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U.S. Emergency Physicians Gets Proactive with League

The Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) and the National Football League Foundation have partnered to provide an online continuing medical education course on the assessment and management of concussions. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), under the leadership of Joseph F. Waeckerle, MD, FACEP, will manage the project with funding provided by the NFL Foundation.

“This is an important and timely project, given a recent study that reports that emergency department visits for traumatic brain injury increased by 29 percent over just 4 years,” said Dr. Waeckerle. “We need to be involved in all aspects of care, from prevention through treatment. I enjoyed collaborating with some of the best experts in the world to produce a first-rate educational product for emergency physicians and anyone who is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of concussion. We look forward to future collaboration with the NFL Foundation.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency department visits for traumatic brain injury have increased 60 percent over the past decade, which is why emergency physicians are calling for more education on concussion recognition and care.

“Education is critical to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment of the injury in the emergency room, on the sidelines and elsewhere,” said Jeff Miller, NFL senior vice president of health and safety policy. “The NFL is pleased to partner with leaders like EMF to educate physicians and improve care for anyone who suffers a concussion.”

Using a peer-review methodology, Dr. Waeckerle and members of ACEP developed an accredited continuing medical education course that covers a number of topics related to concussion, including: epidemiology, prevention and mitigation, recognition, management, and recovery and return to play. The free online course is available to all physicians nationwide and designated and approved by ACEP for a maximum of 1.5. AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and a maximum of 1.5 hour(s) of ACEP Category I credit.

“Early intervention is critical to preventing short and long-term complications,” said Brooks Bock, MD, FACEP, chairman of EMF. “EMF appreciates the NFL’s support for this important effort to help improve the care of people who have experienced concussions.”

For more information and access to the course, visit  http://www.acep.org/concussionessentials/

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Concussion Physician Expands Practice with Another Southern California Office

Andrew M. Blecher, MD, a Southern California physician, who specializes in the treatment of concussions and other sports related injuries, has expanded his operations with a new office in Beverly Hills.

Dr. Blecher, a frequent contributor to Concussion Litigation Reporter, already has an office in Van Nuys. Growing demand led to the establishment of the new office. the following link provides details about the locations: http://www.blechermd.com/contact-us.html

What follows is a video that Dr. Blecher published that features former NFL player Robert Griffith, which features a discussion on concussions and how they occur: http://www.blechermd.com/concussion-evaluations.html


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Attorneys Discuss the Interplay Between Athletic Trainers, Athletes, Coaches, Parents & Physicians

(Editor’s Note: What follows is the excerpt of an article written by Ellen Rugeley for the August issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter)

In a recent podcast, Duane Morris attorneys Kenneth L. Shropshire and Patricia Hofstra discussed the complex communication between trainers, athletes, coaches, parents and physicians, from the NFL down to Pop Warner.

Hofstra typically represents physician groups, which have orthopedic and sports medicine practices that supply athletic trainers to schools and professional teams.

She noted that the legal issues that athletic trainers should be mindful of are implications of kickbacks, the possibility that there’s an inference of payment for referral, and information sharing between the athletic trainer and the athlete’s school, coach, recruiters, and parents.

Hofstra said that these physician practices often employ athletic trainers as part of their sports medicine practice, and rather than recommending them to schools, they “either contract with the schools to provide that athletic trainer component within the school or they donate the athletic trainers services to the school thinking that it’s a great public benefit, it’s great marketing for them, and it’s a great opportunity to further develop business and referrals, and that’s where you can get into some legal issues with the provisions about kickbacks in exchange for referrals.“

If a physician practice supplies an athletic trainer to a school in exchange for hopefully getting referrals from that athletic trainer for follow up procedures and surgeries, that triggers a whole regulatory and legal anti-kickback component, which has to be very carefully structured. There has to be an evaluation of the fair market value (FMV) of the athletic trainer’s services, and while this is often viewed as a community benefit and a community service, some government enforcement agencies look at it as a payment in exchange for a referral.

To read more, visit https://concussionpolicyandthelaw.com/concussion-litigation-reporter/

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