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Ebola

Dear colleague,

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) continues to work with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The attached document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and distributed regularly.

The following are updated guidance documents available: CDC/ASPR Checklists:

Webinar Recording Available on Ebola Preparedness for U.S. Health Care System

A recording of a recent webinar hosted by ASPR and CDC on Ebola Preparedness for the U.S. health care system is now available for viewing. The webinar focused on the Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/hospital-checklist-ebola-preparedness.pdf), which highlights the activities that all hospitals can take to prepare for the possibility of a patient exposed to Ebola arriving for medical care. This information is especially useful for hospital emergency managers, infection control officers, hospital leadership, and clinical staff. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure hospitals can detect possible Ebola cases, protect their employees, and respond appropriately.

CDC and ASPR encourage you to visit the CDC Ebola website for the most updated information on the 2014 Ebola response and to share this information with your colleagues and networks.

Sincerely,
Division of Health System Policy
HHS / ASPR / OPP
Thomas P. O’Neill Federal Building
200 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
eccc@hhs.gov

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Welcome New Members

Bastawros, Dina A., MD
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Bither, Brittany N., MD
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Brooks, Hannah M., MD
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Butler, Emmary S., MD
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Evans, Sara F., DO
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Heit, Michael H., MD
Urogynecology Associates
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Henne, Shana M., MD
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Ionescu, Ruxandra C., MD
Ctr. for Respiratory & Sleep Medicine
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Kuper, Spencer G., MD
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
 
Love-Davis, Ada C., MD
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Meinema, Kimberley L., MD
Resident – St. Vincent Hospital
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Messinger, Lauren B., MD
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Miller, Marina D., MD
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
 
Reeve, Kristin E., MD
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
 
Said, Maram A., DO
Resident – St. Vincent Hospital
Obstetrics & Gynecology
 
Smith, Joseph P., MD
Fellowship – IU School of Medicine
Internal Medicine / Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
 
Stoller, Megan K., MD
Resident – St. Vincent Hospital
Obstetrics & Gynecology
 
Thomas, Megan M., MD
Resident – St. Vincent Hospital
Obstetrics & Gynecology
 
Ward, Brittany N., MD
Resident – St. Vincent Hospital
Obstetrics & Gynecology
 
As president of IMS, I welcome you to membership into an organization representing you as physicians, your patients, and quality medical services since 1848. I encourage your participation in our IMS activities including meetings and written contributions to the Bulletin.

IMS can only be as energized as the members who comprise it, so reach out to your IMS colleagues and get to know them, as well as, our focus of collegiality and quality medical care.

David R. Diaz, MD, IMS President

If you want more information about our newest IMS members, visit them on our physician finder here. A simple search is all that is required.

DEA Final Rule Rescheduling Hydrocodone Combination Products

Recently, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a final rule rescheduling hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) into Controlled Substance Schedule II, effective October 6, 2014.

The attached document provides detailed information, but essentially, the final rule provides, in part, that prescriptions for HCPs that are issued before October 6, 2014, that have authorized refills may be dispensed in accordance with DEA rules for refilling, partial filling, transferring, and central filling Schedule III-V controlled substances until April 8, 2015.

However, it has come to our attention that --- due to state laws, insurance limitations, and some pharmacy processes --- some health insurers and pharmacies may not honor refills on or after October 6, 2014.

Therefore, prescribers should be prepared to provide new hard copy or electronic prescriptions for patients beginning on October 6, 2014 rather than have patients use what would have been existing refills.

Please read the attached document for more detailed information.

DEA Final Rule: Rescheduling Hydrocodone Products

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