Ebola & Enterovirus D68 Updates

In light of the recent arrival of the Ebola virus on American soil, we wanted to give you updated information from family medicine and Maine resources.

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CDC - Ebola Virus Disease - Healthcare Workers CDC Safety Training Course for Healthcare Workers Going to West Africa in Response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak

As part of a comprehensive and coordinated response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is developing an introductory training course for licensed clinicians (e.g., nurses, physicians, and other healthcare providers) intending to work in an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Africa. This course will take place in the United States. The primary purpose of the course is to ensure that clinicians intending to provide medical care to patients with Ebola have sufficient knowledge of the disease and its transmission routes to work safely and efficiently in a well-designed ETU. This course is the first step in preparing clinicians to work independently in an ETU. It is strongly recommended that, after completing this training, clinicians receive mentoring and coaching in an ETU designated for such training in an affected country, only then progressing to fully independent work in an ETU. The CDC course contains information from similar courses developed by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and is primarily designed to provide training for persons intending to deploy urgently in response to the current Ebola outbreak.

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Save the Dates Now!

Dates and Location have been announced for the 2015 23rd Annual MAFP Family Medicine Update -
April 8 - 11, 2015
Location: Atlantic Oceanside, Bar Harbor
Brochure & Registration information available after January 15, 2015

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Did You Know That There Are 127,694 Veterans In Maine??

Do you treat any of Maine's 127,694 Veterans? Visit our "Treating Veterans Resource Page"

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May was Lyme Disease Awareness Month - But the Ticks Don't Know to Go Away!

Lyme disease is the most common vectorborne disease in Maine. Cases have already been reported in 2014, and the number will rise as the weather continues to get warmer. Cases have been increasing each year in Maine, and occur in all 16 counties. More than 1,375 cases of Lyme disease were reported statewide in 2013, a record high for Maine.

Other diseases that are carried by ticks in Maine include Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis and Powassan. In 2013, providers reported 94 cases of Anaplasmosis, 36 cases of Babesiosis, and 1 case of Powassan. Five anaplasmosis cases and two babesiosis cases have already been reported in 2014.

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ICD 10 Coding - Is YOUR Practice Ready?

ICD 10 Codes must be used as of October 1st dates of service - Are YOU ready?
The transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding will require significant changes in your documentation, workflow, and technology. The AAFP has put together a topic collection featureing how-to articles from FPM's ongoing series focused on ICD-10 coding. Check it out and begin preparing now if you haven't already.

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Join Forces to Help Your Patients Who Are Returning Military Veterans

The AAFP has compiled the resources to help family physicians care for patients who have served in the military, and to raise awareness of health issues that may affect returning service members.

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    October 15th is "Global Handwashing Day"

            More Hand Hygiene Resources

    ~ Members in the News ~

    MAFP Member - Ron Blum MD of Patten - Among the Primary Care Physicians from Maine featured in the Quinnipiac University Documentary - "The Doctor Will See You Now - The Changing Face of Primary Care"

    Documentary- The Doctor Will See You Now

    "THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW: THE CHANGING FACE OF PRIMARY CARE" explores the evolution of primary care in America, and the current health care industry from the perspective of primary care physicians and their patients. Doctors share the challenges and rewards that come with practicing general medicine. Patients share the importance of the doctor-patient relationship in their personal health care.

    For information on Alternative Models of Care see our PCMH/DPCwebpage

    NRCME RESOURCES for the Medical Examiner

    Do you treat any of Maine's 127,694 Veterans?  Visit our "Treating Veterans Resource Page"

    Parasite Prevalence Map (interactive) - How prevalent is Lyme?  Ehrlichiosis? Anaplasmosis? Here in Maine - check out this interactive map of your county

         Interested in AAFP & MAFP Membership? 
    Requirements and Application Information on Levels of Membership

    Diversion Alert Program (DAP) Now Available FREE

    for Medical Providers in Maine

    What is the Diversion Alert Program (DAP)?

    The DAP is a statewide program for medical professionals which:
    • alerts health care providers to patients arrested for diverting or abusing prescriptions;
    • provides an online, password protected arrest database; and
    • provides educational resources to assist in responding to patients arrested or charged with illegally diverting prescriptions



    Be Aware for Safe Care

         Patient Safety isn't just for one week! 
         Check out these valuable resources to
         share with your patients year-round   

           Patient Safety Awareness Week 2014 - March 2nd -8th
          Patient and Family Activities     
           National Patient Safety Foundation Programs

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