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Committee Meetings & Public Events:
Thursday, August 1, 2019:
8:00–9:00 am: Membership & Professional Development Committee
9:00–10:00 am: Education & Academic Affairs Committee
10:00–12:00 pm: Combined Medical Economics & Gov't Affairs Committee (new time)
12:00–1:00 pm: Lunch
1:00–2:00 pm: EMS/Trauma Committee
1:00–3:00 pm: Council of EM Residency Program Directors & Core Faculty Meeting
2:00–3:00 pm: Pediatric EM Committee
3:00–5:30 pm: FCEP Board of Directors Meeting
Friday, August 2, 2019:
10:30–12:00 pm: FEMF Board of Directors Meeting
11:30–4:30 pm: Exhibit Hall Open
Saturday, August 3, 2019:
9:00–1:00 pm: Exhibit Hall Open
1:30–2:30 pm: EMRAF Committee Meeting
1:30–3:30 pm: Medical Student Forum
Over the weekend, the Tampa Bay Times published an op-ed on surprise billing solutions by FCEP past-president Dr. Michael Lozano. In it, Dr. Lozano urges Congress to "learn from Florida and other states and consider a bipartisan solution proposed by Rep. Donna Shalala of Miami that we know will work."
August is a great opportunity for members to advocate on behalf their profession and their patients in the ongoing surprise billing debate on Capitol Hill. Register for the upcoming ACEP Advocacy Townhall to learn about how you can effectively engage with your Senators and Representative while they are back home for the month and get answers in real time about the latest congressional activity from ACEP's Associate Executive Director of Public Affairs, Laura Wooster.
ACEP Townhall: Advocating on Surprise Billing in the August Recess
Aug. 5, 2019 at 1:00 PM EST
By The News Service of Florida via WGCU
The Florida Hospital Association will weigh in as the state Supreme Court considers whether a hospital can be liable for treatment provided by emergency-room doctors who are independent contractors.
The Supreme Court on Friday approved a request from the association to file a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of Doctors Hospital in a Miami-Dade County case. The Supreme Court this week agreed to take up the case, which involves the 2013 death of Suyima Torres, who was taken by ambulance to Doctors Hospital after she became unconscious following a cosmetic procedure at a Miami clinic.
The EMS report cards for VF witnessed cardiac arrest survival are in, and the results are dismal. Many large U.S. cities average less than 10%. Yet, there is hope: Seattle and King County, WA report over 60% survival — among the highest in the world. Why is this? What can your community do to improve?
The Florida Resuscitation Academy teaches high-performance CPR to EMS personnel, hospitalists and local health care providers through a free, one-day training program. This course will transform the way you think about and manages cardiac arrests. View Agenda Here
There are five upcoming sessions in Florida:
- Highlands County: August 15
- Monroe County: August 16
- Walton County: August 21
Contact Brittany Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-462-1551 x105 for more information.
According to a Florida Department of Health report posted on Monday, Florida has had 1,978 reported cases of hepatitis A this year. View Numbers by County, provided by The News Service of Florida.
DOH recommends that health care providers offer the hepatitis A vaccine to all persons at risk of hepatitis A infection who have not been vaccinated or do not know their vaccination status. The authority for a paramedic to perform immunizations exist in Florida Statute 401.27. This statute places EMS agencies in a unique situation to make a difference in this outbreak, and DOH is offering assistance in implementing EMS immunization programs.
DOH has identified 4 models of EMS Immunization Programs:
These programs would be implemented in partnership with your local County Health Department (CHD). The EMS Section will facilitate the implementation with your local CHD if needed. Sample training documents and a sample Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) are being developed for those that already have an established relationship with their CHD.
- EMS Community Paramedicine Immunization Programs: These programs perform vaccination clinics in the community events such as footballs games, fairs, festivals, etc.
- EMS Community Paramedicine Integrated Into 911 Response Immunization Program: These programs identify high risks patients during their 911 emergency calls and send community paramedics to their location to vaccinate soon after the 911 encounter.
- EMS/Fire Station Programs: These programs maintain a small supply of vaccine at the EMS/Fire Stations and perform vaccinations on patients that wish to be vaccinated.
- 911 Response Immunization Program: These programs carry refrigerated vaccine on 911 responding ambulances and perform vaccinations in non-emergency situations.
If you are interested in implementing an EMS Immunization Program, please complete this brief, 3-question survey.
Per HB 851 passed in Florida's 2019 Legislative Session, all healthcare providers must complete 1-hour of CME on human trafficking as part of their existing hours. EMLRC has an online course that satisfies this requirement.
Human Trafficking and Emergency Medicine
By Danyelle Redden, MD, MPH, FACEP
$20 | 2.0 hours of CME
Accredited by ACCME, FBON, FEMS
Take it Now
Implementing Warm Hand-Offs Between EDs & Treatment Providers for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder
By Aaron Wohl, MD, FACEP; Mark Stavros, MD, FACEP; Nancy McConnell, MSW, MCAP, CRPS-A; Chief Judge Frederick J. Lauten
Produced in collaboration with FADAA
1.5 hours | 1.5 CME
Accredited by ACCME | FBON | FEMS | FPA | CAPCE
Audience: Anyone (if you do not have a license #, type in n/a)
Free & available until November 30, 2019
Patients suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD) present unique and unprecedented challenges to emergency care providers, who are on the front lines of this national opioid epidemic. This webinar discusses misconceptions about treatment and the disease itself; introduces the concept of warm hand-offs between EDs and treatment providers; reviews legal issues surrounding opioid overdose cases; and talks about the important role of peer specialists in recovery.
Subscribe to Florida PEDReady's weekly newsbrief, the PE2ARL: Pediatric Emergency Education, Advances, Resources & Literature. Brush up on your pediatric emergency education in just 10 minutes a week!
Subscribe to the PEDReady PE2ARL Here
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Life After Residency Retreat
September 19-20, 2019
Sirata Beach Resort
St. Pete Beach, FL
2:00-4:00 pm: Presentations & Workshops
4:00-5:00 pm: EMRA Quiz Show
5:00-6:30 pm: Welcome Reception with Sponsors
6:30-8:30 pm: Dinner, sponsored by Envision
8:30-11:00 pm: After Party, sponsored by TeamHealth
8:00-2:00 pm: Presentations & Workshops
Learn More & Register Now
UPCOMING FCEP & EMLRC EVENTS
|AUG. 1-4, 2019
||Symposium by the Sea 2019 | Learn More
|SEPT. 19-20, 2019
||Life After Residency Retreat | Learn More
||St. Pete Beach
To see the full calendar, click here.
From interpreting CT scans to diagnosing eye disease, artificial intelligence is taking on medical tasks once reserved for only highly trained medical specialists — and in many cases outperforming its human counterparts. Now AI is starting to show up in intensive care units, where hospitals treat their sickest patients. Doctors who have used the new systems say AI may be better at responding to the vast trove of medical data collected from ICU patients — and may help save patients who are teetering between life and death.
Reuters via Physician's Weekly
The majority of the more than 4 million traumatic brain injuries in kids treated in U.S. emergency rooms involved consumer products, a new study suggests. Brain injuries in younger children were tied to products such as beds and flooring, while injuries in older kids were tied to sports, such as football, basketball and bicycling, researchers reported in Brain Injury.
University of Michigan
A new study found having an intensive care unit within the emergency department improved care and survival rates for the entire emergency department population. "The time patients have to wait in the emergency department for inpatient critical care resources is increasing nationwide, and longer wait times for intensive care units have been associated with decreased survival rates," says Kyle Gunnerson, MD, an associate professor of emergency critical care medicine at Michigan Medicine.
By Lisa Cole
As healthcare providers, we know all too well that when the timing is off, people can suffer. Asynchronous heart rhythms, unchecked cellular growth and medication mistakes all can lead to death. Less tragically, blood sugar spikes and dips and sleep anomalies can make folks miserable. "Sequencing affects outcome," my dear deceased friend would often quote me from the yoga sutras. So it is with each of us emotionally. Consider all the "could ofs, should ofs, might ofs, if onlys" of our lives.
Going to the emergency room for medical care that could — or should — be handled elsewhere is costing the U.S. health care system an extra $32 billion a year, a study by the nation's largest insurer shows. In fact, as many as two-thirds of the nation's 27 million annual emergency room visits are avoidable, the research by UnitedHealth Group, parent company of insurer UnitedHealthcare, showed. The data come from an analysis of 2018 claims from employer-sponsored health plans. At the heart of the findings are staggering price differences.
Starting physician compensation for medical specialists was mostly up from 2018 to 2019, while the salaries of primary care physicians plateaued, according to a recent Merritt Hawkins report. In general, medical specialties experiencing the greatest demand also saw the largest boost in starting salaries, revealed the data from a sample of over 3,000 physician and advanced practitioner recruiting engagements.
Many nursing home residents who are hospitalized develop preventable health problems after they go back to the nursing facilities, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data on 555 such people who were discharged from hospitals back to nursing homes in 2016 and 2017. Some residents were hospitalized and returned to nursing homes more than once. Overall, there were 379 complications after 762 discharges. More than half of the complications were related to poor residential care resulting in preventable conditions like pressure ulcers, skin tears and falls, the study found. Another 28% of adverse events involved infections.
Health IT Analytics
Social determinants of health, such as poverty, education, and lack of social support, contribute to more than half of premature deaths in the US every year, according to AmeriHealth Caritas analysts, and 5% of the U.S. population accounts for 50% of total healthcare costs. During the last quarter of 2018, AmeriHealth Caritas analyzed outcomes from nearly 1,000 members who have one or more chronic illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure. The team also evaluated their claims, hospital utilization rates, and responses to survey questions about the social determinants of health.
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