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TCAA supports House Bill on Standing Orders
The Controlled Substances Act prohibits emergency medical personnel from delivering or administering controlled substances through standing orders. Congressman Richard Hudson of North Carolina introduced H.R. 4365, the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016 on behalf of the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) to amend the Controlled Substances Act. The bill, which currently has 77 cosponsors, was introduced in an effort to protect standing orders which provide pre-set protocols established by Medical Directors with regard to the administration and delivery of controlled substances in the practice of EMS medicine. Standing orders are necessary to ensure medications are available to EMS personnel and administered in a timely manner to patients who are sick or seriously injured. TCAA supports NAEMSP in their efforts to safeguard standing orders and EMS access to medications to be administered in emergency situations. On May 16, 2016, Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana introduced the companion bill, S.2932. The bill was referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee with minor modifications which will not affect the impact of the bill.
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REMINDER: New Membership Invoicing Schedule
Trauma Center Association of America (TCAA) is updating our invoicing procedure effective April, 2016. TCAA is moving to a January to December calendar year fee schedule. We feel this dues schedule will help streamline our accounting process and provide a better system of organization for our members. We will be pro-rating your 2016 membership dues accordingly. Contact us with any questions at 704-360-4665.
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Chevonna Nimmons, Director of Government Affairs
Chevonna received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Winston-Salem State University in 2000 and her Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2004. She spent several summers in Washington, DC as an intern at the Department of Energy and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) which ultimately launched her career in government affairs. Chevonna has served as an advocate for children, individuals and corporations in the non-profit and corporate sectors. She has also led and developed several very successful marketing, legislative and public affairs campaigns. Chevonna is a native of and currently resides in Charlotte, NC where she is actively involved in several community organizations.
Liz Rosas, Executive Assistant
Liz studied at Blue Ridge Bible College and has a degree in Theology Missions. She also attended the University Del Este in Puerto Rico with an Associates Degree in Public Relations and Hospitality. She has worked for over 20 years in the hospitality and non-profit industry. She is fluent in both Spanish and English. Her previous office and non-profit experience is serving us well. Liz has strong interpersonal skills and has been a delightful addition to our team.
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