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

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In this issue:
•  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
•  MMA Legislative Call Tuesday, June 4th
•  "Death With Dignity" Bill Passes House and Senate, and Other State House Highlights of the Week
•  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
•  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


"Death With Dignity" Bill Passes House and Senate, and Other State House Highlights of the Week

A summary of the MMA's legislative advocacy at the Maine State House last week.


LD 1313, the "Death With Dignity" bill, passed both House and Senate in the first pass this week, and today (Monday) the enactment vote in the House passed by one vote. The final enactment vote in the Senate is expected later this week.

Roll call votes were held in the House and Senate, and today's enactment vote in the House, 73-72, was also by roll call. One House seat is vacant, and there were three representatives absent and two excused.

The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee held work sessions on some of the firearm safety bills last week. LD 379 (safe storage) had a committee vote of 8-4 against passage, although we believe that vote may not be an accurate indication of its chances of passage. LD 1276 (background checks) was completely modified in a proposed amendment and had a divided vote in Committee. There was an evenly divided, 6-6 vote on LD 1099 (waiting periods for purchase).  The vote on LD 533, a "stand your ground" bill supported by the NRA and SAM, was 7-4 against passage.

In the Judiciary Committee the "red flag" bill, LD 1312, did not fare well; however, there is a new bill, LD 1811, which will have a public hearing on June 5th and a work session June 6th. This modified red flag bill is being negotiated among various parties, and it is too soon to know what its form will be coming out of committee.

The legislature's committee work is almost finished. On June 3rd the Legislature moved 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.