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Welcome to the MOA E-newsletter for June 13th, 2019:

  • MOA News: MOA Annual Convention was held last weekend at The Samoset Resort-- Follow-Up from the weekend & Visit Facebook for Event Photos!, Notice: MOA Summer Hours
  • Legislative Updates: Gov. Mills Signs Abortion & Death With Dignity Bills
  • News to Use: The American Lung Association's Trek Across Maine Kicks off Friday June 14th: Support DO colleagues/MOA staff, UNECOM Speed Networking Event August 3rd, Message from AOA New CEO Kevin Klauer, DO, Good Read: Be Kind to your doctor.
  • Practice Management: MOA Medical Economics Committee-- Contact or call 207-623-1101 to let us know if you are experiencing pesky payment issues
  • Belgrade Regional Health Center seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine), contact:

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Thank you to all who attended the 108th Annual MOA Convention!

Announcements & 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.

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

The password is provided on page 6 of your program booklet.

Note: You do not need a Dropbox account or Dropbox desktop download to access these files.
The link above should open in a internet browser.

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

  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) Attestation Reporting Form: VERY Important! This form was in your registration packet. Please check off the lectures you attended, count up total credits and sign the form to get your AOA category 1-A credits reported. Must be completed and returned by July 12, 2019.
    • ​CME Certificates: If you do not have an AOA number, you should receive your CME certificate via email next week (this applies especially to MDs, PA-Cs, NPs, etc.). If you will be receiving AOA credits, but would still like to receive a CME certificate for your records, please let the MOA office know by email at We will be sending out CME certificates to DOs receiving AOA credit by request only.
  • Evaluation Survey: The Program Evaluation is digital this year. Click HERE to share your thoughts about facilities, speakers, topics and more!
  • An outcomes survey link will be sent to you soon. You will have the opportunity to earn up to 3.0 additional AOA Category 1-A Credits. 

Just for fun: Click here for event photos on our Facebook Page! 
Be on the lookout for Photos of Awardees and new MOA leadership in next week's newsletter.



MOA Midwinter Symposium
Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, ME
February 7-9th, 2020

109th Annual Convention
The Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME
June 5-7th, 2020


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Legislative Updates

Governor Mills Signs Death with Dignity Act
June 12, 2019
Governor Janet Mills today signed LD 1313, known as the Death with Dignity Act, into law. The law establishes the procedures to allow those with a terminal illness and a short time to live to be prescribed medication to end their life. These procedures include, among others, two waiting periods, one written and two oral requests, a second opinion by a consulting physician and a psychological evaluation. Similar legislation is in place in Oregon, California, Colorado, Vermont, Washington, Hawaii and Washington, D.C.

To complement the law, Governor Mills also signed Executive Order Number 9 requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to report all actions taken by licensed physicians and others to track the use of lethal medications permitted by LD 1313 over the course of the upcoming months and years, including any medical, sociodemographic or geographic factors and trends to ensure that the personal liberty and autonomy of all Maine people is protected.

Governor Mills Signs Bill Allowing PAs/NPs to Perform Abortion
June 10, 2019

Governor Janet Mills today signed a bill to improve access to critical reproductive health care for women across Maine. The bill, offered by Governor Mills and sponsored by Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, will allow physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses to perform abortions in addition to physicians.  As Attorney General, Governor Mills introduced a similar bill during the last legislative session.

 News to Use 

New England DOs/MOA Staff to Ride in American Lung Association's Trek Across Maine this Weekend
The ALA's Trek Across Maine Kicks off Friday, June 14th and will continue throughout the weekend. George Pasquarello, DO and his wife Nicole Fectau brought together New England DOs, friends and MOA staff Angela Westhoff and Amanda Richards for Team Just DO M.E. which will ride to promote osteopathic medicine and lung health. The team is sponsored by the MOA, MOEF, and UNECOM, raising over $26,000 so far! Please visit team page to donate or follow the team throughout the weekend on MOA social media sites. If nothing else, please be conscious of cyclists participating in this 3-day charity ride throughout Maine this weekend.

Summer 2019 UNE COM Speed Networking Save the DateUNE COM Summer Speed Networking: August 3rd!

This spring UNE COM is hosting a Speed Networking event for first and second-year COM students on Saturday, August 3rd. We need your help in creating a relaxed and friendly environment for students to practice meeting, and networking with physicians in various specialties across the region.

During the event, students converse with physicians from various specialties for 10-15 minutes each. This allows them to connect with numerous physicians in a single morning and gain a better understanding of what practicing in different specialties is like. We hope the experience will help inform them of their own preferences and leanings as they progress to their clinical years.

The event is scheduled for 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM on Saturday, August 3rd in the Ripich Commons on the UNE Biddeford Campus. If you are interested in participating in our Summer Speed Networking event, please register by Monday, July 8th at

If you have any questions about the event, please email me at

Worth the Read: Kevin MD Blog-- "Please, be kind to your doctor. We need it"

Dr. Sara Ahronheim Addresses Physicians Burnout on a Human Level, here's an excerpt:

"Please, look at me and see my heart, see my humanity, treat me as you would like me to treat you, with kindness.  Just because I am a doctor, wearing scrubs and a stethoscope and a messy ponytail with pens sticking out from all pockets and phones ringing every few minutes, just because of this garb I put on when I come to work, don’t decide I am any less of a person than you.  I feel what you feel.  I hurt as you hurt.  I bring your stories and your pain home, and I feel it over and over with you as you lie in the stretcher where I left you, and feel it yourself.  We feel this together.  You are not alone.  But when I go home, I am alone; no one knows your stories, no one sees the tears you cried when I told you the awful things I had to tell you.  Those moments we had together, that changed your life, don’t think they haven’t changed mine.  They have.  I am changed, by you, and you by me.  And it hurts.

So please, be kind to your doctor.  We need it.  We need kindness and compassion.  From you, from each other, from ourselves.  Help us heal, the way we try to heal you."

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A Message from New AOA Chief Executive Officer Kevin Klauer, DO: The AOA is Here for you

Klauer video screenshotDear Friends and Colleagues:
I am incredibly excited and enthusiastic about joining the American Osteopathic Association as your new CEO. One of the first things I wanted to do in my new role is to introduce myself and share my initial thoughts with you in this brief two-minute video. 

In my first week on the job, it’s already clear that this organization is in great shape, with a dedicated staff and Board of Trustees working to serve you. Together we will be working to create an osteopathic community that you will be proud to be a part of.

And together, we will collectively strengthen our truly distinctive profession, while recognizing our rich history of selfless service and positioning osteopathic medicine for continued success in the future.

We are seeking your insights and input, so please feel free to submit your suggestions at Stay tuned for more updates in the near future.  This is just the beginning of this important conversation.

Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD

AOA News:

  • ​ Bureau of State Government Affairs – Call to Meeting - July 25 - Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile The Bureau of State Government Affairs (BSGA) will hold its next in-person meeting on Thursday, July 25, 2019, 1-4 p.m. CT. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the AOA Annual House of Delegates Meeting at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile - 540 N. Michigan Avenue – Chicago.Please use this BSGA RSVP link to confirm your availability to attend the BSGA meeting no later than Thursday, July 18, 2019.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email Kim Kuman or call (312) 202-8180.​
  • New AOA CME Guide Available The 2019-2021 Continuing Medical Education Guide outlining revised CME requirements for AOA board-certified physicians is now available online. Each certifying board set its own CME requirements for Osteopathic Continuous Certification to align with practice and standards in each specialty. Overall, the revised requirements provide flexibility, giving physicians latitude to choose CME that works best for their individual practice.
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Public Health

Director of Maine Center for Disease Control and PreventionNew Maine CDC Director Appointed 
[from the Maine DHHS press release]

Dr. Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD, has been selected as the new director of the Maine CDC. Shah received both medical and law degrees from the University of Chicago. He also studied economics at Oxford University.

As an attorney and public health economist, Shah previously advised professionals and governments around the nation and globe about improving the delivery of health care. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Ministry of Health in Cambodia, with his work including investigating and managing disease outbreaks as an epidemiologist.

Dr. Shah comes to Maine CDC with broad experience in public health, most recently as director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, where he implemented key initiatives to address the State's opioid crisis, reduce maternal and infant mortality, and reduce childhood lead poisoning.

Since January, the Maine CDC has hired 18 new employees, and 40 additional positions are approved to be filled.

Shah is scheduled to begin as CDC director on June 3.

Practice Management 

Image result for frustration photosMOA Medical Economics Committee Reminder: Contact Us with Pesky Payment Issues

Are you having issues with frequent denials from insurance carriers? We want to hear from your office! Call the MOA office at 207-623-1101 or email us at

CMS- Patients Over Paperwork Newsletter
June 10, 2019
By Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

When It Comes To Our Health – Every Second Counts-- Full Link

We’ve been working hard to reduce burden through sub-regulatory changes. We heard that the local coverage process is an important means to provide decisions on items and services that benefit Medicare’s beneficiaries but we also heard about a number of concerns around transparency and notifications. We listened and, in response to these concerns and to Congress’ requirement in the 21st Century Cures Act for more transparency in the LCD process, made eleven updates to modernize and reduce burden related to LCDs. In addition, CMS also continues to work with providers and clinicians to modernize documentation requirements and billing codes—which in turn will free up more time for patients, lessen clinician burnout, and bolster the doctor-patient relationship. To date we have made 13 documentation changes.

While we’ve made great strides, our work isn’t done. We continue listening to providers, clinicians, and patients through our Patients over Paperwork email address:

Last week we issued The Request for Information on Reducing Administrative Burden to put Patients over Paperwork. The RFI invites patients and their families, the medical community, and other healthcare stakeholders to recommend further changes to rules, policies, and procedures that would shift more of clinicians’ time and our healthcare system’s resources from needless paperwork to high-quality care that improves patient health. Comments are due August 12, 2019 and can be submitted here:

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The Maine Concussion Management Initiative Will Be Offering Training Programs – June 21 and October 29 

The Maine Concussion Management Initiative will be offering two training programs in 2019. The first will be June 21 in Waterville at Colby College. And the second on October 29 in South Portland at the Double Tree hotel as the Youth Concussion track at the annual conference of the Brain Injury Association of America-Maine Chapter. Online registration will be available in September.

Level 1 is the Introduction to Concussions and Concussion Management. Level 2 is Advance Concussion Management that includes interpreting neurocognitive tests. Level 1 will be held in the morning and Level 2 will be held in the afternoon. Level 1 is a prerequisite for Level 2.

MCMI training is appropriate for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, neuro-psychologists, school nurses, athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic administrators/directors, and coaches.

For more information or to register:

2019 General Information sheet

2019 Registration form

At this time online registration through the MCMI website is not available – you will need to mail in your registration and payment. For any questions – please contact: Jan Salis, PT, ATC, at or 207-577-2018.


Direct Primary Care Summit, Chicago, June 28 - 30, 2019
Deliver exceptional care. On your terms.

Register now for the 2019 Direct Primary Care Summit! Whether you’re new to DPC or ready to take your practice to the next level, you can be a part of an exciting, growing movement that’s revolutionizing patient care.

Special offer: Register by May 31 to save $200.

Direct Primary Care Summit
June 28-30
Chicago, IL

At this year’s summit, you’ll have the opportunity to network with like-minded physicians and thought leaders, access exhibitors who specialize in DPC, and attend courses on a range of topics, from how to adopt the DPC model to how employers are working with DPC practicesnationwide.

Register now

UNE COM Summer Speed Networking


This spring UNE COM is hosting a Speed Networking event for first and second-year COM students on Saturday, August 3rd. We need your help in creating a relaxed and friendly environment for students to practice meeting, and networking with physicians in various specialties across the region.

During the event, students converse with physicians from various specialties for 10-15 minutes each. This allows them to connect with numerous physicians in a single morning and gain a better understanding of what practicing in different specialties is like. We hope the experience will help inform them of their own preferences and leanings as they progress to their clinical years.

The event is scheduled for 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM on Saturday, August 3rd in the Ripich Commons on the UNE Biddeford Campus. If you are interested in participating in our Summer Speed Networking event, please register by Monday, July 8th at

If you have any questions about the event, please email me at

September 23–25
JW Marriott Chicago

ABMS Conference 2019 is your premier opportunity to learn about innovations in physician assessment, learning and improvement. At this national conference you will expand your knowledge, share best practices, connect with your peers, and engage in professional development opportunities.

Join more than 500 professionals from across the health care community who will accelerate the transformation of Board Certification and the delivery of quality patient care. Visit


8th Annual Let's Go! National Obesity Conference

September 26 & 27, 2019
(Check-In & Breakfast start at 7:30 AM)

MaineHealth Conference Center
110 Free Street, Portland, Maine 

$400.00 per person
*Early bird rate of $325.00 - Register by July 1*

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Classified Ads & Job Postings 

Belgrade Regional Health Center seeks a Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine) to provide primary care to people of all agesAs a NCQA-Patient-Centered Medical Home, the health center offers accessible, high quality healthcare with integrated behavioral health services.

Founded in 1977, we serve over 2,300 residents and travelers each year. We reside in the peaceful, picturesque, and welcoming Belgrade Lakes region in the heart of central Maine, renowned for its chain of seven sparkling lakes and abundant streams. We offer competitive salary and benefits, pension plan with employer match, malpractice coverage, and loan repayment options. EOE. Contact: Recruiter, HRCHC, 10 Water Street, Suite 305, Waterville, ME 04901 | (207) 660-9913 | Fax: (207) 660-9901 | |

Belgrade is a practice of HealthReach Community Health Centers, a system of eleven Federally Qualified Health Centers in Central and Western Maine. Dedicated providers deliver high quality medical and behavioral health care to citizens in over 80 rural communities. To ensure access for everyone, HealthReach accepts Medicare, MaineCare and major insurances. In addition, a sliding fee program is available to uninsured and underinsured residents as well as assistance with applications for programs that help with the cost of health care and medications including the Health Insurance Marketplace. A private, non-profit with a 44-year history, HealthReach is funded by patient fees, grants and individual donations.



Physician for Maine Maritime Academy Summer Training Cruise 

Maine Maritime Academy is looking for a physician for its annual training cruise this summer.  Cruise dates are May 5, 2019 to July 15, 2019.  There is an option for two shorter cruises with the swap from Cruise A to Cruise B occurring in Portsmouth, UK on or around June 9.  Other potential stops include Vigo and Barcelona, Spain; Tallinn, Estonia; and Oslo, Norway.  Compensation is $225/day.  Please visit or contact Mikaela Wentworth at 207-326-2645 for additional details.  EOE.


Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician 

Maine Medical Partners Internal Medicine Westbrook is seeking a BC/BE Internal Medicine physician for their well-established outpatient practice located in the greater Portland, Maine area.  The selected candidate will join 4 internal medicine physicians, 4 family medicine physicians and a geriatrician.
Maine Medical Center has 637 licensed beds and is the state’s leading tertiary care hospital and Level I Trauma Center, with a full complement of residencies and fellowships and an integral part of Tufts University Medical School.  The successful candidate will have an academic appointment at Tufts University School of Medicine, and the position involves teaching and mentoring residents and medical students from the Maine Medical Center-Tufts University School of Medicine Medical School Program.

Situated on the Maine coast, Portland offers the best of urban sophistication combined with small-town friendliness.  Just two hours north of Boston, this is an exceptionally diverse and vibrant community. 

For more information please contact Gina Mallozzi, Physician Recruiter at (207) 661-2092 or


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