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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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Stopping the Scourge of Social Media Misinformation on Vaccines

It is common that patient searches for information and products related to the word "vaccine" yield top results pointing to harmfully inaccurate information about immunization safety. This place of prominence given to medical disinformation is deeply troubling to America's physicians, especially amid alarming new reports regarding measles, tetanus and other vaccine-preventable conditions. 

The AMA sent a letter to top executives at Amazon, Facebook, Google, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube urging them to do even more to stem the "proliferation" of "health-related misinformation" that has helped vaccine-preventable diseases to reemerge. 

"We applaud companies that have already taken action but encourage you to continue evaluating the impact of these policies and take further steps to address the issue as needed," Dr. Madara, wrote in the letter to the social media and digital technology executives. "The overwhelming scientific evidence shows that vaccines are among the most effective and safest interventions to both prevent individual illness and protect public health." 

Dr. Madara noted that, when immunization rates are high, children who are too young to be vaccinated and others whose health conditions prevent them from being vaccinated, are protected from disease because exposure is so limited. These conditions include allergies to vaccine components, HIV infection and having a compromised immune system as a result of receiving chemotherapy cancer treatment. 

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