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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF June 15, 2018 | Archived Issues

Letter From Chief of Staff: New Opioid Protocol

Due to a critical nationwide shortage of injectable opioids, Cedars-Sinai will implement the following protocol immediately: Pharmacists will automatically substitute PRN orders for IV Dilaudid and IV morphine with PO oxycodone, if a patient tolerates oral medications.

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Organizational Changes and Staff Reductions

By Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

Thanks to the quality of care provided throughout the organization, our patient volumes remain high. At the same time, the costs to operate a world-class health system—one that offers education, research and community benefit programs—are rising faster than the rate of payments we receive for our services.

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Letter From Chief of Staff: End of Life Option Act

As you may have heard, California’s End of Life Option Act (EOLOA) was recently deemed invalid by a California court. Although we anticipate further court proceedings challenging this action, at this time Cedars-Sinai is halting its participation in the EOLOA, including any Cedars-Sinai-based EOLOA consultations, orders and prescriptions.

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Physician Review Sites May Mislead, Study Finds

Physician satisfaction scores on online third-party review sites tend to be skewed and can easily mislead patients, according to a new study by Cedars-Sinai investigators. This distortion may have significant consequences as consumers rely increasingly on these scores when choosing a physician. Research shows that patients largely trust these ratings as the sole source of information when choosing a physician.

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Teams Ready to Treat Highly Infectious Diseases

As Africa grapples with another Ebola outbreak, the Emergency Department and the Special Pathogens Response Team are ramping up efforts to identify, diagnose and treat patients with highly infectious diseases. 

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Ahn and Neeman Win 2018 Rubenstein Award

Improving healthcare for patients with liver disease and cancer were the goals of the two studies that won this year's Rubenstein Award for Excellence in Resident Research. Joseph Ahn, MD, and Elad Neeman, MD, received their awards and $3,000 prizes on May 30 in Harvey Morse Auditorium. The annual event featured oral presentations by the four finalists.

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Researcher Joins Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

Lisa Thomas, a Cedars-Sinai laboratory investigator of inflammatory bowel disorders and immunobiology, was recently inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. As a collegiate player, the researcher set a school record by scoring 42 points and grabbing 36 rebounds in a single game.

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My CS-Link Now Integrated With Apple Health

Patients with My CS-Link™ accounts now can access key parts of their health records on their iPhones using the Apple Health app. By syncing accounts from participating healthcare organizations, the Health app feature gives patients the ability to view data from multiple providers at once, presented in seven categories: allergies, clinical vitals, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications and procedures.

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CDC Warns About Synthetic Cannabinoids

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning about synthetic cannabinoid products, which have been linked to severe unexplained bleeding in more than 200 people in nine states.

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Summer Is Coming, and So Are Fireworks

Celebrate Independence Day at the Hollywood Bowl with fireworks and music by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and special musical guest, The Go-Go’s. The event on Tuesday, July 3, is open to Cedars-Sinai physicians and their immediate family members. Cost is $140 per adult and $70 per child, 3-11 years of age.

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Annual Sand N’ Snore Set for Sept. 7

Sand N' Snore is just around the corner. The dinner, sleepover and breakfast are slated to begin Friday, Sept. 7, at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. To reserve a place, contact Cheryl Verne at 310-423-2681 or cheryl.verne@cshs.org.

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Gordon To Give Talk on Parathyroid Glands June 18

The Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association, Emeritus Society,and medical staff welcome Leo Gordon, MD, who will discuss the discovery of the parathyroid glands in a talk entitled “We’ll Always Have Paras! Frolics and Diversions of Four Small Glands." The event will take place Monday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

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CS-Link Tip: Shielding Your Cell Number

You can enjoy the convenience of calling a patient on your cellphone, but still keep your personal number private. With the help of Epic Haiku and Doximity Dialer, you can talk to a patient on your cellphone and the number they will see will be your office number.

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