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March 19, 2018

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
President Proposes Cutting Opioid Rx by 1/3, Death Penalty for Sellers, Other Measures
Congress Confronts Another Must-Pass Spending Bill Deadline: March 23rd
New AMA Survey: Patient Clinical Outcomes Shortchanged by Prior Authorization
RWJ Foundation Releases County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Report
Maine Quality Counts Publishes new "Choosing Wisely" Toolkit for Employers
Diabetes Alert Day - March 27: 3 Strategies that Change the Conversation You Have with Patients on Type 2 Diabetes Prevention
MMA Board Approves Climate Change Resolution
Bipartisan Group of Senators Propose Bill to Ban “Gag Clauses” on Prescription Savings
Do you hold a DEA X-waiver to prescribe buprenorphine?
128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE
Legislative Call This Tuesday, March 20th
Legislative Report: Female Genital Cutting, Medical Marijuana, and More
Med Student/MMA Board Member Knowland Testifies on Student Loan Bill
Governor Approves Meningococcal Vaccine Rule
UPCOMING EVENTS
QC2018: Building Communities of Practice through Innovation - Wednesday, April 4, 2018
MMA and Jackson Laboratory Seeking Volunteers to Assist with 2018 Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative Forum - April 6-8
FREE 8-Hr. MAT Waiver Training Being Offered in Dover, NH - Friday, April 27th
Introduction to Lean in Healthcare Full-Day Workshop on Tuesday, May 8
New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management
Peer Navigation Program from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)
Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Medical Board Physician
Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
Family Practice Physician - Bucksport Regional Health Center
Hospice Physician – Lewiston, ME
Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
Operations Director
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

 
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RWJ Foundation Releases County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Report

Maine counties showing the best health outcomes were Cumberland, York, Sagadahoc, and Knox, while those with the worst outcomes were Somerset, Piscataquis, Aroostook, and Washington. Outcomes were measured by equally weighting length and quality of life. Seventeen percent of Maine children live in poverty, with a range of 11% in the healthiest county to 30% in the least healthy.

Maine shows an overall uninsured rate of 10%, with a range by county from 8% to 16%.

One area in which Maine performs much better than the national average is teen births. The teen birth rate in Maine is 18 births per 1,000 female population, ages 15-19, compared to the U.S. rate of 27 per 1,000. Teen birth rates among Maine counties range from 10 to 29 per 1,000.

The report lists things we could do in order to improve overall health. They are:

  • Invest in education from early childhood through adulthood to boost employment and career prospects

  • Increase or supplement income and support asset development in low income households

  • Ensure that everyone has adequate, affordable health care coverage and receives culturally competent services and care

  • Foster social connections within communities and cultivate empowered and civically engaged youth

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