Challenges to Professionalism in a Time of Change Conference Flyer
2/13/17: MMA Chapter 11 Rule Comments - 14-118 C.M.R. Chapter 11 - Rules Governing the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program and Prescription of Opioid Medications
March 14 MMA Legislative Committee Meeting will Focus on LD 347, An Act to Support Death with Dignity. Join us! Learn More
The Story of Bethany as referenced in The "TIGER" Returns article on page 5 of the Jan/Feb/Mar issue of Maine Medicine.
Upcoming Webinars: Learn How You Can Be Ready for the ERx Mandate Effective on July 1st. Two dates/links below:
Webinar program on February 21st: http://www.drfirst.com/e-prescribing-webinar-mma-20170221
Webinar program on February 22nd: http://www.drfirst.com/e-prescribing-webinar-mma-20170222
MMA Board of Directors Action Plans for 2017
MaineCare has released the rate study on Secs. 13, 17, 28 and 65 by Burns and Associates. Three documents, linked below, are available:
U.S. District Court rules against Aetna-Humana proposed merger. See our blog post, with a link to the court's opinion, here.
Maine Medical Association Statement on Reform of the U.S. Health Care System adopted by MMA Board of Directors on 1/18/17
1/3/17: Maine DHHS releases opioid prescribing/PMP rule. You can read the rule and DHHS summary here. For the MMA summary, check out the Weekly Update for 1/3/17. The summary is also on the MMA blog, where you can read it and comment on the rule. Just click the blog button above.
10/18 Message on Chapter 488 from Dr. Pezzullo
New MaineCare Rules on Limited Family Planning Benefit: The new rules covering patients up to 209% of the Federal Poverty Limit for certain reproductive health care services can be found here, They became effective October 1, 2016.
Deaths from Accidental Overdose Continue to Spike: Maine's Attorney General Janet Mills announced in June 2016 that overdose deaths are up 50% over the same time in 2015. In the first six months of 2016, 189 Mainers died as a result of a drug overdose. [ more ]
The MMA Website now has a new page of resources on Maine's opioid crisis, including Maine Opioid Collaborative Task Force information and reports along with new laws on opioid prescribing and addiction treatment. You can find it here.
Included on the Opioid Crisis page is a new Question and Answer document on Public Law 2015, chapter 488. It addresses specific situations prescribers and patients have raised about the law's application.