MMA Spotlight Archive


This page contains items previously featured in the "MMA Spotlight" section of the home page.


Proposed MMA Bylaws Amendments for 9/9/23 General Membership Meeting

Resources for Prescribers Regarding Controlled Substance Prescribing and Responding to Disruptions in Care

NEW CDC Prescribing Guidelines: Opioids for Pain - Nov 2022

Dosage Tapering for Opioids Guidance - US DHHS

Key Contact Form

MMA's 130th Legislative Summary

No Surprises Act Tool Kit

COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) Resources

Physicians' Day at the Legislature - February 2, 2023 - REGISTER HERE

Legislative Priority Request Information

Maine Voter Information Lookup Service

List of Candidates

CDC Proposed Guidance for Treating Pain & Opioid Use (Feb 2022)

Maine Health Alert: Using Therapeutics to Prevent and Treat COVID-19

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Summary

Maine Physicians: Masks & Vaccinations More Important Than Ever

AMA CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule Summary

Final Medicare Physician Payment Rule (12/10/20)

21st Century Cures Act (Cures) Rule & Electronic Health Information

MMA State Legislative Bill Tracker

Maine Medical Association Physicians React To Court Decision

Maine Sunday Telegram Special Report: Medical Billing

Proposed Amendments to MMA Bylaws for Consideration at the General Membership Meeting on Saturday, September 10, 2022

Webinar: Increasing Access to COVID-19 Therapies for Non-Hospitalized Patients

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Rule 8/13/21

MMA Bylaws Approved at 2021 Annual Session



MMA Legislative Bill Tracker as of 7/2/21

Maine Medical Association Statement on Systemic Racism

Resolution Adopted at MMA General Membership Meeting on 10/14: A Call For Permanent On-going Support for Public Health Work in Maine and Nationally

Maine Medical Association Announces Launch of Center for Quality Improvement

MMA Joins Hospitals Requesting State Pandemic Assistance

Changes to Maine CDC’s Quarantine Policy

MMA Comments re: Ch. 264, Immunization Requirements for Healthcare Workers

2010 Medical Legal Code of Cooperation

MGMA COVID-19 Recovery Center *login required

167th MMA Annual Session Enduring Education Opportunity

Draft Resolution to be Voted on at MMA General Membership Meeting on 10/14: A Call For Permanent On-going Support for Public Health Work in Maine and Nationally

Maine State Lab Updated COVID Specimen Guidelines

CHAPTER 2- Joint Rule Regarding Physician Assistants

Maine DHHS COVID-19 Guidance for Health Care Providers

CMS: Re-opening for Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare: Phase I

CMS Emergency Waivers - Including Audio Only Pay Parity

129th Legislative Session Documents re: Bills of Interest to Medicine

Licensing Boards' Rule Chapter 21 on Opioid Prescribing (effective 03/24/2018)

MMA Annual Session Change in Plans
(Please check back often for updates)

Materials for 1/23/20 Work Session on LD 1660, An Act to Improve Access to PA Care

Resources on Physician-Assisted Suicide (P.L. 2019, Chapter 271)

MMA Membership Survey Results on Commercial Health Insurer Prior Authorization Practices

MMA's Compliance "Toolkit" for Maine's "Right to Shop" Law

Progress Report on the 2016 Maine Opioid Collaborative Recommendations – December 2018

Maine Legislature's Opioid Task Force Final Report

Opioid Crisis Resources

"No on 1" Campaign 2/4/20 Kick-Off Remarks of Amy Madden, MD, MMA President

Discussion draft amendment to L.D. 1660 prepared by the Maine Association of Physician Assistants, 11/1/19

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.

Maine Medical Association Statement on Reform of the U.S. Health Care System adopted by MMA Board of Directors on 1/18/17

Comments on Proposed Rule RE: Chapter 21, Use of Controlled Substances for Treatment of Pain

Opioid Health Home Report (from DHHS to the HHS Committee - Jan 2018)

MMA Board Approves Climate Change Resolution

Documents RE: 128th Maine Legislature

MMA Comments to Licensing Board’s on Applicability of Chapter 21 Opioid Rules to Long Term Care Setting

MMA Comments on Title X Proposed Rulemaking RE: Family Planning

MMA Bylaws Approved at 2018 Annual Session

Resolutions Approved at 2018 Annual Session:

Gun Violence Resolution

Diabetes Care Resolution

MMA Testimony on L.D. 1919, An Act to Criminalize the Failure to Make a Report of Child Abuse or Neglect as Required by Statute

MMA 2018 Annual Session Information

DRAFT Resolutions on Gun Violence and Diabetes Care in Maine to be reviewed at MMA Annual Session on September 8th

MMA Board of Directors Action Plans for 2017

MMA Legislative Committee Packet from 12/11/17 Meeting

Comments on BOLIM Rule RE: Chapter 1, Rules and Regulations for Physician Licensing

Below you will find the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Letter and Appendix A & B sent to the American Board of Medical Specialties:

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield 2018 Individual Rate Filing Letter to Eric Cioppa, Bureau of Insurance Superintendent from MMA President Charles Pattavina, MD

New Documents Posted by DHHS:

Opioid Prescription Requirements, User's Guide

Electronic Prescribing Clarifications

Opioid Dispensing Clarifications

MMA Endorses Ballet Question 2 on Medicaid Expansion Press Release

MMA By-law changes voted on at 2017 Annual Session

MMA Comments on DHHS Sec. 1115 Waiver Application

Perinatal Quality Symposium October 21st: Registration form available here.

MMA Leadership Listening Session:  Portland, 12/5, 5:30-8:00pm - RSVP by 11/30

Webinars:  Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety, presented by MICIS  

Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Saffety, Free 3-hour presentation by MICIS


Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety
3-hour presentation by the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS), a program of the MMA. FREE - advanced registration is required - see below:  

Challenges to Professionalism in a Time of Change Conference - June 17 - Details listed below:

  • Brochure [PDF]  
  • Click HERE to register, view brochure and pay online. 

March 14 MMA Legislative Committee Meeting will Focus on LD 347, An Act to Support Death with Dignity. Join us!  Learn More

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

The Story of Bethany as referenced in The "TIGER" Returns article on page 5 of the Jan/Feb/Mar issue of Maine Medicine.

MaineCare has released the rate study on Secs. 13, 17, 28 and 65 by Burns and Associates. Three documents, linked below, are available:

  1. The Executive Summary

  2. Final Proposed Rate Models

  3. Public Comments and Responses

U.S. District Court rules against Aetna-Humana proposed merger.  See our blog post, with a link to the court's opinion, here.

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

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.

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 ]


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.

MMA Comments on MCBM, Chapters II & III, Section 65, Behavioral Health Services.

MMA Comments on the telehealth rules being proposed by the Board of Licensure in Medicine.

MMA Comments on Proposed CDC Data Release rule.

Proposed MMA Bylaw Changes 2016

MMA Board to present Resolution against marijuana referendum to annual Meeting.

MMA Board to present Statement on Health Care Reform to annual Meeting.

Dr. Pattavina's Report to the Council of New England State  Medical Societies (CNESMS) on Saturday, May 21

127th Legislative Summary Presentation 

Telemedicine Guidelines from the Board of Licensure in Medicine

MMA Releases Guide to Closing a Medical Practice

Updated Physician's Guide to Maine Law Available Now!