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Survey: 'Emergency Ultrasound in Florida'
FCEP
As part of a collaboration with The Florida College of Emergency Physicians, The Florida Hospital-East Orlando Residency Program is conducting a survey to assess the prevalence of use of emergency ultrasound in Florida. The best way to promote Emergency Ultrasound in Florida would be to fully understand its current state and identify factors that prevent wide use utilization and implementation. Understanding the penetration of this technology would help to create resources to educate physicians in the community and create policies that would assist implementation in the state.

Participation in the following survey will be on a voluntary basis and results will be kept confidential. In addition, study results will exclude any institutional or individual identifiers. You can withdraw from participation in this survey at any time by contacting the researcher.

If you have questions, concerns or need more information you may contact Dr. Alfredo Tirado-Gonzalez at 407-303-6413 or alfredo.tirado-gonzalez.md@flhosp.org.

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Dec. 17, 2013 FCEP Board Conference Call
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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS


The doctor will text you now: Post-ER follow-up that works
ACEP
Diabetic patients treated in the emergency department who were enrolled in a program in which they received automated daily text messages improved their level of control over their diabetes and their medication adherence, according to a recently study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine ("Trial to Examine Test Message Based mHealth in Emergency Department Patients with Diabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial").
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What's best value in Medicare plan?
Health News Florida
Even when a Medicare Advantage plan wins the federal top-quality 5-star rating, it isn't necessarily the right choice for every beneficiary, according to a cost-sharing analysis from HealthMetrix Research. Medicare beneficiaries may find the awards helpful as they head into the final days to select or change Medicare Advantage plans.
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Study: Women's chest pain unreliable indicator of heart attack
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Chest pain is not a symptom that doctors can use to accurately diagnose a woman suffering a major heart attack, according to new research. A survey of about 800 women and 1,700 men found that women tend to suffer the same types of chest pain as men during a heart attack, Swiss researchers from the University Hospital Basel said.
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Healthcare premiums vary widely in Florida
Florida Today
Some Floridians will pay twice as much as others for similar insurance plans purchased on the federal HealthCare.gov website. It all depends on where someone lives. But Florida is among the states with the widest range of prices on the federal online exchange.
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Hospitals add retail clinics to cut ED costs
Healthcare Payer News
A recent national study by the Center for Studying Health System Change found that the proportion of retail clinics owned by hospital systems doubled (from 9 to 18 percent) between 2007 and 2010. Hospitals have been looking at various strategies to meet the high volumes of urgent care needs that have been increasingly on the rise. Retail clinics fit the bill because lower-acuity patients or those with episodic needs like the flu can get care in these facilities at a cost much lower than in the emergency department.
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Engaging physicians to prepare for ICD-10
Becker's Hospital Review
Clinical documentation improvement in preparation for the transition to ICD-10 might not seem like a fun topic, but Baptist Health South Florida in Miami has tried to make the initiative a little more entertaining for physicians. Dr. Chicoye and Mauricio Palma, M.D., director of CDI at Baptist, have shared three best practices for effectively engaging physicians and improving clinical documentation processes.
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Study: Telemedicine slashes ED errors for rural children
EHR Intelligence
Pediatric patients visiting rural emergency departments saw fewer medication errors caused by physicians when their doctors used Internet consults to get help. Rural physicians who had telemedicine contact with pediatric critical care colleagues at larger academic medical centers were able to administer care more appropriately about 9 percent of the time than those with no outside aid.
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The amazing way this hospital is fighting physician burnout
The Huffington Post
Hospitals have procedures and alerts in place to deal with practically anything that could possibly go wrong: "Code Red" for fire, "code blue" for medical emergencies, and "code white" for behavioral disturbances, to name a few. But the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio has introduced a new alert, "Code Lavender," for a more unlikely and much more common threat: stress and burnout.
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