Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 12/11/2017  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  MMA Legislative Committee Meets to Prepare for Next Legislative Session
•  Online Links to Opioid CME
•  Congressional Stopgap Spending Plan Fails to Include CHIP 2018 Funding
•  Health Insurance Marketplace 2018: Open Enrollment Ends Friday
•  New AMA, CMS Resources Aid Transition to the New Medicare Card
•  Sanofi Genzyme: Arthritis Medication Should Not Be Used Due To Side Effects
•  Maine CDC Message on Immunizations
•  Naloxone Research Shows Importance of Post-Administration Intervention
•  Opportunities for Year-End Giving at MMA
•  Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: Monday, 12/18 at EMMC
•  Peer Navigation Program from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
•  Legislative Calls to Resume When Legislature Returns
•  Highlights of Recently Enacted Legislation: L.D. 911 (c. 267) Prohibiting Gifts to Practitioners from Sellers
•  Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
•  New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management
•  Webinar on Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: Wednesday, December 13
•  Chief Executive Officer - Pines Health Services
•  Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
•  Family Medicine Physician/Clinician Leader
•  BE/BC Family Practitioner - Lewiston, ME
•  Primary Care Physician - Eastern Maine Medical Center
•  Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
•  Palliative Care Provider
•  Gastroenterologist - Brunswick, ME
•  Hospitalist - Brunswick, ME
•  DO or MD Physician - Augusta, ME
•  Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
•  Physiatrist - Brunswick, Maine
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians


Maine CDC Message on Immunizations

In observance of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), the Maine Immunization Program would like to encourage providers to continue vaccinating against the flu and provide you with activities, print materials and key messaging to share with your patients. NIVW kicks off on Sunday, December 3 and runs through Saturday, December 9.


Join CDC’s efforts to #FightFlu and encourage flu vaccination by participating in the following activities:

Download NIVW badges and banners for your website:

Adapt social media messages below for your audiences and disseminate via social networks:


  • This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW)! #NIVW highlights the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond. Make sure you get a flu vaccine to protect yourself this flu season. For more information on NIVW, visit:
  • It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine if you haven’t already! Get a flu vaccine. It is the best and most important action to protect yourself and your loved ones against flu. For more information, visit
  • It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine! CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine every year. Flu vaccines are offered in many locations including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, retail stores, pharmacies, health centers, as well as by many employers and schools. Find a location near you offering flu vaccines!


  • It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week! Have you gotten your #flu vaccine? Visit for more info. #NIVW #FightFlu | Share on Twitter
  • There are still many weeks of flu season to go. @CDCflu says get your #fluvax now if you haven’t already #NIVW | Share on Twitter
  • As family and friends are gathering for the holidays, #flu activity is increasing. Now is the time to get a flu vaccine if you haven’t yet! #NIVW | Share on Twitter

For additional NIVW resources:

Digital Media Toolkit (

Print Materials (

Key Messaging (

If you have any questions, please contact the Maine Immunization Program at: (207) 287-3746 or (800) 867-4775.