February 11, 2019

In This Issue
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
MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, February 12th
Report from the State House
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
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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