At a brief signing ceremony last Tuesday, Governor LePage signed L.D. 1646, An Act to Prevent Opiate Abuse by Strengthening the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program. The provisions in the law have different effective dates with the first limitation taking effect 90 days after the session adjourns. That date is likely to be around August 1, 2016. Other provisions take effect on Jan. 1, 2017 and July 1, 2017.
The provision taking effect in August limits prescribing of an opioid medication to 100 morphine milligram equivalents (MME) per day. But there are many exceptions - READ MMA 4/25/16 Article with specifics HERE
Congratulations Dr. Katie Adams!
Katie Adams MD, EMMC Family Medicine Resident, recently received the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. Adams was identified by the medical students on rotations at EMMC for her commitment to teaching and compassionate treatment of patients, families, students, and colleagues. She received nominations for the award from 75% of the students who worked with her.
Lyme Disease Awareness
Lyme disease is the most common vectorborne disease in Maine. Many cases are reported each year, 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.
Other diseases that are carried by ticks in Maine include Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis and Powassan. Multiple cases of all of these tickbourne diseases have been reported here in Maine.
April Health Awareness
(click on the link for information)
- Alcohol Awareness Month
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month
- National Autism Awareness & Child Abuse Prevention Month
- National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
- National Donate Life Month
- National Facial Protection Month
- National Interprofessional Health Care Month
- National Minority Health Month
- Occupational Therapy Month
- Oral Cancer Awareness Month
- Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month
- Sports Eye Safety, and Women’s Eye Health Month
(information from www.healthfinder.gov)
Family doctors provide ongoing, total health care for you and your family. Family doctors see all ages of patients and can treat almost any health problem. Family physicians are dedicated to treating the whole person.
Learn How HERE
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Have you taken advantage of these free concussion safety resources? The AAFP is working to raise awareness of the more than 1.6 million sport- and recreation-related concussions that occur in the United States each year.
Watch a series of three webcasts designed to provide you with sport concussion basics and knowledge on individual care-based management. In addition to the webcasts, there’s a free brochure available to help your patients understand what a concussion is, learn about long-term brain health in athletes, as well as the limitations of protective equipment.
Alternative Models of Care:
Focus on Fitness & Nutrition:
NEW AAFP Patient Education Nutrition Toolkit Available:
A new Patient Education Nutrition Toolkit designed to help facilitate a dialog with patients on nutrition is available to AAFP members. The free toolkit has more than 300 nutrition elements.
Focus on Chronic Disease Management: