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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS — AROUND FLORIDA
Nearly 1.3M enroll in Florida on HealthCare.gov
Health News Florida
The Obama administration is moving closer to its goal of 9.1 million people signed up for private coverage under the president's health care law.
Florida leads the federal marketplace states, with 1,270,995 people enrolled. Texas has nearly 920,000.
The Health and Human Services Department says at least 400,000 people signed up last week. That brought total enrollment in the 37 states served by HealthCare.gov to more than 7.1 million.
Texas anesthesia company joins Florida physician services organization
Dallas/Fort Worth Healthcare Daily
Florida-based U.S. Anesthesia Partners Inc. has announced a partnership with a Dallas anesthesia provider that services Methodist Dallas Medical Center and the Texas Regional Medical Center, among others.
Anesthesia Consultants of Dallas will become the second North Texas provider to pair with the physician services organization USAP. It will become integrated with Pinnacle Anesthesia, a founding partner of the USAP. In addition to Methodist and Texas Regional, Anesthesia Consultants of Dallas serves another nine hospitals and two ambulatory surgical centers.
Mental illness law allowing court-ordered outpatient treatment rarely used
In the days after Christian Gomez picked up an ax and decapitated his mother on New Year's Eve, neighbors in the family's Tampa-area suburb said the 23-year-old man had a history of mental illness so severe that his mother sometimes tried to hide medication in his food.
For grieving neighbors, for law enforcement, for many mental-health advocates, the refrain sounded all too familiar: Even though Gomez refused to seek treatment, why, they asked, couldn't someone make him get help?
In Florida, it turns out, someone can.
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FCEP COMMITTEE MEETINGS — FEB. 18, 2015
FEP Board Room
500 Winderley Place
Maitland, FL 32751
10:00am Medical Economics
11:30am Government Affairs (Working lunch)
1:00pm Professional Development
2:00pm Pediatric EMS
3:00pm Education and Academic Affairs
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.
2015 EDPMA Solutions Summit Agenda Highlights
Join us at the Omni Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida, April 26-29, 2015! The Emergency Department Practice Management Association's Solutions Summit is the premier conference for those in the business of emergency medicine.
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.
EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS — NATIONAL
CDC: Some hospital super bugs losing their power
Infectious Disease Special Edition
Overall healthcare–associated (HCA) infections in acute care hospitals have decreased nationally, including a 10 percent decrease in Clostridium difficile infections and an 8 percent decrease in methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia between 2012 and 2013, according to a new report.
Although the news is good for patients, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that most C. difficile and MRSA infections are community acquired or are diagnosed in healthcare settings other than acute care hospitals.
5 percent of seniors discharged from emergency room admitted within days
HealthDay News via Healthcare Professionals Network
Nearly 5 percent of older Medicare beneficiaries seen in the emergency department have a hospital inpatient admission within seven days after discharge, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Gelareh Z. Gabayan, M.D., from the University of California in Los Angeles, and colleagues evaluated emergency department visits for 505,315 Medicare beneficiaries in 2007 using the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development files.
Hospitals' Medicare quality bonuses get wiped out by penalties
Kaiser Health News and NPR
What Medicare gives with one hand, it's taking away with another. Most government quality bonuses to hospitals this year are being wiped out by penalties issued for other shortcomings.
The government is taking performance into account when paying hospitals, one of the biggest changes in Medicare's 50-year-history and one that's required by the Affordable Care Act.
This year 1,700 hospitals, 55 percent of those graded, earned higher payments for providing comparatively good care in the federal government's most comprehensive review of quality.
Expert panel develops tool to reduce costly catheter-associated urinary tract infections during hospital stays
American Nurses Association
ANA is spearheading an initiative to reduce catheter–associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) — one of the most common and costly infections contracted by patients in hospitals — through an assessment and decision-making tool registered nurses and other clinicians can use at the bedside to determine the best way to provide care.
Antimicrobial wipes in ICUs don't reduce HAIs, study says
Health Leaders Media
The use of high-cost antiseptic washcloths on ICU patients results in no statistically significant difference in rates of infection for four hospital-acquired infections, researchers find.
Bathing hospital ICU patients daily with disposable washcloths containing chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG), doesn't prevent four types of hospital-acquired infections any more than bathing patients without the antimicrobial cloths, researchers say.
Case illuminates immune system-psychiatric disorder link
When the immune system gets derailed from its usual infection-fighting role and attacks the brain, it can trigger obsessive-compulsive actions, anorexia-like refusal to eat, severe anxiety, violent outbursts and other symptoms of mental illness, as well as a host of neurological problems—in the worst cases, seizures, respiratory failure and death. Although doctors recognize a handful of immune-mediated neurologic diseases in children and adults, their awareness of the immune connection to mental illness is limited.
Researchers make breakthrough on new anesthetics
For the first time since the 1970s, researchers are on the verge of developing a new class of anesthetics. According to a study published in the February issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), a new approach to identifying compounds may lead to the next generation of anesthetics.
“While physician anesthesiologists have improved the safety of anesthesia over the years, there are still many risks associated with general anesthesia.
Pediatric flu: One size does not fit all
Flu season is in full swing. By now, you've probably seen droves of patients with flu-like symptoms. But did those patients really have the flu? Of course, you know what the flu looks like: Patients come in with the abrupt onset of fever, myalgias, headaches, malaise, coughs, sore throats, and runny noses. Some may have nausea and vomiting. But plenty of other respiratory viruses can present in the same way. Young children often pose the greatest challenges for diagnosing and treating the flu because they do not arrive with the full complement of typical symptoms.
Empathy levels among healthcare professionals
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
There is plenty of recent evidence suggesting that empathy could improve clinical outcomes. Empathy has been defined as the ability to stand in the shoes of another and look at the situation from someone else's view.
In the healthcare discipline, researchers define empathy as "a predominantly cognitive attribute that involves an understanding of the patient's experiences, concerns and perspectives, combined with a capacity to communicate this understanding and intention to help."
The medical world is changing — How can we keep up?
By Joan Spitrey
Healthcare is a dynamic industry. It is constantly changing as new modalities, treatments and technologies are discovered or even rebutted. Even with the changes in technology, diagnostics and treatments, the healthcare environment has stayed relatively static. The patient seeks treatment, and the healthcare provider treats based on the needs of the patient. The provider of care bills for services and is paid. For the most part, the healthcare providers have wielded most of the control with little resistance. However, this is changing, and the power has shifted.
Studies: Long hours, shift work can be detrimental to health
By Denise A. Valenti
"Workin' 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin'. Barely gettin' by, it's all takin' and no givin' ..."
Dolly Parton's popular song "9 to 5" from 1980 lamented the difficulties and stress associated with having a traditional workday. But, an eight-hour day of working 9-to-5 really is not that bad — especially for your health. Several recent studies show the impact of work hours on health is related to the number of hours that are worked and also what time of day the work occurs.
An analysis in The Lancet showed that longer working hours for those in lower socioeconomic groups has been associated with a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes.
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