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FCEP members meet with policymakers now is the time
Now is the time to visit your local legislators, they want to hear from you. Discuss your personal views regarding your patients and profession. Explain the role of the emergency physician, the challenges faced, and concerns for the future of emergency medicine. It is important to establish a working relationship to ensure all Floridians have access to quality care 24, 7, 365.
Make sure your voice is heard! Extend an invitation to tour the ED; policymakers will gain perspective on the day-to-day challenges and the impact of their decisions. If you are not educating lawmakers on how ED's operate and the impact of decisions on healthcare policy, then who is?
FCEP challenges you to take the necessary steps to meet your policymaker. Tell us and your colleagues about your meeting and accomplishments on FCEP's Facebook page (facebook.com/fcep.org) or tweet it @FCEP #FCEPvisit. Feel free to email your visit particulars and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll share them for you!
Search for your legislators: fcep.org/legislativehottopics.htm
FCEP members around town
FCEP's Drs. Sanjay Pattani and Vidor Friedman talk with Representative Gayle Harrell and Dr. James Harrell at a legislative event in Orlando.
Congressman Gus Bilirakis takes a site tour at the Medical Center of Trinity with FCEP's Drs. Joel Stern and Terry Meadows along with Leigh Massengill, CEO of Medical Center of Trinity. Site tours with your local policymakers is an effective way to share your story and demonstrate the challenges of the ED.
Pictured (l – r) Dr. Sanjay Pattani, Representative Gayle Harrell,
Dr. James Harrell, and Dr. Vidor Friedman
Pictured (l - r) Dr. Terry Meadows, Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Dr. Joel Stern, Leigh Massengill, Hospital CEO
Follow @FCEP and @FCEPprez on Twitter
FCEP has been working to grow our social media reach using popular channels, one of those is Twitter, twitter.com/fcep.
We intend to use Twitter as a means of communication; most tweets will be done in conjunction with the latest news regarding FCEP's legislative hot topics and to let you know of any changes happening around here.
FCEP President Dr. Michael Lozano @FCEPprez is twittering
This is a great opportunity of connect with FCEP's President, become engaged and follow the conversation. Dr. Michael Lozano, twitter.com/FCEPprez, invites you to share your thoughts and tell him what you think is important for the future of emergency physicians, which are entering a new era.
Follow Dr. Lozano @FCEPprez
FCEP Job Bank: NEW JOBS!
New jobs were added to the Job Bank on September 8, 2013.
'Life After Residency' Workshop
Florida Emergency Physicians (FEP), the Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) Emergency Medicine Residency Program and the Emergency Physicians of Central Florida (EPCF) will be hosting the 2013 Emergency Medicine "Life After Residency" Workshop scheduled for Sept. 24-25, 2013, at Rosen Centre Hotel.
The program covers topics such as curriculum vitae writing, interviewing skills, contract negotiation, insurance, financial arrangements, etc. Click here for the event agenda.
It is sponsored through the Florida College of Emergency Physicians (FCEP) and is offered to all residency programs.
Click here to register.
Conference Venue & Accommodations:
Rosen Centre Hotel
9840 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
CMS rule to turn 5 codes into 1 flat rate
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is taking a look at hospital facility fees used to cover overhead, which includes hospital staffing. The new rule will allow CMS to redirect billions of dollars spent on outpatient care annually.
The concept behind the proposed rule is to replace the five hospital facility codes, which increase incrementally based on treatment with one flat rate, to be used for all ED visits regardless of the severity of the case.
The initial rule was released July 19, revised on Sept. 6 with final comments due Sept. 16. The introduction of this rule has already created a firestorm. Nov. 1 the final rule is expected, and would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.
Doctor fees are not affected in any way.
Read "CMS takes aim at 'facility' fees, Rule would replace five code prices with flat rate" from Modern Health for more information about this rule.
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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS
Molly deaths may be caused by other drugs
More and more college-age children are landing in emergency rooms after ingesting the designer drug known as Molly, but experts tell NBC News that many of the children who think they're using Molly are really taking something else often something more harmful, like bath salts. Emergency room visits linked to Molly have doubled since 2004, and deaths attributed to the drug in Boston, Washington, Florida, Illinois and Canada have grabbed headlines over the past year.
Florida grants arrive at local agencies to fund health insurance navigators
When the dust settles, the success of the healthcare overhaul law will turn on one factor: How many Americans sign up for coverage through the health-insurance marketplace. That enrollment will largely depend on an army of workers, called navigators, who will soon hit the streets to reach out to the uninsured and talk them through their options.
New test could speed heart attack treatment in the emergency department
Only 1 in 10 patients with acute chest pain in the emergency department turn out to have an actual heart attack (myocardial infarction), yet many are not released from the hospital until after 6-12 hours of cardiac monitoring and multiple ECG and troponin tests. The search for a test that can rule out MI early in the process has proved elusive.
Florida insurers, hospitals findings ways to cut costs
As healthcare costs rise in Florida, insurers and hospitals vested in the success of the Affordable Care Act, are coming up with new ways to cut costs from buying services in bulk and piloting programs to lowering hospital readmission rates and limiting the number of doctors within a plan's network.
Identifying pediatric emergencies involving fever and rash
Family Practice News
The differential diagnosis of pediatric infectious disease emergencies marked by fever and rash can quickly be narrowed by paying close attention to the type of rash.
Current therapeutic strategies for the treatment of acute bronchiolitis
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
The hospital admission rate of children suffering from bronchioloitis has doubled over the past 10 to 15 years. Despite this increase, the optimal treatment method for bronchiolitis is still under controversy. Bronchodilators and corticosteroids are the commonly used drugs for the treatment of this disease. However, corticosteroids are not effective for bronchioloitis. Recently, nebulized epinephrine has demonstrated a marked relief in bronchioloitis patients.
The sting of summer: Treating jellyfish injuries
By Denise A. Valenti
With the sweltering temperatures of late summer, the water's infestation of cnidarians, commonly called jellyfish, can make for some uncomfortable swimming. The physical reaction to a jellyfish sting can be as benign as an itch from contact to full-blown anaphylaxis. Jellyfish bodies disintegrate quickly with death, but the stinging cells, or nematocysts, do not. A swimmer may feel a zapping sting if one comes in contact with their skin, and it's important to administer the proper treatment.
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