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June 19, 2017

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Professionalism Conference Draws Enthusiastic Crowd and Impressive Reviews
News and Views from the 2017 AMA Annual Meeting
AMA Launches Opioid Education Microsite
MMA Annual Benefit Golf Tournament Monday, July 10, 2017
HHS Update on WannaCry and New OCR Resources on Reporting After Cyberattacks
MMA Files Comments on Licensing Board Rules on Use of Controlled Substances for Treatment of Pain
FDA Requests Halt to OpanaŽ ER Sales
Is Your Staff Checking BP Correctly?
128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE
Weekly MMA Legislative Committee Conference Call Information
Legislative Highlights of the Week
Call Your State Representatives: L.D. 46 Eliminating Physician Exemption from Jury Duty Passed the Senate!
UPCOMING EVENTS
June 20 Webinar: Recognizing When Patients Have Concerns About the Cost of Their Health Care
National Medicare Education Program June 28
Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
Save the Date: MICIS Presentation on Opioid Prescribing in Auburn on Wednesday, July 19
16th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium - September 15-17
Patient Safety Academy - September 29
Maine Providers Standing Up for Healthcare Schedules Press Conference for this Friday in Lewiston
Register Now for the MMA and Maine Health Management Coalition 2017 Symposium on October 11
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Family Medicine Physician - Pittsfield, ME
Primary Care Physician - Eastern Maine Medical Center
Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
Part-time Clinical & Part-time Research Position in Central Maine
Family Medicine Physician - Winthrop, ME
DO or MD Physician - Augusta, ME
Family Medicine Physician - Waterville, ME
Family Medicine Physician/Clinician Leader - Portland, ME
Family Medicine - Windham, ME
Family Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Wanted
Physician - Lubec, ME
Nurse Practitioner - Swift River Family Medicine - Rumford, ME
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Hospitalist - Brunswick, Maine
Gastroenterologist - Brunswick, Maine
Ophthalmologist - Brunswick, Maine

 
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AMA Launches Opioid Education Microsite

The microsite, www.end-opioid-epidemic.org, includes nearly 300 education and training resources across three major categories:

  1. Recommendations from the AMA Opioid Task Force  
  2. State medical society resources
  3. Medical specialty society resources

Physicians can use the site's "State Selector" and "Specialty Selector" to find tailored education and training resources. The AMA Opioid Task Force also has identified numerous national education and training resources. The site highlights the progress physicians have made in using prescription drug monitoring programs, reducing the nation's opioid supply, increasing treatment capacity and increasing access to naloxone.

To further support physicians and patients locating physicians authorized to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine by state, each state-specific page includes a link to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Buprenorphine Treatment Practitioner Locator.

"Physicians have made progress, but to truly reverse the nation's opioid epidemic, we all have much more work to do," said Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, chair, AMA Opioid Task Force. "That's why the Task Force urges physicians to increase their efforts and use PDMPs, enhance their education, help prevent overdose deaths by co-prescribing naloxone, and improve access to the best treatment options available." 

While the initial launch of the website is focused on encouraging physicians to take action by using education and training resources, the next phase of the website will encourage physicians and patients to share their own stories.

America's medical community continues to focus on ways to support patients who need treatment as well as help increase overdose prevention efforts. The AMA Opioid Task Force also recently issued recommendations focused on safe storage and disposal, encouraging physicians to:

  1. Talk to your patients about proper use of opioid analgesics
  2. Remind your patients to safely store medicines away from children and never share prescriptions
  3. Urge your patients to safely dispose of expired, unwanted, and unused medications, utilizing pharmacy and law enforcement "Take Back" resources

  

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