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Dayton Beach News Journal
Ormond physicians group to staff hospital’s emergency unit

March 31, 2014
“Florida Hospital Flagler has selected Ormond Beach-based EMPros, an emergency medicine physician practice, to staff the hospital’s emergency department effective April 1. As part of this, Dr. Kristin McCabe has been appointed to serve as the emergency department medical director for the Palm Coast hospital….McCabe, a Flagler County resident, is an EMPros shareholder and board member for the Florida College of Emergency Physicians.”
http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20140331/BUSINESS/140329423/1024?Title=Ormond-physicians-group-to-staff-hospital-x2019-s-emergency-unit

Washington University of St. Louis
Carpenter helped develop guidelines to improve older adult care in emergency departments

March 28, 2014
“Chris Carpenter, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine, co-chaired the national Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines Task Force, which created new recommendations intended to improve the care for older adults in emergency departments.”
http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/26713.aspx  

Medical Express
Patient satisfaction scores in the ER are not affected by receipt of painkillers
March 27, 2014

“Factors other than receipt of painkillers – including opiates – in the emergency department appear to be more important to patient satisfaction, as reflected in an analysis of Press Ganey patient surveys to be published online today in Annals of Emergency Medicine.”
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-03-patient-satisfaction-scores-er-affected.html  

DigitalJournal.com
Opioid Analgesic Prescribing for Headaches Rises in U.S. Emergency Departments
March 27, 2014

“Research to be presented at the American College of Medical Toxicology's (ACMT) Annual Scientific Meeting in Phoenix, AZ from March 28-30, 2014 focuses on opioid prescribing trends for headache-related emergency department visits. Opioid analgesics are not recommended as first-line treatment for headache by expert consensus guidelines, including those of the American Academy of Neurology and the American College of Emergency Physicians, and more recently, the Choosing Wisely® Campaign. In 2010, there were an estimated 7.7 million headache-related emergency department visits.”
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1814700  


DotMed Daily News
Mass. health care reform causes more ED use
March 27, 2014

“A study published last week in Annals of Emergency Medicine found that the implementation of health care reform in Massachusetts led to a small but consistent increase in emergency department visits. And it may foreshadow the effect that the Affordable Care Act will have on emergency department visit rates in the near future.”
http://www.dotmed.com/news/story/23171/


Politics PA
Casey Inroduces Emergency Services Bill
March 27, 2014

“With the help of fellow Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) has introduced a piece of legislation that would reauthorize the Emergency Medical Services for Children program….  The EMSC program is affiliated with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and other related professional organizations. The National EMS for Children Data Analysis Resource Center (NEDARC) is responsible for the data analysis and the dissemination of statistics accrued by the EMSC program.”
http://www.politicspa.com/casey-introduces-emergency-services-bill/56402/  

Fox6 Now – Milwaukee
Learning to identify the warning signs of stroke
March 24, 2014

Video attached. 
http://fox6now.com/2014/03/24/learning-to-identify-the-warning-signs-of-stroke/  

The Pine Journal
Health Hotline…Healthy travels!
March 23, 2014

“Wherever you are traveling — near, far, within the U.S. or abroad, it is always a good idea to bring a travel health kit with you. Items in the kit will vary, depending on your destination, but in general, here are items the American College of Emergency Physicians suggest travelers consider.”
http://www.pinejournal.com/content/health-hotlinehealthy-travels  

CBSNews.com
ER use of narcotic painkillers up almost 50 percent: Study
March 22, 2014

“In many cases, naproxen, Tylenol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen are the best choices," said Dr. Ryan Stanton, an ER doctor in Lexington, Ky., and spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).”
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/er-use-of-narcotic-painkillers-up-almost-50-percent/  

Philly.com (Philadelphia Inquirer)
ERs Dispensing More Narcotic Painkillers: Study
March 21, 2014

“In many cases, naproxen, Tylenol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen are the best choices," said Dr. Ryan Stanton, an ER doctor in Lexington, Ky., and spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).  Stanton, who was not involved in the study, said the findings "are not shocking." http://www.philly.com/philly/health/topics/HealthDay685954_20140321_ERs_Dispensing_More_Narcotic_Painkillers__Study.html  

Also:
HealthDay News
http://consumer.healthday.com/general-health-information-16/drug-abuse-news-210/er-narcotic-prescriptions-up-sharply-in-past-decade-685954.html

Spokesman Review
Communication among ERs result in lower costs
March 21, 2014

“Washington’s hospitals saved money and improved care during the past year by discouraging the overuse of emergency rooms. So says a report released Thursday by hospitals, physicians and the state agency that operates Medicaid, the rapidly growing coverage plan for low-income people.  “Progress came not from blocking access but from coordinating care,” said Dr. Stephen Anderson, an Auburn physician representing the American College of Emergency Physicians.”
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/mar/21/communication-among-ers-result-in-lower-costs/  


Seattle Times
$34 million saved in effort to cut needless ER vists
March 20, 2014

“The state chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, backed by Washington State Medical Association and the Washington State Hospital Association, filed a lawsuit in 2011 against the state. Early the next year, then-Gov. Chris Gregoire suspended the plan.”
http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023183747_emergencysavingsxml.html  

Kaiser Health News
Warning: Opting Out Of Your Insurance Plan's Provider Network Is Risky
March 18, 2014

“Once the patient is stabilized, the patient will be responsible for whatever the insurer doesn’t pay for that observation or admittance,” says Jeffrey Bettinger, an emergency physician who is chairman of the reimbursement committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Patients who will be admitted for any length of time may want to be transferred to an in-network hospital, says Bettinger.
http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/stories/2014/march/18/michelle-andrews-opting-out-insurer-provider-network-risky.aspx  

Santa Cruz Sentinel”
Why opting out of your insurance plan’s provider network is risky
March 18, 2014

“Once the patient is stabilized, the patient will be responsible for whatever the insurer doesn't pay for that observation or admittance,” says Jeffrey Bettinger, an emergency physician who is chairman of the reimbursement committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Patients who will be admitted for any length of time may want to be transferred to an in-network hospital, says Bettinger.”
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/obamacare/ci_25366616/why-opting-out-your-insurance-plans-provider-network  

HealthDay News
Too Many Unneeded Brain Scans for Headaches, study Suggests
March 17, 2014

“Guidelines from the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Neurology and the American College of Emergency Physicians recommend against routine brain scans for headache (in the absence of other indications).”
http://consumer.healthday.com/cognitive-health-information-26/brain-health-news-80/too-many-unneeded-brain-scans-for-headaches-study-suggests-685878.html

Kentucky Forward
Kentucky’s Hospital Emergency Rooms: How do they rate and what does it mean for you?
March 17, 2014

“One is the 2014 American College of Emergency Physicians Report Card on Emergency Medicine which shows how well each state supports emergency care. The report card is based on 136 objective measures in five areas: Access to Emergency Care, Quality & Patient Safety, Medical Liability, Public Health & Injury Prevention, and Disaster Preparedness. The aim is to educate policymakers and the public about the importance of quality emergency medicine, protecting access to emergency care and improving the emergency care environment.”
http://www.kyforward.com/2014/03/kentuckys-hospital-emergency-rooms-how-do-they-rate-and-what-does-it-mean-for-you/  

HealthDay News
Trauma Center Closures Tied to Higher Death Risk for Injured Patients
March 13, 2014

"This study confirms that when trauma centers close, people who live in the surrounding areas are more likely to die following an injury," lead author Dr. Renee Hsia, an associate professor of emergency medicine, said in a UCSF news release.  "There have been an increasing number of trauma center closures in recent years, and these closures are associated with a higher risk of death in the affected communities," added Hsia, who is also an attending physician in the emergency department at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and a faculty member of the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies.
http://consumer.healthday.com/senior-citizen-information-31/misc-death-and-dying-news-172/trauma-center-closures-tied-to-higher-death-risk-for-injured-patients-685692.html  

Canadian TV News
Emergency rooms inhospitable to transgender patients
March 13, 2014

“Published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the study found 52 per cent of transgender patients surveyed had experienced at least one negative experience listed while presenting in their chosen gender.”
http://london.ctvnews.ca/emergency-rooms-inhospitable-to-transgender-patients-1.1727907  

JEMS.com
White Paper Proposes EMS Expand its Role in Patient Care
March, 2014

“On Jan. 16, 2014, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) issued its report entitled “America’s Emergency Care Environment: A State-by-State Report Card.” The report card gives the country’s emergency care system environment a near-failing grade of a D+.”
http://www.jems.com/index.php?q=article/news/white-paper-proposes-ems-expand-its-role-0  

Doctor’s Lounge
Physicians Better Able to Recall Narratives About Rx Guidelines
March 7, 2014

“Participants were asked to list all content they could recall one hour after reading the text, with recall evaluated for six themes contained in the American College of Emergency Physicians opioid guideline.”
http://www.doctorslounge.com/index.php/news/pb/45041  

The Times-Tribune
Explore uses for mental hospitals
March 7, 2014

“The Pennsylvania Medical Society and the American College of Emergency Physicians recently reported that one of the biggest problems faced by hospital emergency rooms is finding beds for psychiatric patients. They found that there are 17 beds per 100,000 people who need psychiatric treatment.”
http://thetimes-tribune.com/opinionexplore-uses-for-mental-hospitals-1.1646248  

Mississippi Business Journal
Report: State’s emergency care ranks highest in Southeast
March 6, 2014

“Mississippi’s emergency care environment outranked all other Southeastern states and placed 26th out of 51 overall, according to a report from the American College of Emergency Physicians.”
http://msbusiness.com/blog/2014/03/06/report-states-emergency-care-ranks-highest-southeast/  

HealthDay News
Texting While Walking Often Leads to Injuries: Expert
March 6, 2014

“Texting while walking causes more -- although usually less serious -- injuries than texting while driving, according to an expert.”
http://consumer.healthday.com/mental-health-information-25/behavior-health-news-56/briefs-emb-3-3-texting-walking-u-at-buffalo-release-batch-1165-685475.html  

Health News Digest
Think with your head and protect your brain
March 5, 2014

“Sadly, you can't prevent every brain injury from occurring," said Dr. Alex Rosenau, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. "But the number of patients we treat who are suffering from injuries that were preventable is alarming."
http://www.healthnewsdigest.com/news/Research_270/Think-With-Your-Head-and-Protect-Your-Brain.shtml  

Houston Chronicle
Skill, dedication: ER staff  play a key role in care
March 1, 2014

“By 1967, the American Medical Association (AMA) assembled a committee on emergency medicine, and the following year, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) was founded. Today, the organization represents more than 34,000 emergency department physicians, residents and medical students nationwide.”
http://www.chron.com/jobs/article/Skill-dedication-ER-staff-plays-a-key-role-in-5281341.php  
 
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