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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.
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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.
FCEP COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEETINGS
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.
COMMITTEE MEETINGS - Wednesday, Nov. 12
9 a.m. — EMS/Trauma
Lunch will be served.
10 a.m. — Medical Economics
11:30 a.m. — Government Affairs
1 p.m. — Membership & Professional Development
Note: FCEP/FEMF Education & Academic Affairs Committee meeting time to be determined.
BOARD MEETINGS - Thursday, Nov. 13
9 a.m. — FCEP Board of Directors
Lunch will be served.
1 p.m. — FEMF Board of Directors
Emergency Care of Stroke Patients 2014:
Defining the State of the Art and the Science
Nov. 13-14, 2014
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
Florida health insurance rates to rise
Florida residents will be paying an average increase of 13.2 percent for individual health care insurance in 2015, according to preliminary numbers from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. According to the story in Miami Today, no data has been released yet on employer plans for 2015. However, Health News Florida says the 13.2 percent number is misleading, because it's an average based on all the Silver plans, but not based on how the public will actually buy (at the low-cost end of the spectrum.)
Andrew Sauer an emergency room doctor and medical malpractice attorney
The Florida Times-Union
Picking up a second job isn't all that unusual these days. But Andrew Sauer has two of the most intense jobs in Jacksonville; he's a pediatric emergency physician at Wolfson Children's Hospital and a medical malpractice and healthcare attorney.
Medical records fee change is sensible
Next month, the Florida Board of Medicine will consider a rule change that would simplify the fees charged by physicians for the reproduction of medical records, by allowing hospitals and physicians to charge the same amount for medical records. It's a sensible step that would eliminate the confusing tiered and differential pricing system currently in place.
HCA to close Florida hospital as inpatient volumes dwindle
For-profit hospital giant HCA said it will close one of its hospitals in Florida because of excess inpatient capacity in the region — a sign that healthcare reform continues to push patient volumes away from inpatient hospital settings and toward lower-cost outpatient facilities.
EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS — NATIONAL
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. But what happens next is no laughing matter, according to a new University of Michigan study published in the September issue of Health Affairs. While one patient may get treated and released from the emergency department, the other gets sent upstairs to a hospital bed — at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars.
CT scan is no more accurate than ultrasound to detect kidney stones, study finds
To diagnose painful kidney stones in hospital emergency rooms, CT scans are no better than less-often-used ultrasound exams, according to a clinical study conducted at 15 medical centers. "Ultrasound is the right place to start," researchers said. "Radiation exposure is avoided, without any increase in any category of adverse events, and with no increase in cost."
Malnourishment among elders undetected in ER
The Boston Globe
Doctors and nurses in the hospital emergency department where Dr. Timothy Platts-Mills works were so focused on attending to the medical problems that spark ER visits, they often missed an important health issue that had been hiding in plain sight. Many of their older patients were apparently malnourished.
ER waiting times vary significantly, studies find
HealthDay News via The Philadelphia Inquirer
When it comes to emergency room waiting times, patients seeking care at larger urban hospitals are likely to spend more time staring down the clock than those seen at smaller or more rural facilities, new research suggests.
Obamacare enrollees are actually paying premiums
The Miami Herald
We know that 8 million people have enrolled in Obamacare. But how many of them have actually paid their premiums? The Obama administration has been curiously silent on this point. By now, it must have the data, but for some reason, it chose not to issue it.
How to fix Medicare? Ask the public
Kaiser Health News
Washington is full of ideas to overhaul Medicare. Some would increase the program’s eligibility age, others would charge higher-income beneficiaries more for their coverage. There's movement to link payment to the quality — rather than the quantity — of care delivered.
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