Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 06/03/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  Maine AG Sues Purdue Pharma for Deceptive Opioid Marketing
•  Reported Measles Cases Continue to Rise
•  New HIPAA Guidelines for Business Associates
•  AMA Opioid Task Force Recommendations Offer Roadmap to Policymakers
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  Governor Mills Announces Opioid Response Summit July 15th
•  MedHelp Maine Seeks Data on Unaffordable Medicines
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, June 4th
•  "Death With Dignity" Bill Passes House and Senate, and Other State House Highlights of the Week
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  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
•  Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, Webinars, ECHO Program
•  MICIS 2019 Clinical and Legal Opioid Update - June 5 in Augusta
•  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
•  2019 Mary Cushman, MD Award for Exceptional Humanitarian Service as a Medical Volunteer
•  Maine Independent Clinical Information Service 2019 Presentations
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

 

Reported Measles Cases Continue to Rise

Reported 2019 measles cases in the US have risen to 971, higher than any annual total since 1992.

 

The US record of 763,000 was set in 1958, before the development of the measles vaccine. Vaccination began in  1963, and the rates fell precipitously from then until 1991. There was a bump up in 1992, then the rate dropped again, and in 2000 measles was considered to have been eliminated from the nation.

Of the 971 reported cases in 2019, 550 are in New York City, where there are pockets of measles spreading in communities opposed to vaccination.

More extensive discussion of the issue may be found at:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2019/05/30/us-measles-cases-first-five-months-surpass-total-any-year-since/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.43eca4d83511

and https://www.npr.org/2019/05/30/728382757/new-u-s-measles-cases-breaks-25-year-old-record-health-officials-say?utm_campaign=KHN%3A%20First%20Edition&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=73226494&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8WBm1nqxqmUUCifUKf5e030peVyc5D8EjQmFoS9ZVJhXiwBcnMI1CJwR2Ncg79-JKE89qRCYsHp3wkGbc8tPbWBlpU3Q&_hsmi=73226494