Oct. 9, 2013

ACEP Scientific Assembly

Andrew I. Bern,

Tracy G. Sanson,
ACEP's Scientific Assembly is next week, from Oct. 14–19, and we hope to see you there! FCEP members Andrew I. Bern, MD, FACEP and Tracy G. Sanson, MD, FACEP are both running a spot on the ACEP Board of Directors. We would like to wish you both luck on your candidacy! Elections take place at ACEP's Scientific Assembly in Seattle, Wash.More

Congratulations to FCEP's Dennis A. Hernandez, MD, FAAP, FAAEM, FACEP for his recent appointment to Florida's Department of Health Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Committee. The EMSC Committee advises the Department of Health on matters concerning preventative, pre-hospital, hospital, rehabilitative, and other post medical care for children. Members are appointed by the State Surgeon General and serve two-year terms. Click here for more information on the EMSC.More

New jobs were added to the Job Bank on Sept. 8, 2013.More

Sepsis: Guideline changes highlighted for ED clinicians
Updated guidelines for managing severe sepsis and septic shock have direct implications for personnel working in emergency departments, according to a review published online Sept. 25 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. The Surviving Sepsis Campaign, launched in 2002, is a joint effort of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine. The campaign updated sepsis guidelines in 2012 to reflect knowledge gained since the previous update in 2008. More

Doctor shortage, increased demand could crash healthcare system
Obamacare is expected to increase patient demand for medical services. Combine that with a worsening shortage of doctors, and next year you may have to wait a little longer to get a doctor's appointment. And the crowded emergency room may become even more so. There are approximately 48 million uninsured people in the United States. When the mandatory insurance rules of Obamacare kick in next year, and a couple dozen states expand who is eligible for Medicaid, you can bet more people are going to want to use their health benefits.More

Obamacare plans for South Florida vary widely in prices, value
Miami Herald
The online health insurance marketplaces that debuted this past week are key to enrolling millions of uninsured Americans for subsidized coverage under the Affordable Care Act, though technical problems with the website HealthCare.gov caused a log jam that locked out many. Once inside, though, South Florida consumers will find a dizzying array of competing plans that vary significantly in price and benefits — and that could leave some paying low monthly rates, but risking high out-of-pocket costs for medical care.More

ER docs spend more time looking at EHRs than interacting with patients
Emergency doctors spend significantly more time entering data into electronic health records than they do with patients, a study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine finds.More

Gun violence means big hospital costs
Healthcare Finance News
Firearm assaults cost U.S. hospitals almost $630 million in 2010, according to recent research by the Urban Institute. Embry Howell, author of the report and a senior fellow with the Urban Institute's Health Policy Center, said in 2010 there were 36,341 ED visits (11.8 visits per 100,000 people) and 25,024 hospitalizations (8.1 visits per 100,000 people) due to firearm assaults. Additionally, just over half of the hospital costs incurred were for those with public insurance, mainly Medicaid, and another 28 percent of the costs were for the uninsured, according to the report.More

How the government shutdown affects healthcare
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is at the center of the budget debate that has resulted in a government shutdown. But one of the ironies of the situation is that the program will remain funded. It even reached a major milestone — the launch of the insurance exchanges — on Oct. 1, the same day other areas of government were forced to place employees on furlough. The ACA, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, are not affected by the shutdown. But other areas of healthcare, particularly those in the public health arena, don't fall under the same exceptions and were forced into limbo.More