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P and T Approvals, FDA Warnings About Alglucosidase Alfa, Methoxy Polyethylene Glycol-Epoetin Beta

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the Oct. 7 meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings about alglucosidase alfa and methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta.

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Meetings and Events

Grand Rounds

Click here to view upcoming grand rounds.

Upcoming CME Conferences

Click below to view a complete list of all scheduled Continuing Medical Education conferences.

CME Newsletter - December 2014 (PDF)


Do you know of a significant event in the life of a medical staff member? Please let us know, and we'll post these milestones in Medical Staff Pulse. Also, feel free to submit comments on milestones, and we'll post the comments in the next issue. Click here to email us your milestones and comments.

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Insurance Update for Patients Who Want Cedars-Sinai Health Coverage (2015 Plan Year)

From Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO 

Open enrollment for individual and family health insurance runs through Feb. 15, 2015, and many of you may get questions from patients who want to ensure that their plan continues to cover care from Cedars-Sinai. I'd like to share the following information to help you address such questions and let you know about the additional resources Cedars-Sinai has developed to help our patients navigate the changing insurance marketplace.

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A Very Successful Joint Commission Survey

From Mark R. Gavens, Chief Operating Officer; 
Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Chief Nursing Officer

Once again, you have demonstrated your passion, teamwork and commitment to our patients and community during last week's successful Joint Commission survey.

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Improvements Made to Inpatient CT Scan Ordering

Two out of three inpatient CT scans are ordered as STAT, and there has been no way to prioritize these requests. As a result, there have been delays in care for patients who truly need urgent CT imaging. Therefore, ordering options in CS-Link™ have been enhanced.

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CS-Link Tip: Web Activities

On the top tool bar of CS-Link™ you will find Web Activities. In case you haven't clicked it recently, it is worth a look.

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Supportive Care Medicine Gets Vital Aid to Patients

The common misconceptions about "palliative care" are giving way to greater awareness of how patients with advanced, life-limiting — but not necessarily terminal — illnesses can benefit from a clinical team dedicated to alleviating pain and suffering and improving quality of life. Palliative care has come of age at Cedars-Sinai as inpatient, outpatient and cancer center services have been integrated under a single program called Supportive Care Medicine.

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POLST Form Gets an Update for 2014

The California form for Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment has been revised for 2014, after five years of clinical experience and data collection, to be clearer and more accessible to patients and physicians.

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Study: Computer's Reports Preferable to Doctors'

A computer system was more effective than doctors at collecting information about patient symptoms, producing reports that were more complete, organized and useful than narratives generated by physicians during office visits, according to a Cedars-Sinai study.

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Night at the Aquarium Set for Feb. 7

Medical staff members and their families are invited to a Night at the Aquarium, a dinner and sleepover at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, on Saturday, Feb. 7, starting at 7 p.m.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for November

The Circle of Friends program honored 204 people in November. Circle of Friends allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai.

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Recognition for Alban, Gordon, McAlpin, Puri

Physician News

Rodrigo Alban, MD, won a "poster of exceptional merit" award at the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons, Leo Gordon, MD, delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Herb Fred Society, and Asha Puri, MD, and the late Columbus McCalpin, MD, have been inducted into the Benjamin Kagan Society.

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