The "War on Opioids" Needs to End

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Feb 8, 2019 6:00:00 AM

"With the first cut of the scalpel, excruciating pain exploded in my foot, and I was shocked speechless. I froze, paralyzed, terrified that any movement would jostle that knife digging into my flesh." Angelika Byczkowski, a patient suffering from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) has felt multiple surgeries through anesthetics.

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Topics: Insider, Treatment, Opioids, Medical Law, Doctor-Patient Relationships

Big Hospitals Sue HHS

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Feb 1, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Hospitals are beginning to follow in the footsteps of the American Hospital Association and are suing the Trump Administration for its decision to institute site-neutral payments.

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Topics: News, Insider, Group Health Plan, Medical Law, Medicare, Doctor-Patient Relationships, Affordable Healthcare

ECMA Cares About Preventing Doctor Suicide

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Dec 14, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Time and time again, people fail to address the scale of suicide and mental illness in the medical profession. Emerald Coast Medical Association wants to change that. By becoming a member of Emerald Coast Medical Association, you will always be supported by our other members and us.

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Topics: Insider, Prevention, Member Meetings, Mental Health

Three Ways to Apply Cost Control to Your Office

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Nov 23, 2018 8:00:00 AM

According to the Advisory Boards Annual Healthcare CEO Survey, cost control is now the healthcare system CEOs’ number one priority. This survey was nationwide and took place between December 2017 to March 2018. Of the 33 concerns outlined in the survey, 62% of the CEO’s surveyed chose cost control as the one of utmost importance. Emerald Coast Medical Association would like to help our members apply the principles necessary to address cost control in your practice and hospitals.

Investing in the people and processes serving in operational roles in your practice or hospital can prove to be successful for cost control for your healthcare facility. This investment does not have to be financial; it merely has to be putting time into these people and operational roles. There are three different ways your healthcare facility can “invest” in cost control.

Data measurement is an easy way to set goals to start the process of facilitating cost control. Setting goals for your team to work toward and to analyze the current state of your facilities departments is a significant first step towards working to getting your cost under control. Doing so will allow you and your team to align with the organization’s goals, establish milestones, and report progress. Pairing activity reports with data makes your information more precise and error-resistant, while also removing biases from discussions. Data provides concrete evidence, so that costly mistakes can be avoided while making better decisions and more accurate predictions on how to move forward with the company.

Another way to invest in cost control is employee engagement. Enhancing revenue can be an easy way to up employee engagement. An employee who feels valued is always more likely to go above and beyond in their work than an employee who does not. Lost productivity stemming from employee disengagement can cost a company anywhere from $450 billion to $550 billion annually. Asking your employees how they want to grow and what their goals are can spark an engaging conversation that will lead to them being more productive.

Not having the appropriate staff for a specific position can be an easy way to lose money. It is not uncommon for a facilities technician to be promoted to a leadership position just because of seniority rather than having the appropriate training, mentoring, or leadership ability. This mistake can lead to high turnover, a loss of organizational knowledge, and an increased reliance on external service contracts that will cost organizations far more than they would like to spend. Having to use outside services for help costs more money than it would to hire, train, and develop an already active employee. Investing in employees by either giving them the correct training or hiring someone who is ready for the job they are being recruited for can save tons of money.

Each of these actions has little to no cost for your organization, and can only help to improve your facility and patient care. These principles will help set your practice or hospital up for success while also saving money.

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Topics: Insider

Reasons for Patients Ignoring Physician Advice

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Nov 16, 2018 6:00:00 AM

It is a known fact among all of our members that patients often do not do what their physician advises them to after seeing them. As frustrating as it can be, it is important to us at Emerald Coast Medical Association to make our members know that this is not a failure on your part, as you can only do so much. Our meetings are open for our members to discuss these frustrations without judgment, and allow them to discuss among each other how to better address these types of situations.

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Topics: Insider, Prevention, Patient Education, Doctor-Patient Relationships

Post Hurricane Member Resources

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Nov 2, 2018 12:01:22 PM

Free Loaner Copy Machines

CPC Office Technologies is offering loaner copiers at no charge for 90 days to any companies affected by the hurricane. If your business or a business that you know of was affected, please let us know.

Kayla Obert
Account Manager
Direct (850) 530-2025
CPC Office Technologies

Managing Traumatic Stress After the Hurricane

Time will tell whether Houston, the Caribbean, and Florida manage to recover from the trauma of recent hurricanes mentally but while the physical injuries will fade and the houses will be rebuilt, the psychological impact is likely to worsen. Implementing targeted psychosocial care is both a humanitarian need and an economic necessity—saving lives, jobs, and families.

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Topics: News, Insider

Providing Support to Those Experiencing Burnout

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Nov 2, 2018 10:46:27 AM

Emerald Coast Medical Association is aware that physician and nurse burnout is becoming more and more of a problem in the workforce. Recent reports have shown that factors such as the generation and role of the nurse can have a major impact on whether they experience burnout. We aim to provide our members with a compassionate community that supports each other through tough times. Our members communicate with each other to aid in problem-solving.

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Topics: Insider, Prevention, Member Meetings, Mental Health

Hurricane Michael Recovery: Physician Resources

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Oct 29, 2018 4:54:45 PM

Listed Here are Resources Available for Physicians in Bay County

and Surrounding Areas

Last Updated: 05/02/2019

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Topics: News, Insider

Practice Updates for Hurricane Michael Impacted Areas

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Oct 20, 2018 4:40:50 PM

Our Practice Updates Page has moved.

If you are not automatically re-directed, click here: 

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Topics: News, Insider

Employment Practices Liability - Why You Need It

Posted by Julie Danna on May 25, 2018 9:03:00 AM

Claims for employment practice violations such as unlawful discrimination or wrongful termination have become a fact of life in doing business for all companies, regardless of size.  Individuals recognize that their risks continue to grow, given social media, planned reductions in workforce and/or plans to increase a practice.

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Topics: Insider

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