Feb. 2 Caring for ME Training on Safe Opioid Prescribing Laws (LD 1646/ CH 488)

Published on January 24, 2017 by


On February 2, 2017, the Caring For ME collaborative will be hosting regional training meetings in Augusta (at the Civic Center), Bangor (at Spectacular Events Center), Portland and Lewiston (at the USM campuses), and virtually via zoom. All sites will be connected together through a virtual meeting space with audio and videPill bottleso. A light, working dinner will be served. The focus of this multi-site session is the successful implementation of LD 1646/Chapter 488 laws around safe opioid prescribing.

As part of the new state law, providers are required to earn 3 CME credits a year around safe opioid prescribing and this training will provide 3.25 CME for this requirement.

Event Date: February 2, 2017
Event Time: 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Event Location: Bangor, Augusta, Portland/Lewiston,
or attend virtually
Registration Deadline: Jan. 27

CME for Event: 3.25 ACCME Category 1 CME Credits are available for this event

Deadline: Jan. 27 [REGISTER NOW]

3:30 p.m.    Registration
4:00 p.m.    Welcome and Introductions, Erik Steele
4:10 p.m.     Background on Caring for ME, Chronic Pain Management, and the Opioid Crisis (Noah Nesin)
4:40 p.m.     Key Points around the Laws: Ch. 21, Ch. 488, Ch. 508 Rules around Medical Exemptions (Maine Medical Association)
5:10 p.m.     Changing the Culture (Rhonda Selvin)
5:30 p.m.     Quality Improvement Strategies & Group Planning (On-site facilitators)
6:00 p.m.     Break for Dinner
6:30 p.m.     Updates on PMP Implementation and Primer on Using the New PMP
7:00 p.m.     Office Workflows, Identifying Patients and Using the EMR More Effectively
7:30 p.m.     Developing 90 Day Plans and Identifying Next Steps (On-site facilitators)
8:00 p.m.     Adjourn


This opportunity is made possible in partnership with the Maine Medical Association and with funding from the Maine Health Access Foundation.

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Complete Practice Assessment and Win a Free iPad!

As part of our on-going Caring for ME initiatives, Maine Quality Counts (QC) is committed to engaging with primary care practices, health systems and provider organizations in an effort to address Maine’s opioid epidemic.QC is currently working to develop an assessment of the range of activities presently being undertaken in the State of Maine. This survey is designed specifically for primary care practices as part of that assessment activity, to better understand existing accomplishments, efforts and resources, as well as gaps, barriers and challenges across the full spectrum of action, from addiction prevention and chronic pain management to treatment and harm reduction.

We are asking practices to fill out a brief survey, which should take 15 minutes or less. These responses will be used to develop content for future training sessions, increase alignment and efficiency and to begin development of a baseline against which progress can be measured. Your efforts will be directly contributing to a better common understanding of how to build MAT capacity, improve the safety of opioid prescribing in compliance with PL Ch. 488 and move forward in actively addressing the opioid epidemic.

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Winner for the iPad will be drawn from survey submissions done prior to February 2nd!


For More Information:
Karyn Wheeler, Project Manager

Lizzy White, Admin Coordinator

  1. Please let me know if one can listen to this post 2/2 ( I was unable to attend. thank you. Sorry to have missed.

    Terry Ann Scriven MD

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