Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 04/08/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  MMA Committee Releases Updated Policy Statement on Physician-Assisted Suicide Before Legislature's Debate of Issue
•  Maine School Immunization Rates Continue Downward Trend, Pertussis Rises
•  Federal Judge to Hold Hearing on CVS-Aetna Merger in May
•  Kentucky Physicians Pass Bill to Fix Prior Authorization. Will Maine Do the Same?
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  Maine Independent Clinical Information Service 2019 Presentations
•  2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, April 9th
•  State House Highlights of the Week: Tobacco, Tanning, and Public Health in HHS; Short-Term Health Plans and Consumer Assistance in HCIFS
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  NAMI Maine’s Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention Conference - Friday, April 12, 2019
•  22nd Maine Pain Symposium on May 1 8am-4:30pm at University of New England
•  April 24 - Meeting Medicare's Quality Payment Program Requirements: Overview & Assistance
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  BC/BE Family Medicine Physician or Experienced Family Nurse Practitioner
•  Gastroenterology Lead Physician - Bangor, Maine
•  Physician for Maine Maritime Academy Summer Training Cruise
•  Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
•  Mid Coast Maine - Adult Psychiatrist and/ Psychiatric NP/PA Opportunity
•  Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
•  PCHC in need of Pediatrician for Brand New Pediatric Center!
•  Medical Director - Maine Mobile Health Program
•  Board Certified Family Physician - Newport, RI
•  Psychiatric Mental Health NP - Leeds
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 

Maine School Immunization Rates Continue Downward Trend, Pertussis Rises

While the Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee sits poised to vote on a bill to eliminate non-medical exemptions, the reason for the bill becomes even more apparent: the rate of nonmedical exemptions in schoolchildren rose last year from 5.0% to 5.6%, and the rate of kindergarten children immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella fell from 94.3% to 93.8%.

 

While the Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee sits poised to vote on a bill to eliminate non-medical exemptions, the reason for the bill becomes even more apparent: the rate of nonmedical exemptions in schoolchildren rose last year from 5.0% to 5.6%, and the rate of kindergarten children immunized against measles, mumps, and rubella fell from 94.3% to 93.8%.

The national rate of nonmedical exemptions was 2%.

Immunization of kindergartners in five counties were below the 95% level generally considered to be necessary to confer “herd”, or community, immunity.

You can read more in the Bangor Daily News article, here.

Meanwhile, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 136 cases of pertussis in Maine through March 2019, more than double the 59 cases reported in the same period in 2018. Maine’s total of 446 cases in 2018 was the highest per capita rate in the nation, at 33.16 per 100,000, compared to the national average of 4.13 cases per 100,000.

For more information on the pertussis rates in Maine, see the Central Maine newspapers article, here.