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FCEP 2014 Board Elections
The following candidates were selected by the nominating committee to serve on the Florida College of Emergency Physicians Board of Directors.
The following question was asked of each nominee:
"What membership areas can or should FCEP be more involved with to support individual members and encourage new members?"
To view the candidate's answers, click Read More below.
The newly elected Board Members will take office at the Board of Directors meeting, August 7, 2014, which is held during Symposium by the Sea.
Ballots must be completed by July 25, 2014.
Symposium by the Sea
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The Boca Raton Resort & Club is SOLD OUT for Symposium by the Sea. Haven't made your reservation yet? That's okay, because we've arranged another great option for you:
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999 East Camino Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432
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Rate: $149 plus tax per night
Parking: $15 per day (valet only)
Group: Florida Emergency Medicine Foundation
Group Code: FEM
Reservations can be made using the customized registration link above or by calling the hotel directly and mentioning FEMF.
Symposium by the Sea will be taking place at
The Boca Raton Resort & Club
501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432
August 7-10, 2014
Symposium by the Sea 2014 Brochure
More symposium details, such as brief course descriptions and registration fees,
can be found on the Symposium by the Sea 2014 Registration webpage:
Symposium by the Sea Registration
Emergency Medicine Conference for the Mid-Level Provider
Registration is open!
This conference consists of lectures and hands-on skill stations (e.g. slit lamp, wound care etc.) and is designed to enhance the mid-level provider's knowledge and skills in caring for patients in the emergency department and urgent care setting.
Click here to register today!
Date: August 7-8, 2014
Location: Boca Raton Resort & Club
501 E Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Cost: $350 for a two day conference
For an additional $175, registrants may participate in Symposium by the Sea, happening simultaneously. For more details about Symposium by the Sea, click here.
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Emergency Care of Stroke Patients 2014:
Defining the State of the Art and the Science
November 13-14, 2014
All providers involved with acute care as well as hospital managers and administrators will benefit from this dynamic program that provides a comprehensive overview of best practices in acute stroke care.
Important FCEP dates
|Aug. 7-10, 2014
||Symposium by the Sea
|Aug. 7, 2014
||FCEP Board of Directors Meeting
|Aug. 7-8, 2014
||FCEP Committee Meetings
|Aug. 7-8, 2014
||Emergency Medicine Conference for Mid-Level Provider
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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS
Some South Florida docs decline to accept Obamacare
Nearly one million Floridians enrolled in a private health plan through the ACA exchange but some are finding that some physicians refuse to honor their coverage — even when the doctors are included in the plan's provider network. Some physicians say they're concerned they won't be paid for their services by either the insurer or the patient, and that insurers are not adequately informing doctors of their inclusion in exchange plan networks.
Nurses, emergency department workers often targets of violence
Violence against front-line hospital workers is a growing problem across the country and the globe, specifically against nurses and emergency department workers. The number of violent incidents involving hospital workers jumped 37 percent in the past three years, according to a recent survey by the International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety.
Florida forced to stagger the timing of payments
The Tallahassee Democrat
Florida is being forced to stagger payments to schools and healthcare providers because of limits with its 30-year-old computer-based accounting system. State officials took the drastic actions because the current system can't pay out $1 billion or more in a single 24-hour period. The state was forced to delay payments twice in June because it had gone over the daily limit. Florida is planning on replacing the accounting system, but that's still years away since putting in place a new system could cost anywhere from $200 million to $500 million according to a March study prepared for the state.
Doctors may soon be paid for not making you wait
More doctor pay is being tied to patient satisfaction metrics, another sign healthcare may be coming more consumer-friendly, according to a new national analysis of physician compensation. Already, doctors and hospitals increasingly have more of their pay tied to health outcomes and related clinical measures as medical care moves toward value-based compensation rather than fees for service.
Health officials: During natural disasters, hospitals must bounce back
The Florida Times-Union
It's all about bouncing back, recovering and then moving forward after a violent weather event. The proper response requires developing plans, practice, practice, practice and then putting those measures to work when the moment calls for action. Whether our hospitals and medical facilities are safe and ready to help communities during and after weather events is a vital topic. Some areas are more prone to disasters than others, but it takes only one serious event to ravage a normally safe area.
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Text message medicine: Texts from the ER can reduce binge drinking
Young adults who screened positive for a history of hazardous or binge drinking reduced their binge drinking by more than 50 percent after receiving mobile phone text messages following a visit to the emergency department, according to a study recently published in Annals of Emergency Medicine. "Each day in the U.S., more than 50,000 adults ages 18 to 24 visit ERs and up to half have hazardous alcohol use patterns," said Brian Suffoletto, MD, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania. "More than a third of them report alcohol abuse or dependence. The emergency department provides a unique setting to screen young adults for drinking problems and to engage with them via their preferred mode of communication to reduce future use."
Psychiatric drugs send 90,000 to the ER yearly
Nearly 90,000 U.S. adults visit the emergency room yearly for side effects of prescription psychiatric medications, and more than 10,000 of these visits are related to the sleep drug Ambien, according to a new study. In fact, side effects of Ambien, along with generic forms of its drug zolpidem tartrate, were tied to more emergency room visits than those of any other psychiatric medication examined in the study.
Avoid the rush: Some ERs are taking appointments
Kaiser Health News
In an era of increased competition driven by the nation's health law, hospitals around the country are hoping online ER appointments will help attract patients anxious to avoid long waits in a crowded and often chaotic environment. "It makes for a happier camper," said Susan Dubuque, a national expert in hospital marketing. "When it comes to healthcare, consumers want more control over everything." The system is intended only for patients who don't have life-threatening or debilitating emergencies. To check in online, patients must explain the reason for their visit and check a box that they can wait for treatment.
Physicians find innovative uses for Google Glass
Physicians who are proponents of Google Glass in healthcare are ever coming up with new uses for the device. Surgeons use Glass to broadcast procedures using Google Hangout, a California-based startup is piloting a HIPAA-compliant platform for streaming audio and video, and, now, the device is going to be used in medical education. Some of the circumstances where iMedicalApps is predicting Google Glass will become useful are during surgery for an intra-operative second opinion and for a physician to see a patient en route to the emergency room.
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