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Registration Now Open for Emergency Medicine Days
Emergency Medicine Days (EM Days) in Tallahassee is the premier advocacy event each year for The Florida College of Emergency Physicians.

Each Spring, all FCEP members are invited to our state capital for face time with legislators. FCEP members gather with their colleagues lobbying for legislation to provide better access to quality care for our patients.

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FCEP Past President, Nabil El Sanadi, M.D., FACEP, is elected Chair of Florida Board of Medicine
FCEP
As the organization charged with licensure and monitoring of physicians, the Florida Board of Medicine plays an extremely important role in shaping the medical profession. FCEP's Dr. Nabil El Sanadi has been elected to chair the Florida Board of Medicine beginning in 2014. This is a first for Emergency Physicians.

Chief Medical Officer of Emergency Medicine for Broward Health, Dr. Nabil El Sanadi served on the FCEP Board of Directors as President in 2001-2002. Dr. El Sanadi was recognized for his role as Emergency Medical Services Medical Director for the City of Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue and the Broward County Sheriff's Office Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services. The City of Fort Lauderdale also proclaimed Nov. 15 "Dr. Nabil El Sanadi Day" in 2011. Dr. El Sanadi received his medical degree from Ohio State University Central and completed his residency and a cardiology research fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

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CMS final rule Webinar
FCEP
Jeffery Bettinger, M.D., FACEP is presenting a short webinar on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 1 p.m. ET, that will address the CMS final rule for the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. The bulk of the Webinar will be devoted to the complex mechanisms that allowed Emergency Medicine to achieve a 2-3 percent Medicare payment increase for 2014.

The material is useful if you have a need to provide a detailed explanation for the fee increase or if you simply want to understand the causation. Dr. Bettinger will also discuss the final hospital OPPS Rule, which delayed consolidation of ED APCs from five to one. Participants can register for the webinar by visiting the Upcoming Webinars section of our home page at www.bsahealthcare.com, or by calling our webinar hotline at 561-434-4740.

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Save the date!
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Dec. 17, 2013 FCEP Board Conference Call
Jan. 14, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
Feb. 6-10, 2014 Ohio ACEP, FCEP, FEMF Board Review Course
Feb. 11, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
Feb. 12, 2014 FEMF Board Meeting
Feb. 19, 2014 FCEP Committee Meetings
March 4, 2014 First day of Legislative Session
March 10-13, 2014 Emergency Medicine Days
March 11, 2014 FCEP Board of Directors Meeting
April 8, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
May 7, 2014 FCEP Committee Meeting
May 8, 2014 FCEP Board Meeting at FCEP
May 18-21, 2014 ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference
June 10, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
June 16, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
July 17-20, 2014 ClinCon
Aug. 7-10, 2014 Symposium by the Sea
Aug. 7, 2014 FCEP Board of Directors Meeting

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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS


Orlando Health, Florida Blue form ACO
Health News Florida
Orlando Health Physician Partners and Florida Blue have launched an accountable care organization that will include 500 doctors and eight hospitals in Central Florida. An ACO is a new type of Medicare financial arrangement that rewards the doctor-and-hospital network for keeping patients healthy and out of the hospital, rather than rewarding them for filling beds. An ACO accepts financial risk from the federal government to provide all medical care needed by a certain group of Medicare beneficiaries — who may not even know they have been assigned to that ACO. It is up to the ACO to make its medical home friendly enough to encourage the patients to keep using it.
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Saving billions in the ER each year
Futurity via The Fiscal Times
Emergency department observation units with condition-specific treatment plans offer savings, shorter stays and reduced admissions, a new study shows. The use of observation units in hospital emergency rooms could not only shorten patient stays and decrease inpatient admissions, but also save the health care system approximately $5.5 billion to $8.5 billion annually.
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'12 Days of Christmas' as seen through the eyes of emergency medicine physicians
HealthNewsDigest
The joyful song about French hens, turtle doves, and a partridge rings in a cheerful holiday season for all. And for those celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas, it's a wonderful time of the year. As the celebrations of the season go into full swing, emergency medicine physicians and their teams know to expect all types of medical situations arriving in their emergency rooms.
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Ecstasy-related ER visits more than doubled from 2005-2011
Medical Daily
Ecstasy use among young people has increased dramatically over the past decade, according to a new review of hospital records. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration reports that between 2005 and 2011, emergency room visits related to 3, 4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) derivatives, like molly, rose by 128 percent among patients younger than 21. The findings indicate an alarming trend that persists in the face of well-publicized hospitalizations and deaths.
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Top 5 emergency medicine ultrasound apps
iMedicalApps
As a majority of emergency rooms have started to store ultrasound machines in their department, it is essential physicians understand how to utilize these machines at the point of care. Mobile apps are fantastic tools for learning Ultrasound due to their ability to easily display pictures and videos — critical for ultrasound learning. The portability of these apps make them useful at the point of care when you are actively performing an Ultrasound, further boosting their clinical utility.
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Why a trip to the ER costs a fortune
Bloomberg
Elisabeth Rosenthal of the New York Times has been writing a fascinating series on why healthcare costs so much in the U.S. In a recent article, she asks: "Why do trips to the emergency room cost thousands of dollars even for the most trivial and routine of emergencies?" Her explanation: "Hospitals are the most powerful players in a healthcare system that has little or no price regulation in the private market."
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EXCLUSIVE CONTENT


Does diversity matter in medical training?
By Jonathan Ryan Batson
Maybe I was wrong as to think that diversity matters in the sociocultural melting pot of the United States. Maybe we were all wrong. Am I now doomed to believe that diverse thought and experiences, which shape lives to create new innovations and remove inequalities from the status quo, do not really matter? Maybe not. Maybe our approach to diversity is wrong. This is especially true when it comes to the medical education system.
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Metoprolol bringing big changes to emergency care for heart attacks
By Archita Datta Majumdar
While basic training remains as the foundation for prehospital care, emergency medical technicians must upgrade their skills constantly, which includes knowledge about latest medications and techniques to prevent in-transit worsening of condition and even death. A recent study on the beta-blocker drug metoprolol and its ability to lessen damage from heart attacks promises major changes in emergency medicine. It will no longer just focus on sustaining the patients until they reach the hospital but on administering drugs that will help them in faster recovery all the way.
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