Press Release

Experts team up to discuss implications of Affordable Care Act

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine Community Health Options (MCHO), the Maine Medical Association, and Crescendo Consulting Group will deliver a panel discussion on “Strategic Business Options and the ACA” at the upcoming Maine Human Resources Convention at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.

Kevin Lewis, chief executive officer, and Joyce McPhetres, chief human resources officer of MCHO, will be joined by Gordon Smith, executive vice president of the Maine Medical Association, and Beth Austin, principal of Crescendo Consulting Group, for the presentation.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a timely topic about which all four speakers bring unique expertise and perspective. Organizations will be facing a number of important decision points as a result of the ACA and the presentation will help attendees ask the right questions to make these choices and manage their implications.

The presentation also will cover the critical aspects of the ACA, options that will be available to Maine businesses in 2014, and decision-making methods for HR leaders.

The Maine Human Resources Convention takes place  May 7-10, and the panel discussion will be 2:30-4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7. A more detailed schedule and additional information can be found at

Maine Community Health Options is a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) created with the support of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. MCHO is a private, nonprofit entity governed by a customer-based Board of Directors, which gives members a strong voice in the policy direction and further development of the plan. For more information on MCHO please visit

The Maine Medical Association (MMA) is Maine’s largest medical society with more than 3,800 members across the state. The MMA’s mission is to support Maine physicians, advance the quality of medicine in Maine, and promote the health of all Maine citizens. For more information, visit

Crescendo Consulting Group, LLC, provides an integrated approach to research, communications, strategic planning, and program management. The firm specializes in assisting healthcare organizations in improving performance and achieving their objectives. For more information, visit

Crescendo Consulting Group, LLC

For more information, contact:

Beth Austin | 207-774-2345 X13 |


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