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PEND Implementation Still Requires VACEP Attention
Virginia’s Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) invited VACEP to participate in the early process of clarifying how the changes to the processing of emergency physician claims will be addressed. The PEND claims program is scheduled to end effective July 1. 2015, however, there remains some questions about the process. VACEP is working with DMAS to clarify the process.
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VACEP Welcomes Sixth Medical School in Virginia
Dr. Mark Sochor, M.D., MS, FACEP, VACEP President spoke to the first class of medical students interested in emergency medicine at Liberty University. The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program was made possible by a $12 million grant from the Virginia Tobacco Commission. Housed in a $40 million state-of-the-art facility, one hundred and sixty-two students are expected to graduate in the Spring of 2018 to practice in the underserved areas of the country.

VACEP lobbyist Aimee Perron Seibert and Bob Ramsey joined Board member Dr. Chris Thomson, M.D., MS, FACEP to share issues VACEP is influencing. Dr. Michael Weigner, M.D., FACEP, Chair, Division of Emergency Medicine demonstrates the simulation equipment used to teach ultrasound skills.

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VACEP Celebrates 45 Years!
The Virginia College of Emergency Physicians was charter on June 26, 1970, as the third ACEP Chapter in the country.

Average incomes were $9,350. A new house cost $23,400. A gallon of gas cost $.36 and a new car cost $3,900. Lava lamps, bellbottom pants and 8 Track stereo tapes were “in.” Acupuncture was introduced and disco music was popular.

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Ramsey Welcomes Medical Students at EMRA Event
VACEP’s Executive Director Bob Ramsey, CAE welcomed medical students as the opening speaker at the EMRA Mid-Atlantic Region Residency Fair and Networking Luncheon in Baltimore. He encouraged the students to participate in EMRA and their state ACEP chapter to learn more about medicine, management and themselves. Ramsey was representing the seven ACEP chapters in the Mid-Atlantic region and manned a VACEP booth to capture 3rd and 4th year medical students interested in coming to Virginia.

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On VACEP's Radar Screen
Issues impacting you and how you practice emergency medicine on VACEP’s radar screen are;
  • Ultrasound Accreditation
  • ED narcotic usage
  • Nursing Sedation Procedures
  • ED reform
  • Mental health management in the ED
  • Reimbursement for ED services
If you have special interest in any of these issues or have other issues VACEP should put on their radar screen, contact Bob Ramsey (

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VACEP Annual Meeting Presentations Available Online
Sixteen presentations from the February Annual Meeting at the Homestead are available.
Click here to view the list of presentations.

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EMS Week 2015 — May 17-23
VACEP is working with the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services, ACEP and NAEMT to celebrate “EMS Strong” the theme chosen to recognize the EMS profession and the honorable men and women who serve within it. Efforts are being made to have a proclamation signed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. May 20th is EMD for Children Day.

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Invest in Your Emergency Medicine Career — Make a contribution to EMPAC-VA (Emergency Medicine Political Action Committee of Virginia)
“Plato said the punishment for the wise who refuse to involve themselves in the affairs of government is to be ruled by unwise policies. This is truer than ever for emergency physicians as U.S. health care rapidly changes. Quality, timely emergency care requires quality staffing levels, which require fair reimbursement and active collaboration with leaders who understand, respect and support the emergency physician's role as a critical safety net provider.” (Dr. Todd Vanden Hoek – from his article for “Common Sense.”)

Contact Bob Ramsey ( or 804-814-9350 (cell)

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VCU Medical Center's trauma unit saves Richmond's most gravely injured
Richmond Times-Dispatch
The patient, a teenager shot on the streets of Richmond, came into the emergency room with a bullet hole in his abdomen and pleading for water. “I want some water. Give me some water, please.” His voice was strained but strong, loud enough to be heard over the commotion as doctors and nurses swarmed around him when the ambulance crew brought him into VCU Medical Center on a stretcher.
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ER visits continue to rise since implementation of Affordable Care Act
Three-quarters of emergency physicians report that emergency visits are going up, according to a new poll. This represents a significant increase from just one year ago when less than half reported increases. Rather than trying to keep people out of emergency departments, policymakers need to recognize the value of this model of medicine that people want and clearly need, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
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CMS approves ACEP's new qualified Clinical Data Registry
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is pleased to announce that its Clinical Emergency Data Registry, known as CEDR, has been approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) ( “The time was right to build a robust registry that would allow emergency physicians to be among the early adopters in strategically using information technology to measure, improve and report healthcare outcomes,” said ACEP’s president Michael Gerardi, M.D., FACEP.
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The ER docs said 'stop smoking,' and they did!
An intervention in the emergency department designed to encourage tobacco cessation in smokers appears to be effective. Two and a half times more patients in the intervention group were tobacco-free three months after receiving interventions than those who did not receive the interventions, according to a study published online Friday in Annals of Emergency Medicine. “Because approximately 20 million smokers visit emergency departments annually, this intervention has the potential to greatly reduce tobacco use among our patients,” said lead study author Steven L. Bernstein, M.D., of the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.
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VACEP Board of Directors May 15, 2015 Charlottesville, Virginia
ACEP Simulation-based Immersive Medical Training Course May 18-20, 2015 Phoenix, Arizona
8th Annual Joint MedStar — GW LLSA Conference May 26, 2015 Washington, DC
Music & Medicine 2015 June 5, 2015 Washington, DC
Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants 33rd Annual CME Conference July 26-31, 2015 Virginia Beach, Virginia
VACEP Board of Directors Sept. 11, 2015 Richmond, Virginia
ACEP15 Oct. 26-29, 2015 Boston, Massachusetts
Virginia EMS Symposium Nov. 11-15, 2015 Norfolk, Virginia
VACEP Board of Directors Dec. 11, 2015 TBA

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Why not start addiction treatment right in the ER?
When patients brought to the ER have uncontrolled blood pressure, neglected asthma or diabetes that hasn't been dealt with, doctors often start treatment right then and there. But what happens when the patient turns out to be addicted to opioids, such as oxycodone or heroin? In case of an overdose, the medical team can take action to rescue the patient. The underlying addiction is something else, though. Like asthma or diabetes, opioid addiction is a chronic condition. Could starting treatment for addiction in the ER get someone on right road faster? Doctors at Yale University thought it was possible.
Antibiotic shortages on rise in the US
HealthDay News
Shortages of antibiotics, including those used to treat drug-resistant infections, may be putting patients at risk for sickness and death, according to a new report. Between 2001 and 2013, there were shortages of 148 antibiotics. And the shortages started getting worse in 2007, researchers found. Many of the drug shortages were among the only drugs to treat a particular condition, drugs to treat antibiotic-resistant bacteria and drugs used to treat children," said lead researcher Dr. Larissa May, an associate professor of emergency medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Potent 'spice' drug fuels rise in visits to emergency room
The New York Times
A sharp rise in visits to emergency rooms and calls to poison control centers nationwide has some health officials fearing that more potent and dangerous variations of a popular drug known as spice have reached the nation’s streets, resulting in several deaths. In the first three weeks of April, state poison control centers received about 1,000 reports of adverse reactions to spice — the street name for a family of synthetic substances that mimic the effects of marijuana — more than doubling the total from January through March, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.


Open payments program increases transparency in healthcare
Unite d States Department of Health and Human Services
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Open Payments program collects data from drug and device manufacturers and group purchasing organizations (GPOs) about payments they make to physicians and teaching hospitals. The program also reports information about ownership interests in drug and device manufacturers and GPOs held by physicians and their immediate family members. It’s important that physicians and teaching hospitals confirm the accuracy of the financial relationships reported about them.
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Addiction research and care collide with federal privacy rules
The New York Times
Researchers who want to study Medicare or Medicaid patients with substance-use disorders — and illnesses disproportionately affecting them like H.I.V. and hepatitis C — are, at best, working with biased data. At worst, they’re flying blind. That’s because agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, without public notice and because of patient privacy concerns, decided in 2013 to remove researchers’ access to certain types of Medicare and Medicaid data. Without these data — all relating, even tangentially, to patients with substance-use disorders — health researchers fear they will be hampered in their quest to improve care.
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Mental Health Awareness Month aims to knock down stigma
By Jessica Taylor
Because of that stigma, it's harder for people who may need help to seek out the resources that are available to them. Since there’s no uniform treatment, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) states that untreated mental illness leads to more emergency department visits, hospitalizations, school failures, incarcerations, suicides and more suffering by individuals with mental illness and their families — and increases overall healthcare costs.
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ED-initiated buprenorphine helps opioid addicts recover
Medscape (free login required)
The emergency department (ED) is an ideal place to have opioid addicts get started on buprenorphine therapy ― and the road to recovery, new research suggests. In a study conducted at Yale–New Haven Hospital, in Connecticut, ED-initiated buprenorphine therapy and referral to primary care improved opioid-dependent patients' engagement in treatment at 30 days, decreased illicit opioid use, and reduced use of inpatient services.
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Open Payments: Data review and dispute underway for physicians — log in today
The CMS Blog
In its second year, the Open Payments program continues to promote transparency and accountability in healthcare by providing consumers with information about financial relationships between drug and medical device manufacturers and physicians and teaching hospitals. The data posted has been viewed nearly 6 million times and we’re pleased with the continuing engagement of stakeholders on this important transparency initiative.
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