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Welcome to the MOA E-newsletter for January 17th, 2020:

  • MOA News: MOA Office Will be Closed Monday, Jan 20th for MLK Day, There's still time to register for the Midwinter Symposium 2020: Click Here to Register or View the Agenda Below.

  • News to Use: Update from the MOA Legislative Committee-- Call Each Wed. 7:30PM, Save the Date for UNE COM Speed Networking-- March 28th, 5 Trends in Telemedicine: What YOU Need to Know

  • Public Health:  NO on 1 Campaign Update-- Donate Now to Assist in the effort to protect Maine's Children, One in 7 US Adults Physically Inactive

  • Practice Management: ICYMI --AOA/MOA Advocacy Win: Aetna to Disable Automatic Denial of Same Day OMT/EM Claims w/ Modifier 25. Practice Tip from Medical Mutual: E-Communication with Patients, FREE Training foe Behavioral Health Professionals on Tobacco Treatment February 4th

  • Events: 8 Hour Burpenorphine Waiver Course at Maine Medical Center January 27th, Contact Cheryl Harris charris@mainehealth.org to register.

  • Job Posting:  MatureCare Faculty Position Open at UNE COM, Click Here for more details.


MOA News

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The MOA Office will be Closed Monday, January 20th in observation of this holiday.
 


There's still time to register for the Symposium!

MOA's 2020 Midwinter Symposium: Register Now!

Dates: February 7-9th, 2020 
Location: Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, ME

Credits: 21.75 AOA Category 1-A , AMA PRA Category 1 and AAFP Prescribed Credits Anticipated

DRAFT AGENDA*
 
Friday, February 7, 2020 Total 7.5 CME Hours
7:00- 8:00 am Breakfast Lecture: Addressing Unhealthy Alcohol Use Compassionately, Efficiently and Cost Effectively through routine screening
and meaningful patient conversations.--The "Time to Ask" Blueprint for Practice. -- Presented by Noah Nesin, M.D.; Lindsey Smith, PhD.; Denise O'Connell

8:00- 9:00 am Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy:Inside and Outside the Exam Room -- Presented by Laura Blaisdell, M.D.
9:00- 10:00 am Topics in Women's Mental Health: Choose Your Adventure -- Presented by Katherine Kessler, D.O.
10:00- 10:30 am Exhibit Hall Break (Wellness Floor- Yoga with Jennifer Cooper @10am & 11am)
10:30- 12:00pm MOA Business Meeting & Association Updates (NO CME)
 
12:00- 1:30 PM Lunch Keynote: Cory Fawcett, MD: Financial Success is No Accident -- Sponsored by Baystate Financial
 
Afternoon Special Event:
2:00-4:00pm Student/Resident Research Symposium-- held in the Casco Bay Exhibit Hall
 
Diabetes Management Track
1:30- 2:30 pm Update on Lipid Management -- Presented by Stephan Babirak, M.D.
2:30- 3:00 pm Exhibit Hall Break (Wellness Floor- Guided Meditation with Julia McDonald @2:30pm )
3:00- 4:00 pm  The Role of Inflammation in Diabetes -- Zach Mazone, D.O.
 
Medical Economics Track
1:30- 2:30 pm Artificial Intelligence & Medicare Audits -- Edward Roche, PhD., J.D.
2:30- 3:00 pm Exhibit Hall Break
3:00- 4:00 pm  Drafting Effective Appeals & Defending Recoupments -- Thomas Force, Esq.
 
Plenary Session
4:00-5:00pm Population Health: Updates from Maine's Healthcare Leaders -- The Honorable Gov. Janet Mills Invited, Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah, M.D., DHHS- Lisa LeTourneau, MD, Dir. of Opioid Response Gordon Smith, Esq. -- Watch this session LIVE ON FACEBOOK!
 
5:00- 6:30 pm Opening Reception & Silent Auction to benefit the Maine Osteopathic Educational Foundation 
 
Saturday, February 8th, 2020 8.75 CME hours
6am Wellness Floor: Guided Meditation with Julia McDonald 
7:00-8:00 am Breakfast Lecture: Is Acupuncture an Exercise Mimetic? When to consider referring to an acupuncturist for pain
and non-pain related conditions. -- Presented by Zach Haigney, L. Ac.
8:00- 9:15 am (1.25 hours) ACGME Panel Discussion: What it means for YOU! -- Jodie Hermann, D.O.; Emily Redding, D.O.; Eric Hunter Sharp, D.O.
9:15- 10:00 am Exhibit Hall Break (Wellness Floor- Pilates @9:15 with Peter Lakis)
10:00- 11:00 am  Dementia & Retirement from Driving: Smoothing a Path to the Inevitable Decision -- Presented by Thomas Meuser, PhD.
11:00- 12:00 pm Panel Discussion: Physician Practice Models -- An Exploration of the Options Available in Today's Practice of Medicine
Panelists: Leigh "Jack" Forbush, D.O.; Catherine Krouse, D.O.; Victoria Thieme, D.O.; Brian Kaufman, D.O.; Michael Posch, D.O.

 
12:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch Keynote: Michael Fine, MD: Standing Together:  How Physicians and other Health Care Workers Can Organize Ourselves, Our Colleagues and Our Communities To Build The Health Care System America Needs -- Block By Block, Neighborhood by Neighborhood, and Town by Town.
 
Saturday Afternoon:
1:30- 2:30 pm The Legal Side of Pain -- Presented by Jennifer Bolen, J.D.
2:30- 3:00 pm Refreshment Break (Wellness Floor-Guided Meditation with Julia McDonald in lecture hall @2:30)
3:00- 4:00 pm Injection Drug Use-Associated Infections: Updates and Models of Care -- Presented by Kinna Thakarar, D.O. 
4:00- 5:00 pm  DEA Update on the Opioid Crisis -- Michael Wardop, DEA Maine Assistant Special Agent
5pm Wellness Floor- Yoga with Jennifer Cooper 
 
5:00PM Maine Chapter of the ACOFP Chapter Meeting -- ALL Family Medicine Physicians & Residents Welcome
New this year--Following the chapter meeting, please join us for a Family Medicine Mixer with Hors D'oeuvres, Drinks and time to mix and mingle with other Maine FPs!
 
Special Event: 6:00PM -- Mariner's Hockey vs. Brampton Beast (Tickets $15-- contact MOA to purchase)
 
Sunday, February 9th, 2020 5.5 Hours of CME 
6am Wellness Floor Pilates with Peter Lakis 
7:15-8:15am Breakfast Lecture: Climate Change on the ground in Medicine -- Jodie Hermann, D.O., MBA
8:15- 9:15 am A Sensible Approach to Erectile Dysfunction in the Primary Care Setting -- Tyler O'Sullivan, D.O.
9:15- 10:15 am Electronic Vapor Products: Resources and Strategies to Address Vaping -- Panelists: Emily Jacobs, D.O.; Christopher Buttarrazzi, M.D.; Victoria Hynes, LCSW
10:15-10:30am  Refreshment Break
10:30-11:30am Osteopathic Approach to the Pelvic Floor (OMT Lecture & Workshop) -- Presented by Margo Goodman, D.O.
11:30- 1:00 pm  Thyroid/Parathyroid: An Osteopathic Approach (OMT Lecture & Workshop) -- Presented by Kim Tripp, D.O., PhD


*The MOA's professional and public education committee reserves the right to adjust the program agenda as deemed necessary. Some topics and session times may change.

Program Committee Co-Chairs: Jodie Hermann, D.O. & Josephine Conte, D.O.

Download the registration brochure HERE.


Don't forget your Hockey Tickets!

 

 


News to Use

Image result for maine legislatureMOA Legislative Committee Held its first Call on Wednesday, Jan 15th -- Weekly Calls Held Wednesdays at 7:30PM-- Open to ALL MOA Members!

Brian Kaufman, DO; head of the MOA Legislative Committee, convened the first committee call on Wednesday with the MOA lobbying team and several MOA members. The following bills were discussed: 

  • 1855 An Act To Include Student Absences for Mental Health or Behavioral Health Needs as Excusable Absences
  • 1934 An Act Regarding Prior Authorization for Medication-assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder under the MaineCare Program
  • 1935 An Act To Address the Needs of Pregnant Women Affected by Opioid Use Disorder
  • 1937 An Act To Provide Timely Access to Behavioral Health Services for Maine Children and To Address Trauma and the Impacts of the Opioid Crisis
  • 1946 An Act To Improve Access to Mental and Behavioral Health Care by Providing Care in Clinical Reproductive and Sexual Health Care Settings
  • 1948 An Act To Prohibit, Except in Emergency Situations, the Performance without Consent of Pelvic Examinations on Unconscious or Anesthetized Patients
  • 1950 An Act To Advance Palliative Care Utilization in the State Summary
  • 1955 An Act To Promote Cost-effectiveness in the MaineCare Program and Improve the Oral Health of Maine Adults and Children
  • 1957 An Act To Provide Women Access to Affordable Postpartum Care
  • 1961 An Act To Establish the Trust for a Healthy Maine
  • 1972 An Act To Increase Access to and Reduce the Cost of Epinephrine Autoinjectors by Amending the Definition of "Epinephrine Autoinjector"
  • 1975 An Act To Facilitate Dental Treatment for Children
  • 2007 Act To Enact the Made for Maine Health Coverage Act and Improve Health Choices in Maine-- Fact Sheet on Gov's new bill HERE.
  • 2025 Act To Authorize Emergency Medical Services Personnel To Provide Treatment within Their Scope of Practice in a Hospital Setting with the Permission of the Hospital
  • 1660 An Act to Improve Physician Assistant Care  (Carry-Over Bill)

To Access Bill Text, Status and hearing dates, click here and search by Bill Title or LD Number.

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, standingAlso discussed during Wednesday's call-- the Government Evaluation Assessment report from the Osteopathic Board of Licensure, which is up for review by the HCIFS Committee this session. Scott Thomas, DO, Chair of the Osteopathic Board of Licensure addressed the HCIFS committee on Tuesday. Reports from the Osteopathic board and other boards up for review are available here (Scroll to bottom of page, under "Committee Materials".

If you would like to offer input on any of the bills above or would like to join our weekly calls, please contact the MOA.
In order to assure a diverse array of specialties and opinions are involved in our advocacy work, we need your input!  
 

Other Legislative News:

Maine DOs Continue to Represent the Profession as Doctor of the Day

Alexandra Barr, DO was Doctor of the Day on Tuesday. Dr. Barr practices Geriatrics in Falmouth at Coastal Maine Direct Care. Did you know that YOU can serve as Doc of the Day? Email us to sign up.


 

Save the Date for UNE COM Speed Networking: March 28th

This spring, the UNE COM Office of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Services (RSAS) will host Speed Networking on Saturday, March 28th to connect our first and second-year COM students with physicians practicing in various specialties across the region. We would love for you to join us, network with our students and answer questions about what working in your particular specialty is like.

The event takes place from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM on Saturday, March 28th in the Ripich Commons on the UNE Biddeford Campus.

If you are interested in participating in our Speed Networking event, please register by Friday, March 13th at https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=IcWYFJq0h02TDFCO83sfxmUbVSqMr95LmY8MncflpSlUNlI3MFZCSDRIMU04Q0ZVSzY2M1AyVU1OMy4u.

If you have any questions about the event, please email Marly Solebello at msolebello@une.edu.


5 trends emerging in telemedicine in 2020. Here’s what you need to know.
The DO. By CHRIS KISSELL Email, TUESDAY, JAN. 14, 2020

In a world where technology reigns, individual physicians have to move with the times—or risk being left behind, says Jonathon Savage, DO, vice chair of the Health, Technology and Distance Learning Group for the American Telemedicine Association (ATA). 
“Our patients are living in an online and on-demand world. So, we as physicians need to live in that world,” he says. “If we don’t meet the patients where they are, we are going to become like the music stores and the video stores of the past.” Telemedicine is revolutionizing health care—and changing rapidly.

Following are five trends emerging in telemedicine today:

1. More insurers are covering telemedicine
As telemedicine becomes more widely used and accepted, insurance companies and government-administered health care programs increasingly are stepping up to cover such care, says Dr. Savage, who also serves as CEO for Care on Location, which provides telehealth services and technology solutions. 
For example, he notes that Medicare now covers some types of remote patient monitoring and telehealth services, such as remotely monitoring a patient’s heart function from home. “In 2018, that was something that was not covered by Medicare,” he says. “It now is.” In addition, 34 states and Washington, DC, have laws mandating that private insurers cover telemedicine services in the same manner that they cover in-person services, according to the ATA.

2. More doctors are embracing telemedicine
Physician use of telemedicine services jumped 340% between 2015 and 2018, according to a recent American Well survey. 
About 22% of doctors used telemedicine services in their practice in 2018. In 2015, just 5% of doctors used such services. The turn toward telemedicine is likely a response to patient demand. A 2017 survey by the Advisory Board found that 77% of patients would consider seeing a provider virtually. “If you’re not offering this kind of service, then your patients might start looking for it elsewhere,” says Dr. Brown.

3. Obstacles to embracing telemedicine remain
While more doctors are embracing telemedicine, many others have yet to do so. 
The Deloitte 2018 Surveys of U.S. Health Care Consumers and Physicians found that while 90% of physicians view “virtual care” positively, just 14% have video visit capabilities today. Regan A. Stiegmann, DO, MPH, co-director of the digital health track at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Colorado and Utah campuses, is not surprised that some doctors hesitate to plunge into telemedicine. However, she believes telemedicine offers great potential benefits for physicians and patients alike. It can help physicians to treat patients who cannot travel easily, she says—including patients who want to see a doctor promptly, but are prevented from doing so due to physical limitations, difficulty accessing reliable transportation, or even inclement weather. For older physicians long out of school, learning about telemedicine can be challenging, according to Dr. Brown. “Last time I looked, there is still no textbook on how to practice telemedicine,” he says. If you’re interested in telemedicine, he recommends joining a group like the ATA and going to some of their meetings.

4. Artificial intelligence is gaining acceptance
Artificial intelligence promises to change our world, and medicine is no exception. 
Dr. Savage says a growing number of health care providers are learning to trust the value of AI-based software. For example, he says such software is effective in identifying pulmonary nodules in chest X-rays, and determining whether moles are malignant. Dr. Savage says AI-based software can be used on the front end of a patient encounter “where it can actually be your triage person.” The software can gather information and use logic “to determine what is the best next set of questions to ask the patient,” Dr. Savage says. From there, the physician can use the information gathered to determine the next best step—from ordering a biopsy to referring the patient to a specialist. Dr Savage also notes that AI should be seen as a way to enhance the physician’s role—not to replace it. “You can take your skill set and you can magnify it,” he says. “You can go away from that one-to-one relationship and basically turn it into a one-to-many relationship.”

5. Students are getting better telemedicine training
Younger physicians have grown up in a predominantly digital world. So, it’s natural that the doctors of tomorrow are learning to use technology in conjunction with their traditional medical education. 
The first program of its kind at an osteopathic medical school, the digital health track at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, which is beginning this month, allows interested students to spend two semesters, plus time during clinical rotations, exploring the myriad ways to improve health care with technology.

“This is absolutely the tipping point, where the new generation of doctors are coming to the proverbial table,” Dr. Stiegmann says.


Public Health Updates

NO on Question 1-- Campaign Update!

We have good news and bad news:  

 The good news: We can win. 

 The bad news: If we don’t reach Mainers with our message that No on 1 means no to disease, the margins are too close to call.

 We need support to keep our campaign going strong. 

The MOA has joined over 40 Maine organizations to form the No on 1 Coalition.

Our coalition members are sharing our researched messages:

  • Vote No on 1: Protect Maine’s Children
  • Trust Maine’s Physicians: Vote No on 1. 

Our Volunteer Captains and Social Media Activists are recruiting new volunteers each day to join the fight.

We’ve been raising grassroots dollars, one Mainer at a time.

 
What can you DO?!
  1. The primary need is fundraising, and every donation makes a difference
  2. If you are interested in learning more about the campaign or getting involved, please sign up HERE!
  3. Consider sharing the word about the campaign to your networks.  HERE is an email that you can forward to friends, colleagues and family.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests and follow-up care. Talk to your patients about cervical health and encourage them to take advantage of Medicare-covered preventive services, including the screening Pap test and screening pelvic examination.

For More Information:

Visit the Preventive Services website to learn more about Medicare-covered services.


More Than One In Seven US Adults Are Physically Inactive, CDC Data Reveal

STAT (1/16) reports CDC data reveal that more than one in seven “adults across all U.S. states and territories are physically inactive.” Investigators arrived at this conclusion after compiling “2015-2018 data collected as part of the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which is a telephone-based survey of people’s health activities, chronic conditions, and use of preventive health services.” The study revealed that “Colorado ranked lowest, with 17.3% of people physically inactive, compared to Puerto Rico, which had the highest total at 47.7%.”

        HealthDay (1/16) reports physical inactivity was defined by the CDC “as doing no leisure-time physical activities in the past month – such as running, walking for exercise or gardening.” Across the US, “southern states had the highest rate of inactivity (28%), followed by the Northeast (25.6%), Midwest (25%), and the West (20.5%).” Breaking down the data by ethnic and racial differences, investigators found that “Hispanics had the highest rate of inactivity (31.7%), followed by blacks (30.3%) and whites (23.4%).” Click here to see more data on the topic.


Practice Management 

Image result for giving backMOA/AOA Advocating for Fair Reimbursement/Audit Processes-- Big Aetna Win!

In a significant win for DOs and their patients, Aetna has agreed to disable automatic claims denials of E/M services billed on the same day as OMT and appended with modifier 25. The AOA worked closely with our physician liaison at Aetna to implement the change, which allows E/M services billed on the same day as OMT codes 98925-98929 to bypass claims edits that previously triggered the denials. The Maine Osteopathic Association (MOA) also provided important advocacy support.

The change is effective for services rendered on or after January 1, 2020. For denials prior to this date, members are urged to exercise the right to appeal unfavorable payer decisions. If Aetna rejects a claim for E/M services billed on the same day as OMT and appended with modifier 25 for services provided on or after January 1st, please contact the AOA or the MOA.

 
The Maine Osteopathic Association's Medical Economics Committee (formerly known as the MOA Payor/Payee Committee) has been actively engaged here on the local level with several payors on recent audits of claims relating to billing E/M and OMT codes on the same date of service with modifier 25. The Committee is co-chaired by Dr. Stephanie Collins and Dr. Kiran Mangalam with key input and advice from multiple committee members including Dr. Boyd Buser, former AOA and MOA President and national expert.

The MOA continues to advocate for appropriate reimbursement. If you have questions or need information, please do not hesitate to reach out.  Feel complete the MOA Hassle Factor Form and/or call the MOA office at 207-623-1101 to share your experience. This information helps us to track trends and changes in payment policy. 

Don't Miss the Medical Economics Committee's Update during the MOA Business Meeting: Friday, Feb. 7th at 10:30am at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland!


Related imagePractice Tip from Medical Mutual: e-Communication with Patients: e-mail, texting, portals and networks--Part I

Electronic communication (e-communication) has increased significantly and is no longer limited to e-mail on the desktop. Smartphones and tablet computers make it possible to access information and send and receive messages anywhere there is a cell signal or wireless network. Mobile communication technologies have spread with remarkable speed.

Platforms and Risks

  • E-mail has been available for years and many organizations such as the American Medical Association, American Health Information Management Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics have position statements, talking points and guidance on the use of e-mail to communicate with patients.
    • Risks:  Unless the e-mail is encrypted and secure, it is not appropriate for sending electronic protected health information (ePHI) over public networks. The exception to sending unsecured ePHI is by patient request. According to HIPAA, the patient has the right to request their PHI to be transmitted to them in the medium they select or request. E-mail is discoverable and may be recovered from hard drives even after deletion.
  • Text messaging (also known as SMS) is a common platform on cell phones, smartphones and some tablet computers (mobile devices). It is possible to attach photographs, video and embed links in text messages. Depending on the type of phone plan, there may be a cost to both the sender and receiver for each message.
    • Risks: Text messages are also very difficult to encrypt. The ability to attach images and embed links and the fact that most mobile devices do not have antivirus protection installed creates a significant risk of malware contamination. Text messages are discoverable without a separate text management platform, there is no direct way to incorporate text communications with patients directly into the patient record, they must be transcribed. Failure to document important clinical text messages into the medical record can create problems down the line if the record is needed to defend a claim or Board complaint. As of December 2016, The Joint Commission had deemed text messaging inappropriate for physician orders. CMS reiterated this position also in December 2017 and further clarified “that texting patient orders is prohibited regardless of platform, however, members of the healthcare team may text patient information through a secure platform” (DHHS, 12/28/2017 Memo, “Texting of Patient Information among Healthcare Providers).
  • Patient portals are password protected web pages that facilitate the exchange of information. Portals are very secure; users must be authenticated before they can access/use the portal. They may be integrated with the organizational EHR, which facilitates medical record documentation of communications and facilitates sharing patient health information electronically. Some organizations provide patient's access to their own EMR via the portal; others limit use to messaging and sharing of diagnostic test results.
  • Recording patient/physician communication: Patients may request to record directions, instructions, or conversations with providers. It is important to have parameters around these requests. The patient may need to share this information with a loved one or they may need to hear instructions again. It is important to have conversations with patients regarding the use of their electronic devices for communication purposes. 

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.


Free Training for Behavioral Health Providers 

The MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence (CTI,) on behalf of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention/Tobacco and Substance Use Prevention and Control, wants to support you, your staff and your organization as you work with individuals experiencing co-occurring behavioral health and nicotine addiction or substance use disorders. Research shows that the behavioral health population smokes at rates two to three times higher than the general population, and that smoking is a leading cause of premature, preventable death among this population.  Research also shows that providing tobacco treatment in the behavioral health setting is critically important for improving the health outcomes of this population. 

On February 4 --MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence is offering a FREE, in-person, half day continuing education opportunity for Behavioral Health Professionals to better understand: 

  1. How to enhance existing skills to utilize low barrier strategies that support patients in reducing their use or quitting use of various products.

  2. The health burden of tobacco and nicotine on individuals with behavioral health conditions.

  3. Real and perceived barriers to providing treatment in mental health and substance use settings.

  4. Future free services targeted to this population through the Maine Tobacco HelpLine. 

This training is a free continuing education opportunity

Below please find the registration link with additional details:

http://www.cvent.com/events/tobacco-intervention-targeted-basic-skills-training/event-summary-238b701c070849d09676bae9bd6136b7.aspx

*Please use the code CTITRAINING (all caps) to redeem the free registration.  

This targeted Behavioral Health training will only be offered once in 2020, so we recommend registering soon! Please feel free to promote this offering within your organization and among community members.  


AOA Certifying Board Services reorganization and leadership updates
Tuesday, January 7, 2020


The following is AOA’s Certifying Board Services’ new leadership structure as of Jan. 7, 2020. This reorganization generates significant departmental cost savings.

“AOA’s Certifying Board Services’ new leadership and staff are committed to proactive communication and transparency as pillars for earned trust,” says Raymond M, Depa, DO, Chair, Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists.

Senior Vice President: Genie James, MMSc

Genie joined the AOA as Senior Vice President of Certifying Board Services (CBS) in September 2019. Moving into this leadership role, she leans on extensive experience in healthcare operations to build teams committed to operational excellence for the benefit of CBS. According to Genie, “It was quickly evident that the talent needed for CBS to move into a new dimension of accountability and success already resided within CBS and the AOA.

Genie can be reached at gjames@osteopathic.org or ext. 8084.

Associate Vice President, Psychometrics/Test Services: Maria Incrocci, PhD
Maria can be reached at mincrocci@osteopathic.org or ext. 8098.

Associate Vice President of Operations: Daniel Hart
Danny can be reached at dhart@osteopathic.org or ext. 8066.

Associate Vice President of Policy, Interdepartmental Communications and Strategic Projects: Chaunessie Baggett
Chaunessie can be reached at cbaggett@osteopathic.org or ext. 8017.

Director, BOS Secretary: Jessica Seiler
Jessica can be reached at jseiler@osteopathic.org or ext. 8281.

Assistant Director, Executive Administration: Riley Jou
Riley can be reached at rjou@osteopathic.org or ext. 8061.

 


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Visit docme.org for the full catalog of osteopathic programs. 400+ Osteopathic CME Programs are now available via this site.


Classified Ads & Job Postings
 


 

Position open:  Assistant/Associate Clinical Professor/Department of Primary Care at UNE COM. This position involves clinical work with MatureCare and potential teaching assignments on campus. Please open the below link for details. Contact Daniel M. Pierce, D.O., Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Director of MatureCare with questions and interest. Dpierce3@une.edu

 

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Upcoming Events

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SAVE THE DATE FOR 2020 CME EVENTS:

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

Register Here!
 

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


8 Hour Live Course for Buprenorphine Waiver Training

Monday, January 27th, 7:30 AM-5:00 PM

MMC Dana 9

The IMAT Team is offering training for those interested in seeking their waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid use disorder. To obtain the waiver to prescribe, physicians are required to take 8 hours of training.  NPs and PAs can also take this course and receive credit for 8 hours.  This will then apply to their 24 hour training requirement.

The free course is open to attending physicians, residents, fellows and APPs.  The training does not expire, so residents can wait to submit an application for a buprenorphine waiver once they have an active DEA license.

To register, please contact:  Cheryl Harris @ charris@mainehealth.org.  Any questions regarding course content or waiver application, please contact Kristen Silvia MD @ silvik@mmc.org.

CME

Maine Medical Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Participants should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  These hours apply to the State of Maine biannual opioid education requirements.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI081968 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


Free Training for Behavioral Health Providers 

The MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence (CTI,) on behalf of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention/Tobacco and Substance Use Prevention and Control, wants to support you, your staff and your organization as you work with individuals experiencing co-occurring behavioral health and nicotine addiction or substance use disorders. Research shows that the behavioral health population smokes at rates two to three times higher than the general population, and that smoking is a leading cause of premature, preventable death among this population.  Research also shows that providing tobacco treatment in the behavioral health setting is critically important for improving the health outcomes of this population. 

On February 4 --MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence is offering a FREE, in-person, half day continuing education opportunity for Behavioral Health Professionals to better understand: 

  1. How to enhance existing skills to utilize low barrier strategies that support patients in reducing their use or quitting use of various products.

  2. The health burden of tobacco and nicotine on individuals with behavioral health conditions.

  3. Real and perceived barriers to providing treatment in mental health and substance use settings.

  4. Future free services targeted to this population through the Maine Tobacco HelpLine. 

This training is a free continuing education opportunity

Below please find the registration link with additional details:

http://www.cvent.com/events/tobacco-intervention-targeted-basic-skills-training/event-summary-238b701c070849d09676bae9bd6136b7.aspx

*Please use the code CTITRAINING (all caps) to redeem the free registration.  

This targeted Behavioral Health training will only be offered once in 2020, so we recommend registering soon! Please feel free to promote this offering within your organization and among community members.  


Osteopathic Cranial Academy CME Offerings

February 15-19, 2020 Midwinter Introductory Course in
Osteopathy in the Cranial Field

Course Director: Zina Pelkey DO FCA
Associate Director: Therese M. Scott DO
Hilton Norfolk The Main, Norfolk, Virginia

 

The Osteopathic Cranial Academy
3535 E. 96th Street, Suite 101    Indianapolis, IN 46240
(317) 581-0411    FAX: (317) 580-9299
E-mail: info@cranialacademy.org   
Web site: www.cranialacademy.org
 


Congress of Medical Excellence 2.0-- American Osteopathic Society of Rheumatologic Diseases-- Integrative Healthcare Alliance

February 28-March 1st 
The Pepper Mill Resort Inn, Reno, NV

 Delivering world-class education focused on integrative health: from the most recently emerging clinical research, newly discovered therapies, future scientific advances, as well as basics in rheumatology, stem cell therapy, pain management, hormone replacement, and osteopathic manipulation. 

onsidered to be the premier event in integrative medicine with osteopathic characteristics, this year's conference features a combination of unique programming, a diverse audience, and a collaborative learning environment. Our agenda is precisely engineered to maximize clinical education and sessions, coupled with dynamic exhibitors spotlighting the latest products, devices, and services in the field, the Congress of Medical Excellence 2.0 allows attendees to learn the newest, most innovative protocols & practices—all of which can immediately be immediately integrated into patient care. 

For more information or to register, visit the conference website at www.aosrd.org Our email address is aosrdinfo@gmail.com.  


ACOFP Annual Convention 2020: March 19-22 in New Orleans!
Over 30 Category 1-A CME Credits Anticipated

 

Photo credit: D. Halbach

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Portland - 363 Maine Mall Rd, So. Portland, ME 04106

28th Annual Family Medicine Update & Annual Meeting  ~  April 1-4, 2020

  • April 1st – 1-5pm - KSA Study Group
  • April 2nd & 3rd – 8am – 5pm each day 28th Annual Family Medicine Update CME sessions
  • Annual Business Meeting
  • April 4th – (Tentative) Opioid Education Session – FREE to MAFP Members! 
  • (meets Maine Licensure CME requirements)

Full brochure & registration information available after January 15, 2020


 

UNE COM's 2020 Fall CME & Alumni Weekend

 

Don't miss the excitement at UNE COM’s 2020 Fall CME and Alumni Weekend this October 9th - 11thAlumni from various specialties, researchers, and specialists will present on a variety of topics relating to primary care.

 

 

Check out our website for the latest updates on the conference, including the latest topics and speakers. 


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