Around the nation: Court lifts injunction against Florida's 'Docs v. Glocks' law

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  • Florida: A federal judge on Tuesday lifted an injunction against a 2011 state law that restricts what physicians can say to their patients about firearms. The law—known as "Docs vs. Glocks"—prohibits physicians from asking patients about their ownership of guns or recording such information in health records, except in cases when it is medically necessary. The measure is being challenged by groups representing 11,000 health care providers in the state, including the Florida chapters of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The decision is likely to be appealed, Gary Fineout reports for the Associated Press (Fineout, AP/Daily Journal, 7/28; Saunders, News Service of Florida/Miami Herald, 7/28).

  • Illinois: There have now been 50 cases of mumps reported in a recent outbreak in Champaign County, the majority of which are being linked to the University of Illinois (UI) campus, where most students are scheduled to return to campus in the next few weeks. UI McKinley Health Center Director Robert Palinkas says that there have been periodic on-campus mump outbreaks in the past, but the current outbreak is the biggest in more than 10 years. "We're hoping it will tail off," Palinkas says. "It always has, but you can't necessarily be certain about that" (Chicago Tribune, 7/28; Pressey, Champaign News-Gazette, 7/27).

  • Michigan, New Jersey: New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Michigan-based Henry Ford Health System have both received an Equity of Care Award from the American Hospital Association. The award recognizes the steps the organizations took to increase diversity among their leadership and reduce health care disparities (Finnegan, FierceHealthcare, 7/27; Bergeron, NJBIZ, 7/29).

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