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Let The Dirt Fly!

We've broken ground on the new headquarters of the EMLRC and have begun the first phase of the construction project. The Groundbreaking Ceremony started with a welcome message from Beth Brunner, CEO FEMF/ Executive Director of FCEP, followed by the first "flying of the dirt" from 6 individuals who have an impact with EMLRC.

Pete Clarke
Commissioner
District 3, Orange County

John Bixler, PMD, RN, BSN
Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight
Florida Department of Health

Linda McKenzie
SunTrust Bank

David Odahowski
President and CEO
Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation

Michael Lozano Jr., MD, FACEP
President
Florida College of Emergency Physicians

Cliff Findeiss, MD
President
Florida Emergency Medicine Foundation


We extend a special thank you to all who were able to join us to celebrate this milestone in our journey. The EMLRC recognizes that the ultimate goal of emergency medicine is to provide the best results for our patients. EMLRC prides ourselves in being able to provide quality education to the entire team of emergency medicine professionals.


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Help your brain! May is Stroke Month


Please find some resources for Stroke Month and don't forget to thank all EMS for the great work they do!

Did you know?

Stroke Month Guide

SPOT A Stroke FAST


Upcoming Stroke Webinars from the Stroke Association:


May 6, 2014: 12 p.m. CST – Predicting Stroke and Bleeding Risk in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation. This program will offer CE; more details to follow.

June 2, 2014: QCOR presentation for attendees and will include option for others to attend via webinar – will focus on Target Stroke; more details to follow.

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REGISTER TODAY!

Registration for the Annual Meeting of the
Florida College of Emergency Physicians

Symposium by the Sea 2014
is now open!

Location: Boca Raton Resort and Club
Date: August 7-10

Please take a moment to review the conference brochure to learn about the exciting new events planned for this year's Symposium.

Symposium by the Sea 2014 Brochure

More symposium details can be found on the Symposium by the Sea 2014 Registration webpage:

Symposium by the Sea Registration

Don't forget to book your hotel room!

For reservations, call 888-543-1224; mention Symposium by the Sea
to get the $170 group room rate.

or

Reserve with group online

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No time for 'fancy courting' as House and Senate kick off formal budget talks
After behind-the-scenes talks to arrive at budget allocations – the total amount of money lawmakers can spend in a given budget area - totaling $27.6 billion in general revenue, House and Senate budget negotiators began formal talks Monday evening to hash out how to spend a total $75 billion in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The $27.6 billion in general revenue will be added to other state trust funds and federal funds to reach the total $75 billion budget.

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Legislature passes bill to make killing fetuses a crime
Anyone killing a pregnant woman, or injuring her in ways that make her lose her baby, could be charged with two homicides under a bill that cleared the Florida Legislature Wednesday. Two women affected by the crime tearfully applauded.

The bill (HB 59) by Representative Larry Ahern, R-Seminole, makes it a separate offense to kill a fetus. The existing law applies only to an "unborn quick child," which is defined as a baby "capable of meaningful life outside the womb." The revised law would remove the requirement of "quickening," so that the death of a fetus at any stage of development could be a felony.

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Bill limiting who can be sued at nursing homes clears Legislature
A bill that would shield silent partners in nursing homes from facing lawsuits where the operator or staff was found at fault has passed the Legislature and now will head to the desk of Governor Rick Scott.

On Wednesday, the House passed SB 670 with a vote of 109-7. House version bill sponsor Representative Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, received no debate on the bill.sales@lobbytools.com.

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Medical omnibus bill heads to the Senate on a 74-42 House vote
An omnibus health care bill, including provisions for unsupervised practice of advanced nurses as well as telemedicine regulations, was passed by the House on April 25, 2014.

HB 7113, which passed on a 74-42 vote, began as a proposal to ensure the continued operation of three HCA-run centers opposed by non-profit hospitals that argue they are a strain on resources and unnecessary.

Senators are not convinced the bill will hold up in its current form. Senator Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, was the sponsor of an amendment that reined in SB 1646 to only allow out-of-state physicians with a Florida medical license to practice telemedicine here. The telemedicine portion of the House bill only would require that physicians carry a license in the state where they reside.

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House passes e-cigarette ban for minors
The Florida House unanimously passed a plan to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors on April 23, 2014.

As the House added its language to the Senate plan, SB 224, bill sponsor Representative Frank Artiles, R-Miami, relaxed language that initially prohibited cities and counties from passing their own ordinances.

But Representative Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, introduced an amendment that removed the preemption language entirely. Democrats and nearly 30 Republicans supported Hager's amendment and it passed on a vote of 72-46.

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Chambers very close on health
Budget negotiators met late on Sunday, April 27, and House presented its second health care bump offer. The Senate accepted.

The lower chamber took the Senate position on increasing the personal needs allowances for residents of nursing homes and on reducing the Medicaid Long Term Care Waitlist.

The only line-item dividing the chambers was over maintenance and repairs for the Jacksonville Laboratory. The House provides $5.3 million while the Senate had $6 million.

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Statewide Community Paramedicine/Mobile Integrated Healthcare Panel
Annual Meeting, Orlando, November 20, 2014
Learn More Here

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Follow @FCEP and @FCEPprez on Twitter

FCEP has been working to grow our social media reach using popular channels; one of those is Twitter, twitter.com/fcep.

We intend to use Twitter as a means of communication; most tweets will be done in conjunction with the latest news regarding FCEP's legislative hot topics and to let you know of any changes happening around here.

Connect with FCEP:         

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FCEP
May 7, 2014 FCEP Committee Meetings at FEP Offices*
May 8, 2014 FCEP Board Meeting at FEP Offices*
May 18-21, 2014 ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference
June 10, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
June 16, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
July 17-20, 2014 ClinCon
Aug. 7-10, 2014 Symposium by the Sea
Aug. 7, 2014 FCEP Board of Directors Meeting
Aug. 7-8, 2014 FCEP Committee Meetings

*FEP OFFICES: 500 Winderley Pl #115, Maitland, FL 32751
Special Thanks to FEP for hosting our May meetings while we are under construction!

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SAVE THE DATE!
July 17-20, 2014





7th Annual Forensic Investigations Conference

Saint Luke's Health System is sponsoring their 7th Annual Forensic Investigations Conference, May 14-16, in Kansas City, MO! ACEP is trying to improve the availability of specific medical-forensic content for ACEP members (sexual assault, domestic violence, elderly and child abuse), as well as our forensic colleagues in nursing, criminal justice and advocacy. Last year we had over 480 participants who came to KC for forensic education, fun and great BBQ!

ACEP will offer a specific Pre-Conference, an "Advanced Sexual Assault Medical-Forensic Course for Physicians," on May 12 & 13. This ACEP Category I CME approved course has been well received by physicians, residents and program directors across the country and it concentrates not only on up-to date necessary clinical forensic skills, but important sexual assault program medical director, court room and legal issues. This intense 2-day presentation is taught by physician colleagues with over 50 years of experience in these medical-forensic areas.

Please click on the below link to access the full conference brochure details and registration.

www.saintlukeshealthsystem.org/forensic

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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS


Telemedicine puts Florida out in front of patient care
The Tampa Tribune
The expansion and regulation of telemedicine is being considered by the Florida House and Senate. It's a rare opportunity for legislation to benefit patients, doctors and hospitals throughout Florida while also allowing Democrats and Republicans the chance to work together on an important topic for Floridians. The Florida Medical Association agrees that telemedicine is a tool to expand access to areas where there are too few doctors or when a second opinion is needed quickly.
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Better communication could curb ER visits after outpatient surgery
Modern Healthcare
Of nearly 4 million patients who were sent home after having outpatient surgery, nearly 32 out of every 1,000 were admitted to the hospital or visited an emergency room for follow-up care within seven days of being discharged, a study finds. Better communication with patients about the symptoms they might experience following a procedure may help to reduce the hospital visits, study authors said.
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Rural hospitals equal in outcomes, ahead in ED care
FierceHealthcare
Rural hospitals are equal to their urban counterparts in care quality, patient safety and outcomes, and their emergency departments are more efficient and less expensive, according to a new study by iVantage Health Analytics.
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4 tips for physician training in light of the ICD-10 delay
Becker's Hospital Review
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama signed legislation that delays the transition to ICD-10 coding by at least one year. In the wake of that announcement, providers, health insurers and others who were preparing to make the switch this October have been re-evaluating their implementation plans and awaiting further guidance from CMS (which is coming "soon," according to the agency's website). Part of their recalibration involves physician training initiatives.
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Insurance doesn't cut ER visits among young adults
FierceHealthPayer
Even with insurance, young adults choose costly emergency room visits over office visits and have the same out-of-pocket expenses as their uninsured counterparts, according to a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Researchers examined 2009 federal data and found young adults have low office visit rates and high ER visit rates. Moreover, young adults insured part of the year had higher ER costs than those uninsured for the entire year.
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EXCLUSIVE CONTENT


Nursing careers: Building a robust professional network
By Keith Carlson
Whether you're a satisfied nurse or a nurse who's totally burned out and ready for change, there's no time like the present to develop and maintain a robust professional network. Some of us hear the word "networking" and run screaming in the opposite direction, while others are ready to do the work of forging long-term, meaningful professional connections. Either way, there's no denying that having your own network of fellow professionals to whom you can reach out is a practice worth pursuing throughout your career.
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