|Feb. 26, 2014|
FCEP Councilor Pos
Senate Panel Passes Fetal Injury Plan
Recreational Marijuana Bill
Nurse Authority Bill
The Gravity of Gravity
The Gravity of Gravity Senior Falls Prevention online education course is now available
The Emergency Medicine Learning and Resource Center (EMLRC) is proud to provide this online educational portal (EMLRC Online) for the Emergency Medical Services Community.
This 6-Hour course discusses and demonstrates statistics, in-home hazards, risk factors, management of fall victims, model fall prevention programs and a case review.
To learn more about the course and to register, please visit www.emlrconline.org/seniorfalls.html
This course is made possible by an educational grant from The Winter Park Health Foundation.
Follow @FCEP and @FCEPprez on Twitter
FCEP has been working to grow our social media reach using popular channels; one of those is Twitter, twitter.com/fcep.
We intend to use Twitter as a means of communication; most tweets will be done in conjunction with the latest news regarding FCEP's legislative hot topics and to let you know of any changes happening around here.
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|March 4, 2014||First day of Legislative Session|
|March 10-12, 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|
Saint Luke's Health System is sponsoring their 7th Annual Forensic Investigations Conference, May 14-16, in Kansas City, MO! ACEP is trying to improve the availability of specific medical-forensic content for ACEP members (sexual assault, domestic violence, elderly and child abuse), as well as our forensic colleagues in nursing, criminal justice and advocacy. Last year we had over 480 participants who came to KC for forensic education, fun and great BBQ!
ACEP will offer a specific Pre-Conference, an "Advanced Sexual Assault Medical-Forensic Course for Physicians," on May 12 & 13. This ACEP Category I CME approved course has been well received by physicians, residents and program directors across the country and it concentrates not only on up-to date necessary clinical forensic skills, but important sexual assault program medical director, court room and legal issues. This intense 2-day presentation is taught by physician colleagues with over 50 years of experience in these medical-forensic areas.
Please click on the below link to access the full conference brochure details and registration.
Florida Health Department celebrating 125 years
The Florida Department of Health is turning 125 years old this year. The agency will celebrate with events around the state all year. The first event kicked off in Key West earlier this month where State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong laid a wreath at the grave of the first state public health officer, Dr. Joseph Yates Porter. The state Legislature created the State Board of Health in 1889 in response to a yellow fever epidemic in Jacksonville. Yellow fever was eradicated in 1905 in Florida.More
'Largest ever' trial of adult stem cells in heart attack patients begins
Medical News Today
A total of 3,000 patients will be involved in the trial to test whether life can be prolonged by administering stem cells from the patient's own bone marrow. The stem cells are injected into the patient's heart within 5 days of suffering a heart attack. The doctors behind the study hope that this could increase heart attack patients' survival rates by 25 percent.More
Florida Blue CEO: Single-payer is wrong for future of healthcare
Sunshine State News
Florida Blue's size and market strength it was formerly known as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida is undisputed. It's the state's largest health insurer offering plans in all 67 Florida counties. In 47 counties, it's the only health insurance provider. But under a single-payer system, in which the government pays for all healthcare costs, the private insurance giant essentially would be relegated to a government contractor. Many other private insurers wouldn’t be so lucky.More
A push for less testing in emergency rooms
The Wall Street Journal
Under pressure to rein in healthcare costs, some physician groups and hospitals are turning to an area that has so far received little attention: cutting down on what many say is excessive diagnostic testing in the emergency room. Studies have shown that the use of advanced imaging techniques and the costs associated with them have grown rapidly in emergency rooms since the 1990s, partly because of the widespread availability of the technology and an emphasis on getting patients out of the emergency room quickly.More
Senate President: No on nurses' bill
Health News Florida
Don Gaetz, president of the Florida Senate, could present a formidable obstacle to passage of a bill that would increase the powers and independence of nurse practitioners. Gaetz opposes a House bill that would give advanced-practice nurses more authority, including prescribing of controlled substances. The bill would also set up a pathway to independent practice, not supervised by physicians.More
Study: 5 unnecessary procedures in emergency care
A top-five list of emergency medicine procedures that are of low value and could help control costs if providers do not order them was developed as part of a published study. The cost of medical care in the U.S. is growing at an unsustainable rate and the tests, treatments and hospitalizations that come from emergency department care are expensive, researchers noted in background information for the study, which was published Feb. 17 on the website of JAMA Internal Medicine.More
Flu hitting young people harder this year
The flu is hitting younger people harder this season than in years past, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported. People between the ages of 18 and 64 represent 61 percent of all influenza-related hospitalizations recorded during the current flu season a significant increase compared with previous years when this age group represented about 35 percent of cases. More flu deaths than usual have also occurred in people under 65. Adults between 25 and 64 account for more than half of flu deaths this season, according to the CDC, compared with less than a quarter last year.More