Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 09/03/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  MMA Gathers for Annual Session in Bar Harbor This Weekend
•  Portland's PIER Program Featured in New York Times Article
•  US CDC Asks Physician Help on Vape-related Lung Diseases
•  New Resource Elucidates Climate Change Impact on Health and Health Care
•  Maine CDC to Hold Rulemaking on Death With Dignity
•  EEE Found in Maine Horse
•  Johnson & Johnson to Pay $572 million in Opioid Case
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  DHHS Commissioner Lambrew and Insurance Superintendent Cioppa Host Health Care Forum
•  Home Health Changes in CMS Rules: Implications for Primary Diagnosis
•  CDC Videos on Discussing Vaccines With Parents, Patients
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  MICIS Individual Academic Detailing Sessions on Opioid Topics
•  2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update: Tuesday, Sept 10th at the Augusta Civic Center
•  MICIS: 2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update - Fall Dates Scheduled
•  VA Maine Healthcare System to Host Community Mental Health Summit on MAT September 11th
•  Qualidigm Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training
•  Obesity Medicine: There is no 'one size fits all' - Monthly Lecture Series Beginning September 18th
•  Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI) Training Program - October 9
•  Celebrate 65 Years of MMA Executive Leadership on Oct. 26. Tickets Available Now
•  MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine CDC/Sweetser to offer training for clinicians.
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Physician
•  Nurse Practitioner
•  Full-time, Part-time and Leadership Opportunities for Physicians
•  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
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 

Portland's PIER Program Featured in New York Times Article

The Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) program, developed by Maine Psychiatrist William McFarlane, MD of Maine Medical Partners, is featured in a recent New York Times article. The program is based on the idea that an impending psychotic break can be prevented if identified early and treated appropriately.


The Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) program, developed by Maine Psychiatrist William McFarlane, MD of Maine Medical Partners and a member of MMA and the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians, is featured in a recent New York Times article. The program is based on the idea that an impending psychotic break can be prevented if identified early and treated appropriately.

The program, now funded through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, takes a multidisciplinary approach and depends on early recognition of warning signs, including a decrease in job or school performance, increasing isolation, suspiciousness of others, and difficulty in thinking clearly. It has been replicated in approximately 18 sites around the country.

 The article may be found here