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EM Reimbursement & Innovation Summit
February 27-28, 2020
EMLRC in Orlando, FL
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Laws and Legal Issues: Current Trends and What to Think About
By Malcolm Kemp, PMD
Free & live on November 13, 2019 at 10:00 am
Accredited by FEMS & CAPCE for 1.0 CE
About: Every year, millions of dollars are awarded for lawsuits involving EMS professionals in the U.S. This opening webinar of our new series will review the current state of legal issues, such as typical incidents that lead to EMS lawsuits and new technologies affecting litigation, and steps you can take to avoid lawsuits.
"Do No Harm" is a documentary exposing the epidemic of physician suicide and burnout. The Volusia County Medical Society is hosting a private screening of the film for 1.5 CME.
"Do No Harm" Private Screening
November 13, 2019
Reception begins at 5:30 PM; Screening at 6:20 PM
Volusia County Department of Health
(1845 Holsonback Dr, Daytona Beach, FL 32117)
Up to 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ available
All welcome and encouraged
RSVP Here to Sami Bay, Executive Director of Volusia County Medical Society
By Toni Large, FCEP Lobbyist
The following bills received favorable passage from their committee of reference:
- SB 172 by Senator Bradley: Florida Drug and Cosmetic Act
- HB 113 by Rep Roach: Florida Drug and Cosmetic Act
- SB 66 by Senator Cruz - Student Loans & Scholarship Obligations of Health Care Practitioners
- HB 177 by Rep Duran: Prescription Drug Donation Repository Program
- HB 59 by Rep Willhite: Automated Pharmacy Systems
- HB 57 by Rep Willhite: Dispensing Medicinal Drugs from ED
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31st annual Emergency Medicine Days
January 27-29, 2020
Hotel Duval in Tallahassee, FL
By CNN; originally appeared in ACEP
Vitamin E acetate, an additive sometimes used in THC and other vaping products, may be to blame for a national outbreak of e-cigarette-related lung injuries that's linked to dozens of deaths, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials. Dr. Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director of the CDC, said she would characterize it as a breakthrough in the agency's investigation, although more tests are necessary. READ MORE
Related Reading: What You Need to Know About Vaping-Associated Pulmonary Injury (October 2019 ACEP Now)
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.
|DOH Drug Policy Advisory Council Meeting Next Tuesday
Conference Call Dial-In #: 1-888-585-9008; Conference Room #: 604-673-584
The Drug Policy Advisory Council will review and analyze the impacts of substance abuse in Florida and makes recommendations for the implementation of a state drug control strategy.
Drugs of Abuse during Pregnancy and Lactation
By Sara Baker, MD
Free & live on November 25, 2019 at 1:00 pm EST
Accredited by ACCME, FBON, FEMS, FPA, CAPCE for 1.0 CE
Substance abuse among pregnant women in the U.S. is increasing. Emergency care providers must be able to recognize and manage the immediate consequences of substance abuse in a pregnant patient. This webinar will review pregnancy complications associated with drugs of abuse, impacts on maternal wellbeing and fetal development, and appropriate treatment options during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
ACEP's new first responder training program, Until Help Arrives, was officially unveiled during ACEP19 in Denver with a series of events to highlight how emergency physicians can positively impact their communities by conducting training sessions to teach the public basic life-saving skills. Read more.
ACEP has developed new resources specifically to benefit small groups. A new Small Group Advisory Group is a team of seasoned small group members who have volunteered to support the small group practice model by sharing their expertise with other small group members who are looking for guidance or wanting to tap into the experience of others as they face various challenges unique to small groups. If your small group is dealing with an issue that you’d like to ask the advisory group about, just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. ACEP has also developed an online community for small group members to share ideas and discuss issues. To joint that group and see the other small group resources available, go to www.acep.org/smallgroups.
ACEP's Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) would like to see more Florida applications in the 2020-21 grant cycle. Applications are due February 7, 2020; award recipients will be notified in June 2020.
This year, new grant opportunities include:
- Nasal High Flow Therapy for Respiratory Compromised Patients in the Emergency Department, Supported by Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
- Reducing Burnout Through Emergency Department Design, Supported by HKS
- Better Prescribing Better Treatment Program - Impact Research, Supported by Washington State Medical Association
- Diagnostics Research, Supported by BioFire Diagnostics, LLC
FCEP is requesting presentations for its 49th annual meeting and conference, Symposium by the Sea, on August 6-9, 2020 at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach.
All applications are due to Niala Ramoutar at email@example.com by midnight on December 15, 2019.
- General or Breakout Session (55 mins)
- Rapid Fire Session (25 mins)
- Skills Lab (60-120 mins)
- Preconference Workshop (8 hours max)
- New Speaker (15 mins) (separate application process)
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The Family Juuls: Introduction to vaping and vaping-related illness
By Tory Weatherford, MD
Free & available until November 27, 2019
Please note: We are working on the audio quality.
Implementing Warm Hand-Offs Between EDs and Treatment Providers for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder
CME: 1.5 credits
Accredited by: ACCME | FBON | FEMS | FPA | CAPCE
Audience: Anyone (if you do not have a license #, type in n/a)
Expires: November 30, 2019
Care coordination is evolving. Learn about the warm hand-off model being implemented in emergency departments nationwide to help patients suffering from opioid use disorder through this free webinar. After all, the number one predictor of an individual dying from an opioid overdose is if they have already survived one.
UPCOMING FCEP & EMLRC EVENTS
|JAN. 27-29, 2020
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|FEB. 27-28, 2020
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Edwin Boudreaux remembers the first time he was left in charge of a patient as a graduate student training to be a psychologist. The patient had come in for routine diabetes treatment but it quickly became apparent she was suicidal. "She was so suicidal, I had to walk her from our clinic to the emergency department just to make sure nothing would happen in between," Boudreaux said. Almost three decades later, Boudreaux has produced compelling research showing an alarming number of emergency room patients coming in for unrelated problems have nascent, undetected suicidal thoughts — a large population who might be saved if doctors and nurses would simply ask if they’re having suicidal thoughts.
Researchers found that rural Americans are more likely to die from cancer, heart disease, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke and unintentional injury than their urban counterparts. The five causes of death were responsible for 61% of all deaths in 2017, they said, and that the rate of unintentional injury deaths has "accelerated" in recent years across the United States, which can be explained by an increase in opioid overdoses.
Electronic health records (EHR) may not accurately represent physical examinations conducted by emergency room physicians, according to study results published in JAMA Network Open. The study found that the percentage of unsubstantiated documentation, meaning inconsistencies between documentation and actual physical evaluation, was more common when information was less clinically relevant.
Frequent emergency department (ED) users often have complex behavioral health and social needs. However, policy makers often focus on this population's medical system use without examining its use of behavioral health and social services systems. To illuminate the wide-ranging needs of frequent ED users, researchers compared medical, mental health, substance use, and social services use among nonelderly nonfrequent, frequent, and superfrequent ED users in San Francisco County, California.
Wait times in U.S. emergency departments are increasing. A new study published in Economic Inquiry indicates that prolonging the wait time in the emergency department for a patient who arrives with a serious condition by 10 minutes will increase the hospital's cost to care for the patient by an average of 6%, and it will increase the cost to care for moderately severe cases by an average of 3%. There were no increased costs associated with waiting among relatively healthier patients.
Infectious Disease Advisor
HCV infection affects approximately 2.4 million persons in the United States, and the ED is an important setting for HCV care. In order to develop effective guidelines and programs for ED-based HCV care, researchers assessed trends in numbers, rates, and costs of HCV-associated ED visits overall and in subgroups defined by demographic characteristics, liver disease severity, and patients dispositions (i.e., discharge destination of patients after ED care) in the United States.
Most doctors must hurry through appointments, much to their patients' chagrin. So it's no surprise that 71% of respondents in a new survey on doctor-patient interactions reported they've experienced a lack of compassion when speaking with a medical professional, and 73% said they always or often feel rushed by their doctor.
New data from a University of Cambridge-led analysis is debunking the negative implications of the "weekend effect" in emergency departments. While previous data has detailed the "weekend effect" of increased mortality at hospitals, results of the analysis refute the notion the effect is caused by the seniority of emergency physicians. "There has been previous research on how physician-level factors influence patient care, but our study instead focuses specifically on how seniority affects admitting patterns and in turn how this relates to the weekend effect," said investigator Stefan Scholtes, Dennis Gillings Professor of Health Management at Cambridge Judge Business School.
A Christmas Eve stroke in his mid-50s, 10 years earlier, had forced "Lawrence" to declare bankruptcy. Visiting the doctor would have required a job that brought him home before late evening — hardly an option given that the nearest jobs were 30 miles from his rural town on the outskirts of St. Paul, Minneosta. And after paying his premium, shelling out any copay at the pharmacy would drain what little cash remained for groceries. The social and environmental conditions underlying Lawrence's experience are painfully familiar to the millions of Americans who feel powerless over their health, given the entrenched political and socioeconomic factors shaping the circumstances in which they live and work.
A new analysis of US data finds an unexpectedly high prevalence of prescription opioid use among youth. As recently as 2015-2016, 21% of adolescents and 32% of young adults said they had used these drugs in the past year. Nearly 4% and 8%, respectively, reported misusing opioids.
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