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How will Florida compensate for lost federal hospital funds?
The Associated Press via Ocala Star Banner
Florida health officials and lawmakers are facing a quandary over how to replace the likely annual loss of $1.3 billion in federal funds which compensate hospitals and providers that care for large numbers of uninsured and Medicaid patients.
The state has known for some time that the so-called low-income pool funding will likely end in June. It's still unclear what the bottom line impact will be on the state budget, but the seemingly inevitable loss in hospital funding could be just the ammunition that Medicaid expansion proponents have been looking for.
Competing hospital challenge HCA's relocation of hospital to NSU
South Florida Business Journal
Two competing hospital systems filed a lawsuit seeking to block HCA from relocating Plantation General Hospital to the campus of Nova Southeastern University.
In December, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration approved the application by HCA to move the 264-bed hospital from Plantation about 6.5 miles south to Davie, where it would serve as the teaching hospital for NSU's medical school.
Hospital security questioned as teen posed as doctor
A teenager who caused a major embarrassment for a hospital in Florida raising questions about hospital security. Police say this went on for a month. The teen posed as a doctor.
Florida Board of Medicine — Are you renewal ready?
Florida Board of Medicine
The Florida Department of Health will now verify your continuing education records when you renew your professional license. You are invited to join live webinars hosted by the Department so you can better understand this change.
You will learn how the process will impact your license renewal. You will also see a demonstration of the continuing education tracking system, including how to create a Free Basic Account, view your course history and report continuing education. Participants will be able to ask questions at the end of the session.
5th Annual National Hospital Disaster Planning, Preparations and Response Symposium: An All-Hazards Approach
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
This symposium is jointly sponsored by Jackson Health System and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Click here to learn more.
EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS — NATIONAL
Stroke falls to No. 5 killer in US
American Heart Association
Stroke has dropped from the nation’s fourth-leading cause of death to No. 5, according to new federal statistics. It is the second time since 2011 that stroke has dropped a spot in the mortality rankings.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released recently, stroke swapped positions with unintentional injuries, which killed 1,579 more people than stroke in 2013.
Study finds that opioids administered in the ER don't influence patient satisfaction
A new study co-authored by investigators at the University of Massachusetts Medical School found that there is no correlation between opioids administered in the emergency room setting and Press Ganey ED patient satisfaction scores, one of the most commonly used metrics for measuring patient satisfaction. Based on these findings, the study's authors suggest that emergency room clinicians should administer pain medications in the emergency room setting according to clinical and patient factors without being concerned about negative Press Ganey ED patient satisfaction scores.
New Rx guidelines may keep kids out of ER
The guidelines for prescribing antipsychotics to kids are changing — and those changes may keep kids safer.
The rate of emergency room visits among children and teens taking antipsychotic medications skyrocketed from the mid-1900s to the mid-2000s, a new study found. Side effects from these medications were often the culprits behind these ER visits. Doctors may have prescribed these medications more often than needed, suggested lead study author Lee M. Hampton, M.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues.
Booking a trip to the ER on your smartphone? It's a breeze
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
It’s like OpenTable for medical appointments.
No waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. No sitting for hours in the emergency room. No frantic calls to find a family doctor with openings.
Online services such as ZocDoc and InQuicker are enabling patients with non-life-threatening conditions to schedule everything from doctor’s office visits to emergency room trips on their laptops and smartphones — much like OpenTable users do with restaurant reservations.
Emergency and urgent care are not the same thing
Chicago Tribune (opinion)
It’s important for the public to understand the differences between “urgent care” and “emergency care.” Urgent care centers are options for common medical problems like minor illnesses and injuries. They are not substitutes for emergency care. More than half of emergency physicians responding to a recent poll said that urgent care centers were marketing themselves in their communities as “alternatives” to the emergency room.
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Just how ineffective is this year's flu shot? CDC experts do the math
Los Angeles Times
If you think this year's flu shot is worthless, think again: People who got vaccinated this fall or winter have been 23 percent less likely than their unvaccinated peers to come down with a flu-like illness bad enough to send them to the physician, according to a new report from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That 23 percent figure is a measure known as "vaccine effectiveness," and it's certainly on the low end of the spectrum. In the decade since experts began calculating a VE for flu vaccines, it has ranged from a low of 10 percent to a high of 60 percent. But even at 10 percent, a vaccine could prevent about 13,000 flu-related hospitalizations among senior citizens in the U.S.
Review: E-learning matches traditional training for doctors, nurses
Millions more students worldwide could train as doctors and nurses using electronic learning, which is just as effective as traditional medical training, a review commissioned by the World Health Organization has found.
Researchers at Imperial College London who conducted the review said that wider use of e-learning might help make up for a global shortfall of 7.2 million health workers identified in a recent WHO report.
Flex-IT Act reintroduced to shorten meaningful use, again
By Scott E. Rupp
The Flexibility in Health IT Reporting (Flex-IT) Act of 2015, a reiteration of a bill introduced in Congress in 2014, has been introduced by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.).
According to the statement released by the members of Congress who drafted the bill, H.R. 270 would ensure that healthcare providers receive the flexibility "they need to successfully comply with HHS's meaningful use program."
Clean hands save lives: A vigilance that must never falter
By Christina Thielst
Hand washing in healthcare has long been associated with preventing the spread of disease, but frequent hand washing has its challenges. In the early 2000s, the recipe for alcohol-based hand rubs was perfected — offering a more efficient, portable and worker-friendly alternative. Since then, these hand sanitizing gels have been promoted for controlling the spread of nosocomial influenza and infections around the world. However, the behavior of healthcare workers — or the sociology of cleaning hands to save lives — is also an important consideration.
Telehealth hits the mark on Triple Aim requirements
By Karen R. Thomas
In today's rapidly-evolving healthcare environment, care providers are looking for new ways to meet the needs of those for whom they provide care, while simultaneously reducing overall care costs. Hence, the development of Triple Aim.
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) developed the Triple Aim as an approach for the healthcare system to use new innovations to simultaneously improve three things: the patient care experience, the health of all populations and the per capita cost of healthcare.
Researchers propose new regulations for off-label uses of drugs and devices
Off-label use of drugs and medical devices has long been a part of medicine. The practice provides public health benefits but also presents some risks. To address that issue, researchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA have proposed a system combining reporting, testing and enforcement regulations, and allowing interim periods of off-label drug prescription. Their recommendations, published in the Duke Law Journal, would give patients more treatment options while providing regulators with evidence of the drugs' safety and efficacy.
A nurse decides to get hands-on in the Ebola zone
The New York Times
Lindsey Hallen is in the bug spray aisle at REI, the outdoor equipment emporium in SoHo, looking for exactly the right mosquito repellent to take to West Africa’s Ebola zone, when her phone rings. Three ascending tones, the personal anthem of an emergency room nurse, captured in a ringtone called “Summit.”
“Hello?” she says, pulling the phone out of her jacket pocket. Then in an aside, “I think this is them.”
Treating Hepatitis C: The big question no one is asking
By Jason Poquette
If 2014 will be remembered for anything, pharmaceutically speaking, it will probably be for the impact of the new oral Hepatitis C therapies that entered the market. It began at the tail end of 2013 when Gilead introduced their $1,000-per-pill HCV cure known as Sovaldi (sofosbuvir). This drug, soon accompanied by a few others, has proved to be a game-changer in this space. The introduction of these new oral therapies has raised many questions, but there is one big question that few people seem to be asking.
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