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The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) published a press release on December 12, 2016 in regards to the work the Florida College of Emergency Physicians (FCEP) has undertaken over several years on the topic of balanced billing. FCEP leaders have met throughout the year with state- and national-level policymakers on the issue.
To read the press release, CLICK HERE!
CLICK HERE for all of FCEP's resources on balance billing for members and emergency physicians statewide.
Stay tuned to www.EMLRC.org for more information about the upcoming conference and registration!
Emergency Medicine Days 2017
March 13-15, 2017
Emergency Medicine Days in Tallahassee is the premier advocacy event each year for the Florida College of Emergency Physicians. All members are invited each spring to our state capital to spend time face-to-face with their legislators, lobbying for legislation that will provide better access to quality care for our patients. At EM Days, FCEP members gather with their colleagues and lobby for a better emergency medicine climate in Florida.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE EM DAYS 2017 AGENDA OVERVIEW!
This year's advocacy event will be held at the Hotel Duval.
Room Rate: $219 per night (Includes overnight valet parking and Wi-Fi in guest room)
To book your hotel room online using our group rate, CLICK HERE.
Reservation Cut-Off Date: February 12, 2017
REGISTER TODAY FOR DECEMBER'S WEBINAR COURSE!
Altered Mental Status: Approach to the agitated patient
December 15, 2016 at 1 p.m. EST
Presented by Christopher Hunter, MD, PhD
Live webinar via ReadyTalk
This one hour discussion will review the general approach to agitated patients focusing on the safety of both the patient and the provider, and discuss legal and ethical considerations.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR COURSE!
For more information about the 12 different courses in the series, CLICK HERE!
For any registration questions, please contact EMLRC Clinical Education Scheduler Evan Buckley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Missed out on the Psychedelic Novel Drugs webinar? Watch it on playback!
Available for viewing through December 17, 2016.
This one hour discussion will describe the historical background of natural substances initially used to facilitate psychotherapy by inducing hallucinations. Although the therapeutic psychological applications were quickly abandoned, the properties of causing hallucinations continued to be exploited for illicit abuse. As powerful serotonin agonists, this subgroup of novel psychoactive substances poses a particular risk of seizures, hyperthermia and death. We review the classic agents from the 1960's to the most recent examples identified in the US.
Tamas R. Peredy, MD, FACEP, FACMT
Florida Poison Information Center-Tampa
Tampa General Hospital
VIEW THE PLAYBACK VIDEO
Offered FREE of charge with CE.
For full details and continuing education information for the playback webinar, CLICK HERE!
New! Higher pay rates and generous sign-on bonus! Florida Emergency Physicians is looking for excellent EM Physicians to staff EDs near Orlando, FL. Comprehensive benefits package, leadership opportunities, and relocation assistance available. Send cover letter and resume to: email@example.com.
Emergency Medicine Payment Reform Summit
February 9-10, 2017
Emergency Medicine Learning and Resource Center (EMLRC)
3717 S. Conway Road
Orlando, FL 32812
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
This two-day conference will bring together Emergency Medicine leaders from across the U.S. who are preparing to address the new world of healthcare delivery and payment reform. This summit will focus on future practice model innovation to address new payment risk models, government regulations, coordination of patient care, outcomes, quality measures, cost control and related issues. It will allow for interaction among attendees to create and amplify solutions to payment reform and to share learned knowledge externally within the Emergency Medicine community.
State and national EM leadership including:
Click here to download the EM Payment Reform Summit agenda.
- EM group business leaders
- Practice management companies
- Revenue cycle management companies
- ED Medical Directors
- EMS leaders
- Academic institution leaders
- Hospital executives
- Nursing leadership
- All with an interest in becoming change agents and entrepreneurial implementers
Updated information about EM Payment Reform Summit can be found by CLICKING HERE!
A severely ill child can cause doubt and overcautious behavior on the part of any healthcare provider. Pediatric patients requiring emergency care have unique needs, often requiring specialized equipment and training of personnel. The Unfamiliar Pediatrics - A Closer Look program is designed to provide all prehospital providers with up-to-the-minute education and training to rapidly assess and treat a severely ill or critically injured child.
Topic: Newborn Resuscitation
January 26, 2017
Emergency Medicine Learning and Resource Center (EMLRC)
3717 S. Conway Road
Orlando, FL 32812
Morning Session: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Afternoon Session: 1-5 p.m.
Registration cap is 25 persons per session
The first session of FCEP & EMRLC's Unfamiliar Pediatrics — A Closer Look program targets the critical components and skills necessary for successful newborn resuscitation. The program will utilize a combination of didactic lectures, hands-on skill stations, and interactive high-fidelity simulation scenarios to introduce participants to the concepts and techniques involved in newborn resuscitation.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS SESSION'S AGENDA!
Updated information about Unfamiliar Pediatrics — A Closer Look can be found by CLICKING HERE!
PAMI (Pain Assessment and Management Initiative) is introducing a new resource to help nurses and physicians treat patients who present with pain. As part of a comprehensive program, the Discharge Planning Toolkit for Pain provides a much needed Discharge Algorithm for Pain Related Complaints. This algorithm assists providers in determining if the patient is safe for discharge; considerations for opioid addiction risk, OTC treatment options, and bowel regimens. The toolkit also provides educational handouts– which you can adapt for your own needs– on how certain factors from smoking to poor sleep can affect pain. Finally, patients can review a helpful video explaining a pain analogy from the American Chronic Pain Association called “A Car with Four Flat Tires”. If you have any feedback about our Discharge Planning Toolkit for Pain, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educational Handouts can be accessed through the PAMI website or directly at: http://pami.emergency.med.jax.ufl.edu/discharge-planning/
Follow PAMI on Facebook at https://goo.gl/OMRHMe.
Photos from SBS2016 will be uploaded to EMLRC.org and FCEP's Facebook.
If you have not yet completed your course evaluation for our SBS 2016 event, CLICK HERE to fill it out!
Save the dates and mark your calendar with all of FCEP's upcoming events!
Click here to see the 2016-2017 FCEP Annual Calendar!
Join today the premier grassroots network for emergency physicians and help make a difference on legislation impacting emergency medicine and patients. CLICK HERE to join today!
If you have not yet completed your course evaluation for our CLINCON 2016 event, CLICK HERE to fill it out!
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With the support of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the Florida College of Emergency Physicians (FCEP) today urged state and national policymakers to investigate the reimbursement practices of insurance companies, especially when patients go out of network for emergency medical care.
"We are urging Senator Bill Nelson to investigate fully what is happening in his own state before calling for an inquiry into 'surprise bills' by emergency physicians," said Jay Falk, MD, FACEP, president of FCEP.
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The Clinical Advisor
Life expectancy in the United States was 78.8 years in 2015, a decrease of 0.1 year from 2014, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. The decrease is primarily due to an increase in mortality from heart disease, chronic lower respiratory diseases, unintentional injuries, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, kidney disease and suicide. For men, life expectancy declined from 76.5 years in 2014 to 76.3 years in 2015. For women, life expectancy decreased from 81.3 years in 2014 to 81.2 years in 2015.
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With ongoing terrorist threats being reported in the United States, and as concerns grow about our preparedness to handle such threats, do you ever stop to wonder what it is like to work in the emergency department and treat a suspected terrorist or prisoner? What type of security measures are in place to ensure the safety of the medical personnel and all of the patients within the hospital setting?
Creating effective interventions to care for complex populations and making them available is only half the battle. That was the lesson gleaned from a workshop session at The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs’ Putting Care at the Center conference, held Dec. 7-9 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Representatives from Wisconsin and Michigan state government agencies, as well as practicing clinicians, made up a panel of speakers who discussed sustaining effective interventions for high-cost, high-need patients.
Medical News Today
A new study shows that psychosocial risk factors that impact a person's ability to cope with chronic stress are associated with significantly higher readmission rates and longer hospital stays among blood cancer patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. This is a critical clinical concern and area of unmet need for patients who require intensive treatment to eradicate their cancer that should be addressed in a systematic way by the oncology community, the researchers say.
Patients presenting to the emergency department with complaints of syncope should still undergo routine chest X-rays, according to a study published in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine.
Researchers from Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston, Massachusetts, sought to study the distribution of normal and abnormal chest radiographs in patients presenting with syncope, stratified by those who did or did not have an adverse event at 30 days.
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Hospitalized patients who experience low blood glucose levels are at substantially increased risk of death, both over the short term and after discharge, compared with those who don't have hypoglycemia, regardless of their diabetes status, new results from a large-scale study indicate. The findings show that, in hospitalized patients with spontaneous and insulin-related hypoglycemia, the mortality risk is more than doubled, rising to an approximately fourfold increased risk of death in patients with severe hypoglycemia (compared with those without hypoglycemia).
By Scott E. Rupp
"Show me the money" is a statement made famous by the somewhat-long-in-the-tooth '90s movie classic, "Jerry Maguire." Today, the statement is known for its directness in proving whether a business or industry is success. Typically, anyone who is able to utter such a phrase is "worthy" of the proverbial funds, as we were taught in the film. Healthcare is one of those sectors, and it can certainly scream "show me the money" from within any corner of its locker room.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning are predicted to be part of the next industrial revolution and could help business and industry save billions of dollars by the next decade. The tech giants Google, Facebook, Apple, IBM and others are applying artificial intelligence to all sorts of data.
Machine learning methods are being used in areas such as translating language almost in real time, and even to identify images of cats on the internet.
So why haven't we seen artificial intelligence used to the same extent in healthcare?
The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic that has been responsible for a 200 percent increase in deaths due to overdose of heroin or an opioid pain reliever since 2000. Between 2013 and 2014, rates of opioid deaths increased from 7.9 to 9.0 per 100,000 people. A particular area of concern for the healthcare industry is the increase in overdose deaths involving prescription opioid pain relievers, which claimed 18,893 lives in 2014 — the most for any year on record, and more than 4 times the number of such overdoses in 1999.
We are getting better at handing off patients from our office to the emergency room. Now we just have to figure out how to make handoffs work well in the other direction.
Many, many years ago, after a series of unfortunate events occurred as a result of poor communication during transitions of care, we developed a robust system to create a safe handoff system for patients being transferred from the outpatient setting to the emergency room.
By Jason Poquette
No matter what side of the political fence you sit on, healthcare price transparency is a factor that most feel is important. We all know that when prices are clear and options are available, competition will drive down costs. For example, we all know what a gallon of gas will cost us at XYZ gas station. If the price suddenly goes up by a dime, we'll drive another half-mile to get a better price. For some reason, we have allowed healthcare to operate by a different set of rules.
Although sunburns are highly preventable, they are still responsible for tens of thousands of expensive visits to U.S. emergency rooms each year, according to a recent analysis.
The total tab in 2013 for sunburn-related emergency room visits was $11.2 million, researchers report in The American Medical Association’s journal Dermatology, with the great majority of cases among people under age 30.
Advance Healthcare Network
A nurse takes a report from the emergency department regarding Joe, a 748-pound patient with a Stage III right buttock pressure ulcer from months of bed rest and respiratory failure related to bronchitis and probable obesity hypoventilation syndrome. The patient arrives to the respiratory step-down unit on a bed that is too small to accommodate his size comfortably.
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