Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 01/22/2018  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  Changing of the Guard at MMA Board Meeting: A New President Takes Over
•  Senior Section Luncheon January 24 Features Speakers on Precision Medicine
•  2017-18 Flu Season a Bad One
•  5 tips to help your patients make their new year a healthy one
•  US DHHS Proposes New Conscience and Religious Freedom Rules for Health Care
•  Administration Extends Opioid Emergency Declaration
•  Lyme Disease Continues to Rise in Maine
•  Important Update on MaineCare Provider Enrollment Applications: New Application Fee Amount for 2018
•  Claims-Based Quality Reporting for MIPS: Submitting MIPS Quality Codes on CMS-1500 Claims
•  Community Health Options Sues Federal Government for $5.7 Million
128TH MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  Legislative Call This Tuesday, January 23rd
•  Legislative Report: Hospital Program Closures, School-based Health Centers
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Healthcare Suicide Prevention Protocol Development Training - half day workshop - March 2
•  28th Annual Winter Conference - Contemporary Topics in Orthopedics - March 16-18
•  QC2018: Building Communities of Practice through Innovation - Wednesday, April 4, 2018
•  New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management
•  Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  MD/DO
•  Chief Executive Officer CEO at Greater Portland Health
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
•  Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
•  Chief Executive Officer - Pines Health Services
•  Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
•  Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians

 

2017-18 Flu Season a Bad One

The Washington Post reports that this year’s influenza outbreak is widespread and severe…and it has yet to peak. The paper reports that more people sought treatment in the second week of January 2018 than in any similar period in nearly a decade.

 

The U.S. CDC reports that most of the country is being hit at the same time and that flu activity is still on the rise. Over 8900 people have been hospitalized since October 1, 2017, and 30 children have died—10 in the single week ending January 13th. Approximately 80% of the children who have died from flu were not vaccinated. The hospitalization rate for the week ending January 13th was 31.5 per 100,000, up from 22.7 the previous week.

The federal government shutdown will result in over 8500 CDC employees being out of work, which will complicate and delay the agency’s understanding of the dynamics of the situation. State laboratories will continue to monitor flu activity and send information to the CDC, but there won’t be anyone at the receiving end to collate the data until the shutdown is over.