Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

P & T Approvals, FDA Warnings About Codeine-Containing Meds, NSAIDs, Proglycem

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the June meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings about codeine-containing medicines in children, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and Proglycem in infants.

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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 - July 2015 (PDF)


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Share Your News

Won any awards or had an article accepted for publication? Share your news about professional achievements and other items of interest.

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Clinical Documentation Course Continues Aug. 4

Members of the medical staff can take a "Clinical Documentation Integrity Power Course for Physicians" that meets the first Tuesday of each month  through Dec. 1. Sessions take place from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in various locations; the Aug. 4 meeting will be in PEC 8. Participants need to attend just one session.

Under the Affordable Care Act, physicians will have to justify treatments and demonstrate satisfactory quality outcomes. Clinical documentation therefore will need to be accurate and timely and to reflect the scope of services provided.

Objectives of the course:

  • Explain the role of the Clinical Documentation Integrity Department at Cedars-Sinai
  • Discuss how hospitals and physicians are rated
  • Explore the DRG system and how documentation affects profiles
  • Understand the interplay among SOI, ROM, LOS and reimbursement
  • Compare ICD-9 and ICD-10 documentation requirements
  • Compare Cedars-Sinai’s score to those of similar hospitals
  • Learn definitions for common diagnoses
  • Recognize documentation that is vague and nonspecific
  • Identify documentation strategies to reflect the true severity of illness of the patient

Two continuing medical education credits will be available.

For more information, call Clinical Documentation Integrity at 310-423-3052. For a list of dates and locations, click the PDF link below.

CDI Power Course for Physicians (PDF)