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

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In this issue:
•  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
•  MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, May 28th
•  Repeal of non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions Becomes Law, and Other State House Highlights of the Week
•  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
•  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
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health


Repeal of non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions Becomes Law, and Other State House Highlights of the Week

Please see a summary of the MMA's legislative advocacy at the Maine State House last week.


The drama did not let up on the vaccine exemption bill (LD 798) this week. The final enactment vote occurred in the Senate, but not before some legislative scrambling as one senator who had voted to support the bill all along began to express some reticence. Finally things were worked out, another floor debate occurred, and the bill was enacted. Governor Janet Mills signed the bill into law the next day (Friday). Pediatricians around the state are already reporting an uptick in parents asking about immunizing their previously unvaccinated children. Some opponents continue to say they will be forced to leave the state. A similar threat was made in California when it enacted a similar bill, but school enrollments experienced an increase, not the threatened decrease. Time will tell what happens here.

In the coming week we expect the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee to hold work sessions on some of the firearm safety bills. Among the remaining bills are LD 379 (safe storage), 1276 (background checks);  and 1099 (waiting periods for purchase).  LD 533, a "stand your ground" bill supported by the NRA and SAM, is still alive.

The legislature's committee work is almost finished. On June 3rd the Legislature moves to a 5-day-per-week schedule of full sessions in the House and Senate, where members will debate divided committee reports and process unanimous reports through the consent calendar with a goal of meeting the June 19th statutory adjournment deadline.