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2014 Legislative Session
The legislative session in Tallahassee has ended for the year. There were several bills relating to medicine in the state of Florida that were presented. The following is a list of those that passed and those that did not. As always, FCEP maintains a presence in Tallahassee thanks to the hard work of our lobbyist, Toni Large. We are always vigilant, looking out for legislation which could possibly affect the practice of our specialty in a positive or negative way.

This year most of the bills were not specifically directed at EM, but involved the house of medicine as a whole. Of particular interest was a bill which would have granted ARNPs much greater autonomy in treating patients than they currently have. This bill did not pass.

I encourage all of our members to get involved with the political process in our state. Here are some easy ways to do this:
  1. Join our Government Affairs Committee
  2. Participate in EM Days in Tallahassee, March 9-11, 2015
  3. Participate as an FCEP councilor for ACEP and/or FMA- notices go out in the spring
  4. Contribute to our PAC- www.fcep.org

Joel Stern MD FACEP

Click here for a list of session bills that passed & failed.

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Time & Date:
1 - 2:30 p.m. ET, June 26

Format:
Online webinar via ReadyTalk

Location:
Online, in the comfort of your home or office

Cost:
$125 per person
Bulk pricing is available for groups of 10 or more.
Contact mkeahey@emlrc.org for more details.

Faculty:
Timothy Bullard, MD, MBA, FACEP
Bill Bell, Esquire

Program Outline:
I. Welcome & Introductions
II. EMTALA Update & Review
III. EMTALA vs. Florida Law Comparison
IV. Risk of Non-Compliance
V. Review of Case Studies
VI. Q & A Session

Course Description:
It is essential that every hospital, including critical access hospitals, be in compliance with the federal regulations and interpretive guidelines on the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA). EMTALA requires hospitals participating in the Medicare program to screen for emergency conditions and provide stabilizing treatment to all persons presenting to a hospital's emergency department, regardless of their ability to pay. As hospitals seek ways to make patient treatment more efficient and the government continues its aggressive oversight of hospitals, issues of EMTALA compliance often arise, resulting in civil penalties and patient lawsuits.

Listen as our panel of experts explain the obligation EMTALA imposes on hospitals participating in the Medicare program, outline the gray areas for hospitals and physicians in EMTALA compliance, and offers best practices to avoid or minimize government penalties and defend patient lawsuits.

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Emergency Medicine Conference for the Mid-Level Provider



Registration is now 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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Symposium by the Sea
Overflow Hotel Information

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:

Waterstone Resort & Marina Boca Raton - a Double Tree by Hilton Hotel
999 East Camino Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432
561-368-9500

RESERVE YOUR ROOM

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

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Save the date!



Emergency Care of Stroke Patients 2014: Defining the State of the Art and the Science
November 13-14, 2014
Orlando, FL

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.

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Important FCEP dates
June 26, 2014 Webinar: "EMTALA: Avoiding the Consequences"
July 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
Aug. 7-8, 2014 Emergency Medicine Conference for Mid-Level Provider

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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS


Online predictive analytics simulator tackles ED bottlenecks
HealthITAnalytics
While the emergency department exists primarily to handle the unexpected, healthcare organizations don't have to rely on a wait-and-see approach in order to properly allocate staff members, open beds, and other resources. Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a predictive analytics simulator to target the primary causes of inordinate wait times: a lack of free beds, a glut of low-acuity cases, and busy physicians who are not always available where they are needed most.
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Florida emergency officials participate in mock drill
Daily Commercial
A handful of organizations took part in a disaster drill in Clermont, Florida, honing their response skills with a mock medical helicopter crash at South Lake Hospital. "Preparedness is, often times, the key to success, so it's important to have drills like this," said Lt. John Herrell of the Lake County Sheriff's Office.
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Why you might be headed to the ER with your child
U.S. News & World Report
Each year, 25.5 million children under 18 are taken to the emergency room. Though these numbers can be frightening to a parent, there is a lot they can do to help keep their children out of the hospital, including implementing safety measures at home and partnering with their pediatricians to devise a plan of action for children with particular medical conditions, such as asthma or diabetes. Many situations can easily be handled by a pediatrician during office hours, or treated at home using over-the-counter health products. The following are the top 10 most common reasons for ER visits, according to pediatricians and government reports.
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Bill signing makes Florida 22nd state to pass medical marijuana legislation
Sunshine State News
With the governor's signature on the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, Florida became the 22nd state in the nation — not counting the District of Columbia, which is also on board — to pass legislation supporting the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Senate Bill 1030 and 1700 were both signed, approving the medication and protecting patient information in the compassionate use registry.
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ICD-10: Everything you need to know
By Maria Frisch
The compliance deadline for ICD-10 is Oct. 1, 2015 — a change expected to impact all HIPAA-covered entities. While this rollout will entail both time and cost burdens throughout healthcare, the move from ICD-9 to ICD-10 reflects significant advances in medicine that have occurred during the last three decades. Implementation of ICD-10 is not optional, and rollouts will be complex. This article highlights some important facts and resources regarding the transition to ICD-10.
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ED observation syncope protocol reduces resource use without compromising safety
The Hospitalist
Syncope is a common complaint in emergency departments. Uncertainty in the best way to manage older adults at intermediate risk for adverse outcomes results in frequent, costly hospitalizations without clear improvement in outcomes. An observation syncope protocol may standardize care and reduce admissions without worsening safety.
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Telemedicine regulation changes urged
HealthITOutcomes
Three letters have been sent to newly minted HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, pushing potential changes to the ACO program and better accommodation of telehealth and remote patient monitoring. The coordinated series of letters came from industry, trade groups, and ACOS which contend telemedicine has been frustrated by a patchwork of regulations and reimbursement policies hindering adoption.
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Treat the patient, not the pain score, for optimal analgesia in the ED
Pain Medicine News
Contrary to common belief, the best way to determine if a patient in the emergency department needs analgesics is simply to ask if he or she wants more pain medication, rather than using pain scores, according to an emergency medicine pharmacist who led an educational session at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 2013 Summer Meeting. Scores on the standard 11-point Numeric Pain Scale can be factored in to the decision, but "I don't think it is something that you should rely on entirely. You can get the score, but it shouldn't determine whether you treat," said Asad Patanwala, PharmD, an associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, in Tucson.
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Does social media have a place in healthcare?
By Joan Spitrey
Just like many of you, I have been on the Facebook bandwagon for quite some time. I have really enjoyed it as I have lived all over the country, and it has been a great way to keep up with old friends. But does it have a place in a healthcare career or profession? As I have extended my reach into the big, wide Web, I have come to realize there are a lot of outlets for sharing and getting information. However, just like anything in life, there are certainly pros and cons to these new-found resources.
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