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Emergency Medicine Board Review Course
FCEP

Ohio ACEP (OHACEP), Florida Emergency Medicine Foundation (FEMF), and the Florida College of Emergency Physicians (FCEP) present the Emergency Medicine Board Review course, which will be held Feb. 6-10, 2014, at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando, Fla. This is a great opportunity to interact with emergency physicians, residents and other healthcare providers from all over the country.

Ohio ACEP developed and presented this course for 30 years in Ohio. In 2013, a partnership developed between OHACEP and FEMF, and now this premier board review course is offered in Florida!

The majority of attendees are experienced emergency medicine physicians preparing for recertification or for general review, residents who have completed an emergency medicine residency program and advanced practice providers who treat urgent medical conditions. The attendees also represent diverse geographic locations — many states and international locations.

This renowned five day course provides comprehensive review of Emergency Medicine and has been a successful course since 1984.

For more information and to register please visit femf.org/review.

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The Florida Department of Health announces an exciting new approach to license renewal
FlHealthSource
The Florida Department of Health now verifies a practitioner's continuing education record in the Department's tracking system, powered by CE Broker, at the time of renewal.

If your organization offers continuing education courses to Florida healthcare practitioners, the Florida Department of Health will offer your organization a free continuing education provider account in the Department's tracking system. As a registered continuing education provider your organization, along with your approved continuing education courses, will be listed in the course search section of the tracking system.

To assist licensed health care practitioners during the license renewal process and eliminate the need for reporting into two separate systems, we ask our registered providers to report course completion for their Florida members into the Department’s tracking system.

The Department established several methods for organizations to electronically report into Florida's continuing education tracking system. To learn more about these methods, please visit www.flhealthsource.com/continuing-education.html.

For questions and/or assistance with reporting options, please email the Department of Health at MQAReportCE@FLHealth.gov.

For more information regarding the Department's new approach to license renewal, including a video of the Department's online renewal process, please visit www.FLHealthSource.com.

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Emergency Department Improvement Intervention
FCEP
Stop CAUTI faculty have developed an intervention and resources to address the particular needs of emergency departments (EDs) and to link EDs to this national CAUTI reduction initiative.

The Emergency Department Intervention is an opportunity for improved catheter use in the ED. The goal is to provide the best practices for both adaptive and technical techniques to promote the reduction in utilization and an overall drop in hospital CAUTI Rates.

The Emergency Department Intervention is an opportunity for improved catheter use in the ED, and for On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI to expand its reach beyond the recruited in-patient hospital units for the national project.

The intervention includes ED:
  • Adherence to institutional guidelines (preferably HICPAC based)
  • Assurance of physician and nurse engagement to promote meaningful processes
  • Observance of proper insertion technique
The ED Improvement Intervention provides crucial support to EDs in improving catheter appropriateness and proper insertion techniques in reducing CAUTI.

For more information and to get involved, please visit www.onthecuspstophai.org/on-the-cuspstop-cauti/emergency-department-improvement-intervention/#support.

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Lawmakers look at scrapping no-fault system despite favorable court ruling
The Florida Current
State lawmakers next year will once again consider moving from a no-fault auto insurance system to a system in which only the insurer of an at-fault driver pays for medical costs resulting from an accident. The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee recently discussed a draft bill to make the transition, but momentum for the idea gathered steam in the form of HB 267, filed by Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami. No House bill to move to an at-fault system was filed during the 2013 legislative session.
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WellCare wins new Medicaid contract
Health News Florida
WellCare Health Plans is forecast to remain No. 1 in Florida Medicaid managed care enrollment next year after winning a challenge to a state contracting decision affecting patients in northeast Florida. According to a new report from the Wall Street firm Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., WellCare's enrollment at the completion of the statewide Medicaid managed-care rollout will likely edge out that of Centene Corp., which does business in Florida as Sunshine State Health Plan.
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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS


4 ways to increase ER efficiency
Healthcare Finance News
It's a sheer numbers game when looking at emergency room efficiency: The more patients that go through an ER, the more dollars a hospital takes in. Catherine Polera, chief clinical officer of the emergency department division at Sheridan Healthcare, has spent the last three years trying to come up with a formula that helps increase emergency room throughput. "It requires a lot of good planning," said Polera.
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Navigator requirements threaten reform enrollment
FierceHealthPayer
Insurers could potentially see fewer enrollments if they sell plans on health insurance exchanges in certain states that are working to prevent consumers from learning about and accessing the marketplace. Although the reform law established the new role of navigators to assist consumers with signing up for exchange plans, many states are blocking navigator efforts.
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Congressional committee chairs agree on framework for SGR fix
Healthcare Finance News
The Democratic and Republican leaders of two key congressional committees have agreed on a framework to scrap the problematic Medicare payment formula for physicians and replace it with one that would link physician reimbursement to the quality of care provided, a step that could put an end to the annual "doc fix" debate. The discussion draft recently released by the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees would do away with the Sustainable Growth Rate.
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6 lifesaving lessons from the ER
ABC News
The stress of daily life-and-death decisions in the emergency room can take its toll on clinicians, but hospitals can help physicians and nurses take simple steps to prevent burnout. In the following, emergency physician Travis Stork, M.D., host of CBS' "The Doctors," offers lessons learned from his experience working in emergency departments.
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Using social media to increase awareness of medical specialties among physicians
Forbes
As the use of social media to communicate has grown exponentially over the past several years, so has its use in areas of business, technology and essentially every aspect of our daily lives. Physicians are no exception, as they have rapidly adopted social media as a platform to provide education and awareness of emerging technologies and new advances within a given specialty. In fact, the growing trend of FOAM, or free open access meducation, has significantly transformed how medical information is shared and transferred among emergency medicine physicians.
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ER visits fell after warnings put on children's cough drugs
Reuters
Fewer children went to U.S. emergency departments for reactions related to over-the-counter cough and cold medicine after manufacturers printed new warnings on medicine bottles, says a new government study. But the researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say more can be done to prevent children from accidentally taking cough and cold medicine.
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Experts say hospital design has profound effect on healthcare
U.S. News & World Report
Re-engineered emergency departments. Decentralized nursing stations and all-private rooms. Beds that measure vitals and feed patient information to nurses. These are the hospitals of the 21st century, and their design will have a "profound effect on healthcare," according to the panelists at "Designing Hospitals for 21st Century Care," part of the U.S. News Hospital of Tomorrow forum recently held in Washington, D.C.
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Why can't Ted stay out of the ER?
Health News Florida
Frequent flier patients attract a lot of attention from hospital administrators and health policy wonks. Intuition says if we can improve the health of frequent fliers then we stand to reduce our nation's spending on healthcare. This is an idea that some health innovators call hot-spotting. But how do we do it?
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