Maine AFP PineCones E-Newsletter
2019 Summer

Legislative Update - 129th Maine Legislative Session
The 186 members of the 129th Maine legislature adjourned their First Regular Session at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 20th, just hours after their statutory adjournment deadline.
     As anticipated with the new Legislative Update  
administration of Governor Janet T. Mills (D) and the Democratically-controlled legislature, the 2019 legislative session was very active in health policy matters.  
     Upon her inauguration, Governor Mills issued two key Executive Orders (Number 1 on ACA Medicaid expansion and Number 2 on the State response to the opioid crisis) and appointed former MMA EVP Gordon Smith as her Director of Opioid Response. (Read the complete summary, page 5, MMA Summer Newsletter HERE)  
The ABFM's PRIME Support and Alignment Network, in collaboration with the University of Colorado- Denver, Department of Family Medicine's e-Learning team has leveraged the power of Bodenheimer's 10 Building Blocks of Primary Care and best pr actices from the landmark, federal Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative to help you improve in three areas:
  • Person- and Family-Centered Care
  • Cost and Value of Care
  • Care Across the Medical Neighborhood
Create your own PDSA cycle intervention using PRIME Registry or other data for tracking your improvement.

Complete one of these three activities-hosted on the University of Colorado's e-Learning platform-for 20 ABFM PI activity credit points!

- select Register
- use the code: ABFM, if Diplomate
- non-ABFM certified clinicians use the code: TCPI

Completing one of these modules will satisfy requirements for Performance Improvement Activity/MOC Part IV for family medicine physicians and possibly other specialties.

For more information visit the    PRIME SAN web page or email us at

(The PRIME projects described above were supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1L1-15-002 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies)
Researchers Need Patient Data to Understand Health and Disease
The more researchers know about what makes your patients unique, the more tailored their health care can become. Join a nationwide research effort to create a healthier future by gathering information from one million or more people. The
All of Us Research Program mission is simple: Speed up health research and medical breakthroughs.

Encourage your patients to take part in All of Us by sharing information that can help create individualized prevention, treatment, and care. The study will consider data such as where the participants live, their occupation, and family health history.
How it works:
  • Participants share data.
  • Data are protected.
  • Researchers study data.
  • Participants get information.
  • Researchers share discoveries.
Your patients' health info is critical to creating a healthier future. Encourage them to participate in the All of Us Research Program.      Learn More  

Connect with the MAFP:
Telephone:  207-938-5005


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In This Issue
Legislative Update
Researchers Needed
PRIME Registry
Opioids In Maine
DEADLINE TO ENROLL - October 1, 2019
 to Use EMR-Integrated MIPS and CPC+ Reporting
PRIME Registry: Building the Future of Primary Care
The PRIME Registry is unleashing the potential of patient and community data to build better primary care, helping shift the focus beyond individual disease diagnoses to measuring what really matters to patients and clinicians. Join PRIME Registry, and help shape the future of primary care.

Special Offer for ABFM Diplomates
American Board of Family Medicine Diplomates are eligible for three years of PRIME enrollment FREE. After the first three years, the price per Diplomate is only $260/year
Opioids in Maine

MAFPs Resource Page
for updates on the new law, trainings, as well as physician and patient resources
Hurricane Season has begun - The NEED will be here again - Volunteer & Donate to help those affected by severe storms:
If you want information on ways to help or volunteer here are some resources:

Join the Facebook Group:  "Medical Disaster Response Network" HERE.   
Donations to the AAFP Foundation - Humanitarian Initiatives will be distributed between these two organizations where the need is greatest. 

by Allee Mead
CAPABLE is a national model that connects low-income seniors with an occupational therapist, registered nurse, and home repair services. Program coordinators from Hawaii and Maine share their successes and the challenges of helping rural residents age safely in place.  (read the entire article HERE)