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FCEP COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEETINGS


MEETING LOCATION

Orlando Marriott Lake Mary
1501 International Pkwy
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Make hotel reservations by calling 1-800-380-7724 and mentioning the EMLRC 2014 Stroke Program. The cut-off date for room block reservations is Oct. 23, 2014.

MEETING SCHEDULE

COMMITTEE MEETINGS - Wednesday, Nov. 12
    9 a.m. — EMS/Trauma
    10 a.m. — Medical Economics
    11:30 a.m. — Government Affairs
    1 p.m. — Membership & Professional Development
Lunch will be served.

Note: FCEP/FEMF Education & Academic Affairs Committee meeting time to be determined.

BOARD MEETINGS - Thursday, Nov. 13
    9 a.m. — FCEP Board of Directors
    1 p.m. — FEMF Board of Directors
Lunch will be served.

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2014 Emergency Medicine "Life After Residency" Workshop

Tuesday, Sept. 30 - Wednesday, Oct. 1

Embassy Suites Orlando- Downtown
191 East Pine Street
Orlando, Florida 32801
Located next to Lake Eola and a short walk to Orlando nightlife.

Make your reservations today!
The reservation deadline for the group rate has passed, but you can still contact the hotel at 1-800-809-9708 to reserve a room.

The “Life After Residency" event is sponsored by the Florida College of Emergency Physicians (FCEP) and is open to all emergency medicine residency programs. For more information, including the workshop topics that will be covered, CLICK HERE.

Confirm your participation in the 2014 Emergency Medicine Life After Residency workshop by contacting your residency program coordinator.

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Emergency Care of Stroke Patients 2014

REGISTER NOW!



Emergency Care of Stroke Patients 2014:
Defining the State of the Art and the Science


Nov. 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. To view the brochure for this event, click here.

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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS — AROUND FLORIDA


Don't miss this major report at 1 pm TODAY!
Committee on Approaching Death: Addressing Key End of Life Issues Report Release

Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
The Institute of Medicine is pleased to announce the release of the report authored by the Committee on Approaching Death: Addressing Key End of Life Issues.

The report release and public briefing will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 at 1 p.m. EST in the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation’s Barbara Jordan Conference Center located at 1330 G Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20005.

The public briefing will include statements by the committee co-chairs highlighting key findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the report, as well as a discussion with committee members.

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FCEP member receives Chairman's Recognition Award
Florida Board of Medicine
During the Board of Medicine meeting in Orlando on Aug. 1, 2014, Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, Board Chair, presented three Chairman’s Recognition Awards. These awards are presented to honor those who exemplify the professionalism, moral character, compassion, and intellect essential to future leaders of the medical profession, as well as for outstanding leadership and services in the medical community.
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In South Florida and the Nation, healthcare costs often are shrouded in secrecy
Miami Herald in partnership with Kaiser Health News
At a hearing to discuss the rising costs of healthcare benefits for Miami-Dade County employees this year, a labor union consultant raised his hand to ask what seemed like a basic question. Could the committee charged with reducing Miami-Dade labor’s healthcare expenses look at the spreadsheet showing the rates that the county pays local hospitals and doctors for medical services to employees?
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Here's how one FCEP member is serving his community...
Naples Daily News
Neighborhood clinic looks to expand to help working uninsured in Collier
The Neighborhood Health Clinic is about to expand its reach in providing medical care to the uninsured working residents of Collier County. The Naples clinic paid $3.1 million for 2 acres south of its Goodlette-Frank Road location to add parking in the near future and expand its mission of caring for the community in the long term. One potential goal is to create a centralized location for social services in Naples; another is to expand dental services.

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Despite progress, problems — new and old — pop up in Florida's Medicaid Managed Care Program
Health News Florida
Florida recently finished rolling out a new way of providing care to more than 3.5 million low-income Floridians. Nearly all of them are now enrolled in managed care plans. The state agency that runs Medicaid recently released a series of comments from various players in the industry praising the rollout. But some groups say the new system is still plagued with problems.
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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS — NATIONAL


ER patients often confuse role of emergency contacts
HealthDay News
When a doctor requests emergency contact information, emergency room patients often assume they're being asked for the person they'd like to make medical decisions for them, a new study indicates. But, that's a role that must be designated in a legal document called an advance directive.
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Telemedicine offers lifesaving benefits for chronic disease patients
Healio
The use of telemedicine to help manage chronic diseases offers benefits including fewer and shorter hospital stays, fewer emergency room visits, less severe illness and fewer deaths, according to a recently published study. The study by Rashid Bashshur, Ph.D. and colleagues found that telemedicine — defined by the study as “the delivery of health care via information and communication technology” — allows patients to become more involved in their own care, facilitates continuous monitoring and early detection of new and recurring symptoms and allows for prompt response to worsening illness.
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CDC announces safety training course for healthcare workers responding to Ebola outbreak
Infection Control Today
As part of a comprehensive and coordinated response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing an introductory training course for licensed clinicians (e.g., nurses, physicians and other healthcare providers) intending to work in an Ebola treatment units in Africa. This course will take place in the United States. The primary purpose of the course is to ensure that clinicians intending to provide medical care to patients with Ebola have sufficient knowledge of the disease and its transmission routes to work safely and efficiently in a well-designed ETU.
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Variation in hospitalizations from ER costs billions
Medical News Today
It sounds like the setup for a joke: Two identical patients go to two different hospital emergency entrances, complaining of the same symptoms. Finding ways to narrow the differences between hospitals when deciding what to do with a patient after emergency treatment could yield major savings to the companies and government agencies that pay for most healthcare.
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Hypertension ER visits surge 25 percent in 5 years
Medscape (free login required)
The number of people visiting U.S. emergency rooms for essential hypertension surged by 25 percent from 2005 to 2011, a new study shows. "A 25 percent increase is a huge jump," lead author said Dr. Sourabh Aggarwal told heartwire. "It was kind of surprising. We think we're doing a better job, and the number is going up, which is a problem for healthcare spending."
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Solidarity vs. solitary: Why collaboration means better healthcare
By Karen R. Thomas
Historically, healthcare has been adept at achieving highly focused and specialized solutions. Focus and specialization literally permeated the culture and structure of healthcare for many years. However, some critics consider the segmented way that healthcare establishments have operated in the past far too solitary for today's wider and more inclusive care goals. Collaboration within the healthcare community used to be an often-discussed but seldom-practiced idea.
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4 ways healthcare workers can improve patient satisfaction
Fierce Healthcare
Patient satisfaction is more important than ever in healthcare delivery, with analytics directly linking patient experience with healthcare costs and outcomes. But hospitals must keep patients happy and healthy while dealing with lower reimbursement, more crowded facilities and less time with patients.
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High-dose opioid prescribing continues to climb
Medical Xpress
High-dose opioid prescribing increased by 23 percent in Canada between 2006 and 2011, despite clinical guidelines recommending that most patients should avoid high-doses of these drugs, according to new research. Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) found that rates of high-dose opioid dispensing across Canada increased from 781 units per 1,000 people in 2006 to 961 units per 1,000 people in 2011.
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Reducing variation in hospital admissions from the emergency department for low-mortality conditions may produce savings
Health Affairs
The emergency department (ED) is now the primary source for hospitalizations in the United States, and admission rates for all causes differ widely between EDs. In this study we used a national sample of ED visits to examine variation in risk-standardized hospital admission rates from EDs and the relationship of this variation to inpatient mortality for the fifteen most commonly admitted medical and surgical conditions.
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Discovery could turn the tables on influenza virus
Medical Xpress
University of Otago virologist Dr. Matloob Husain has identified a potential new weapon in the battle against the flu. His research indicates that host cells, which have a natural ability to restrict viral infection, can be used to combat the influenza virus. His latest findings appear in the October issue of the Journal of Virology. With a mind to the on-going global public health concern presented by influenza virus, Dr. Husain and his team study the influenza virus biology with the long-term goal of identifying novel targets for anti-influenza drugs.
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Employers' use of telemedicine expected to increase dramatically
Healthcare DIVE
Dive Brief: According to a survey by the National Business Group on Health, nearly half of all employers plan to provide telehealth services in states where they are allowed to in 2015. Of these employers, one-third plan to solely offer telehealth and 15 percent plan to couple the services with certain incentives and penalties.
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More infection control surveillance, standardization in the emergency department needed
Medical News Today
A team of researchers from Columbia University performed a literature review of the available medical literature to determine adherence rates in the ED for hand hygiene during routine patient care, aseptic technique during the placement of central venous catheters and urinary catheters, urinary catheter insertion guidelines, and rates of equipment contamination.
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