January 22, 2018

In This Issue
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
Legislative Call This Tuesday, January 23rd
Legislative Report: Hospital Program Closures, School-based Health Centers
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
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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Lyme Disease Continues to Rise in Maine

In 2017 Maine saw 1787 positive tests for Lyme disease, a figure which represents a 22% increase over 2016. Except for slight dips in 2010 and 2015, the number of cases has risen steadily every year since 2003, when 175 cases were found. Experts say that the actual number of cases is probably significantly higher, since many cases are not noticed by the patient or reported.

Researchers hope that the very cold temperatures Maine experienced in late December and early January may help to reduce the number of deer ticks which act as the vector for the disease. More will be known after they have done their testing for 2018.

While in early years only a Lyme test was done, nowadays when a blood sample is sent to a lab a “tick panel” is requested, testing for Lyme, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and perhaps other tick-borne diseases as well. Researchers are finding that ticks are likely to carry both anaplasmosis and Lyme, especially in southern areas.


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