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FCEP Board and Committee Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, May 20
9-10 a.m.EMS Trauma Committee
10 a.m.- noonJoint Medical Economics/Government Affairs Committee
Noon – 1 p.m.Membership & Professional Development Committee
1– 2:30 p.m.Education & Academic Affairs Committee
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.EMRAF
4:30 – 7 p.m.Grand Opening of EMLRC (please RSVP to apatel@emlrc.org)

Thursday, May 21
9 a.m. – Noon FCEP Board of Directors Meeting
Noon - 1 p.m. Joint FCEP/FEMF Lunch
1 – 4 p.m. FEMF Board of Directors Meeting

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Pediatric Head Injury & Concussion Management
Presented by Nazeema Khan-Assad, MD, FAAP
Launch Date: April 23 at 1 p.m. ET
Target Audience: EMS Professionals
Offered FREE of charge with CME.
Registration has been simplified.
Please click on this NEW link for details and registration.


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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

Registration is now open for the next webinar! To register, click here.

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.

Registration for each webinar will open one week prior to the launch date.

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Registration is now open!
Click here to register.


For over 40 years CLINCON has provided the highest quality education to EMS professionals by integrating prehospital care research and cutting edge clinical practice. CLINCON offers the continuum of emergency medicine professionals an all-encompassing educational experience that focuses on strengthening practical skills and enhancing clinical knowledge in order to provide the highest-quality of care to their patients.

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Registration for Symposium by the Sea 2015 will open May 1.
For more details and to reserve your hotel room, CLICK HERE.

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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS — AROUND FLORIDA


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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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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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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ACEP Committee Interest 2015-16 — due by May 18
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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Florida Governor says he'll sue Obama over hospital money
The Associated Press via ABC News
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he is suing the Obama administration for withholding federal money for hospitals that serve the poor, saying they are doing so because the state won't expand Medicaid. The announcement is another twist in what has been a gritty yearlong battle with the feds over roughly $1 billion in funds for Florida hospitals. The fight has come to a head as the state Legislature works to finalize a state budget before May 1.
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South Florida hospitals score 3 out of 5 stars in patient satisfaction
Miami Herald
In terms of patient satisfaction, most South Florida hospitals are producing middle-of-the-road results, earning just under an average of three stars out of five in the federal government’s new hospital comparison system. In an effort to make comparing hospitals more like shopping for refrigerators and restaurants, the ratings, released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, score Medicare-certified hospitals on a five-star scale based on patient experience surveys.
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How uncompensated care's financial threat can be mitigated
Health Leaders Media
By providing more payment options and moving away from a "one-size-fits-all" collections approach, one Florida hospital is making progress toward managing the revenue leakage that comes with self-pay patients. Providing too many services that don't get reimbursed is a recipe for financial disaster for hospitals and health systems.
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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS — NATIONAL


How Twitter can help predict emergency room visits
Medical Xpress
Twitter users who post information about their personal health online might be considered by some to be "over-sharers," but new research led by the University of Arizona suggests that health-related tweets may have the potential to be helpful for hospitals. Led by Sudha Ram, a UA professor of management information systems and computer science, and Dr. Yolande Pengetnze, a physician scientist at the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation in Dallas, the researchers looked specifically at the chronic condition of asthma and how asthma-related tweets, analyzed alongside other data, can help predict asthma-related emergency room visits.
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Mental rehearsal helps ER clinicians best prepare for trauma patients
Health Canal
Author Dr. Chris Hicks states: For starters, you map out the course in your mind: what will it look like? What will I feel like? What obstacles should I anticipate? How can I manage these challenges? In the same way athletes mentally visualize races long before lacing up, members of trauma resuscitation teams should map out mental blueprints, and then communicate their strategy to all team members involved in caring for patients, a new study suggests.
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Most EDs prepared for pediatric care; barriers still exist
Medscape (free login required)
Emergency departments (EDs) in the United States are better prepared than they have been in the past to care for children of all ages, according to a web-based assessment of ED compliance with national guidelines for pediatric readiness. Despite self-reported improvements in pediatric readiness, however, most EDs report myriad barriers to guideline implementation at the physician and nursing levels, Marianne Gausche-Hill, M.D., from Harbor-University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center, and colleagues report in an article published online April 13 in JAMA Pediatrics.
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Study finds emergency departments may be high-yield venues to address opioid overdose and education
Health Canal
Emergency departments (ED) provide a promising venue to address opioid deaths with education on both overdose prevention and appropriate actions in a witnessed overdose. In addition, ED’s have the potential to equip patients with nasal naloxone rescue kits as part of this effort. These findings are from a study published in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, and is the first study to demonstrate the feasibility of ED-based opioid overdose prevention education and naloxone distribution to trained laypersons, patients and their social network.
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Teamwork cuts in-hospital observation time
MedPage Today
Using a special care team and dedicated space can help reduce the amount of time patients spend in the observation ward, experts said here. Diannette Figueroa, clinical performance process director for hospital medicine and critical care at Banner Health, a 28-hospital chain spanning seven states, explained to an audience at the annual meeting of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society how Banner improved its process for putting patients in observation.
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How telehealth is changing the lives of chronically ill patients
By Karen R. Thomas
Living with a chronic disease isn't just physically taxing; it takes an emotional toll as well. Millions of older Americans live with a chronic illness such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes or heart disease, and many suffer through their day-to-day care routines alone. For Vickie Stark, a COPD patient who is living on her own, daily life can be incredibly stressful.
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Senate passes historic SGR repeal bill by vote of 92-8
MedPage Today
In a historic move, the Senate voted 92-8 to permanently repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician reimbursement under Medicare. The Senate vote on H.R. 2, which passed the House on March 26, sends the bill to President Obama for his signature. The president has already indicated he would sign the bill. Members from both sides of the aisle praised the passage of the bill, known as the "Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015."
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How to talk to patients about advanced directives
By Joan Spitrey
April 16 has been designated as National Healthcare Decision Day. This movement came out of the passion and frustration of founder Nathan Kottkamp. As a member of several hospital ethics committees, he was repeatedly challenged with trying to interpret healthcare decisions for people who had no advanced directives. Anyone working in a hospital — especially a critical care area — can certainly relate. Although most healthcare providers would agree that all patients should have an advanced directive, they often shy away from having the conversation with their patients.
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