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December 18, 2017

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Opioid Task Force Issues Final Report
Opportunities for Year-End Giving at MMA
Maine Falls to #23 in America's Health Rankings
Online Links to Opioid CME
8 in 10 Doctors Have Experienced a Cyber Attack in Practice
Naloxone Research Shows Importance of Post-Administration Intervention
AMA Statement on Proposed Aetna-CVS Merger
Peer Navigation Program from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE
Legislative Calls to Resume When Legislature Returns
Highlights of Recently Enacted Legislation: L.D. 593 (c. 63) Medical License Renewal
UPCOMING EVENTS
Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Chief Executive Officer - Pines Health Services
Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
Primary Care Physician - Eastern Maine Medical Center
Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
Palliative Care Provider
Gastroenterologist - Brunswick, ME
Hospitalist - Brunswick, ME
DO or MD Physician - Augusta, ME
Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
Physiatrist - Brunswick, Maine
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

 
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Opioid Task Force Issues Final Report

"The task force recognized that the final recommendations to address the opioid crisis needed to take an integrated and comprehensive approach. The recommendations are broken into three categories to reflect the work of the small groups and the approach of the MOC [Maine Opiate Collaborative]. However, in developing the recommendations, the task force did not lose sight of how the categories are interrelated."(from the report's Executive Summary)

The Task Force recommendations are divided into three sections: prevention and harm reduction; treatment and recovery; and law enforcement. The report also discusses the background of the crisis and the genesis of the task force and gives a summary of its meetings.

The full report is at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3PYp5sROj_1d3dTbmExWlpickwtcjI3OEpELVE2RUVmRTB3/view?usp%3Dsharing .

The Task Force's work is not without its critics.  Dr. Mark Publicker, an addiction treatment specialist, pointed out that there have been many other, similar task forces that have tried to address this issue. "This is...well meaning but resulting in the same recommendations that have been made multiple times before."

 

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