Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 08/26/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  MMA Annual Session in Bar Harbor September 6-8
•  MaineHealth & Anthem to Form Joint Insurance Venture
•  Celebrate 65 Years of MMA Executive Leadership on Oct. 26. Tickets Available Now
•  CDC: Many Adults Skip Diabetes Meds Due to Cost
•  Home Health Changes in CMS Rules: Implications for Primary Diagnosis
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  USPSTF Updates Recommendations for Breast, Ovarian Cancer Gene Screening
•  CDC Videos on Discussing Vaccines With Parents, Patients
•  AMA Urges CMS to Reduce Administrative Burden on Physicians
•  MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
•  Legislature Returns to Augusta for a Day August 26th
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  MICIS Individual Academic Detailing Sessions on Opioid Topics
•  2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update: September 10th at the Augusta Civic Center
•  2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update: MICIS Fall Presentations
•  VA Maine Healthcare System to Host Community Mental Health Summit on MAT September 11th
•  Quality Counts: Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training, ECHO Program
•  Obesity Medicine: There is no 'one size fits all' - Monthly Lecture Series Beginning September 18th
•  Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) Training Program - October 9
•  MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program to offer training for clinicians.
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
•  BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
•  Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon
•  Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
•  Physician Director of Primary Care
•  Family Medicine Specialist or an Internist
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health


CDC Videos on Discussing Vaccines With Parents, Patients

August is Vaccine Awareness Month, and the US CDC has developed a series of videos to help pediatricians and others talk about vaccines with their patients.


The US CDC has developed a series of videos to help pediatricians and other health care professionals talk with their patients about vaccines. The series is called "How I Recommend Vaccination" and has different videos appropriate to various ages. They address such issues as safety, side effects, and how to deal with vaccine hesitancy.

August is Vaccine Awareness Month...and in Maine, signature gatherers are hitting fairs, festivals, farmers' markets, and other public gatherings trying to collect enough signatures for a "People's Veto" vote next spring. They claim it's a vote for "medical freedom," and they argue that people should sign the petitions even if they believe in vaccination. Supporters of Maine's new immunization exemption law have been engaging the collectors in conversation about the issue and the referendum.

 Meanwhile, in New York, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and attorney Michael Sussman are in court (with vaccine skeptic supporters outside) arguing that the recently passed New York law (similar to Maine's LD 798) eliminating non-medical exemptions is unconstitutional, an argument most constitutional scholars believe was put to rest in the 1905 U.S. Supreme Court case of Jacobson v. Massachusetts. The State of New York has issued new emergency immunization regulations seeking to prevent a flood of "bogus" medical exemption claims as happened in California. You can read more about that story here.