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

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In this issue:
•  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
•  MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
•  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.
•  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
•  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.