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Despite Challenges, There Are Reasons for Optimism

Message From the Chair

The start of a new year is generally associated with both uncertainty and optimism. 2014 has plenty of both. The principal uncertainty in our professional life is the impact of changes in the healthcare insurance markets driven by the further implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Whether you are optimistic or not depends to a large part on whether you think this is a good or bad thing.

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Cedars-Sinai Retains Surgical Jeopardy Title

Cedars-Sinai has won its third straight Surgical Jeopardy title at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. General surgery residents Doug Liou, MD, and Matt Singer, MD, earned the trophy, known as the Dowden Cup.

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Assurant Health Is an Option for Patients With Non-Employer Insurance

Patients who have individual and family health insurance can sign up for one of several Assurant Health plans that include coverage for Cedars-Sinai and most of its physicians.

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Semper Vigilans

Saving Lives and Mentoring the Next Generation With the Civil Air Patrol

By Harry Sax, MD, MHCM
Professor and Vice Chair, Administration, Department of Surgery

Ever look up when you're out and see a low-flying plane with red, white and blue markings? Do you wonder who might be looking for you if you're lost, or trapped on your rooftop after a flood? Are your kids interested in aerospace, yet you don't want to spend thousands of dollars on flying lessons? The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) may be the answer.

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New VP to Help Lead Clinical Transformation

Sharon Isonaka, MD, has been named vice president of Clinical Transformation at Cedars-Sinai. Isonaka will have a leadership role in efforts to improve clinical efficiency across the health system.


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Circle of Friends Honorees for December

The Circle of Friends program honored 303 people in December. 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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Addition to Formulary Declined; PCEA Order Set Changed

Pharmacy Focus

The Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee declined to add recombinant human thrombin to the formulary and took other actions at its Dec. 3 meeting. The committee also reduced the approved concentration of an epidural pain medication. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings about methylphenidate products, some sodium phosphate medications and acetaminophen. The agency also added to the lists of contraindicated medications and drug interactions for Victrelis (boceprevir).

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