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The Emergency Medicine Board Review Course is quickly approaching. This course is being held by the Ohio ACEP, Florida Emergency Medicine Foundation, and the Florida College of Emergency Physicians.

Included in your registration will be:

Course Material
  • Extensive Daily Course Syllabus! A powerful, comprehensive tool for review. Updated each year! Printed and electronic Web-based versions provided.
  • Pre, Post & Daily Tests totaling over 400 questions - Pre-tests are sent with every registration confirmation. Post tests are given to attendees at onsite registration. Syllabus booklets include questions that review the targeted course material covered each day.
  • Online access to Ohio ACEP's Pharmacology/Toxicology Case Studies workbook with 60 cases for review.
Online Stimuli & E-Learning Website -
  • Web access to 1,400+ full color diagnostic photos, radiographs and ultrasounds, complete with case questions organized into 23 categories.
  • Case questions emailed periodically to guide your studies before attending the course.
Additional Review Opportunities
  • Focused, team led rapid review sessions.
  • Faculty reviews of select cases and images from Ohio ACEP's online stimuli website.
  • Recordings from the previous course can be checked out on-site at the course.
Course Extras
  • All participants receive coffee and snack breaks.
This renowned five day course is being held in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 6-10, 2014, at the Rosen Plaza Hotel.

To learn more information and to register visit

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Dec. 17, 2013 FCEP Board Conference Call
Jan. 14, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
Feb. 6-10, 2014 Ohio ACEP, FCEP, FEMF Board Review Course
Feb. 11, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
Feb. 12, 2014 FEMF Board Meeting
Feb. 19, 2014 FCEP Committee Meetings
March 4, 2014 First day of Legislative Session
March 10-13, 2014 Emergency Medicine Days
March 11, 2014 FCEP Board of Directors Meeting
April 8, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
May 7, 2014 FCEP Committee Meeting
May 8, 2014 FCEP Board Meeting at FCEP
May 18-21, 2014 ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference
June 10, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
June 16, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
July 17-20, 2014 ClinCon
Aug. 7-10, 2014 Symposium by the Sea
Aug. 7, 2014 FCEP Board of Directors Meeting

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FCEP and FEMF Board of Directors approve signing of general contractor agreement, bank loan

Both FCEP and also FEMF Board of Directors have approved the signing of the general contractor agreement and the bank loan for the future headquarters of both organizations.

The new headquarters will be a 9,100-square-foot facility and will contain primary office space for FCEP/FEMF staff, house a meeting center for Board of Directors, and will also have an Education and Training Center for physicians, EMT'S, paramedics and nurses.

The expected opening date for the new headquarters is August 2014.

Stay tuned for more information and how you can become involved.

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3,500 Floridians enroll for coverage under the ACA
The Florida Current
The Obama administration announced on Nov. 13, that 3,571 people in Florida have selected insurance plans through a health exchange run by the federal government as part of the Affordable Care Act. More than 106,000 people nationally have signed up for coverage since enrollment began Oct. 1.
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1-minute CPR training saves lives
Newsmax Health
How much time would you be willing to invest to save a life? If you have even one minute — to watch an instruction CPR training video — that may be all it would take to save the lives of individuals suffering heart-attack emergencies, according to new research. The findings, presented at a recent meeting of the American Heart Association, indicate people who watched one-minute videos to learn compression-only CPR were better prepared, called 9-1-1 more frequently, initiated chest compression sooner, had an increased chest compression rate, and a decreased hands-off interval, the study found.
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The evolution of HIPPA compliance
Orlando Medical News
In 2009, the United States Congress signed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act into law to promote the proper use of health information technologies. The HITECH Act works to ensure healthcare providers learn the proper methods and are given the resources to transmit Electronic Health Records of patients. The new "Final Rule," effective on March 26, 2013, through the HITECH Act added several changes to the privacy and security policies in HIPAA. Of the many additions and regulations enacted by this new rule, three carry the most weight: new Business Associate Agreements; new breach notification rules and enforcement; and new notice of privacy practices requirements.
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AMA passes recommendations for payment models that support new approaches to team-based healthcare
American Medical Association
Team-based healthcare delivery models are quickly emerging as the preferred method for providing coordinated, cost-effective, high-quality healthcare for patients and the American Medical Association's House of Delegates recently adopted new recommendations for creating payment mechanisms to sustain these promising new models of care. "The success rate of physician-led team-based models of care has been proven time and again by trusted industry leaders like the Mayo Clinic, Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Healthcare and Kaiser Permanente," said AMA President Ardis D. Hoven, M.D.
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Increased speed equals increased wait: The impact of a reduction in ED ultrasound order processing time
Harvard Business School
This study of ultrasound test orders in hospital emergency departments shows that, paradoxically, increasing capacity in a service setting may not alleviate congestion, and can actually increase it due to increased resource use.
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South Florida hospitals using cutting-edge innovations
Sun Sentinel
A computerized program that allows orthopedic surgeons to practice their accuracy in 3-D. A heart stent that can be absorbed by the body, reducing scarring. A remote monitor, the size of an answering machine, that checks to see how well a pacemaker is keeping the heart in rhythm, saving valuable treatment time. These and other cutting-edge innovations are debuting at hospitals around South Florida, home to a bustling medical marketplace that is attracting some of the latest advancements in healthcare.
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Medicaid beneficiaries veer towards EDs
Healthcare Payer News
As millions of low-income Americans gain access to insurance through Medicaid or subsidized plans, guiding them away from unnecessary emergency visits will be a challenge for payer teams. Medicaid beneficiaries are more likely to seek care in an ED than commercially insured individuals, the uninsured and even seniors on Medicare, according to a Centers for Disease Control data brief.
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Study finds hand-washing rates low among emergency medical personnel
CBS News
A new study shows only 13 percent of emergency medical providers reported cleaning their hands before patient contact, according to the study from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. "What we found was a little concerning," Dr. Josh Bucher, a resident at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and one of the study's authors, told The study, which was administered through an online survey and distributed via email to national and regional emergency medical organizations, looked at almost 1,500 EMS providers. The results revealed a number of troubling trends.
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US hospitals adopt child-friendly tactics to minimize pain, trauma
The Wall Street Journal
Jabbed with a sharp needle; confined in a noisy MRI machine; covered with an anesthesia mask before surgery. Hospital experiences are unpleasant enough for adults. For children, they can be especially stressful and frightening. Up to 80 percent of pediatric patients and their families report some traumatic stress after illness, injury, hospitalization or painful medical procedure, according to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Untreated traumatic stress can negatively affect treatment and recovery.
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The growing need for psychiatric EDs
By Dorothy L. Tengler
In 2010, there were 129.8 million emergency department visits. However, not all of these visits were injury-related. A January 2012 American Hospital Association TrendWatch reported that there were more than 5 million visits to EDs by patients with a primary diagnosis of mental illness or a substance abuse disorder. Even more alarming, the rate of mental health visits has increased seven times more than overall ED visits. What is the answer? Communities need specially-designed psychiatric EDs.
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Efforts underway to help physicians find best apps to recommend
Pamela Lewis Dolan
As patient engagement becomes an increasingly important aspect of a reformed healthcare system, mobile health applications are often thought to hold great potential for getting patients more involved in their healthcare. With more than 43,000 health-related apps available on the iTunes store alone, and new apps being introduced every day, there is no shortage when it comes to available tools. But due to sheer volume, the ability for doctors to assess and analyze these tools for their safety and efficacy is lacking.
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