February 23 2007 Issue Medical Staff Pulse is
a Publication of the Chief of Staff

Compliance Date for National Provider Identifier is May 23

Beginning May 23, healthcare providers must use a National Provider Identifier (NPI) when conducting standard electronic transactions.

Hippocrates = National Provider Identifier #0000000001

MEC Update

There is no update this week.


FDA MedWatch -- Rosiglitazone and Risk of Fractures

Healthcare professionals should consider the risk of fracture when initiating or treating female patients with rosiglitazone for type 2 diabetes mellitus.



Cedars-Sinai Stages Disaster Drill to Identify Areas of Improvement

"Patients" are treated in the staging area next to Lot 4 prior to transport to the ED.

Volunteer "patients" -- part of a mock disaster drill -- were victims of a suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device onboard a Los Angeles bus. The bombing formed the scenario for the February 15 drill that Cedars-Sinai personnel staged in cooperation with community first responders.

Cedars-Sinai has been approved as an ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Receiving Center by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, effective March 1, 2007.


Guiding Principles and Function Requirements Identified

Significant progress was made this week in the process to select a new clinical system for the Medical Center. Following Steering Committee approval of the suggested Guiding Principles and Key Functional Requirements that will set the stage for narrowing the vendor list, they were presented to and reviewed by the Physician Advisory Team.

The combined efforts of Cedars-Sinai medical staff, volunteers and employees to avoid the spread of multi-drug-resistant bacteria appear to be working. As you know, hospitals around the country are all trying to deal with this challenge on a daily basis.

Spinal Disorder Symposium: March 1-3

Women's Health Conference: March 16

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