MAY is Asthma Awareness Month

Did you know more than 25 million people in America have asthma—including nearly seven million kids? Asthma affects people of all ages, but it doesn’t have to keep you from leading an active, healthy life.

This May, during Asthma Awareness Month, we’re challenging you to get back to the basics and learn better ways to take control of asthma.

Check out these great tools and resources for people with asthma and their caretakers.

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Help Stop the Spread of Measles

Help contain the spread of this outbreak and keep your patients safe

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

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. 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 were reported by May 2014.

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ICD 10 Coding - Is YOUR Practice Ready? Begin Preparing Today!

ICD 10 Code changes are coming next year - 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 featuring how-to articles from FPM's ongoing series focused on ICD-10 coding.

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    Patten Maine Family Physician - Ron Blum, honored as a 2015 Rural Hero by the World Organization of Family Doctors!

    Dr. Blum was honored as 1 of 3 U.S. Family Physicians selected to be a RuralHero by WONCA's Working Party on RuralPractice which created it's "Rural Heroes"initiative to spotlight rural family physiciansworking around the world whose careerpath and work could inspire others. 

    (Read the story here)

    Dr. Ronald Blum MD, Patten, Maine


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    Do You Perform DOT Exams?

     Visit our NRCME Resource page for all the information you need to get trained, certified, and licensed - HERE


    Health is Primary is a 3-year communications campaign launched by the AAFP and its seven family medicine sister organizations.  The campaign will use advertising, news outreach, partnerships, online communications and other outreach efforts to rally patients, employers,
    policymakers and other local stakeholders
    across the country to recognize and support
    the value of Family Medicine and Primary Care. 

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    Focus on Fitness & Nutrition:

    FREE Resources HERE

    The core values of Family Medicine can transform America's health care for the better.  Learn how Family Medicine is working to promote a focus on Primary Care and a system that delivers on the Triple Aim of better health, better quality and better value.  More information and to sign up for email updates:  HERE

    Is YOUR Practice Ready?

    CMS Road to 10 Resource (HERE) is particularly geared to small practices and offers free tools, information and training.  Whether your transition is underway, or you are just starting out, Road to 10 will help you navigate your path to ICD-10 compliance.

    Alternative Models of Care:

    PCMH Resources - Here

    Direct Primary Care Resources -


    CMS ICD-10 website - HERE

    Family Practice Management 
    ICD 10 Toolbox - HERE

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    Immunization Schedules - Here (view current schedules by age group)


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