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Committee Week Review
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Quick review of this week's hot topics in Tallahassee during the 2nd committee week of the Florida Legislature leading to the 2014 Session:

TELEMEDICINE — Tallahassee Memorial Hospital delivered a telemedicine presentation to the Senate Health Policy Committee. Members received a demonstration on how TMH conducts telemedicine interactions with patients. TMH has been working with their counter parts in Georgia on how best to utilize telemedicine to allow doctors to provide needed medical examines to patients in rural healthcare settings.

MEDICAID MANAGED CARE — The Agency for Health Care Administration holds the first of three public hearings as it formulates a request for a three-year extension of the Managed Medical Assistance Waiver previously known as the Medicaid Reform Waiver.

Also, the Agency for Health Care Administration reported to the Senate Health Policy Committee on the schedules for both managed care programs being rolled out.

Three of the nine regions of the state have already been enrolled in the long-term care program, mostly for the elderly. The transition for all regions should be completed on March 1, 2014.

Because of protests, the agency does not have a rollout schedule yet for the Managed Medical Assistance program, for the rest of the population. That will be submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by Oct. 31, 2013. The transition to managed care is expected to be completed by October 2014.

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@FCEPprez is tweeting live from #ACEP13
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FCEP's President, Michael Lozano, MD, FACEP, is tweeting live from ACEP's Scientific Assembly 2013.

Follow @FCEPprez to see what's happening at #ACEP2013!

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Medicaid grows with or without expansion
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According to Kaiser Health News, A Kaiser Commission report released Oct. 7, 2013, says that Medicaid enrollment and spending is expected to increase for nearly all states regardless of whether the state expanded the program under the Affordable Care Act. States that participated in Medicaid expansion are projected to see enrollment growth of 12 percent but states that did not are still projected to see 5 percent growth. Federal and state spending is expected to increase by 13 percent for states that expand and nearly 7 percent for those that did not. The report also provides a detailed case study of Florida's Medicaid system.
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FCEP Job Bank: NEW JOBS!
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New jobs were recently added to the Job Bank.
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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS


Video games help warm up surgeons before high-tech surgery
MedCity News
Surgeons at Florida Hospital Celebration Health have taken up playing video games. But it's not their new hobby — it's a way to get them ready for surgery. Dr. James "Butch" Rosser, a general surgeon, conducted research concluding that a six-minute warm-up before scrubbing made his colleagues more efficient in the operating room.
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Reversing death in the ER: Doctors detail frontline of resuscitation science
International Business Times
Reversing death isn't just Google's latest venture; it's the subject of serious medical research. Some doctors say that if we revise our accepted understanding of death, new techniques might allow us to bring patients back from a flat-lined state, making the final destination not so final.
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Florida exchange shows significant choices, lower-than-expected premiums
Becker's Hospital Review
Florida consumers buying health plans through the state exchange have a large number of policies available to them for lower-than-expected monthly premiums, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
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HIE shows cost savings in emergencies
Healthcare IT News
Beyond improving the quality of emergency care, giving physicians access to data from a health information exchange saved nearly $2,000 per patient during a study recently unveiled by the American College of Emergency Physicians. The study was based on a sample of 532 patients from this population who had information available in the HIE and for whom the clinicians caring for the patients completed a survey.
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Sicker Medicaid, Medicare emergency patients less profitable
Reuters
When a patient with private health insurance seeks outpatient care at the emergency room, the sicker he or she is, the more money the hospital stands to make, a new study shows. But the opposite is true for patients with Medicaid or Medicare insurance: the sicker the patient, the less profitable he or she is to the hospital, Dr. Philip Henneman of the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and his colleagues report in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
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Bullet wounds kill 8 percent of US children treated at ERs
HealthDay News
A new study confirms the high danger posed by gunshot wounds in children: Hospital statistics from several U.S. urban areas reveal that at least 8 percent of children who were shot died. Gunshot wounds in children caused a higher level of serious injury and death than any other cause, even car accidents.
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