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Message from the FCEP President, Michael Lozano Jr, MD, FACEP

Coming home with a bad report card frequently leads to frank conversations. In the case of ACEP's recently released Report Card on Emergency Medicine, frank conversations need to be had. Is it acceptable for many of Florida's residents and visitors to encounter barriers to accessing medical care? Is it acceptable that physicians avoid relocating to Florida because of an adverse medical liability climate? What programs are in place to recruit, train, and retain the best and the brightest emergency professionals to care for our residents? These are the difficult questions that need to be addressed. We have seen Florida's grades slip since the last report card's release. It's best that we have these conversations now. With a significant proportion of Florida's physicians considering retirement in the next five years, time is running out to avoid a crisis. FCEP leadership is taking immediate action to bring the issues and recommendations to the forefront of our legislators, regulators and individual communities across the State.

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National report card on America's emergency care environment confirms crisis
ACEP
We need your help to bring the 2014 National Report Card on America's Emergency Care Environment to the attention of federal legislators. The Nation's grade dropped to a D+ since the last report in 2009 (C-) because of the failure of our nation's policies to support emergency patients. The Report Card details the competing pressures of reduced resources and increased demand and forecasts an expanding role for emergency departments under Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act).

Congress needs to hear real solutions to address the crisis from ACEP members who are on the front-lines of the emergency care system and provide the safety net for all patients.

Please send a message to your legislators today — ask them to make it a national priority to strengthen our emergency medical system and protect emergency patients.

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Reducing Nonurgent Use of Emergency Departments
and Improving Appropriate Care in Appropriate Settings


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Feb. 6-10, 2014 Ohio ACEP, FCEP, FEMF Board Review Course
Feb. 11, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
Feb. 12, 2014 FEMF Board Meeting
Feb. 19, 2014 FCEP Committee Meetings
March 4, 2014 First day of Legislative Session
March 10-13, 2014 Emergency Medicine Days
March 11, 2014 FCEP Board of Directors Meeting
April 8, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
May 7, 2014 FCEP Committee Meeting
May 8, 2014 FCEP Board Meeting at FCEP
May 18-21, 2014 ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference
June 10, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
June 16, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
July 17-20, 2014 ClinCon
Aug. 7-10, 2014 Symposium by the Sea
Aug. 7, 2014 FCEP Board of Directors Meeting

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Emergency Ultrasound in Florida

As part of a collaboration with The Florida College of Emergency Physicians (FCEP), The Florida Hospital-East Orlando Residency Program is conducting a survey to assess the prevalence of use of emergency ultrasound in Florida. The best way to promote Emergency Ultrasound (EUS) in Florida would be to fully understand its current state and identify factors that prevent wide utilization and implementation. Understanding the penetration of this technology would help to create resources to educate physicians in the community and create policies that would assist implementation in the state.

Participation in the following survey will be on a voluntary basis and results will be kept confidential. In addition, study results will exclude any institutional or individual identifiers. You can withdraw from participation in this survey at any time by contacting the researcher.

If you have questions, concerns or need more information you may contact Dr. Alfredo Tirado-Gonzalez at 407-303-6413 or alfredo.tirado-gonzalez.md@flhosp.org.

Participation in the following survey will be greatly appreciated. All results will be confidential. If you have already completed this survey through FCEP, please disregard this message.


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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS


New ACEP report blasts US emergency care
FierceHealthcare
A new report card from the American College of Emergency Physicians is sharply critical of emergency care in the U.S., giving it a grade of D-plus overall. The overall grade was based on scores in several subcategories, including: access to emergency care; quality and patient safety; medical liability environment; as well as public health and injury prevention.
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ERs are front line for enrolling new Obamacare customers
NPR and Kaiser Health News
Hospitals are motivated to sign patients up for medical coverage. For those who qualify for subsidized, private insurance, the reimbursement rates are welcome revenue at a time when hospitals are facing Medicare cuts. As for Medicaid, 26 states and the District of Columbia have opened the program up to most poor adults, and that means if an uninsured patient is found eligible, hospitals can get paid retroactively for medical treatments going as far back as three months.
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Mild-mannered stingrays can inflict a world of hurt
Health News Florida
Want to get away? Thinking about a place with warm water and soft sand? Sounds nice. But think twice before you wade into that inviting surf. Chances are there are stingrays in the area. Every year, these timid, shellfish-eating cousins of the shark inflict excruciating injuries on thousands of swimmers and surfers from the Bahamas to Bahrain to both coasts of the United States.
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HIE reduces repeat imaging in the ER
Healthcare IT News
The benefits of reduced imaging from the use of health information exchange have largely been the stuff of anecdote and theory, until now. In one of the first large-scale empirical studies on the links between HIE participation and imaging in hospital emergency departments, researchers from Mathematica Policy and the University of Michigan found redundant CT scans, X-rays and ultrasounds decreased fairly significantly — with savings in the millions of dollars.
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Minimum wage increase causes debate on campus
Central Florida Future
Is it possible for students to support themselves through college on only $7.93 an hour? In a time when college costs are only rising, students face the challenge of entering the workforce while still paying for the degree to land their first "real" job. President Barack Obama's proposal to gradually raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could tip the work study balance in favor of multitasking students.
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Healthcare technology, mobile apps more important now than ever
MedCity News
It's looking to be the year of the consumer in healthcare, say leaders and visionaries in the industry. New healthcare technology, changes in the market and the Affordable Care Act will allow more consumers to bid good-bye to some of the most frustrating parts of a troubled-healthcare system. Waiting hours to see the doctor, taking hand-written prescriptions to the pharmacy while sick, chasing down medical records, and being left in the dark about what care will cost are all inconveniences that will soon go the way of the phone booth.
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How perverse incentives drive up healthcare costs
Health News Florida
AudioBriefEmergency medical technicians, EMTs, are trained to save your life and aim to get you to a hospital as quickly as possible when needed. One thing they are usually not asked to do is to find ways to save money. NPR's Zoe Chace explores one experiment that is trying to cut emergency care costs and cut return trips to the ER.
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