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Lisa Letourneau, MD, MPH

Lisa Letourneau, MD, MPH

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Succeeding in a Brave New World: the Maine Community ACO

Published on September 30, 2016 by

Along with the changing foliage, school buses, and cool nights, a sure sign of fall (for inveterate policy wonks like me!) is the publication of annual results from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Accountable Care Organization (ACO) demonstrations.  CMS recently released results from Medicare ACOs 2015 performance year for ACOs nationwide, noting, “…over…
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6 Things Docs Can Do to Combat the Opioid & Heroin Epidemic

Published on September 17, 2015 by

At the Maine Medical Association’s annual meeting in Bar Harbor this weekend, Maine physicians had a first-hand opportunity to hear about the growing heroin/opioid epidemic from Maine Attorney General Janet Mills.  Attorney General Mills offered a sobering perspective on the epidemic, illustrated in both numbers and names: Deaths from heroin and opioid overdoses continue to…
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A Report from Sen. King’s Roundtable on Opioid Use

Published on August 25, 2015 by

In his opening remarks at today’s quickly-convened “Roundtable on Opioid Use”, Sen. Angus King noted the stark contrast between the headlines just over a year ago that focused on the fear of an Ebola epidemic in the US, and the reality of the current and growing opioid crisis that has gripped the nation and the…
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