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February 4, 2019
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State House Report: MMA Testifies on Gun Violence and Patient Protection Bills
Each week this article will report on public hearings, work sessions, and other developments that occurred in the Legislature during the previous week. We also will include grassroots "Calls to Action" here.
The Maine Medical Association is conducting a study of physician wellness. Please help by taking a 5 minute survey. Details after the link.
Researchers find that “e-cigarettes are almost twice as effective at helping smokers quit as nicotine replacement therapies such as lozenges and patches.”
On Thursday, the Trump administration “proposed bringing transparency to one of the most secretive aspects of drug pricing by ending the widespread practice of rebates to middlemen – an effort to reduce what consumers pay for prescription medicine.”
AMA President Barbara L. McAneny, M.D. addressed physicians at the recent AMA State Advocacy Summit.
Research is showing a concerning increase in the prescription of benzodiazepine medication, with about half of all such prescriptions coming from primary care physicians. This is particularly concerning because benzodiazepines are implicated in a growing number of overdose-related deaths. Addressing prescribing patterns may help curb this growing use.
MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, February 5th
The Maine Legislature has returned to Augusta. That means public hearings and work sessions resume soon, and it's time for our weekly Legislative Committee calls to start up again. The next call will be Tuesday, February 5th, at 8 p.m.
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Below you will find an on-going list of Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings. Any questions should be referred to the contact person listed for each specialty.
Enrollment is now under way for the Hanley Center's sixth cohort of its Physician Executive Leadership Institute - The Advanced Course.
Free webinar next Tuesday, February 12th at 6pm presented by Baystate Financial.
Maine continues to see deaths from opiate use increase. Rates of opiate use are highest in the 18-25 year old group and data from those entering treatment suggest that the majority begin using before the age of 17. Maine AAP is committed to helping practitioners identify youth on this path earlier and intervening earlier! SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) is one evidence based approach to doing this.
NAMI Maine is excited to announce that Dr.
Sally Spencer-Thomas is our keynote speaker.
Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
DFD Russell Medical Centers (DFDRMC) operates three
community health centers in central Maine. We are seeking a full
time PMHNP, for our Leeds location. Read More
Northern Light Eastern
Maine Medical Center seeks a primary care physician,
board-certified/board-eligible in internal medicine, to join our
well-established, quality-driven, outpatient practice. Read More
Health Care is seeking a qualified clinical leader to work collaboratively with
a team of health and administrative professionals to provide comprehensive
primary care to patients while utilizing the Patient-Centered Medical Home
model of care delivery. Read More
Take advantage of this opportunity with the Veterans' Administration to thank our veterans in a concrete way for their service and their sacrifices. Read More
Partners for World Health has a great need for advice from certain medical
professionals on how to sort and package the vast amount of supplies received,
for shipping and use in destination countries. Read More
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