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|January 5, 2017 ||
| || NEWS FROM VACEP AND VIRGINIA|
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Feb. 10-12, 2017 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Dust off your white coat — The Medical Society of Virginia’s annual lobbying day at the General Assembly building invites emergency physicians to join other medical specialties. VACEP members will be highlighting and advocating for advancing emergency medical care in Virginia.
First-timers will be trained and paired with seasoned physicians before they walk the halls of the General Assembly building. A hundred white coats will educate Virginia Delegates and Senators and/or their key staff on how proposed legislation will impact their local emergency departments. Attendees will build lasting relationships with fellow MDs and their elected officials.
No Registration Fee: The Medical Society of Virginia provides the breakfast and lunch.
“We’re proud to annoauce Aimee Perron Seibert, a partner in Commonwealt Strategy Group and Owner of The Hillbridge Group begins her tenth year representing VACEP,” said Dr. Mark Sochor, MD, MS, FACEP , VACEP President. “Aimee has a kean grasp of how emergency medicine works and is VACEPs eyes and ears in the legislative and regulatory arena in Virginia. She is well respected in the Virginia General Assembly and has been instrumental in getting emergency physicians seated at important tables to share our emergency physician prespective. We thank Aimee and Lauren Bull Schmidt for their excellent representation.
Virginia College of Emergency Physicians in conjunction with the UVA Center for Applied Biomechanics present Life Saving Emergency Procedures: Cadaver Workshop.
Participants will utilize cadavers to perform emergency medical procedures including: intubation, central line placement, cricothyrotomy, needle decompression, chest tube placement, joint aspiration, arterial vessel ligation, lateral cathotomy, humeral & tibial I/O placement, thoracotomy.
Max Class Size: 16
(Each session qualifies for 4 AMA Category I CME credits)
Visit the lab during the VACEP Annual Meeting.
|Ohio ACEP EM Board Review Course
||Feb. 9-13, 2017
|Emergency Medicine Payment Reform Summit
||Feb. 9-10, 2017
|VACEP Winter Annual Meeting
||Feb. 10-12, 2017
||Hot Springs, VA
| || NEWS FROM ACEP AND OTHER IMPORTANT PARTNERS|
ACEP has received a response from UnitedHealthcare on the recent documentation in question.
From ACEP to UHC: "On behalf of the American College of Emergency Physicians representing 37,000
physicians, this letter is to alert you that we STRONGLY DISAGREE with the
proposed Reimbursement policy to not give credit for workups 'if it occurs during
the ER Encounter.' We respectfully request you suspend or redact the policy until
it is revised and corrected." Click here to read the full letter from ACEP.
From UHC to ACEP: "We appreciate the opportunity for a deeper dialogue around this important topic and I have asked our medical director dedicated to working with ACEP, Dr. Penny Walker, to work with you to understand the steps you are taking to address coding trends from an emergency specialty perspective. We are eager to work with you and to learn from your research." Click here to read the full letter from UHC.
Click here to learn more and to register today!
- Recall Virginia specific data detailing public health impact of prescription drug abuse
- Review history of the development, initiation and utilization of the Virginia ARTS benefit/SUD waiver
- Review efficacy of evidence based addiction treatment. Treatment works!
- Describe principles of addiction disease management and universal precautions used as the standard of care
- Formulate responses to challenges encountered in the management of addiction using MAT
- Recall the benefits of implementation of VA ARTS/SUD benefit
- Describe the roles and responsibilities of clinical, behavioral health, and administrative staff in delivering a comprehensive ADM program within the healthcare provider office setting
- Identify state level resources and peer support opportunities for implementation of VA ARTS/benefit and addiction disease management practices
| || NEWS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY|
Senate Republicans initiated their first attempt of the new Congress to roll back the Affordable Care Act, one of President-elect Donald Trump's biggest campaign promises.
Recently, Sen. Mike Enzi introduced a resolution to repeal Obamacare through the budget reconciliation process, which would allow Republicans to repeal the law with a simple 50-vote majority in the Senate.
HealthDay News via Pantagraph
A case study highlights the danger liquid nicotine for electronic cigarettes poses to children.
Doctors in Oregon described the case of a 6-year-old girl who accidentally swallowed liquid nicotine used in her parents' e-cigarettes.
The girl's mother had filled an empty ibuprofen bottle with liquid nicotine that she had mixed herself using unflavored nicotine and vegetable glycerin.
For more than two years, Lance Crowder was having severe abdominal pain and vomiting, and no local doctor could figure out why. Finally, an emergency room physician in Indianapolis had an idea. “The first question he asked was if I was taking hot showers to find relief. When he asked me that question, I basically fell into tears because I knew he had an answer,” Crowder said.
Americans are poised in 2017 to gain even more access to nurse practitioners, physician assistants and health professionals via iPhones, apps and related digital health technology.
Across the country, states led by both Republicans and Democrats have eased scope of practice laws to allow easier access to nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Good Men Project
A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association concludes that 27 percent of medical students around the world exhibit symptoms of depression and 11 percent have thought of taking their own lives. Equally troubling is the fact that, among students experiencing depressive symptoms, only 16 percent seek psychiatric treatment.
Emergency Medicine News
In our current state of discourse where every issue is highly politicized, an oft-repeated mantra is that “we'd all be better off if only we had government-run healthcare.” Make no mistake, private insurers pay a large portion of the bill, but the government does run healthcare. But look at what works and what doesn't in our current healthcare system, and the parts that might be classified as disasters can usually be traced to one source: the government.
Emergency rooms in communities with indoor smoking bans reported a 17 percent decrease in the number of children needing care for asthma attacks, according to new research from the University of Chicago Medicine.
The study, led by pediatric allergy expert Christina Ciaccio, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago, examined 20 metropolitan areas around the country that introduced clean indoor air regulations prohibiting smoking in public places such as restaurants, hotels and workplaces.
The Washington Post
American healthcare spending, measured in trillions of dollars, boggles the mind. Last year, we spent $3.2 trillion on healthcare — a number so large that it can be difficult to grasp its scale.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals what patients and their insurers are spending that money on, breaking it down by 155 diseases, patient age and category — such as pharmaceuticals or hospitalizations.
Medscape (free login required)
Healthcare is ever-changing, it seems now more than ever. What trends are resonating with our colleagues and our patients?
Whether it's emerging technologies, clinical changes, or the fast-paced transformation of the business of medicine, we hope to help you stay on top of it.
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