August 26, 2019

In This Issue
MMA Annual Session in Bar Harbor September 6-8
MaineHealth & Anthem to Form Joint Insurance Venture
Celebrate 65 Years of MMA Executive Leadership on Oct. 26. Tickets Available Now
CDC: Many Adults Skip Diabetes Meds Due to Cost
Home Health Changes in CMS Rules: Implications for Primary Diagnosis
This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
USPSTF Updates Recommendations for Breast, Ovarian Cancer Gene Screening
CDC Videos on Discussing Vaccines With Parents, Patients
AMA Urges CMS to Reduce Administrative Burden on Physicians
MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
Legislature Returns to Augusta for a Day August 26th
Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
MICIS Individual Academic Detailing Sessions on Opioid Topics
2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update: September 10th at the Augusta Civic Center
2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update: MICIS Fall Presentations
VA Maine Healthcare System to Host Community Mental Health Summit on MAT September 11th
Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, ECHO Program
Obesity Medicine: There is no 'one size fits all' - Monthly Lecture Series Beginning September 18th
Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) Training Program - October 9
MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program to offer training for clinicians.
Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon
Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
Physician Director of Primary Care
Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist
Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

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CDC Videos on Discussing Vaccines With Parents, Patients

The US CDC has developed a series of videos to help pediatricians and other health care professionals talk with their patients about vaccines. The series is called "How I Recommend Vaccination" and has different videos appropriate to various ages. They address such issues as safety, side effects, and how to deal with vaccine hesitancy.

August is Vaccine Awareness Month...and in Maine, signature gatherers are hitting fairs, festivals, farmers' markets, and other public gatherings trying to collect enough signatures for a "People's Veto" vote next spring. They claim it's a vote for "medical freedom," and they argue that people should sign the petitions even if they believe in vaccination. Supporters of Maine's new immunization exemption law have been engaging the collectors in conversation about the issue and the referendum.

 Meanwhile, in New York, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and attorney Michael Sussman are in court (with vaccine skeptic supporters outside) arguing that the recently passed New York law (similar to Maine's LD 798) eliminating non-medical exemptions is unconstitutional, an argument most constitutional scholars believe was put to rest in the 1905 U.S. Supreme Court case of Jacobson v. Massachusetts. The State of New York has issued new emergency immunization regulations seeking to prevent a flood of "bogus" medical exemption claims as happened in California. You can read more about that story here.


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