MMA Files Comments on Licensing Board Rules on Use of Controlled Substances for Treatment of Pain

MMA Files Comments on Licensing Board Rules on Use of Controlled Substances for Treatment of Pain

Created on: Monday, June 12, 2017
Author: Maine Medical Association

On June 1, MMA filed comments with the Board of Licensure in Medicine on proposed Rule, Chapter 21, Use of Controlled Substances for Treatment of Pain. The proposal was prepared jointly by five licensing boards representing prescribers including Physicians, PAs, Nurse Practitioners, Podiatrists and Dentists.

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US District Court Blocks Aetna-Humana Merger

US District Court Blocks Aetna-Humana Merger

Created on: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Author: Peter MIchaud

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on January 23, 2017, that the proposed $37 billion merger between health insurers Aetna and Humana will not happen. Citing the anti-competitive effects of such a merger, Judge John Bates found the insurers' arguments in favor of the merger "unpersuasive."

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MMA Summary of New Opioid Prescribing PMP Rule from Maine DHHS

MMA Summary of New Opioid Prescribing PMP Rule from Maine DHHS

Created on: Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Author: Peter MIchaud

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has released the new, statutorily required rule concerning opioid prescribing and use of the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) on an emergency basis. This blog post provides a summary of its provisions.

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Dr. Tom Price: A Good or Bad Choice for Secretary of US DHHS?

Dr. Tom Price: A Good or Bad Choice for Secretary of US DHHS?

Created on: Thursday, December 08, 2016
Author: Maine Medical Association

On November 29, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump named Rep. Tom Price, MD (D-GA) as his nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services. There have been varied reactions to this news from the medical community, from the public, and from organized medicine. This blog post is an opportunity for MMA members and others to discuss this appointment.

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MACRA Update from the AMA

MACRA Update from the AMA

Created on: Monday, October 17, 2016
Author: Maine Medical Association

The AMA has provided this update for physicians on CMS's final rule on MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act). It includes resources to help with practice management and understanding payment models.

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AAP Recommends Elimination of Nonmedical Vaccine Exemptions

AAP Recommends Elimination of Nonmedical Vaccine Exemptions

Created on: Monday, August 29, 2016
Author: Peter MIchaud

The American Academy of Pediatrics has published a new policy statement, “Medical Versus Nonmedical Immunization Exemptions for Child Care and School Attendance,” which recommends that only medical exemptions be allowed for vaccine requirements for child care and school attendance.

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Maine Left Out of CPC+ Program

Maine Left Out of CPC+ Program

Created on: Friday, August 05, 2016
Author: Peter MIchaud

Maine has not been chosen as one of fourteen states to partcipate in Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), an initiative from CMS designed to give primary care practices greater financial resources and flexibility to improve the quality and efficiency of care and reduce unnecessary health care utilization.

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Hector Tarraza, MD and Gordon Smith, JD Recognized as Maine Leaders

Hector Tarraza, MD and Gordon Smith, JD Recognized as Maine Leaders

Created on: Thursday, July 07, 2016
Author: Maine Medical Association

MMA member Hector Tarraza, MD, and MMA Executive Vice President Gordon Smith, JD, were named in Maine Magazine as two of 50 Mainers charting the State's future. Each was cited for his unique contributions to public health.

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

Created on: Monday, June 27, 2016

Please join the Maine Medical Association and Maine Quality Counts on July 14th 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.

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Maine Medicine Fares Well on Veto Day

Maine Medicine Fares Well on Veto Day

Created on: Monday, May 02, 2016
Author: Maine Medical Association

Friday, April 29th, was “Veto Day” at the State House—the day the Legislature reconvened for the last day of the session to vote on the 33 vetoes submitted by Governor LePage. All in all, it was a good day for medicine in Maine. The Legislature sustained 12 vetoes and overrode 20, with one tax bill being allowed to die at adjournment after being sent back to committee. Ten of the 20 veto overrides had at least passing reference to medical issues.

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Gov. LePage Vetoes Naloxone Bill, LD 1547

Gov. LePage Vetoes Naloxone Bill, LD 1547

Created on: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Author: Peter MIchaud

Governor LePage has vetoed LD 1547, which would make it easier for first responders, friends and families to obtain naloxone to use in reversing the effects of opioid overdose. Read the reactions from people both in and beyond Maine.

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L.D. 1646, An Act to Prevent Opiate Abuse by Strengthening the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program, Passes Committee

L.D. 1646, An Act to Prevent Opiate Abuse by Strengthening the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program, Passes Committee

Created on: Friday, March 25, 2016
Author: Maine Medical Association

On March 23rd, the Joint Standing Committee on Health & Human Services voted 11 to 1 “Ought to Pass as amended” on L.D. 1646 and the bill will go to the floor of the House and Senate in early April. The "Ought to Pass" form of the bill resulted from negotiations between the LePage administration and the MMA.

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MMA and LePage Administration Reach Agreement on Opioid Prescribing Limits

MMA and LePage Administration Reach Agreement on Opioid Prescribing Limits

Created on: Monday, March 21, 2016
Author: Maine Medical Association

Following the public hearing on L.D. 1646 and L.D. 1648 last Wednesday, MMA representatives and representatives of the LePage Administration reached agreement on several essential provisions in L.D. 1646. Durational limits on prescriptions have been increased and a list of important exceptions to the limits is under development. In addition, the effective date of the law has been extended to January 1, 2017. The legislature's deliberations on these opioid abuse bills will take place during the next one to three weeks as this session winds down. While broad areas of agreement are described below, many of the details remain to be resolved and your input both to the MMA advocacy staff and key legislators will be critically important as negotiations continue.

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Naloxone: Maine Law and Fact Sheet

Naloxone: Maine Law and Fact Sheet

Created on: Monday, March 14, 2016
Author: Peter MIchaud

With the alarming news about 272 overdose deaths in Maine in 2015, we thought it might be a good idea to put some information out about naloxone (AKA Narcan®). Learn more about Maine laws relating to naloxone prescribing and use, and read a Fact Sheet about naloxone that provides valuable information for patients and other non-clinicians, too.

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The Physicians Foundation Invites Over 650,000 Physicians to Participate in Fourth National Survey

The Physicians Foundation Invites Over 650,000 Physicians to Participate in Fourth National Survey

Created on: Monday, March 07, 2016
Author: Maine Medical Association

The Physicians Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower physicians to lead in the delivery of high-quality, cost-efficient healthcare, is launching its fourth national Survey of America’s Physicians, one of the largest physician surveys ever undertaken in the United States. Survey Will Inform a “State of the Union” of the Medical Profession

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Maine Enrollment of 84,000  in ACA Marketplace Exchange Continues to Beat Expectations

Maine Enrollment of 84,000 in ACA Marketplace Exchange Continues to Beat Expectations

Created on: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Author: Maine Medical Association

As of the last day of open enrollment on Sunday, January 31st, more than 84,000 Mainers had enrolled in health plans through the marketplace exchange, representing a 27% increase over 2015. More than 15,000 of the enrollees are new this year, the remainder representing renewals.

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Failure of Communication Leads to $1.8M Malpractice Award

Failure of Communication Leads to $1.8M Malpractice Award

Created on: Friday, January 29, 2016
Author: Peter MIchaud

A problem in the communication of critical lab values led to bacteremia and a large verdict for the patient, pointing out the critical importance of accurate and reliable communication among patient, doctor and hospital.

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Prescription Monitoring Program:

Prescription Monitoring Program:

Created on: Monday, January 18, 2016
Author: Maine Medical Association

January 20th CME program in South Portland on prescribing for pain, preventing diversion and addiction and using diversion alert and the prescription monitoring program (PMP). With increasing pressure at the State House to mandate use of the PMP, stay ahead of the game with this important 3 hour program.

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Healthcare Predictions for 2016...and the 2015 Results

Healthcare Predictions for 2016...and the 2015 Results

Created on: Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Author: Maine Medical Association

MMA makes its annual predictions for the upcoming year and checks how it did for 2015.

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Legislative Leaders Announce Bipartisan $4.8 Million Plan to Fight Drug Crisis

Legislative Leaders Announce Bipartisan $4.8 Million Plan to Fight Drug Crisis

Created on: Monday, December 14, 2015
Author: Maine Medical Association

Legislative leaders this past Wednesday (Dec. 9) announced a $4.8 million plan to fight the opioid/heroin problem in Maine. The plan includes prevention, treatment and law enforcement efforts, including providing the funds requested by Governor LePage to hire 10 new DEA agents.

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