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Pediatric Concussion
Presented by Nazeema Khan, M.D.
Launch Date: April 23 at 1 p.m. ET
Target Audience: EMS Professionals
Offered FREE of charge with CME.
For details and registration, click here.

Pediatric Seizures
Presented by Presented by Todd Wylie, M.D.
This webinar will be available to view until April 14,
however, registration is still required for CME purposes.




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WHO
EMTs | Paramedics | Nurses | Physicians

WHAT
5 cutting-edge webinars, hosted through ReadyTalk,
specially designed to train and educate EMS professionals
on how to identify and respond to the latest infectious diseases.
Presented from February to June, 2015.

WHEN
April 28, 2015 — 1 pm ET
May 26, 2015 — 1 pm ET
June 23, 2015 — 1 pm ET

If you weren’t able to attend the second live session,
the recording of the session will be available until April 24, 2015.
Feel free to review the FAQs on the registration site
or email cdhountal@emlrc.org with any questions or concerns.
To register, click here.

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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS — AROUND FLORIDA


ABEM EMS APPLICATION
ACEP and NAEMSP are planning to again partner and offer the EMS Subspecialty Board Review courses before the ABEM exam in the Fall. We are looking at offering the review course at 3 locations, Atlanta, Dallas, and then in Boston the weekend before the ACEP15 educational courses begin on October 23-25. We don’t have exact dates on the Atlanta or Dallas course yet but will post them as soon as they are finalized.

Rick Murray, EMT-P
Director, Dept of EMS and Disaster Preparedness
American College of Emergency Physicians

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Join Your Colleagues at ACEP's Legislative Advocacy Conference and Leadership Summit
ACEP
On May 3-6, in Washington, D.C., more than 500 emergency physicians will learn how to become effective leaders and visit with lawmakers about policies related to health care and emergency medicine. Don’t miss this opportunity to lend your voice — See you at LAC.
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Florida Legislative Tracking Report
Below is a link to your most recent state legislative tracking report. The link will open a report that contains direct links to any bills we are tracking that have either been introduced or progressed through the legislative process since you received your last report.

Click here to see your most recent state legislative tracking report.

Please remember that these reports are based on limited key word searches. They are not likely to uncover every piece of legislation that you might be interested in, so you are encouraged to utilize any other sources for state legislative information, such as state medical societies, other legislative contacts and the news media.

Here are the general categories we try to search: Emergency physician/department, Quality initiatives, Liability reform. Physician reimbursement, Private payer issues (balance billing, assignment of benefits), Health care reform, Disaster preparedness, Auto safety and Motorcycle helmet legislation.

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FCEP Councilor Positions Available for the Upcoming ACEP Council
Interested members wishing to be considered as an FCEP Councilor for the ACEP Council are encouraged to submit letter (email) of interest. The council will meet at the ACEP Scientific Assembly in Boston, Oct. 26 – 29, 2015. There are currently 9 two-year slots available.

Per FCEP Bylaws:
Candidates must meet the following criteria:
  1. Member of Chapter for at least two years prior to nomination.
  2. Active involvement in Chapter as evidenced by committee membership and/or attendance at
  the meetings of the Board of Directors.
  3. Plans to attend Councilor meetings for two-year
  term. Councilors will be elected for two-year term with term beginning immediately upon
  election.

Should a Councilor resign or be elected to office that is a designated Councilor, then the remaining Councilors will elect an Alternate Councilor to fill the unexpired term. If there are no Alternate Councilors available to be seated, then the Executive Committee shall have the right to name Alternate Councilors to be seated or designated as Councilors.

Please email bbrunner@emlrc.org no later than April 15, 2015.

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2015 EDPMA Solutions Summit Agenda Highlights
EDPMA
Join us at the Omni Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida, April 26-29, 2015! The Emergency Department Practice Management Association's Solutions Summit is the premier conference for those in the business of emergency medicine.
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ACEP Committee Interest 2015-16
Committee interest for FY 2015-16 is now open. Various ACEP publications will outline the process for members and information is also on the ACEP website. Members interested in serving on a committee, and who are not currently serving on a national committee, must submit a completed committee interest form and CV by May 18, 2015.

The CV and any letters of support from the chapter can be attached to the online form (preferred), emailed to me at mfletcher@acep.org, or mailed to me at ACEP headquarters. Chapter input is invaluable to this process. If you have personal knowledge of the level of commitment and talent exhibited by the interested member, please consider submitting a letter of support.

The online application form is found here. After completion of the form, you should receive an acknowledgement that your committee interest form has been submitted. If you do not receive this message, please contact me by email or phone.

The committee selection process will occur in mid-June and applicants will be notified by the end of July. Members chosen to serve on committees will serve a minimum of one year, beginning with the committee’s organizational meeting held during the annual meeting in Chicago, Oct. 27-30, 2014. (Funding is not provided to attend the organizational meeting.)

PLEASE NOTE: Current committee members DO NOT need to complete a committee interest form. Current committee members will soon receive the annual committee evaluation form and will have the opportunity to indicate their preference for next year.

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Kissimmee resort visitor had measles
WOFL-TV
The Florida Department of Health has confirmed measles in an adult international traveler who attended a conference last week at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, in Kissimmee. The travel spent time in several counties in Central Florida and South Florida. The conference was March 16-17. Most of the traveler's time was spent in Osceola County, but he also spent time in Miami-Dade, Orange and Sarasota counties during the infections period of March 14-20, health officials said.
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St. Johns County ranked healthiest county in Florida
FCN-TV
A new study has ranked St. Johns County as the healthiest county in the state of Florida. The county health rankings have been done by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Woods Johnson foundation for six years, and now for four years in a row, St Johns County has been ranked No.1. The study looks at factors such as the physical environment, social and economic factors, health behaviors and clinical care.
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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS — NATIONAL


Providers can't sue state Medicaid agencies over rates, Supreme Court rules
Modern Healthcare
Private healthcare providers cannot sue state Medicaid agencies over low reimbursement rates, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in a 5-4 decision (PDF), reversing a lower court's ruling. Providers had argued in a case, Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center Inc., that suing over low rates is sometimes the only way to enforce federal payment requirements. Otherwise, low rates could lead to fewer providers agreeing to participate in Medicaid and thus less access to care for Medicaid patients, some had argued.
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Emergency physicians urge colleagues to help prevent gun violence
Medical Xpress
In an editorial posted online in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, two practicing emergency medicine physicians from the University of California, Davis, and Brown University — both thought leaders at the forefront of finding solutions to the public health crisis of gun violence — urge their colleagues to take direct action to protect the health and safety of patients and communities. Their editorial follows the Feb. 24 call to action by eight health professional organizations, including the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the American Bar Association, to reduce firearm injuries and deaths in the U.S. — unprecedented support that suggests mobilization to prevent firearm violence may be underway.
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ER doctor: What it's like to lose a patient
The Blaze (opinion)
Emergency medicine resident, Amy Ho, writes: The sad thing is, I hardly remember the patient. Everything about her is just an overhead Pediatric Trauma alert followed by the flurry of cutting clothes off, throwing IV lines, and calling out our primary and secondary survey — “blown right pupil;” “unequal breath sounds;” “gross deformity to left ankle;” and then “no pulse” — followed by the age-old barbaric resuscitation efforts that are now muscle memory to us, as we compressed her sternum still with bits of her Forever21 bra on it and shoved an MAC blade past her pink braces.
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Close patient-staff interactions drive MRSA transmission
FierceHealthcare
Close-proximity interactions between patients and hospital staff drove transmission of Staphylococcus aureus in Berck-sur-Mer Hospital, a long-term care facility in France, according to a study published in PLOS Computational Biology. Researchers identified 173 transmission events over four months between 329 patients and 261 healthcare workers, with risk of transmission higher between healthcare workers and patients than from patient to patient. "S. aureus transmission was consistent with contacts defined by electronically collected CPIs, illustrating their potential as a tool to control hospital-acquired infections and help direct surveillance," the authors state.
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Affordable Care Act faces more hurdles in coming months
By Rosemary Sparacio
The Affordable Care Act has survived one repeal attempt in the Supreme Court, as well as more than 50 repeal attempts by the House of Representatives and the Senate. However, President Barack Obama's signature legislation faces yet another significant challenge to its existence. In the current case before the Supreme Court (King v. Burwell), a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs this June would essentially cut off the healthcare law's tax credits/subsidies in roughly two-thirds of the states.
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New stent devices can limit stroke damage, says neurosurgeon
Medical Xpress
Elizabeth Celli was experiencing a moderate-to-severe stroke when she arrived at Loyola University Medical Center's Emergency Department. Mrs. Celli was weak on her left side, had difficulty speaking and was unable to walk. Loyola's stroke team rapidly assessed her, ordered an immediate CT scan and put her on the clot-busting drug tPA. The stroke team determined that Mrs. Celli qualified for a minimally invasive procedure to reverse the stroke.
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Preventing domestic violence one step at a time
By Jessica Taylor
Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence recently, and he stated that domestic violence is a public health epidemic. Biden made attendees — including doctors, nurses, social workers, etc. — aware that even though we've come a long way in the fight against domestic violence, we have to keep making sure we're working harder than ever for prevention and intervention. Of course, it takes a little bit of time to recognize domestic violence, and it's important for healthcare professionals to know the signs.
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Close patient-staff interactions drive MRSA transmission
FierceHealthcare
Close-proximity interactions between patients and hospital staff drove transmission of Staphylococcus aureus in Berck-sur-Mer Hospital, a long-term care facility in France, according to a study published in PLOS Computational Biology. Researchers identified 173 transmission events over four months between 329 patients and 261 healthcare workers, with risk of transmission higher between healthcare workers and patients than from patient to patient. "S. aureus transmission was consistent with contacts defined by electronically collected CPIs, illustrating their potential as a tool to control hospital-acquired infections and help direct surveillance," the authors state.
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Influenza B viruses accounted for the largest proportion of circulating flu viruses in recent weeks
Infection Control Today
According to the recent FluView report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza activity continues to decrease, but remains elevated in the United States. While H3N2 viruses have been most common this season, influenza B viruses accounted for the largest proportion of circulating viruses in recent weeks. This week, influenza B viruses accounted for 67 percent of all influenza viruses reported and were predominant in 7 of 10 U.S. regions.
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