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February 11, 2019

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Governor Mills Issues Executive Order to Implement Immediate Responses to Opioid Epidemic
Maine Attorney General Releases Overdose Death Report for First Three-Quarters of 2018
Historical Society Exhibit on Medical Stories of Maine
New State Biennial Budget Proposes Funds for Medicaid Expansion, Opioid Response
New 2019 Post-surgical Opioid Prescribing Recommendations
MMA Wants Your Feedback: Physician Wellness Survey
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, February 12th
Report from the State House
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Webinar Presented by Baystate Financial - Sources of Retirement Income - Tuesday, February 12th
Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training - 1-day Sessions Offered on March 2 and April 6
NAMI Maine’s Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention Conference - Friday, April 12, 2019
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
PCHC in need of Pediatrician at Multiple Locations!
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
Full-time Board Certified/Board Eligible MD/DO
Outpatient Family Medicine - Brunswick, Maine
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner - Nasson Health Care
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 
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New 2019 Post-surgical Opioid Prescribing Recommendations

The Michigan OPEN prescribing recommendations have been updated for 2019: https://opioidprescribing.info/.

These recommendations for the number of opioid pills to be prescribed after 25 specific surgeries were developed by the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (OPEN) based on patient-reported data from the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative and published studies. Recommended amounts meet or exceed self-reported use of opioid pills by 75% of patients. Previous studies have shown that when patients are prescribed fewer pills, they consume fewer pills with no changes in pain or satisfaction scores. Many patients use 0-5 pills. Recommendations are for patients with no preoperative opioid use. For patients taking opioids preoperatively, prescribers are encouraged to use their best judgment.

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