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January 22, 2018

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Changing of the Guard at MMA Board Meeting: A New President Takes Over
Senior Section Luncheon January 24 Features Speakers on Precision Medicine
2017-18 Flu Season a Bad One
5 tips to help your patients make their new year a healthy one
US DHHS Proposes New Conscience and Religious Freedom Rules for Health Care
Administration Extends Opioid Emergency Declaration
Lyme Disease Continues to Rise in Maine
Important Update on MaineCare Provider Enrollment Applications: New Application Fee Amount for 2018
Claims-Based Quality Reporting for MIPS: Submitting MIPS Quality Codes on CMS-1500 Claims
Community Health Options Sues Federal Government for $5.7 Million
128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE
Legislative Call This Tuesday, January 23rd
Legislative Report: Hospital Program Closures, School-based Health Centers
UPCOMING EVENTS
Healthcare Suicide Prevention Protocol Development Training - half day workshop - March 2
28th Annual Winter Conference - Contemporary Topics in Orthopedics - March 16-18
QC2018: Building Communities of Practice through Innovation - Wednesday, April 4, 2018
New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management
Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
MD/DO
Chief Executive Officer CEO at Greater Portland Health
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
Chief Executive Officer - Pines Health Services
Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

 
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2017-18 Flu Season a Bad One

The U.S. CDC reports that most of the country is being hit at the same time and that flu activity is still on the rise. Over 8900 people have been hospitalized since October 1, 2017, and 30 children have died—10 in the single week ending January 13th. Approximately 80% of the children who have died from flu were not vaccinated. The hospitalization rate for the week ending January 13th was 31.5 per 100,000, up from 22.7 the previous week.

The federal government shutdown will result in over 8500 CDC employees being out of work, which will complicate and delay the agency’s understanding of the dynamics of the situation. State laboratories will continue to monitor flu activity and send information to the CDC, but there won’t be anyone at the receiving end to collate the data until the shutdown is over.

 

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