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

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  MMA Holds Successful Annual Session in Bar Harbor
•  MMA Membership Approves Resolutions on Immunizations, Plastic Waste
•  Vaping Illness Cases Rise; Now Five Deaths
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  PMP Password Policy Change; New SAMHS Director Attends Annual Session
•  Maine CDC to Hold Rulemaking on Death With Dignity
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.
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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

 

PMP Password Policy Change; New SAMHS Director Attends Annual Session

In response to the expression of concerns from physicians, the Maine Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) has modified its requirements for password changes by its users, moving from a 3-month time limit to 6 months.

 

In response to the expression of concerns from physicians, the Maine Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) has modified its requirements for password changes by its users, moving from a 3-month time limit to 6 months.

Gordon Smith, Esq., Maine's Director of Opioid Response, announced today that the change will take place in the next few days. Users of the PMP will no longer have to change their passwords every three months. Instead, those changes (which are necessary to maintain the safety and integrity of the system) will only be required every six months.

This is one of several changes that will be put into place in the coming weeks. At this weekend's MMA Annual Session, the Governor introduced the new Director of Maine's Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS), Jessica Pollard, Ph.D. Director Pollard will begin her new duties on September 30th, but we were all pleased that she was able to come to Bar Harbor and meet MMA members. Her presence underlines the emphasis the DHHS is placing on working with physicians and other members of the health care community for the advancement of public health throughout Maine.