MMA and Maine Quality Counts Present Educational Session on New Opioid Law, c. 488

Created on: Monday, June 27, 2016

Successfully Implementing LD 1646/Chapter 488:

 An Act to Prevent Opiate Abuse by 

Strengthening the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program

Thursday, July 14, 2016  

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Maple Hill Farm, Hallowell ME 


Please join the Maine Medical Association and Maine Quality Counts for an educational Learning Session designed for providers to gain practical information on key issues related to implementing Maine's new law limiting opioid prescribing. The session is designed to provide training for clinician leaders in your organization and prepare them to train and support practice teams in complying with the new law.

Please note that space for this event is limited to the first 100 registrants. In order to allow for statewide participation, we are asking organizations to limit their initial registration to 6-8 clinical leaders. Should you have additional people who would like to register, please have them contact Linda Leighton to be added to the waiting list.

In order to cover costs of this event, there is a charge of $50 per person to attend.

Register by clicking here.


 Featured Presenters:

 Lisa Letourneau, Maine Quality Counts

 Gordon Smith, Maine Medical Association

 Heather Skolfield, ME Prescription Monitoring Program

 Clare Desrosiers, ME Diversion Alert Program

 Noah Nesin, Penobscot Community Health Center 

 Jessica Bates, Penobscot Community Health Center

 Eva Quirion, St. Joseph Internal Medicine

 Stephen Hull, Mercy Pain Center

 Elisabeth Fowlie Mock, Eastern Maine Medical Center

 Peter Leighton, Bridgton Internal Medicine


 Learning Objectives: Participants will....

  • Increase their understanding of the current status of Maine's opioid epidemic and the key components of LD 1646/PL Chapter 488.
  • Learn an approach to balancing the quality of patient care while complying with the updated prescribing regulations included in LD 1646/PL Chapter 488.
  • Gain knowledge and skills on how to reduce misuse, abuse and diversion of prescription drugs.
  • Learn how to implement a team based approach to safe prescribing, including opioid dosing, compassionate tapering, and appropriate diagnosis.
  • Develop skills to facilitate difficult patient conversation and the use of functional assessments.
  • Share knowledge and skills gained throughout the day to help build competency in safe opioid prescribing within their practice setting.

To learn more about this upcoming event, please click here to review the draft agenda.

 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit is available for this learning session. For American Disabilities Act (ADA) services, if special arrangements are required for an individual to attend this course please see contact provided below.

Contact Information:

Administrative Coordinator: 

Linda Leighton

Office: (207) 620-8526, ext. 1016


Visitor Comments

Charles Ouellette (Thursday, July 21, 2016)

Educational session on new opiod law

Hi, I own a pharmacy in Fort Kent and would like to see an educational session for the area pharmacies and pharmacists. My business may be willing to sponsor a presenter for our staff and invite other pharmacies/physicians, perhaps at a local restaurant. I may be reached at 207-316-8811 or by email.rnrnThank you,

Peter Michaud, MMA (Monday, July 11, 2016)

Caring for ME Informational Session

There are no immediate plans to repeat this program in this format, although that is not out of the realm of possibility for the future. Quality Counts may be posting the video on their website...I would suggest checking there. MMA staff attorneys do one hour presentations on the new law that are available to practices and facilities in the state at low cost. Please contact the MMA directly if you would like such a presentation at your facility.

Taffy Davis (Monday, July 11, 2016)

Clinical Instructor

Hello,rnI am wondering if this program will be repeated, and if so, what dates, or available via video.rnThank you,rnTaffy

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