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FCEP Board and Committee Meeting Schedule
Wednesday, May 20
9-10 a.m.||EMS Trauma Committee|
|10 a.m.- noon||Joint Medical Economics/Government Affairs Committee|
|Noon – 1 p.m.||Membership & Professional Development Committee|
|1– 2:30 p.m.||Education & Academic Affairs Committee|
|2:30 – 3:30 p.m.||EMRAF |
|4:30 – 7 p.m.||Grand Opening of EMLRC (please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thursday, May 21
9 a.m. – Noon ||FCEP Board of Directors Meeting|
|Noon - 1 p.m. ||Joint FCEP/FEMF Lunch |
|1 – 4 p.m. ||FEMF Board of Directors Meeting|
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EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS — AROUND FLORIDA
Open Payments: Data review and dispute underway for physicians — log in today
The CMS Blog
In its second year, the Open Payments program continues to promote transparency and accountability in healthcare by providing consumers with information about financial relationships between drug and medical device manufacturers and physicians and teaching hospitals. The data posted has been viewed nearly 6 million times and we’re pleased with the continuing engagement of stakeholders on this important transparency initiative.
Florida could isolate infected people
Health News Florida
Florida's top health official could soon have expanded powers to isolate people suspected of being infected with severe diseases.
The Florida Legislature sent to Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would bolster the power of the State Surgeon General to place people suspected or likely having a disease into isolation and quarantine. The measure was unanimously passed by both the House and Senate.
15 South Florida hospitals graded 'A' for patient safety
In a hospital safety report card by a national healthcare watchdog group, Baptist Health South Florida and Memorial Healthcare systems received A ratings while the University of Miami Hospital had low marks.
According to spring 2015 ratings from The Leapfrog Group, 15 hospitals in Miami-Dade and Broward counties scored an A in the biannual rating, eight in the Baptist and Memorial systems. Thirteen scored a B and five — three in the Jackson Health system — scored a C. Only one, the University of Miami Hospital, scored a D.
State approves Sarasota Memorial Hospital Trauma Center
Sarasota Memorial Hospital has received provisional approval to become Sarasota County’s first designated trauma center, this according to a release from SMH.
The Florida Department of Health designation as a Level II trauma center means people who suffer life threatening accidents and injuries in Sarasota County can be transported to their local hospital rather than be airlifted to a state-designated trauma center in another community.
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Florida Legislative Tracking Report
Below is a link to your most recent state legislative tracking report. The link will open a report that contains direct links to any bills we are tracking that have either been introduced or progressed through the legislative process since you received your last report.
Click here to see your most recent state legislative tracking report.
Please remember that these reports are based on limited key word searches. They are not likely to uncover every piece of legislation that you might be interested in, so you are encouraged to utilize any other sources for state legislative information, such as state medical societies, other legislative contacts and the news media.
Here are the general categories we try to search: Emergency physician/department, Quality initiatives, Liability reform. Physician reimbursement, Private payer issues (balance billing, assignment of benefits), Health care reform, Disaster preparedness, Auto safety and Motorcycle helmet legislation.
FLORIDA EMS ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Dr. Charles Moreland
EMS Administrator (Fire)
Dr. Doris Ballard-Ferguson
Michael Lozano, M.D.
Commercial Ambulance Operator
Orly Stolts, Chief
Joe Nelson, D.O.
State EMS Medical Director
Department of Education
Department of Transportation
EMS for Children Liaison
Department of Financial Services
Charles F. Hagan, III
Office of the Governor, Emergency Management
Capt. Timothy Roufa
Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles
Department of Management Services
ACEP Committee Interest 2015-16 — due by May 18
Committee interest for FY 2015-16 is now open. Various ACEP publications will outline the process for members and information is also on the ACEP website. Members interested in serving on a committee, and who are not currently serving on a national committee, must submit a completed committee interest form and CV by May 18, 2015.
The CV and any letters of support from the chapter can be attached to the online form (preferred), emailed to me at email@example.com, or mailed to me at ACEP headquarters. Chapter input is invaluable to this process. If you have personal knowledge of the level of commitment and talent exhibited by the interested member, please consider submitting a letter of support.
The online application form is found here. After completion of the form, you should receive an acknowledgement that your committee interest form has been submitted. If you do not receive this message, please contact me by email or phone.
The committee selection process will occur in mid-June and applicants will be notified by the end of July. Members chosen to serve on committees will serve a minimum of one year, beginning with the committee’s organizational meeting held during the annual meeting in Chicago, Oct. 27-30, 2014. (Funding is not provided to attend the organizational meeting.)
PLEASE NOTE: Current committee members DO NOT need to complete a committee interest form. Current committee members will soon receive the annual committee evaluation form and will have the opportunity to indicate their preference for next year.
ABEM EMS APPLICATION
ACEP and NAEMSP are planning to again partner and offer the EMS Subspecialty Board Review courses before the ABEM exam in the Fall. We are looking at offering the review course at 3 locations, Atlanta, Dallas, and then in Boston the weekend before the ACEP15 educational courses begin on October 23-25. We don’t have exact dates on the Atlanta or Dallas course yet but will post them as soon as they are finalized.
Rick Murray, EMT-P
Director, Dept of EMS and Disaster Preparedness
American College of Emergency Physicians
EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE NEWS — NATIONAL
US emergency room visits keep climbing
The Wall Street Journal
Emergency-room visits continued to climb in the second year of the Affordable Care Act, contradicting the law’s supporters who had predicted a decline in traffic as more people gained access to doctors and other healthcare providers.
A survey of 2,098 emergency room doctors conducted in March showed about three-quarters said visits had risen since January 2014. That was a significant uptick from a year earlier, when less than half of doctors surveyed reported an increase.
Why not start addiction treatment right in the ER?
Health News Florida
When patients brought to the ER have uncontrolled blood pressure, neglected asthma or diabetes that hasn't been dealt with, doctors often start treatment right then and there.
But what happens when the patient turns out to be addicted to opioids, such as oxycodone or heroin? In case of an overdose, the medical team can take action to rescue the patient. The underlying addiction is something else, though.
ED smoking cessation intervention pays off
Medscape (free login required)
Smokers visiting the emergency department (ED) are more than twice as likely to quit if they receive counseling, nicotine replacement therapy, and relevant referrals during their visit, according to a randomized controlled trial published online April 24 in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
ED visits may be an ideal opportunity for smoking cessation interventions, according to Steven L. Bernstein, M.D., from the Department of Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, and the Yale Cancer Center in New Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues.
ED-initiated buprenorphine helps opioid addicts recover
Medscape (free login required)
The emergency department (ED) is an ideal place to have opioid addicts get started on buprenorphine therapy ― and the road to recovery, new research suggests.
In a study conducted at Yale–New Haven Hospital, in Connecticut, ED-initiated buprenorphine therapy and referral to primary care improved opioid-dependent patients' engagement in treatment at 30 days, decreased illicit opioid use, and reduced use of inpatient services.
Mental Health Awareness Month aims to knock down stigma
By Jessica Taylor
Because of that stigma, it's harder for people who may need help to seek out the resources that are available to them. Since there’s no uniform treatment, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) states that untreated mental illness leads to more emergency department visits, hospitalizations, school failures, incarcerations, suicides and more suffering by individuals with mental illness and their families — and increases overall healthcare costs.
Silence kills: Can technology drive meaningful cultural change in healthcare?
The Huffington Post (opinion)
A common perception in the healthcare industry is that the underlying cultural environment limits technological advances in safety and efficiency. Following this logic, no significant advances can be made until major cultural changes occur. However, what if technology was not necessarily limited by culture, but, if applied correctly, could actually be used to drive a desired cultural change?
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