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FCEP Board and Committee Meeting Schedule
Wednesday, May 20
9-10 a.m.||EMS Trauma Committee|
|10 a.m.- noon||Joint 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 |
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Thursday, May 21
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|Noon - 1 p.m. ||Joint FCEP/FEMF Lunch |
|1 – 4 p.m. ||FEMF Board of Directors Meeting|
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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.
May 26, 2015 — 1 pm ET
June 23, 2015 — 1 pm ET
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Registration for each webinar will open one week prior to the launch date.
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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.
Join Your Colleagues at ACEP's Legislative Advocacy Conference and Leadership Summit
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS — AROUND FLORIDA
Potent 'spice' drug fuels rise in visits to emergency room
The New York Times
A sharp rise in visits to emergency rooms and calls to poison control centers nationwide has some health officials fearing that more potent and dangerous variations of a popular drug known as spice have reached the nation’s streets, resulting in several deaths.
In the first three weeks of April, state poison control centers received about 1,000 reports of adverse reactions to spice — the street name for a family of synthetic substances that mimic the effects of marijuana — more than doubling the total from January through March, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
Florida House offers to boost healthcare spending to end budget stalemate
The Florida Times-Union
The Florida House made an offer on health care funding Thursday in hopes of ending a budget stalemate with the Senate in the final day of the legislative session.
House Speaker Steve Crisafulli would add $200 million from the state to the Medicaid program, which would bring in another $305 million federal funding. That could offset reductions in the Low Income Pool, or LIP, program that helps hospitals and health clinics care for uninsured patients.
Health official confirm additional case of measles in Florida
The Florida Department of Health confirmed a case of measles in an unvaccinated adolescent in Indian River County. They have recovered. This brings the total cases of measles between Indian River and St. Lucie counties to four.
Measles is a serious respiratory disease caused by a virus of the same name (Measles). The disease is highly contagious and can spread to others who are unvaccinated.
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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS — NATIONAL
Many hospital ERs aren't ready to treat children
The Wall Street Journal
When a child has a medical emergency, the first instinct is to rush to the nearest hospital ER. But, many emergency rooms are ill-equipped to treat infants and children and they are staffed with doctors and nurses who may not be trained in the specifics of pediatric care.
Of 30 million children 18 years old and under who end up in emergency rooms each year, close to 90 percent are treated in general community hospitals, which often have no pediatric unit.
Reducing readmissions among geriatric patients
Hospitals & Health Networks
The challenge for hospitals is that fragility fracture patients are often dealing with more than just a broken bone. Fragility fractures in the most common sites, such as the hip and vertebra, are associated with increased disability, reduced quality of life, and a downward spiral in physical and mental health. Additionally, these patients tend of have other underlying and sometimes untreated medical conditions that complicate their care.
Addiction research and care collide with federal privacy rules
The New York Times
Researchers who want to study Medicare or Medicaid patients with substance-use disorders — and illnesses disproportionately affecting them like H.I.V. and hepatitis C — are, at best, working with biased data. At worst, they’re flying blind.
That’s because agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, without public notice and because of patient privacy concerns, decided in 2013 to remove researchers’ access to certain types of Medicare and Medicaid data. Without these data — all relating, even tangentially, to patients with substance-use disorders — health researchers fear they will be hampered in their quest to improve care.
Reducing sepsis mortality
Hospitals & Health Networks
Since the 1999 release of the Institute of Medicine report "To Err Is Human," we have been called to reduce the sobering number of preventable injuries and deaths that occur each year in U.S. hospitals. Unlike the airline or nuclear energy industries that have highly automated safety processes, effective healthcare depends not only on the human connection, but even more so on the interaction of teams and their interface with technology. Coordination and measurement of teamwork is foundational to a culture of safety and high reliability. Most critically, high-performing teams deploy evidence-based measures in a culture where these strategies can be successfully implemented.
New technology may make blood tests convenient, painless
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison a new tool may make it easier for patients to pull blood samples from home. The device would extract blood by only being held up against the skin for about two minutes, according to an UW-Madison announcement. The process — in which a vacuum within the device enables a small sample of blood to flow into an attached sample tube — is virtually pain-free, the announcement cites users as saying.
Antibiotic shortages on rise in the US
Shortages of antibiotics, including those used to treat drug-resistant infections, may be putting patients at risk for sickness and death, according to a new report. Between 2001 and 2013, there were shortages of 148 antibiotics. And the shortages started getting worse in 2007, researchers found. In the study, nearly half the shortages were for antibiotics needed to treat severe infections.
Get to know the designer drug N-bomb and its effects
By Lynn Hetzler
Recreational use of designer psychoactive drugs is rising dramatically. Designer drugs have gained popularity since law enforcement and legislation have made it more difficult for recreational users to secure cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, opioids and cannabis. These restrictions have encouraged suppliers and users to seek alternatives.
Illicit drug makers usually create designer drugs by modifying the molecular structures of existing illegal drugs in hopes of producing similar effects.
Cholecystitis on CT, check ultrasound before treating
Medscape (free login required)
For patients with acute cholecystitis, CT is not yet accurate enough to go straight from a scan to a treatment plan, new research shows.
"My personal hypothesis was that CT was going to be the be all and end all — that if the scan was positive, the patient could be treated directly," said Helena Gabriel, M.D., from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
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