Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 05/28/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  New Maine CDC Director Appointed
•  Governor Mills Announces Opioid Response Summit
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  Doctors Without Borders in Portland May 28th
•  MedHelp Maine Seeks Data on Unaffordable Medicines
•  AMA Hires First Chief Health Equity Officer
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, May 28th
•  Repeal of non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions Becomes Law, and Other State House Highlights of the Week
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, Webinars, ECHO Program
•  MICIS 2019 Clinical and Legal Opioid Update - May 29 in Brewer, June 5 in Augusta
•  Free MAT Training at CMMC June 1
•  Topics in Gastroenterology 2019 Update - June 1, 2019 Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport, Maine (6 CME)
•  MaineGeneral Xwaiver Training for Staff - June 3
•  Maine Professionals Health Program 1-day wellness conference June 13, 2019 - Augusta Civic Center
•  2019 Jurisdiction K Listening Tour - June 18 - South Portland
•  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
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HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist
•  Physician (BC/BE in Family Medicine)
•  BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
•  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

 

MedHelp Maine Seeks Data on Unaffordable Medicines

Do you have patients who can't afford to fill their prescriptions or who skip doses or split tablets to save money? Does this medication nonadherence result in avoidable hospitalizations and compromised health?

 

Unaffordable Medicines?

Do you have patients who can't afford to fill their prescriptions or who skip doses or split tablets to save money? Does this medication nonadherence result in avoidable hospitalizations and compromised health?

As many as 30% of prescriptions are never filled and 50% of medications for chronic diseases are still not taken as prescribed.  This medication nonadherence is not only a problem for the low-income uninsured, but increasingly also a concern for Medicare beneficiaries and other insured individuals with high deductibles and copays.  It results in at least 10% of all hospitalizations and more deaths than from opioid overdose, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, or kidney disease.

If you are a regular prescriber of medicines for adult outpatients, please help develop solutions by completing this brief survey.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CWTXZM8

To offer comments or to speak with surveyor MedHelp Maine, contact Martha Morrisson at medhelpmaine@gmail.com or (207) 793-4462.