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March 25, 2019

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
MMA Extends its Appreciation to Maine Physicians in Observance of Doctors' Day, March 30th
Insurers' Progress on Fixing Prior Authorization is Disappointingly Slow
New Resource Shows How to Counsel Patients About Firearm Safety
Stopping the Scourge of Social Media Misinformation on Vaccines
MIPS Deadline: Submit 2018 Data by April 2nd
Photos from Physicians' Day at the Legislature 2019
Boards Seek Comments on Proposed Rule for Office-based Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, March 26th
State House Highlights of the Week: Prior Authorization is Among Issues Before HCIFS Committee, HHS Takes Testimony on Extended Opioid Prescriptions
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Identifying Substance Use Early Saves Lives! - SBIRT with Motivational Interviewing Training - 1-day Sessions Offered on April 6 and June 8
NAMI Maine’s Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention Conference - Friday, April 12, 2019
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Mid Coast Maine - Adult Psychiatrist and/ Psychiatric NP/PA Opportunity
Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
PCHC in need of Pediatrician for Brand New Pediatric Center!
Medical Director - Maine Mobile Health Program
Board Certified Family Physician - Newport, RI
Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
BC/BE Family Medicine Physician
Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 
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New Resource Shows How to Counsel Patients About Firearm Safety

What You Can Do, an initiative from the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program to reduce firearm injury and death, has released an educational video to equip health care providers with clinical strategies for counseling patients about firearm safety.

Physicians and other health care providers can play an important role in preventing firearm injury and death, but too few routinely assess risk and talk with at-risk patients about their access to firearms and firearm safety. This educational video, Preventing Firearm Injury and Death: A Targeted Intervention, details steps for identifying risk and discussing risk and safety with patients when clinically appropriate. The video has three primary sections: an introduction to the epidemiology of firearm injury and death in the U.S., a detailed discussion on risk identification and counseling and an overview of firearm policies relevant to health care providers.

Additional resources are available on the What You Can Do website.

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