medicine as a civil service physician for the Department of Defense at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
Board certification: Dr. Scaccia is board certified in family practice by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and in occupational medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
Current work: He is currently a private consultant in occupational medicine based in Kittery, Maine.
Hobbies: Singing and playing guitar.
Special interest: Studied financial planning and is a licensed CFP.

Why did you choose to become an osteopathic physician? My biggest influence was my father, Nicholas C. Scaccia, D.O.   While growing up, I got to see firsthand the huge impact that a dedicated, astute, and caring osteopathic physician could have on their patients’ lives. I was “hooked” early on! I also took advantage of a truly great opportunity to enter private practice with my father for five years following training. I’ll never forget this invaluable experience.

Why do you support the MOA? The Maine Osteopathic Association is the voice of approximately 400 osteopathic physicians an additional 500 residents and students. It does a great job of serving its members with professional education, advocacy, and member services. The MOA is truly the voice of the osteopathic physicians in Maine while supporting our goals and professional agendas.

What can osteopathic physicians do to support the profession? Be active and have a voice right here at the state level! The MOA welcomes its members to serve on one of our six committees: program, membership, payer/payee, technology, finance, and legislative. Get involved!

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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

ME Legislative Update

VOTES: The following bills were voted on in the House and Senate recently and have become law:

  • LD 565: a bill to eliminate the sunset provision in the law allowing pharmacists to prescribe naloxone. The Governor's veto was overridden, 32-0 in the Senate and 121-21 in the House. It is now law, Chapter 364.

  • LD 1030: requiring insurers to cover services within scope of naturopathic licensure if covered when performed by other types of licensees, veto overridden 32-2 and 135-11, Chapter 340.

  • LD 1327: streamlined procedure for veterans seeking licensing in health care professions, Chapter 326.

  • LD 1476: requires health plans to cover certain preventive services, such as immunizations and screenings, veto overridden 30-4 and 115-34, Chapter 343.

  • LD 1730: removes veterinarians from the definition of "prescriber" for PMP purposes, but treats them as "dispensers", Chapter 360.

Romeo Lucas, D.O. served as Doctor of the Day at the Maine Legislature on Monday, April 9th, 2018

He is pictured here with Representative Denno

 

 

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.


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April 10th, 2018-- News from the Hill

Grad PLUS loans are also under threat. If enacted, PROSPER would cap the dollar amount medical and other health professions students can borrow through federal loans. Under this legislation, the average osteopathic medical student could no longer rely on Grad PLUS loans to cover the full cost of attendance, in which he or she would face a nearly $93,000 funding gap over a four-year period. This would force our future health care workforce to borrow from the private loan market, which does not offer the same advantages as federal Grad PLUS loans, and it could disincentive individuals otherwise interested in health care from pursuing careers in the field. With the U.S. facing a heath care workforce shortage, we cannot afford to jeopardize this pipeline.

Join us in our effort to #SaveGradPLUS! Visit our new campaign web page today and share your story about why Grad PLUS is critical to you, and how patients across the nation could be impacted if this program is reduced and replaced. Use your voice during our ED to MED Town Hall on April 19 to speak up in support of this vital program.

On March 23, President Trump signed into law H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, the final fiscal year (FY) 2018 omnibus spending package. The $1.3 trillion measure includes an increase in funding attributed to the two-year budget agreement signed into law in February. The package also increased spending caps previously imposed by Congress, providing $131 billion in non-defense discretionary programs. Learn more about its impact on osteopathic medical education (OME).

141 national organizations in letters to House and Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee leadership requesting $454 million for FY19 for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). This agency produces evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable and works with its partners to ensure the evidence is communicated and understood.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee recently released a draft of broad bipartisan legislation, The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, which aims to decrease the nation’s opioid crisis by promoting new pain medication development, aiding states in patient treatment, and strengthening the health care workforce to increase access to mental health services and substance use disorder treatment in underserved areas. The legislation also focuses on public health measures and overlaps with President Trump’s initiative to fight opioid abuse. The draft release follows a series of HELP Committee hearings on the opioid crisis with testimonies and recommendations gathered from stakeholders such as state governors, subject matter experts, and families of addicted patients and victims. The Senate HELP Committee will hold a hearing on April 11 to discuss this legislation.


Maine DHHS Releases Second Edition of SnuggleME Guidelines
04/10/2018 09:38 AM EDT

AUGUSTA - In an effort to assist healthcare providers in identifying possible signs of substance use during pregnancy, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), together with community stakeholders, has released the Second Edition of the SnuggleME Guidelines. With the First Edition released in 2013, the SnuggleME Guidelines serve as a collection of evidence-based tools and information for medical and nursing providers in the fields of family medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, and addiction medicine to effectively care for pregnant women with substance use disorders and their newborns. The comprehensive tool outlines the importance of screening for and addressing perinatal substance use in pregnant women, pain management treatment options for expectant mothers with an opioid dependency, newborn care recommendations, and resources for continued patient education.

In addition to outlining recommendations for prenatal, labor, and postpartum care of pregnant women with substance use disorders, the Second Edition of the SnuggleME Guidelines introduces new printable rack cards, up-to-date screening tools, information on available treatment services, and newborn care policies in accordance with the 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics Guidelines around Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, medication management, and breastfeeding. Additionally, the SnuggleME Guidelines enhance care coordination between families and providers by including referral forms and information on various services and supports.

Relevant department chairs of Maine's largest hospitals and state perinatal nursing associations will receive hardcopies of the updated Guidelines, accompanied by a letter from Drs. Pezzullo and Bates, on the importance of periodic universal screening of women who are pregnant or of child bearing age, as well as a trifold checklist brochure for providers to follow in conducting such screenings and a 2-1-1 wallet card.

To access a digital PDF version of the Guidelines, please visit: www.maine.gov/dhhs/SnuggleME


News to Use 

AHRQ Resource Provides County-level Comparisons
of Hospitalization Rates for Substance Abuse
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released an online statistical resourcethat for the first time provides county-level comparisons of hospitalization rates for substance use, including opioids, alcohol, stimulants and other drugs, using hospital data provided by MHDO.
 
AHRQ’s new resource of statistics, drawn from 2014 hospital discharge data provided by 32 states, including data for Maine provided by MHDO, illustrates how the impact of substance use has varied widely across communities.
 
Maine ranked 11th highest in opioid-related inpatient stays of 44 states reporting with 300.5 per 100,000 inpatient stays. Within Maine, county-level rates of opioid-related inpatient discharges ranged from 137 per 100,000 in Aroostook county to 467 per 100,000 discharges in Knox county. 
 

CDC Report-- Opioid Overdose Deaths Increasing in Nearly All Segments of US Population – March 2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its March 2018 Vital Signs report. Overall, the CDC found:
In 45 states, opioid overdoses increased 30% from July 2016 through September 2017
In the Midwestern region, opioid overdoses increased 70% from July 2016 through September 2017
In large cities in 16 states, opioid overdoses increased by 54% Updated Report (March 30th)

(Maine Overdose Deaths Rose by 11%) See report here. 


Licensing Boards Issue New Joint Rule Chapter 21 re: Opioid Prescribing 

The Joint Rule requires the use and documentation of Universal Precautions in prescribing controlled substances. The precautions including conducting a risk assessment to minimize the potential for adverse effects, abuse, misuse, diversion, addiction and overdose, developing a treatment plan, obtaining informed consent, employing a treatment agreement, monitoring, and creating and maintaining adequate medical records to document compliance. There are appropriate exceptions for emergency situations which MMA requested in comments filed on the rule in 2017. The definition of a "medical emergency" is defined in Section 2 of the rule.

The Rule clarifies the obligation of licensees when illegal acts occur and cross references the CDC Guidelines for prescribing opioids issued in 2016 (CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain- United States, 2016). 
 
In the purpose section of the Rule the Boards state as follows:
 
"Clinicians should not fear disciplinary action from the Boards for prescribing controlled substances, including opioid analgesics, for a legitimate medical purpose and in the course of professional practice if they are following standards of care, established guidelines and the requirements of this rule. Judgment regarding the propriety of any specific course of action must be made based on all of the circumstances presented, and thoroughly documented in the patient's medical record.
 
The new Rule also brings up to date the language in the previous rule in order to conform to the requirements of Chapter 488 and its subsequent amendments enacted and signed into law last year. 
 
Among the new requirements is language requiring the prescribing clinician to periodically review and document in the patient's medical record the course of pain treatment and any new information about the etiology of the pain or the patient's state of health and level of function. The frequency of this review is determined by the patient's risk factors, the medication dose and other clinical indicators but a chart is provided dictating the frequency of the required review. For instance, for a patient at high risk or receiving 90 mg/day MME the review would take every 1 to 3 months.
 
Clinicians should pay particular attention to the required toxicology drug screens which are required for any patient receiving a controlled substance for chronic non-cancer/non-hospice/non-end-of-life pain for 90 days or more. A drug screen must be done prior to initiating such treatment and at least annually thereafter but with frequency based upon the patient's level of risk.
 
A full copy of the rule can be accessed HERE.

Physician salaries continue to rise, though pay gaps by gender and race persist, according to Medscape’s 2018 Physician Compensation Report.
By THE DO STAFF Email, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018
For the seventh straight year, average physician compensation has increased, rising from just over $200,000 in 2011 to about $300,000 in 2018, reports Medscape in its 2018 Physician Compensation Report.

However, the report also found pay gaps by gender and race, noting that male primary care physicians earn, on average, $36,000 more than female primary care docs.

Among male and female specialists, the gap was even higher: $95,000. In general, African-American, Asian and Hispanic physicians of both genders all reported earning less than white physicians; Medscape listed age, choice of specialty and possible bias as factors that may be contributing to the discrepancy.

Click here for the average reported annual salaries for physicians in the top five highest- and lowest-earning specialties.


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 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.

Extortion Scam Targets DEA Registrants 

The criminals have masked their telephone number on caller id by showing the DEA Registration Support 800 number.  Please be aware that a DEA employee would not contact a registrant and demand money or threaten to suspend a registrant’s DEA registration. 

If you are contacted by a person purporting to work for DEA and seeking money or threatening to suspend your DEA registration, submit the information through “Extortion Scam Online Reporting” posted on the DEA Diversion Control Division’s website, www.DEADiversion.usdoj.gov.

                       Extortion Scam Online Reporting
For more information contact:

Locate DEA Field Office for your area - https://apps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/contactDea/spring/fullSearch

Registration Service Center - 1-800-882-9539

Email - DEA.Registration.Help@usdoj.gov   


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 AOA Mentor of the Year Award
The AOA Mentor Recognition Program was developed to honor DOs who help shape the future of the osteopathic profession through their involvement with osteopathic medical students and new physicians in practice. Nominations are accepted year-round from students, interns, residents, DOs, AOA affiliates, or any other member of the osteopathic professional family. Who is your mentor? Let the world know how much that special person has meant to you. Submit your nomination today! The finalist will be honored at OMED 2018. 


Apply for an AOA leadership position.
We’re looking for nominations and volunteers to serve on an AOA Bureau, Council or Committee for 2018-2019.
Apply by May 14.

If you’re interested in making a difference in the house of medicine, the AOA is looking for engaged DO and student volunteers to serve on an AOA Bureau, Council or Committee for 2018-2019.
 Members of the osteopathic professional family and AOA-affiliated groups are encouraged to nominate a qualified colleague or submit an application for yourself to serve on an AOA Bureau, Council or Committee. See open positions here.

All requests must be submitted by close of business Monday, May 14. The application requires a CV or letter of recommendation. Those chosen to serve in a leadership role will be notified by email in August.

Questions should be emailed to nominations@osteopathic.org with “Query” in the subject line.

STAR Prize Contest Open

Each year, the AOA Strategic Planning Committee sponsors the Strategic Team Award and Recognition (STAR) prize to recognize osteopathic organizations that implement innovative activities to advance the AOA’s strategic initiatives. This contest is open to osteopathic state affiliates, osteopathic specialty affiliates, OPTIs, colleges of osteopathic medicine, and non-practice affiliates. Winners receive a STAR plaque and a complementary registration to the AOA’s 2019 LEAD Conference.

To compete for this year’s STAR prizes, please submit a completedSTAR Prize Application Form to stratplan@osteopathic.org by Friday, May 11, 2018.

AOA Key Dates:

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

Oct. 5-9 - OMED 2018 | San Diego


Public Health

The MHDO and MQF recently released CompareMaine 5.0. The highlights in this updated version include:
 
  • Cost data reflecting the time period July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017.

  • H-CAHPS Patient Experience Summary Star reflecting the time period January 1 - December 31, 2016.

  • Hospital infection measures for C.difficile and MRSA reflecting the time period January 1- December 31, 2016.

  • Preventing Serious Complications data reflecting the time period July 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015.

  • A modified minimum reporting threshold from 10 to 5 procedures in order to include more data for the state's rural areas.

  • Enhanced search functionality to populate results based on driving distance rather than “as the crow flies” distance.

  • Alphabetized procedures within a category/topic under “Choose a Topic”.

 
The next release of CompareMaine is scheduled for the Fall of 2018.

Practice Management​

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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.


Applications for Rural Medical Access Fund Assistance Due by May 3, 2018

To be considered eligible for assistance, physicians must be practicing in Maine, have performed deliveries and/or provided prenatal care and have malpractice insurance for prenatal care and/or OB services, all for at least the period of July 1, 2017 thru Dec. 31, 2017.

Priority Determination:
 
1.  Physicians whose practices are located in federally designated Medically Underserved Areas/Populations or Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas, who practice at least 50% of the time in underserved areas, and whose practice includes at least 10% MaineCare patient visits.
 
2.  Physicians whose practices are not located in federally designated Medically Underserved Areas/Populations or Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas but are located in Primary Care Analysis Areas of under 20,000 population and at least 50% of the visits are patients from federally designated underserved areas and/or MaineCare.
 
To find out if your site qualifies, you can refer to maps on the following website:   http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/dlrs/rhpc/data.shtml
 
A simple one page application is available from the Maine Rural Health and Primary Care Program.  Questions may be addressed to Nicole Breton, the Director of the Program at 287-5524.

The Workers’ Compensation Board has scheduled a public hearing on May 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. for proposed amendments to Rules Chapters 1-9, 12-16, and 18.

The public hearing includes Board Rules Chapter 5, aka the Medical Fee Schedule.  Many of you email me regularly with comments and concerns regarding the fee schedule; this is your opportunity to provide comments directly to the Board of Directors regarding your experience with the Board’s Medical Fee Schedule, i.e. what you like, what you don’t, what you would like to see added, etc.

The deadline for written comments is May 18, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. For a copy of the proposed amendments and more information, see the Proposed Rules page.

Kimberlee K. Barriere, Deputy Director

Maine Workers’ Compensation Board

Office of Medical/Rehabilitation Services

(828) 648-4400


Open Payments Reminder: 45-day Review-and-Dispute Period Starts April 1 

Physicians planning to review their 2017 Open Payments Data should test their CMS Enterprise Portal (EIDM) logon credentials beforehand. Locked accounts and other logon issues can be fixed before the beginning of the review and dispute period by visiting Frequently Asked Questions for EIDM Users. For answers to additional questions, please email Medicare's Open Payment Help Desk at openpayments@cms.hhs.gov, or call (855) 326-8366.


Perform a quick HIPAA security check
Wednesday Mar 14, 2018, Adapted from “The HIPAA Security Rule: Are You in Compliance?” 

The HIPAA Security Rule requires practices to protect patients’ health information by establishing physical safeguards such as the following:

• Tweak your office layout. For example, if unauthorized individuals could see protected health information on a monitor through an office window, consider repositioning the computer to prevent that from happening.

• Protect workstations. In exam rooms, nurses’ stations, and other easily accessible areas, require staff members to log off after a specific amount of time to prevent protected health information from being left unattended.

• Establish device and electronic media controls. Because thumb drives, laptops, smartphones, and tablets are easy to move in and out of a practice, they can be a significant security risk. Therefore, practices must have policies and procedures in place to protect the information stored on these devices, such as requiring password protection and limiting who is permitted to use these devices.


Maine Infection Prevention Forum
The Maine Infection Prevention Forum is a free, online education tool that provides modules on the following topics:
  • Core Infection Preventionist Training Program

  • Biological Hazards

  • Bloodborne Pathogens for Clinical Staff

  • Bloodborne Pathogens for Non-clinical Staff

To date:
  • Staff from 120 long term care facilities, representing 270 employees, have enrolled in the Infection Preventionist module.

  • 197 employees have enrolled in the Biological Hazards module.

  • 216 clinical staff and 57 non-clinical staff have enrolled in the Bloodborne Pathogens modules.

 
The Forum can be found at: maineinfectionpreventionforum.org

Upcoming Events​


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APRIL 2018

FREE 8-Hr. MAT Waiver Training Being Offered in Dover, NH - Friday, April 27th 



The New Hampshire Medical Society, NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network are pleased to offer this FREE 8-hour buprenorphine waiver training.

Date: 
Friday, April 27, 2018
Location:
Wentworth-Douglas Hospital
789 Central Avenue
Dover, NH 03820

  • Training is available for physicians interested in seeking their waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid use disorders. To obtain the waiver to prescribe, providers are required to take eight hours of training.

  • Following trainings, physicians who have successfully completed the course, may apply to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) to obtain the waiver.

  • 8 AMA PRA Category 1 credits and a Buprenorphine Training Completion Certificate will be awarded to those who complete all 8 hours of the course and receive a minimum cumulative score of 75% on the examination.

  • Residents may take the course and apply for their waiver when the receive their DEA license. They will need to maintain their certificate of completion following the training.

  • Nurse practitioners and physician assistants who take this 8-Hour MAT waiver course will receive a certificate of completion and can apply it toward the 24-hour training requirement established by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). For the addtional 16 hours, PCSS-MAT is also providing NPs and PAs with the coursework FREE and together they meet the required training to be eligible to apply for the waiver to prescribe buprenorphine.

  • This course has been approved by the NH Board of Medicine as CME that fulfills the opioid prescribing competency requirement.

CME Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) and the New Hampshire Medical Society, Anthem New Hampshire, and NH Department of Health and Human Services. AAAP is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Date: Friday, April 27, 2018
Location:
Wentworth-Douglas Hospital
789 Central Avenue
Dover, NH 03820

Click Here for More Information and to Register


MAY 2018

Introduction to Lean in Healthcare Full-Day Workshop on Tuesday, May 8

The first half of the day will cover the principles of Lean thinking and provide several exercises so participants can compare traditional processes to Lean processes. The second half of the day will share an overview of some of the important Lean tools and challenge the class to identify applications for Lean in their organization.

Lean Healthcare East has over 30 years combined experience in leading organizational transformation and have many engaging exercises and examples to share from their experiences implementing Lean improvements at hospitals and other healthcare related organizations.Click here to learn more and register for the workshop. If you have questions or want to schedule a workshop at your practice please contact the Lean Healthcare East team.


JUNE 2018

SAVE THE DATE!
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MOA Annual Convention 2018

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

The MOA Room Block at the Samoset is now open!
Call to reserve your room:  
(207) 594-2511

Online Reservations Click Here!


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


Classified Ads

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 vsanderson@pchc.com.

04/18


Multiple Family Med Opportunities in Beloved Community Health Centers 

PCHC is recruiting Family Medicine Physicians for locations in Belfast, Old Town, and Bangor. This is your chance to work for a nationally recognized FQHC that is a leader in integrated primary care!

  • Come and join our team at Seaport Community Health Center and become a part of a vibrant and active coastal community!

  • Work and play minutes away from the flagship university of the University of Maine System by working at our Helen Hunt Health Center!

  • Become a part of the health center where it all began, Penobscot Community Health Center located in the heart of Bangor, Maine!

We are the largest and most comprehensive FQHC in Maine and the 2nd largest in New England. PCHC offers family medicine, psychiatry, mental health, pediatrics, specialty services, physical therapy, pharmacy, social work, lab, x-ray, and a large public health dental center -- all within our organization. If your passion is in community health, there is no place else to be. Questions? Contact Vanessa Sanderson, Recruitment Coordinator at (207)404-8015 or vsanderson@pchc.com.

04/18


 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 dadams@brhcme.org

04/18


Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician 

Sacopee Valley Health Center has a position available for a Medical Director/Family Practice Physician for our multi-service, progressive, rural federally qualified community health center located in a medically underserved area. This position allows for the medical director to apply leadership skills while partnering with health center staff and colleagues to provide optimal health care for our patients on a daily basis. Services on site include integrated primary care, dental services, family planning, mental health counseling, psychiatry, nutritionist, optometry, podiatry, social services support, sliding fee coverage, care management, radiology and lab services. NextGen EMR. Practice is outpatient only with no OB. On-call rotation is 4-5 times per month. NCQA Level III PCMH. Competitive salary and benefits package; physicians are eligible to apply for NHSC loan repayment. We are located in Porter, ME, between Portland and the White Mountains. Area is known for terrific four season recreational activities. Just two and one-half hours from Boston. Submit CV to: Linda Watson, Director of Operations or, (lwatson@svhc.org), Sacopee Valley Health Center, 70 Main Street, Porter, ME 04068. EOE. www.svhc.org Sacopee Valley Health Center is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

3/26/18


Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus

The Central Maine Medical Group seeks BE/BC Internal Medicine physician to join cohesive, well-established, hospital-employed practice in Lewiston, Maine.  We offer:
  • Up to $200K in medical student loan repayment

  • $50K sign on bonus

  • Up to $12K moving allowance

  • 4 day work week/generous outpatient call

  • Healthy work/life balance

Central Maine affords easy access to the coast and mountains where you can enjoy four seasons of outdoor activities.  We have a growing arts and restaurant scene in a very safe affordable area to live and raise a family.  To join our growing team, contact Gina Mallozzi, Central Maine Medical Center, 300 Main Street, Lewiston, ME  04240.  Email:  MallozGi@cmhc.org; Fax: 207/344-0696; Call:  800/445-7431; or visit our website:  http://recruitment.cmmc.org/.
 
3/26/18

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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