Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 12/16/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
•  Walmart Will Delay Electronic Prescribing Mandate
•  U.S. CDC: At Least 1,300 Deaths from Flu This Season...So Far
•  Schmidt Institute Opioid Program Expands Statewide
•  Opioid Related Webinars Offer CME Credit
•  This Week's Public Health Updates from the AMA
•  Resources From The Alzheimer's Association
129th MAINE LEGISLATURE, SECOND REGULAR SESSION
•  MMA Legislative Calls Will Begin Tuesday, January 14th
•  Maine Legislature's List of Bill Titles for 2020 Session: Initial Approval List
UPCOMING EVENTS
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  MMA partners with the Maine Suicide Prevention Program and the Maine CDC/Sweetser to offer training for clinicians.
•  10th Annual Maine Patient Safety Academy - March 30, 2020
HEALTHCARE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
•  Orthopedic Surgeon Opportunity in Beautiful New England
•  Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital seeks a BC/BE General Surgeon
•  Family Medicine Physician
•  Family Medicine Opportunity in Beautiful Western Maine
•  BC/BE Family Medicine or Internal Medicine Physician
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians
•  Volunteer Opportunity with Partners for World Health - Portland, ME

 

U.S. CDC: At Least 1,300 Deaths from Flu This Season...So Far

A preliminary estimate from the U.S. CDC states that at least 1,300 people around the country have died from the flu so far this season.

 

CNN (12/13, Bonifield, Gumbrecht) reported that “at least 1,300 people have died from the flu so far this season, according to a preliminary estimate” from the CDC. In addition, “there have been at least 2.6 million flu illnesses and 23,000 flu-related hospitalizations, according to the” CDC. The article also listed the 23 states where the CDC says there is widespread flu activity.

NBC News (12/13, Edwards) reported that Dr. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, said that the early start of the flu season may indicate “we’ll have a prolonged influenza season.”