Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 10/21/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  Celebrating 65 Years of MMA Leadership Gala Headlines Week of Activities at MMA
•  Vaccine "Skeptics" Qualify for March 3rd Ballot
•  Surprise Medical Bills: Physicians Want Market-Based Fixes
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  News From The Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine
•  MMA Gala October 26th - Tickets Still Available
•  MaineCare Adds Buprenorphine/Naloxone Tablets to Preferred List
•  Still Time to Register for MICIS/Qualidigm Opioid Webinars
•  MMA "Listening Session" in Portland on Friday, October 25
•  Celebration for Our Healthy Future Thursday, October 17th Honors Lani Graham, M.D.
•  From The Alzheimer's Association: Diagnosing Patients with Dementia
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE
•  MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
•  Maine Legislature's List of Bill Titles Proposed for 2020 Session
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  CDC to offer webinar on new law requiring Lead Testing for all 1 & 2 year olds - October 21
•  MICIS: 2019 Clinical & Legal Opioid Update 10/24 Dedham, 10/30 Portland, 3 November Dates
•  Qualidigm Rapid Induction Starting in the ED (RISE) Training
•  Celebrate 65 Years of MMA Executive Leadership on Oct. 26. Tickets Available Now
•  Obesity Medicine: There is no 'one size fits all' - Monthly Lecture Series Beginning November 13th
•  MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine CDC/Sweetser to offer training for clinicians.
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon
•  Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician Bangor, Maine
•  BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
•  Physician
•  Nurse Practitioner
•  Physician Director of Primary Care
•  Full-time, Part-time and Leadership Opportunities for Physicians
•  Medical Director - Bucksport, ME
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health

 

Vaccine "Skeptics" Qualify for March 3rd Ballot

Supporters of a bid to overturn Maine's recent vaccine exemption law turned in over 79,000 valid signatures, well over the 63,067 needed to get the initiative on the ballot in the next statewide election after November, slated to take place on March 3, 2020. The MMA strongly urges its members to oppose the referendum by voting "No."

  

Supporters of a bid to overturn Maine's recent vaccine exemption law turned in over 79,000 valid signatures, well over the 63,067 needed to get the initiative on the ballot in the next statewide election after November, slated to take place on March 3, 2020. The MMA strongly urges its members to oppose the referendum by voting "No."

Many MMA members and others supported the passage of LD 798, which eliminates non-medical exemptions from school and healthcare employment vaccine requirements. The MMA membership passed a resolution at the September 2019 Annual Session decrying this attempt to roll back medical science and public health.

The opposition is being spearheaded by Maine Families for Vaccines PAC, a multidisciplinary group that includes parents, healthcare professionals, and public health experts. Donations may be submitted by going to mainefamiliesforvaccines.com. The group expects that over $1 million will be raised and spent by those who believe vaccines should not be required for school attendance or healthcare employment.

Questions about the referendum may be directed to MMA General Counsel Peter Michaud at pmichaud@mainemed.com .

Meanwhile, the national picture is not pretty. Here's the latest from the AMA publication, Morning Rounds:

Vaccine exemption rates continue to increase, CDC report says

CNN (10/17, Howard) reports on its website that “there has been a small increase in vaccine exemption rates among kindergarteners in the United States, according to” the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report “shows that rates of young children not receiving vaccinations against certain diseases, including measles, continued to climb in recent years.” The CDC found that “for the 2018-2019 school year, the national percentage of kindergartners with an exemption from one or more required vaccines was 2.5%, which was a slight increase from 2.3% during the previous school year and 2.1% in the 2016-2017 school year.”

(Maine exemption rates are over 5%.)