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June 3, 2019

In This Issue
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Maine AG Sues Purdue Pharma for Deceptive Opioid Marketing
Reported Measles Cases Continue to Rise
New HIPAA Guidelines for Business Associates
AMA Opioid Task Force Recommendations Offer Roadmap to Policymakers
This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
Governor Mills Announces Opioid Response Summit July 15th
MedHelp Maine Seeks Data on Unaffordable Medicines
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, June 4th
"Death With Dignity" Bill Passes House and Senate, and Other State House Highlights of the Week
UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
Assessing and Managing Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Suicide Risk in Healthcare Settings - 3 Hour CME Training for Healthcare Professionals at MMA on Friday, June 21, 2019
Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, Webinars, ECHO Program
MICIS 2019 Clinical and Legal Opioid Update - June 5 in Augusta
Maine Professionals Health Program 1-day wellness conference June 13, 2019 - Augusta Civic Center
2019 Jurisdiction K Listening Tour - June 18 - South Portland
The Maine Concussion Management Initiative Will Be Offering Training Programs June 21 and October 29
2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer
Maine Independent Clinical Information Service 2019 Presentations
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist
Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)
BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
PCHC in need of Pediatrician for Brand New Pediatric Center!
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 
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MedHelp Maine Seeks Data on Unaffordable Medicines

Unaffordable Medicines?

Do you have patients who can't afford to fill their prescriptions or who skip doses or split tablets to save money? Does this medication nonadherence result in avoidable hospitalizations and compromised health?

As many as 30% of prescriptions are never filled and 50% of medications for chronic diseases are still not taken as prescribed.  This medication nonadherence is not only a problem for the low-income uninsured, but increasingly also a concern for Medicare beneficiaries and other insured individuals with high deductibles and copays.  It results in at least 10% of all hospitalizations and more deaths than from opioid overdose, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, or kidney disease.

If you are a regular prescriber of medicines for adult outpatients, please help develop solutions by completing this brief survey.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CWTXZM8

To offer comments or to speak with surveyor MedHelp Maine, contact Martha Morrisson at medhelpmaine@gmail.com or (207) 793-4462.

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