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FANA 2014 Annual Meeting — Oct. 25 — Altamonte Springs
Mark your calendar now for the FANA 2014 Annual Meeting scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

This year's program has been condensed into one day packed with CE opportunities on a variety of leading-edge topics such as:
  • How to Make Yourself Indispensable to Your Practice and Institution
  • Radiology Fundamentals: Understanding the Chest X-Ray
  • Perioperative Anesthesia Continuum — Why Our Patients Need Us Beyond Emergence
  • Law & Rules Review
  • Apps — The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A Technology Update
  • How to Protect Your License
  • Avoiding Opioids
  • Legislative & Legal Update
Watch your email for program details and registration information. The FANA room block for the Annual Meeting is now open and you can reserve your room any time. Click here to reserve your room.
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Opioid-induced constipation may be vastly underreported
Pain Medicine News
A study has confirmed that constipation is a much more common problem among individuals with chronic noncancer pain who are taking opioids than among those who are taking nonopioids. Still, the researchers detected a very low self-report rate of constipation among patients they found to have opioid-induced constipation.
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Does social media have a place in healthcare?
By Joan Spitrey
Just like many of you, I have been on the Facebook bandwagon for quite some time. I have really enjoyed it as I have lived all over the country, and it has been a great way to keep up with old friends. But does it have a place in a healthcare career or profession? As I have extended my reach into the big, wide Web, I have come to realize there are a lot of outlets for sharing and getting information. However, just like anything in life, there are certainly pros and cons to these new-found resources.
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Surgical patients more likely to follow medication instructions
Medical Xpress
A study in the July issue of Anesthesiology revealed that patients who receive a simple, multicolor, standardized medication instruction sheet before surgery are more likely to comply with their physician's instructions and experience a significantly shorter post-op stay in recovery. These findings are important because surgical patients often fail to follow their doctor's medication instructions for preexisting conditions such as diabetes and hypertension on the day they are having surgery — a costly mistake that can lead to surgery cancellation, complications and longer hospital stays.
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Study examines how brain 'reboots' itself to consciousness after anesthesia
Medical Xpress
One of the great mysteries of anesthesia is how patients can be temporarily rendered completely unresponsive during surgery and then wake up again, with all their memories and skills intact. A new study provides important clues about the processes used by structurally normal brains to navigate from unconsciousness back to consciousness. Their findings are currently available in the early online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Report: Medicare plans overbilled $70 billion
Health News Florida
A new investigation alleges the federal government improperly paid nearly $70 billion in Medicare Advantage charges between 2008 and 2013. The Center for Public Integrity analysis found that many health plans in Florida and other states were increasingly likely to link Medicare Advantage policy holders to higher "risk scores," a complicated calculation that results in larger payments.
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