The Mission of the Maine Nurse Practitioner Association is to:
Unite and advocate for nurse practitioners in political, professional and policy arenas.
Develop and coordinate educational and networking opportunities.
Advocate for the health of all the people of Maine.

David Ulrich, FNP, Honored by Maine Primary Care Association   

l. to r. -  Kenneth Schmidt, CEO; David Ulrich FNP; Dr. Noah Nesin, VP of Medical Affairs

MNPA is pleased to report that David Ulrich, FNP was awarded the Nurse Practitioner Excellence award by the Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA) on October 19th, 2016.  MPCA Clinical Excellence recognition is bestowed upon providers who exemplify the best of their field, providing care for the under-served, attaining high standards of quality care, adopting innovations, promoting greater access, and demonstrating leadership in the advancement of health care for all.

David was chosen by the MPCA for his more than five years of excellent care practicing at Penobscot Community Health Center's  Hope House in Bangor.  Hope House provides a full range of services for people with chronic medical issues, substance use disorders,  psychiatric disorders, homelessness, and emergency food and shelter needs.  Thanks to MNPA board member Amy Langley, FNP, for this report.


200+ Register for MNPA Fall Conference

     The 2016 MNPA Fall Conference had a record high attendance, with 204 people registering.  The conference included a presentation on the new mandatory three-hour opiate prescribing training required by a new Maine law.
     On Saturday evening, Dr. Chris Pezzullo, state health officer, and Nicholas Snyder from the Maine Prescription Monitoring Program, gave an insightful overview of the new law known as Chapter 488, providing information as well as tips and strategies for practical implementation.

     Sunday morning's presentation  by Dr. Elizabeth Fowlie Mock and Erika Pierce of the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service (MICIS) shared an enthusiastic and interactive presentation on opiate prescribing, Naloxone, and medication management of chronic pain.   
     Several of our colleagues went home with some exquisite raffle prizes including Mary Dunlap whose name was drawn to receive a free registration to the MNPA Spring Conference to be held April 26-28, 2017.   Keynote speaker for this conference will be renowned author, essayist and health care change agent, Shannon Brownlee.  Her book, Overtreated, was named the best economics book of 2007 by The New York Times.
     Come back to the MNPA website for details on this upcoming conference, as well as for the latest information on how the new opiate prescribing legislation and Suboxone prescribing by nurse practitioners has developed.  (If you are not an MNPA member, please join and you will receive automatic news updates, as well as access to members-only pages on this website about these issues).

 "Overtreated" Author Shannon Brownlee to Keynote

MNPA Spring Conference


Shannon Brownlee is a nationally known writer and essayist whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Slate, Time, Washington Monthly, Washington Post, Times of London, Los Angeles Times, and BMJ among many other publications. She is best known for her groundbreaking work on overtreatment and the implications for health care policy. Her book, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer, was named the best economics book of 2007 by New York Times economics correspondent David Leonhardt.

A former senior writer and editor at U.S. News & World Report, Brownlee lectures regularly in the U.S. and internationally at universities, medical schools, and public venues. Her work has been received numerous journalism awards, among them the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award, the 2010 American Society of Journalists and Authors June Roth Award for Medical Journalism, and the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting.

Brownlee holds a master’s degree in marine science from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), where she received the Alumnae Achievement Award of 2012. She was named one of the 45 most influential graduates of UCSC in 2010, the 45th anniversary of the campus’ founding. In 2009 she was named one of four writers who changed the world by the World Federation of Science Journalists. A former Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, she currently serves on the boards of Families USA and the Robert Graham Center of the American Academy of Family Practice. She is an editor of the “Less is More” section of JAMA Internal Medicine, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, and an Instructor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.
Check back for further information and registration for the spring conference.


 2017 Annual Spring Conference for Nurse Practitioners - April 26-28, 2017
Point Lookout, Lincolnville, Maine



Saturday, June 17, 2017 8am - 4pm
Sheraton Portsmouth - 250 MARKET STREET, PORTSMOUTH, NH

FEATURING • Thomas Bodenheimer, MD, MPH Professor, UCSF School of Medicine,
Founding Director—Center for Excellence in Primary Care

Lown Institute
Maine Medical Association NH Medical Society Vermont Medical Society
Maine Nurse Practitioners Association
Maine Alliance of Health Care Professionals


Are you interested in Integrative Healthcare?

 Long-standing MNPA Kathy Coleman, ANP is a member of the Integrative Wellness Council of Maine.  She would like to extend participation in the council's work to the nurse practitioners of Maine.  Please check out the website and feel free to contact eitherTisha Bremner, council chair,, or Meneah Haworth, for more information.
The Integrative Wellness Council of Maine is a group of like-minded medical providers and holistic health practitioners who are joining together in an opportunity to network and create a platform for continued community support and education of the ways in which complementary and alternative therapies may help our patients, clients, and students lead healthy, well, and whole live.

We would love to see more APRNs involved with the Integrative Wellness Council of Maine!


 Home Health ICD-10 Handbook 2015
With the healthcare industry on edge over preparations for the ICD-10 transition, now is the critical time for home health coders to master the new code set. Don’t wait to update your agency about the code structure differences and the changes to commonly-used home care diagnosis codes.  This handbook will help you make the transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM.
For more information about this handbook or to order, click here.


MaineCare Reimbursement Update

Back in April, we received an email from a MNPA member regarding what looked like a reduction in MaineCare rates paid to certain categories of NPs.  Since then we have had discussions with the Director of MaineCare Services, Stefanie Nadeau and her staff, leading to a face-to-face meeting to help Bob Howe and Pam Cahill better understand MaineCare reimbursement issues as they relate to NPs.