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On February 17, the Florida House Health and Human Services Committee approved HB 221 barring out of network health providers from balance billing patients for emergency services, requiring only insurers to pay providers, other than for the patient's required co-pays, co-insurance or deductibles.
Similar to HB 221, on February 16 the Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee approved SB 1442 aimed at stopping balance billing of insured patients. SB 1442 is now on the Appropriations Committee's agenda, which will be meeting February 25 at 10 a.m.
Under these bills, insurers are required to pay providers either the billed charges, an amount equal to the usual charges for similar services in the community or a negotiated rate between the insurer and the provider.
FCEP is working with legislators and other medical societies on this critical legislation dealing with balance billing.
On February 24, the Orlando Sentinel published an op-ed by our FCEP President-Elect Dr. Jay Falk. CLICK HERE to read it!
FCEP President Steven Kailes was also featured in an article in the Palm Beach Post on the issue of balance billing and the two bills currently up for review in the Florida Legislature. CLICK HERE to read it!
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Congratulations to all the new Society for Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) EM fellows and FCEP’s President-Elect on being awarded Distinguished Master Fellow by the Society.
(L-R) Drs. Julie Mayglothling FCCM Virginia Commonwealth University (Regent on the board of ACCM); Kyle Gunnerson University of Michigan (Director of an ED based ICU); Tiffiny Osborn FCCM, Barnes Hospital, St. Louis (ACEP Representative to the surviving sepsis campaign and co-author of the Promise trial); HeatherLee Bailey FCCM Secretary of SCCM (will be first EM president of SCCM in a few years); FCEP President-Elect Jay Falk MCCM; Evie Marcolini, FCCM, Yale (EM/Neurointensivist); and Tim Ellender FCCM Indiana University.
The Florida Emergency Medicine Foundation and Florida College of Emergency Physicians’ Emergency Medicine Written Board Review Course is designed to prepare residents for their qualifying exams and seasoned physicians for the recertification ConCert exam. This 4-day course provides a comprehensive review of the core content. In addition, we will define the key approaches for the acute management of commonly presenting emergency medical conditions. This comprehensive review is also perfect for advanced practice providers, nurses and other health professionals seeking emergency medicine education. Faculty from University of Florida (Jacksonville & Gainesville), University of South Florida, Florida Hospital, Orlando Health, and Mount Sinai Medical College (New York & Miami) have teamed up to bring you this powerful, comprehensive Emergency Medicine Board Review Course.
Click here for more information and to register today!
- A four day all-inclusive program
- Created and delivered by expert faculty from various academic institutions & residency programs
- Ideal for physicians preparing for recertification, residents preparing for qualifying exams, or the medical professional looking for an intensive overview of emergency medicine
- Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
Our very own FCEP President-Elect Dr. Jay Falk had his op-ed on balance billing published in the Orlando Sentinel on February 24. CLICK HERE to read the online version of the op-ed that was published in the newspaper!
Don’t forget about these upcoming FCEP events.
The EMLRC has been a leader in lifesaving education throughout the United Sates for over 20 years and is both a CECBEMS and Florida Department of Health accredited provider of continuing education for the EMS community.
EMLRC’s EMT Refresher Course is for the practicing EMT wishing to re-certify. It both meets and exceeds the Florida Department of Health Bureau of EMS’ and the NREMT’s re-certification requirements as it offers a maximum of 32 hours of continuing education. The course includes topics on airway management, patient assessment, and medical and trauma emergencies. Participants will also have the opportunity to re-certify in CPR/BLS.
To register, click here. To view the agenda click here. For more information on hotels, click here.
Part of FCEP’s mission is to advance emergency medicine and improve access to emergency care through advocacy. Help to further this cause by supporting these Political Action Committees (click on the link below to donate):
Physicians for Emergency Care (PEC) and Emergency Care for Florida
Save the dates and mark your calendar with all of FCEP's upcoming events!
Click here to see the 2015-2016 FCEP Annual Calendar.
Need a quick and easy reference for pediatric nasal medications, procedural sedation dosing, or nerve blocks? Then check out the free PAMI Pain Management and Dosing Guide. Content was developed after extensive literature review of pain, sedation, and analgesia medications for treatment of acute pain, chronic pain and procedural sedation in all ages.
The guide is organized by medication type or indication, age, and route. It includes information on Intranasal, Topical, Transdermal, Neuropathic, and Procedural Sedation Medications; Opioid Prescribing Guidelines and Equianalgesic Chart; Patient Safety Considerations and more. Dosing ranges should be used as a general guide and adapted to specific patient characteristics such as age and comorbidities. A free downloadable pdf of the dosing guide can be accessed by clicking here and printing or downloading to your smartphone. In return for this resource, the PAMI team would like your feedback on the dosing guide including how it has improved patient care and safety.
Please email us at email@example.com. We have a limited supply of laminated trifold pocket cards for health care facilities and providers. If interested, please call 904-244-8617 for further information.
For more information visit the Pain Assessment and Management Initiative (PAMI) at http://pami.emergency.med.jax.ufl.edu/. Follow PAMI on Facebook at https://goo.gl/OMRHMe.
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It's that time of year when the flu season peaks, and the numbers are there to show it.
In the past seven days, the number of flu-related visits to CentraCare have gone to 760, up from 480 during the prior week, said medical director Dr. Tim Hendrix. There's also an increase in the number of patients with pneumonia, which is usually a complication of the flu, Hendrix said.
Dayton Daily News
Miami University’s Environmental Services Department is conducting “a deep cleaning” of residence hall common spaces and dining areas throughout the Oxford campus after the Norovirus was detected in an unknown number of students last week, college and health officials said.
The university posted information on an internal website after the Norovirus was identified in students by the Butler County Health Department, said Claire Wagner, Miami spokesperson.
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European Society of Cardiology via Medical Xpress
The first European advice on emergency care for patients with acute heart failure is published in European Heart Journal: Acute Cardiovascular Care. Acute heart failure carries a higher risk of death than heart attack but care lags 30 years behind.
A steroid pill may be as good as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug for treating painful gout, new research suggests.
Researchers who compared the steroid prednisolone with the arthritis medication indomethacin found both drugs offered a similar degree of pain reduction. And while indomethacin appeared to cause more minor side effects, neither treatment prompted serious complications, the researchers said.
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a major cause of death and disability in the United States, contributing to about 30 percent of all injury deaths. Those who survive a TBI, about 3.5 million Americans, face a range of outcomes from effects lasting a few days to disabilities that may last the rest of their lives. Now, a new study suggests that suffering a TBI may lead to a buildup of Alzheimer's-type plaques in the brain, including regions not typically affected by such plaques.
Trips to the emergency department (ED) can range from the most benign to the most serious of reasons.
While there are several causes prompting patients suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) to rush to the ED, the majority of these ED visits are triggered by neurological complaints — rarely because of true MS relapse.
As it turns out, we aren’t as good at multitasking as we might think.
While texting and driving has been widely condemned for quite some time now, texting and walking is now in the spotlight as risky behavior. Watching someone walk into a door while their eyes are glued to their smartphone could be a good source of entertainment, but as National Safety Council CEO Deborah Hersman tells the Wall Street Journal, “We aren’t talking about bumps and bruises, these are people who are straining muscles, dislocating joints, and breaking bones.”
This Viewpoint discusses prospects for developing new and effective therapeutic strategies for the treatment of critically ill patients.
Over the past 25 years, considerable therapeutic success has been achieved in several areas of clinical medicine, including childhood cancer, some adult cancers, human immunodeficiency virus, and chronic liver disease. However, with the notable exception of surfactant therapy for infant respiratory distress syndrome, there has been limited success in the application of novel therapeutics to improve clinical outcomes in critically ill patients.
Medscape (free login required)
Patients who were initially discharged during a visit to the emergency department (ED) and later admitted during a return visit fared better than those admitted during their first ED visit, according to results of a retrospective analysis of a secondary data set, published in the Feb. 16 issue of JAMA.
By Lynn Hetzler
New point-of-care diagnostic testing could help doctors detect wound infection in less than a minute, according to a new study in Wound Repair and Regeneration. This new testing would present a vast improvement over the 24 hours it currently takes to plate and incubate bacteria. Point-of-care diagnostic testing has progressed rapidly in many areas of clinical practice. In the field of wound care, however, there is still significant need for rapid alternatives for bacterial identification.
HealthDay News via Fox News
In what one expert called a "counterintuitive" finding, research suggests that the powerful clot-busting drug known as tPA might help patients suffering a hemorrhagic stroke.
According to the American Stroke Association, only about 15 percent of strokes are caused by runaway bleeding in the brain; the other 85 percent are caused by a clot.
In addition to improving survival and reducing disability, mechanically removing the clot causing an ischemic stroke leads to better cognitive functioning, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2016.
Ninety days after an ischemic stroke in 206 people who previously had no cognitive problems, researchers administered two tests of executive functioning to the survivors.
United Press International
Nearly half of teens who go to the emergency room report peer violence and cyberbullying, and one-quarter have symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a new study.
The study, conducted at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Rhode Island, found emergency room care did not screen for PTSD except in cases of clear physical trauma — which researchers said could be allowing teens in need of mental health to fall through the cracks.
2 Minute Medicine
For policy makers and stakeholders alike, improving the quality and patient experience of healthcare while reducing hospital costs remains a priority. Unscheduled return visits to the emergency department can reflect inadequate discharge practices or follow-up procedures. Thus, the authors of this study investigated whether short-term, unscheduled return visits to the emergency department affected the outcomes of patients and hospital cost allocation.
Over a 2½-year period, Aaron Hernandez was taken to the emergency department at a California hospital eight times on a 72-hour involuntary psychiatric hold. Doctors told the teen's family that inpatient treatment had to be voluntary, and Aaron, legally an adult at 18, would refuse.
“They would pseudo-stabilize him and let him go,” said his father, Anthony Hernandez. “They always made it clear there is a waiting period to get a bed, which only intensified the dilemma.”
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