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

 

Lyme Disease Continues to Rise in Maine

Once again in 2017 the number of Lyme Disease cases in Maine rose to a new record high. Anaplasmosis is doing the same.

 

In 2017 Maine saw 1787 positive tests for Lyme disease, a figure which represents a 22% increase over 2016. Except for slight dips in 2010 and 2015, the number of cases has risen steadily every year since 2003, when 175 cases were found. Experts say that the actual number of cases is probably significantly higher, since many cases are not noticed by the patient or reported.

Researchers hope that the very cold temperatures Maine experienced in late December and early January may help to reduce the number of deer ticks which act as the vector for the disease. More will be known after they have done their testing for 2018.

While in early years only a Lyme test was done, nowadays when a blood sample is sent to a lab a “tick panel” is requested, testing for Lyme, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and perhaps other tick-borne diseases as well. Researchers are finding that ticks are likely to carry both anaplasmosis and Lyme, especially in southern areas.