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A few physicians having a BIG impact on emergency medicine!
President O’Shea offers VACEP support to Senator Deeds VACEP Leaders Meet with Delegate Patrick Hope

2,500 Bills Introduced
VACEP’s Legislative Action Task Force discussed hundreds of bills identified by lobbyist Aimee Perron Seibert that might impact how you practice emergency medicine. Each bill was discussed and assigned a level of concern or action. Nineteen are “priority,” thirty-two are mental health bills and seventy are “other” bills being watched.
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NEWS FROM VACEP AND VIRGINIA


2015 Legislative Priorities
The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall convene a work group comprised of reps from VACEP, MSV, VHHA to develop a set of best medical practices to identify Medicaid and uninsured "super utilizers," coordinate their care and cooperate on a local, regional and statewide basis.
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The Omni Homestead Resort welcomes the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians.
Conference Dates: Feb. 6-9, 2015

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22 Exhibitors Strut their stuff
THANK YOU TO THESE EXHIBITORS
Activas
Acute Care Solutions/ALERE
ApolloMD
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Centra Mental Health Services
CSL Behring
Elite Medical Scribes
EmCare, Inc. - South Division
Emergency Groups’ Office
Emergency Medicine Associates
Emergency Physicians of Tidewater
eScribe Management Service
Genentech
FujiFilm SonoSite Genentech
InSight Telepsychiatry
Karl Storz
Medical Emergency Professionals
Office of Chief Medical Examiner
Teva Pharmaceuticals
The Medicines Company
Valley Emergency Physicians
Vascular Pathways

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CONNECTING YOU WITH VIRGINIA EMERGENCY MEDICINE OPENINGS!
Visit EM Career Central this to find your next job in emergency medicine.


PEND Elimination
VACEP has been persistent (over 15 years) in the quest to eliminate the State Plan for Medical Assistance Services requirement for pending, reviewing and reducing fees for emergency room claims for 99283 codes. A $430,000 budget amendment will again be introduced into the Governor’s budget. PEND elimination died at the very end of the 2014 session because a major revenue shortfall killed all budget amendments.
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Operational Medical Directors (OMD) Workshop
Next Class Feb. 10, 2015 at the Omni Homestead.
Don’t miss an opportunity to fulfill the requirements for maintenance of your Virginia EMS physician endorsement. Current EMS regulations require attendance at two workshops over the course of each five year endorsement period. The Virginia Office of EMS, working with the Virginia Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (VACEP) for the provision of CME credit and workshop support, have several workshops scheduled in the near future.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

EVENT DATE MORE INFORMATION
VACEP White Coats on Call Jan. 27, 2015 Richmond, Virginia
VACEP Annual Meeting
Feb. 6-9, 2015 Omni Homestead Resort
Value Based Emergency Medicine Summit March 13, 2015 Baltimore, Maryland


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HOT TOPICS IN THE HEADLINES
Emergency and urgent care are not the same thing
Chicago Tribune (opinion)
It’s important for the public to understand the differences between “urgent care” and “emergency care.” Urgent care centers are options for common medical problems like minor illnesses and injuries. They are not substitutes for emergency care. More than half of emergency physicians responding to a recent poll said that urgent care centers were marketing themselves in their communities as “alternatives” to the emergency room.
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Stroke falls to No. 5 killer in US
American Heart Association
Stroke has dropped from the nation’s fourth-leading cause of death to No. 5, according to new federal statistics. It is the second time since 2011 that stroke has dropped a spot in the mortality rankings. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released recently, stroke swapped positions with unintentional injuries, which killed 1,579 more people than stroke in 2013.
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CDC: Some hospital super bugs losing their power
Infectious Disease Special Edition
Overall healthcare–associated (HCA) infections in acute care hospitals have decreased nationally, including a 10 percent decrease in Clostridium difficile infections and an 8 percent decrease in methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia between 2012 and 2013, according to a new report. Although the news is good for patients, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that most C. difficile...
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NEWS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY


Case illuminates immune system-psychiatric disorder link
Medical Xpress
When the immune system gets derailed from its usual infection-fighting role and attacks the brain, it can trigger obsessive-compulsive actions, anorexia-like refusal to eat, severe anxiety, violent outbursts and other symptoms of mental illness, as well as a host of neurological problems—in the worst cases, seizures, respiratory failure and death. Although doctors recognize a handful of immune-mediated neurologic diseases in children and adults, their awareness of the immune connection to mental illness is limited.
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Empathy levels among healthcare professionals
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
There is plenty of recent evidence suggesting that empathy could improve clinical outcomes. Empathy has been defined as the ability to stand in the shoes of another and look at the situation from someone else's view. In the healthcare discipline, researchers define empathy as "a predominantly cognitive attribute that involves an understanding of the patient's experiences, concerns and perspectives, combined with a capacity to communicate this understanding and intention to help."
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Hospitals' Medicare quality bonuses get wiped out by penalties
Kaiser Health News and NPR
What Medicare gives with one hand, it's taking away with another. Most government quality bonuses to hospitals this year are being wiped out by penalties issued for other shortcomings. The government is taking performance into account when paying hospitals, one of the biggest changes in Medicare's 50-year-history and one that's required by the Affordable Care Act. This year 1,700 hospitals, 55 percent of those graded, earned higher payments for providing comparatively good care in the federal government's most comprehensive review of quality.
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5 percent of seniors discharged from emergency room admitted within days
HealthDay News via Healthcare Professionals Network
Nearly 5 percent of older Medicare beneficiaries seen in the emergency department have a hospital inpatient admission within seven days after discharge, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Gelareh Z. Gabayan, M.D., from the University of California in Los Angeles, and colleagues evaluated emergency department visits for 505,315 Medicare beneficiaries in 2007 using the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development files.
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