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Symposium by the Sea 2014
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Location: Boca Raton Resort and Club
Date: August 7-10

Please take a moment to review the conference brochure to learn about the exciting new events planned for this year's Symposium.

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FCEP
May 8, 2014 FCEP Board Meeting at FEP Offices*
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
Aug. 7-8, 2014 FCEP Committee Meetings

*FEP OFFICES: 500 Winderley Pl #115, Maitland, FL 32751
Special Thanks to FEP for hosting our May meetings while we are under construction!

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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS


Baby gate-related injuries send nearly 2,000 children to ERs each year
Healthline
Many parents and caregivers use baby gates in an effort to prevent babies from falling down stairs and in other dangerous situations. Now, a new study, conducted by researchers in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital, has found gates can lead to injury if used incorrectly. According to the study, published in Academic Pediatrics, from 1990 through 2010, emergency departments in the United States treated an estimated 37,673 children younger than seven years of age for baby gate-related injuries. That is an average of 1,794 per year, or about five injured children per day.
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Study: Email intervention drives down superbug rates
FierceHealthcare
Weekly emails from the medical director of infection control to hospital leaders helped a 1,500-bed Florida hospital halt the spread of a superbug, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. Before the email intervention, the hospital reported endemic rates of Acinetobacter baumannii for nearly two decades. Once the director started sending weekly emails, however, transmission rates fell 63 percent, according to L. Silvia Munoz-Price, M.D., of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and colleagues.
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Lightening loads in ERs
The Virginian-Pilot
Medical care costs have been soaring for many reasons, but one persistent problem creates considerable expense: treating people with non-emergency problems in emergency departments. Some compound the costs by calling 911 for routine medical help, tying up an ambulance and a team of first responders and adding to the price tag. Persuading such people to instead use regular doctor visits for treatment is critical to the medical cost savings outlined by the Affordable Care Act.
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CMS resets ICD-10 start date
HealthLeaders Media
After one month of silence, the federal government has announced that it will reset ICD-10 implementation for Oct. 1, 2015, the earliest date allowed by law. The Department of Health and Human Services "expects to release an interim final rule in the near future that will include a new compliance date that would require the use of ICD-10 beginning Oct. 1, 2015. The rule will also require HIPAA-covered entities to continue to use ICD-9-CM through Sept. 30, 2015."
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See related story: 4 tips for physician training in light of the ICD-10 delay (Becker's Hospital Review)


How healthcare insurance affects medical care in ERs
Healthcare Global
A hospital's emergency room is sometimes a scary place, especially when patients with critical conditions don't have the proper health insurance coverage. There are a number of questions that arise when uninsured patients arrive at the ER in need of costly medical attention. In order to help answer those questions, the following are just a few ways hospitals handle patients who don't have health insurance coverage.
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Strong ties with hospital staff could reduce nursing home ED referrals
FierceHealthcare
Registered nurses who work in nursing homes need to rely on their colleagues in hospitals to determine whether it's necessary to refer nursing home residents to the emergency department, according to a new study in the Open Journal of Nursing. Researchers set out to determine how nurses in nursing homes make the decision to refer their elderly residents to the ED. They found that when nurses had a distant relationship with their colleagues at hospitals or a previous negative experience, they often felt insecure and alone in their decision-making. Hospital staff, they said, would sometimes question their competence. As a result, they sometimes hesitated to refer patients to the ER and typically turned to their colleagues in the nursing home for advice.
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The FOAMed Report: Drunk patients and pediatric sepsis
MedPage Today
The following are five must-reads curated from the globally crowd-sourced emergency medicine and critical care online education community called Free Open Access Meducation (FOAMed).
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The financial keys to population health
Healthcare Finance News
Population health management is easier said than done. On the clinical side of a hospital or health system, it often entails tracking patients by disease groups, identifying gaps in care, and addressing them before they result in aggravated conditions, or avoidable admissions and trips to the ED. Aggregated clinical data are essential to managing population health. From the finance perspective, a similar array of aggregated measures is required. However, analyzing the financial health of various service lines is a complex undertaking.
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EXCLUSIVE CONTENT


Coming soon: A search engine for emergency medicine
By Trina McMillin
While attending medical school at New York University School of Medicine, Timothy Peck, M.D., was amazed by the amount of multimedia medical learning materials, especially in the field of emergency medicine. The problem was differentiating what information was trusted, useful and valued and what was not. This led Peck to create his own library — a "trusted user" library full of podcasts, blogs and online journals. Peck shared his library with his classmates, and together they scrutinized, analyzed and continuously updated the lists. These curated lists inspired Peck's EM-specific search engine, iClickEM.
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