Physicians Day at the Legislature is just around the corner.
If you have already RSVP'd, we thank you and look forward to seeing you on March 19th. If you have not, we encourage you to attend this Biannual Event.
We have been very fortunate this year to schedule meetings with the Governor and the House & Senate Leadership.
See the agenda for complete details. If you plan on attending, send a note to your local legislator and let them know. (form letter which you may customize)
The MAFP Board of Directors has been active in advocating for Family Medicine this Legislative Session, providing written testimony on several bills of importance to preserving family physicians scope of practice. Come join us and speak with your senators and representatives about issues that are important to you!
I'm certain you will not want to miss this exciting day at the Capitol.
Please return your registration form, either by email or fax, at your earliest convenience.
Thank you - looking forward to seeing you there -
Executive Director, MAFP
|Attestation Form for MaineCare Primary Care Payment Bump Available; Must be Completed
the Office MaineCare Services (OMS) is implementing Section 1202 of the Affordable Care Act, effective January 1, 2013 which requires Medicaid programs to pay "for primary care services furnished by certain physicians in calendar years (CYs) 2013 and 2014 at rates not less than the Medicare rates in effect in those CYs or, if greater, the payment rates that would be applicable in those CYs using the CY 2009 Medicare physician fee schedule conversion factor."
In order to receive the increased rate, providers must fill out and submit a Self Attestation form. By completing the form, providers attest that s/he meets the criteria established by the ACA - specifically, that:
- they are appropriately Board certified; OR
- that 60 percent of their Medicaid claims are for evaluation and management (E&M) and vaccine administration codes as specified in the federal rule.
The Self-Attestation form can be found here HERE (downloadable .pdf document) and provides detail on each of the above criteria.
Provider files will be updated once OMS has approved your form, and OMS will send you a confirmation via email. Please note that the increase will not occur until OMS has approved your form, and that payments will be retroactive to 1/01/13.
If you have any questions, please contact Donna Sutter at OMS at (207) 629-4280
(reprinted from MMA Weekly Update)
| Do You Do Driver Exams? (school bus, commercial?) NEW Federal Rule Affects You!|
Registration Form & Complete Brochure
Final Rule Calls for National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners
The new federal regulations call for the creation of a training, testing and registration program for health professionals who provide physicals for drivers of commercial vehicles.
Physicians Providing Driver Exams Face New Federal Regulations -
The new rule is intended to improve highway safety and driver health.
The regulation calls for medical examiners to re-certify every 10 years and comply with additional reporting requirements.
Rural Physicians - You Don't Have to Go it Alone
Rural physicians account for less than 20 percent of the AAFP's active membership, and that percentage is gradually shrinking.
The trend in our membership is toward employed positions in urban areas. And although more than 11,000 family physicians are practicing in small towns, farming communities and other out-of-the-way places, it's easy to feel isolated when you are the only physician -- or one of the few -- in town.
It also can leave small-town docs feeling like we don't have a voice in what the Academy is doing on behalf of family physicians. (read the complete editorial about AAFP's Working Group on Rural Health )
Rural Family Physician Resources
| MC-FP Exams Scheduled |
Online application for the 2013 MC-FP Examinations scheduled for April 2013 is now open. Physicians can access the online application by logging into their Physician Portfolio
The dates for the April 2013 exams are:
April 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22
The online application for the November 2013 Examination will open in the summer of 2013.
Dates for November exams are:
November 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Physicians may contact the ABFM Support Center with any questions: [email protected] or 877-223-7437.
| Commercial Driver Medical Examiner (CDME) Self-Assessment Now Available Online
Commercial Driver Medical Examiner (CDME) Self Assessment
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) offers an innovative, challenging, and practical way for providers of commercial driver medical examinations to exercise, update, and maintain their knowledge base and conveniently and affordably earn valuable CME credits.
The ACOEM CME program consists of a user-friendly 46-question self-assessment based on the NEW 5th Edition of The DOT Medical Examination: A Guide to Commercial Drivers' Medical Certification, by Natalie Hartenbaum, MD, MPH, FACOEM.
- Dr. McGeeney's Final CEO Report: It's Time.
- TransforMED and collaborative partners begin implementation of Patient-Centered Medical Neighborhood demonstration project.
- TransforMED convenes Patient-Centered Medical Neighborhood kickoff learning collaboratives with health care organizations in seven communities.
- TransforMED Nominated for Small Business of the Year Award.
- TransforMED improves Change Readiness Survey tool for Patient-Centered Medical Home primary care model.
- On-Demand Webinar: Extreme Makeover -- PCMH Edition.
- Delta-Exchange: TransforMED's collaborative social network for practice transformation gathers member feedback in annual survey.
| Will you be pictured |
Don't Delay - Register NOW for the MAFP 21st Annual Family Medicine Update CME by Family Docs for Family DocsApril 10-13, 2013 at Sunday River Hotel & Conference Center NEW for 2013:**2 SAM's (4/10) - Asthma OR Mental Health in the Community **NRCME Training (4/13- separate conference, add'l feeSchedule & Registration will be available at: www.maineafp.org
QC Provider Lunch & Learn:
Introducing the Snuggle ME Recommendations: Care of Pregnant Women with Perinatal Substance Use with a Focus on Pain Management
Tuesday, April 2nd 12N - 1PM
Part 2 of a Webinar Series on Pain Managment and Appropriate Use of Opiods
Patients and providers face significant challenges in managing chronic pain, and in identifying and treating opioid dependence. Recognizing those challenges, Maine Quality Counts presents the second part of a webinar series on pain management and appropriate use of opioids
"From the First Tooth" - is YOUR Practice on this list?
Child Psychiatry in Primary Care Conference
University of Vermont's Child Psychiatry in Primary Care conference is taking place May 31, 2013 at the Hampton Inn in Colchester, Vermont outside of Burlington.
Primary care physicians very frequently report that they do not receive enough training in mental health. This conference is specifically designed to be useful to the primary care community and has been extremely well received in the past.