Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 05/06/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  MMA and Leading Medical Associations Hail Ruling in Maine Case Over Medication Assisted Treatment in Jail
•  Eat, Sleep, Console Update
•  Tick Aware and Tick Alert - May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Maine
•  Trump Administration Reveals New Refusal Options for Healthcare Personnel
•  Alfond Leaders Program Seeking More Applicants for Student Debt Relief - Applications Being Accepted Through May 15
•  Federal Judge Agrees with AMA, Strikes Down Gag Rule
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  Experts Fear Rising Number of Unvaccinated Children Will Lead to More Measles Outbreaks
•  Free MAT Training at CMMC June 1
•  Lawrence B. Mutty, M.D., M.P.H., 1934-2019; MMA President 2004-2005
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, May 7th
•  Vaccine Vote Drama and Other State House Highlights of the Week
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Cumberland County Physicians: Join the MMA at the Foreside Tavern in Falmouth on Thursday, May 16
•  Treatment & Prevention of Medical & Mental Health Emergencies -Substances & Gun Violence -May 17 & 18
•  Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, Webinars, ECHO Program
•  "Trust Me, I’m a (Certified) Doctor: Innovations and Improvements in Maintenance of Certification” - Thursday, May 23
•  MICIS 2019 Clinical and Legal Opioid Update - May 29 in Brewer, June 5 in Augusta
•  MaineGeneral Xwaiver Training for Staff - June 3
•  The Maine Concussion Management Initiative Will Be Offering Training Programs – June 21 and October 29
•  Assessing and Managing Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Suicide Risk in Healthcare Settings - 3 Hour CME Training for Healthcare Professionals at MMA on Friday, June 21, 2019
•  2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer
•  Maine Independent Clinical Information Service 2019 Presentations
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
•  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!
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 

Federal Judge Agrees with AMA, Strikes Down Gag Rule

A federal judge in Oregon has ordered a national ban, striking down the administration's gag rule intended to limit what physicians can say to their patients about family planning and other reproductive health matters.

 

[from AMA Advocacy Update]

“This is madness,” wrote U.S. District Judge Michael McShane in Portland, Oregon, in a scathing rebuke of the Trump administration’s new Title X regulations that includes a gag rule dictating what physicians must and must not say to their patients in the Title X program about family planning.

“The gag rule prevents doctors from behaving like informed professionals,” McShane wrote. “At the heart of this rule is the arrogant assumption that government is better suited to direct the health care of women than their medical providers.”

McShane’s ruling detailed how the regulations would violate the AMA Code of Medical Ethics, damage public health and state economies with it, and violate provisions of the Affordable Care Act and Administrative Procedure Act without explaining what problem the new regulations seek to address.

The Oregon lawsuit was led by the AMA, Planned Parenthood and its local affiliates, and the Oregon Medical Association, but the case was consolidated with another lawsuit and the ruling covers the plaintiffs in both cases. That includes 20 states, the District of Columbia and individual health professionals.

McShane said a nationwide ban was appropriate because Planned Parenthood operates in 48 states, AMA members reside in all 50 states, AMA members provide counseling to pregnant women served by the Title X program, and that there was “ample evidence” of potential harm to public health across the nation.