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NEWS FROM VACEP AND VIRGINIA
2015 EMERGENCY MEDICINE ADVOCACY BOOT CAMP — White Coats on Call
Jan. 27, 2015
Do you want to sharpen your advocacy skills?
Do you want to learn more about how to advocate for your profession but feel unsure of how to get started? Get your advocacy and communication skills in tip top shape at the advocacy boot camp from media trainer Roy Heffley!
Location: Hilton Garden Inn 501 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219.
Breakfast/Advocacy Training: 8:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Lunch provided. No Charge – compliments of Medical Society of Virginia.
Hill Visits from 1-5 p.m.
Register with Bob Ramsey or login at MSV.
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Earn 23.25 CMEs at The Homestead Feb. 6-9
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American College of Emergency Physicians and Virginia Chapter ACEP. The American College of Emergency Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American College of Emergency Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 23.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 23.25 hour(s) of ACEP Category I credit.
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Don't forget that ALL MEMBERS of the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians are invited to attend, so don't forget to book your room! We don't want you to miss out on this great event!
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EVENT: Annual Membership Meeting
DATE: Saturday, Feb. 7
LOCATION: The Commonwealth Room of the Omni Homestead
WHEN: 11:15 a.m. to Noon
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OMD Workshop — Full Day
Feb. 10, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Lunch & Breaks Provided)
Omni Homestead, Hot Springs, VA
Is your OMD endorsement up to date? EMS requirements require you attend a minimum of two “Currents” sessions as sponsored by OEMS within every five-year endorsement period.
This is a FREE session (Funding for the course is made possible by a grant from the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund (RSAF) Program.
This class will cover new developments in patient care, rules and regulations, and EMS management for operational medical directors. The course will fulfill requirements for re-endorsement as an EMS agency operational medical director you attend
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Exhibitors participating at the VACEP's Annual Meeting are:
Acute Care Solutions/ALERE
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Centra Mental Health Services
Elite Medical Scribes
EmCare, Inc. - South Division
Emergency Medicine Associates
Emergency Physicians of Tidewater
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FujiFilm SonoSite Genentech
Medical Emergency Professionals
Office of Chief Medical Examiner
The Medicines Company
Valley Emergency Physicians
VACEP members elect 5 physicians to the Board of Directors
The following five emergency physicians and Fellows were elected by the membership to a three-year term on the VACEP Board of Directors.
Their terms shall begin at the Annual Meeting (Feb. 7, 2015).
Legislative Action Task Force looking for interested physicians
Join the few who make a big difference in how you practice medicine in Virginia. Add your name to the growing list of emergency physicians. Just ask Bob Ramsey (firstname.lastname@example.org) to add you to the list.
VACEP’s veteran lobbyists Aimee Perron Seibert (pictured speaking at White Coats 2014) and Lauren Schmitt are alert for legal and regulatory issues impacting emergency medicine in Virginia. The 2015 Virginia General Assembly “short” session runs from Jan. 14 to Feb. 28. Get trained by a pro on how to lobby during VACEP’s White Coats Day Jan. 27.
Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Health
Influenza activity became widespread in Virginia the week ending Dec. 13, 2014; and we expect activity to remain at high levels for several more weeks. During the week ending Dec. 27, 2014, over 10% of the visits to Virginia emergency departments and urgent care facilities were for influenza-like illness (ILI). This amount of ILI activity is the highest that has been observed in the past three influenza seasons. Since the 2014-2015 influenza season began through Jan. 10 2015, 104 outbreaks reported to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) were suspected or confirmed to be caused by influenza.
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NEWS FROM ACEP AND OTHER IMPORTANT PARTNERS
Board of Directors and Council Officer Nominations due by Feb. 14
The ACEP Nominating Committee is accepting individual, chapter, and section recommendations for Board of Directors candidates. Nominations must be accompanied by a current curriculum vitae.
Emergency Medical physicians lead all medical specialties in personal burn out!
Go to ACEP.org, Continuing Education , ACEP eCME and listen to Dr. Jay Kaplan, ACEP President-Elect explain how after 35 years of clinical practice he keeps a balance in his life.
"Physician Heal Thyself: The Importance of Creating Resilience"
Whether you are job hunting, need to be credentialed, or just trying to stay organized... |
Meet your new best friend — the ACEP Portfolio Tracker.
2015 Blue Jay Consulting/Emergency Medicine Foundation Emergency Department Director of the Year Award
I encourage you and your colleagues to nominate an emergency department physician leader who you believe is qualified and deserving of the prestigious 2015 Blue Jay Consulting/Emergency Medicine Foundation Emergency Department Director of the Year Award. The deadline for nominations is approaching rapidly - Feb. 16 at 5:00 p.m. CST.
For the sixth consecutive year, this celebratory honor will be awarded to one outstanding emergency department director who is committed to exemplary collaboration with nursing, quality patient care, operational effectiveness, education, community service, and who has a synergistic approach to leadership within the hospital or hospital system. The Award will be presented at the ACEP Emergency Department Directors Academy, Phase II, on April 26, 2015, and the winner recognized throughout the year, including during ACEP15.
To submit your nomination, please click on http://www.emfoundation.org/directoraward/. You will see the details you need to know about the award criteria and selection process. After completing the nomination entry form, you will be asked to upload one PDF file that includes the nominee’s abbreviated curriculum vitae and any supporting materials.
Please submit your nomination before the deadline – Feb. 16 at 5:00 p.m. CST. If you have questions, please contact Tanya L. Downing at 800-798-1822 ext. 3216 or email email@example.com.
Thank you for supporting this significant Emergency Department Director of the Year Award!
Dean Wilkerson, JD, MBA, CAE
American College of Emergency Physicians
HOT TOPICS IN THE HEADLINES
Flu season on track to be worst since 2008
Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality
On any day in December 2014, an average of 4 percent of Americans reported having the flu, according to Gallup — one of the highest rates of flu in the U.S. in the last seven years.
The all-time high flu rate was in January 2013, when an average of 4.7 percent of Americans reported having the flu.
Staff makeup plays key role in hospitals' productivity
Healthcare facilities can employ a diverse array of staffing patterns into their organizations in order to increase their productivity and better meet the needs of their communities, a new study suggests. The study, published in the January 2015 edition of Health Affairs, tracked staffing patterns and characteristics at 1,191 community health centers operating at 8,900 clinical sites in 2012.
End of Medicaid fee bump could impact emergency departments|
Last month, this blog covered news that the “fee bump” for Medicaid reimbursement would end on Dec. 31, 2014. This has been in place for the last two years as a way to increase Medicaid fees for primary care services to Medicare levels.
The bump was created to counteract part of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion.
NEWS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY
FDA grants waiver for 15-minute flu test
Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments waiver to allow a nucleic acid-based influenza test to be used in physician offices, emergency departments, health department clinics and other healthcare facilities. The Alere i Influenza A & B test — which can be performed in the presence of the patient — uses a nasal swab sample and can provide results in as little as 15 minutes. Although negative results do not completely rule out an influenza virus infection, the test can aid physicians and healthcare professionals in their diagnosis and evaluation processes.
For emergency room patients, self-reported drug ingestion history poor
HealthDay News via Healthcare Professionals Network
For patients presenting to the emergency department, self-reported drug ingestion histories are poor when confirmed by urine comprehensive drug screen (CDS), according to a study published in the January issue of The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
Andrew A. Monte, M.D., from the University of Colorado Department of Emergency Medicine in Aurora, and colleagues examined the accuracy of self-reported drug ingestion histories in 55 patients presenting to an urban academic emergency department.
Who should own a medical record — the doctor or the patient?
Medscape (free login required)
When Medscape's Editor-in-Chief, cardiologist Eric Topol, M.D., wondered in a recent column whether it was patients or physicians who ought to own patient medical records, it sparked over 400 comments from physicians.
Dr. Topol didn't take a position one way or the other. Instead he cited experts on both sides of the issue, as well as a recent Medscape survey in which 54 percent of the 1100 respondents who were patients believed that they own their medical records, and 39 percent of 1400 health professionals felt that physicians did.
Glucose level in emergency room could aid heart failure prognosis
HealthDay News via Healthcare Professionals Network
The measurement of blood glucose levels in patients arriving at emergency departments with acute heart failure could provide useful prognostic information and help improve outcomes in these patients, according to new research published online Jan. 8 in the European Heart Journal.
Douglas Lee, M.D., Ph.D., senior scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, and colleagues reviewed data on 16,524 patients, aged 70 to 85, treated for acute heart failure at hospital emergency departments in Ontario, Canada, between 2004 and 2007.
Tips for reducing HIPAA violation risks
Health IT Outcomes
The need to attend to data security in increasing exponentially as enforcement tightens and the risk of significant financial penalties for HIPAA violations looms. To that end, a new white paper by Core Security provides some guidance for keeping data safe and avoiding risks of compromised patient information.
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