SPS Annual Conference
Texas Children’s Hospital is pleased to host the 2013 Society for Pediatric Sedation Annual conference, which will take place at the Omni Galleria in Houston, TX on May 20-21. The theme for this year’s conference is New Frontiers: The future of pediatric sedation. We are excited to have Mr. John Nickens open the conference this year. Mr. Nickens was formerly the Chief Operating Officer for Baylor College of Medicine before stepping into his current role as the Vice President of Hospital-Based Services at Texas Children’s Hospital. In this role he oversees perioperative services and has a detailed knowledge of the business of sedation.
Mr. Nickens will discuss Healthcare reform and what it means for your sedation service. In his talk, he will cover the pertinent changes and timelines associated with implementation of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in the pediatric population. He will also review other components of healthcare reform that will affect pediatric care (like DRGs). He will conclude with a discussion about the likely impact these changes will have on patient volumes, reimbursement, and existing sedation services. We look forward to this informative talk and to seeing you in Houston this May.
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SPS Consensus Statement
What is Quality Pediatric Sedation?
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The Society for Pediatric Sedation has been working hard to live up to our Mission Statement created in 2007:
The Society for Pediatric Sedation® (SPS) will strive to be the international multidisciplinary leader in the advancement of pediatric sedation by promoting safe, high quality care, innovative research, and quality professional education.
I have the honor of being the third elected president of the Society and want to welcome you to explore the website. We offer education and resources to individuals interested in providing high quality pediatric procedural sedation services. Click on "Conferences", "Research", and "Education" in the green box to the left to begin to explore. Be sure to check out the primer of Pediatric Sedation available under Education and the SPS Sedation Provider Course section. Our Blog and Newsletter (also to the left in light blue boxes) are available to all. Join a lively and ongoing conversation about all the aspects of effective procedural sedation by subscribing to the Listserve.
If you, like the more than 600 members of the Society for Pediatric Sedation, want to be more involved in our rapidly evolving discipline, I urge you to join the Society. Membership entitles you to advanced notice of more educational resources and opportunities along with discounted prices and the opportunity to make a real professional impact. Some of our ongoing projects include exploring nursing certification, identifying competencies necessary for safe and effective sedation practices, and advocating for true quality improvement practices within the field. We are much in need of tech-savvy members interested in helping us disseminate your interest and expertise in pediatric procedural sedation practices. After you join or if you are already a member, be sure to enter the website through our Members Only section (Green box to right) to find descriptions of SPS Committees, contact information for the Board, Committee Chairs and much much more!
Lia Lowrie, MD
President - Society for Pediatric Sedation®