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Governor being pressured to use PEND elimination funds for other issues!
The Final Push for PEND Elimination!
After being included in the final budget adopted by the legislature last week, our final step to fully eliminating the PEND program is to convince the Governor that it matters. He now has his chance to amend the budget and make any changes he desires between now and March 29th. It’s critical that he and his staff hear from us about how important this elimination is to us and how it affects your daily practice. This is it — our big push toward the finish. We cannot do it without your voices joining with ours. Please take the time to send an email to his office registering your support — it does matter and they need to hear from emergency physicians in the Commonwealth that eliminating this program is helpful and appreciated.
We are always competing for dollars with other worthy programs and if they don’t hear from us, they will assume it’s all right to spend our $2.3M in another area of the HHR budget. We can’t let that happen!
We’ve sent out action alerts asking you to email the Governor- Please send the email!! Forward it to you colleagues and ask them to help too. Without your help, we may not be able to eliminate PEND.
Thank you for your attention to this matter and for taking action.
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NEWS FROM VACEP AND VIRGINIA
One Person Can Make a Difference “I’m still amazed how the one contact I made with Senator Warner’s Director of Health Policy at the 2014 LAC resulted in a national policy change in CMS!” stated Dr. John Turski, DO and member of the Virginia Hill visit delegation last year.
Photo: Dr. Turski speaks with Senator Kaine’s Kristen Molloy
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A treatment choice for agitation associated with schizophrenia or bipolar I disorder.
Virginia — The birthplace of emergency medicine While VACEP was the third Chapter chartered by ACEP, Virginia was the birthplace of emergency medicine. Here is an article written by Dr. Reinald Leidelmeyer outlining six requirements of an emergency department in 1966.
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CONNECTING YOU WITH VIRGINIA EMERGENCY MEDICINE OPENINGS! Visit EM Career Central this to find your next job in emergency medicine.
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NEWS FROM ACEP AND OTHER IMPORTANT PARTNERS
Go To Bed! Doctor's Orders ACEP via PR Newswire Your lack of sleep not only is affecting your health, but also the health and safety of those around you. Daylight savings time doesn't make it easier, so the nation's emergency physicians are warning about the dangers of sleep deprivation.
"Sleep deprivation has been linked to chronic diseases, such as cancer, hypertension and diabetes," said Dr. Michael Gerardi, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. "You may think it's minor now, but you could be doing serious damage to your body by not resting it properly."
About 70 million people in the United States suffer from chronic sleep problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
EMRA is coming back to Baltimore! Our Mid-Atlantic Medical Student Symposium & Residency Fair is on April 25, 2015! We hope you will join us and take this unique opportunity to meet with 100+ students and tell them what's truly special about YOUR residency program. The Symposium will be held at:
401 West Pratt Street
Why it's important for YOUR program to be there:
1. Medical students are invited from all over the country, those attending hope to match to an EM Residency Program in your specific region
2. Smaller regional meetings provide a more relaxed opportunity for one-on-one networking interaction with students interested in the field of emergency medicine
3. Experience a quality, well-organized event like you've come to expect from EMRA, at a low price and centrally located in Baltimore, so you won't have to travel far
CDC: Seasonal flu vaccine even less effective than thought HealthDay News This year's flu vaccine is even more disappointing than previously reported, showing just 18 percent effectiveness against the dominant H3N2 strain of flu, U.S. health officials reported. That's a drop from the 23 percent protection level estimated for the flu shot earlier in the season, said experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The situation for children was even worse. The CDC panel pegged the effectiveness of the injected vaccine for kids aged 2 to 8 to be just 15 percent.
Nearly half a million Americans suffered from Clostridium difficile infections in a single year Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Clostridium difficile caused almost half a million infections among patients in the United States in a single year, according to a study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 29,000 patients died within 30 days of the initial diagnosis of C. difficile. Of those, about 15,000 deaths were estimated to be directly attributable to C. difficile infections, making C. difficile a very important cause of infectious disease death in the United States.
Lupus: Hospitalizations for infections continue to rise MedPage Today The rate of hospitalization for serious infections among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has been on the rise in recent decades, and has increased to a greater extent than for individuals without SLE, a national study found. In 1996 the age-adjusted relative risk of hospitalization for pneumonia among SLE patients was 5.7 (95 percent CI 5.5-6) compared with the general population, while the relative risk for admission for urinary tract infection was 9.8 (95 percent CI 9.1-10.7), according to researchers.
The opioid-free ED: Coming soon to a hospital near you Medscape (free login required) The time has come to seriously explore the use of nonopioid analgesia for managing pain in the emergency department, said experts speaking at the American Academy of Emergency Medicine 21st Annual Scientific Assembly in Austin, Texas.
"Relying on opioids as the primary analgesics for moderate to severe pain is inadequate, unsafe, and costly," said Sergey Motov, M.D., from Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Hospital readmission an issue in bronchiectasis, COPD Lung Disease News Hospital readmission for patients with bronchiectasis and COPD is a major problem. In fact, one out of every eleven patients with COPD is readmitted to the hospital only 30 days after discharge. A recent report from the Division of Population Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published in Chest Journal, indicates that although 21 percent of COPD and bronchiectasis patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, 7 percent of patients are readmitted with COPD or bronchiectasis as the primary diagnosis and 18 percent with COPD or bronchiectasis as any diagnosis.
End-of-life care documents cause confusion among emergency physicians, prehospital care providers News-Medical Emergency care providers vary in their understanding of a type of medical order intended to communicate seriously ill patients' choices for life-sustaining treatments, according to a pair of studies in the March Journal of Patient Safety. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.
The studies show "significant confusion" among emergency physicians and prehospital care providers in interpreting the universal end-of-life care documents, called Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST).
Healthcare jobs boost American middle class FierceHealthcare The healthcare industry provides a ray of hope for middle-class workers seeking well-paying jobs with opportunities for advancement, the New York Times reports, though not all workers may benefit from this trend.
Although the hospital sector has struggled to create new jobs in recent years, the latest data indicates hiring has returned to a brisk pace, with demand particularly high for nonclinical positions such as community health workers and medical assistants, FierceHealthcare has reported.
Obese older adults have higher rate of hospitalizations, ER admissions News-Medical Obesity is associated with substantial increases in older adults' hospitalizations, emergency room admissions and use of outpatient health care services, according to a new study of 172,866 Medicare Advantage members throughout the U.S. Results of the one-year study will be presented at the Endocrine Society's 97th annual meeting in San Diego.