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NEWS FROM VACEP AND VIRGINIA
New Commissioner addresses VACEP Board
Dr. Debra Ferguson, the new Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, stopped by the VACEP Board of Directors meeting on Sept. 12 to introduce herself and discuss Virginia's mental health system.
Dr. Ferguson discussed many of the reforms passed by the General Assembly last year and how they are being implemented. She also stressed that there is still much to be done, especially with strengthening the community's capacity to provide mental health services. Dr. Ferguson believes the primary response strategy should be crisis prevention and more funding is needed so that communities can provide care and early treatment.
We enjoyed an informative discussion, with Board members asking questions and Dr. Ferguson soliciting feedback from our emergency physicians. VACEP has been participating in monthly mental health brown bag lunches facilitated by DBHDS and we look forward to working together with Dr. Ferguson to strengthen Virginia's mental health system.
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Dr. Leon Adelman Elected to VACEP Board
I am honored to be on the VACEP Board of Directors.
Providing care for patients at their sickest is my profession and my passion. One patient at a
time, practicing emergency medicine allows me to live out Hippocrates' dictum: "cure
sometimes, treat often, care always."
However, it does not take long as an emergency physician to realize that excellent healthcare
delivery cannot be an individual pursuit. We frequently face patients whose mental illnesses
have been allowed to spiral out of control due to poor coordination of their care; hardworking
individuals who have to decide between paying for their medications or for food and shelter;
and patients who need critical care in the ICU but are stuck in the emergency department due
to poor hospital operations strategies. Emergency medicine properly delivered is a community
Protecting, promoting, and advocating for the collective interests of the Commonwealth's
emergency physicians and their patients is the central role of the Virginia College of
Emergency Medicine. As such, I very much look forward to working more closely with
VACEP to provide our patients not only great individual care, but also to develop a system
that is built to uphold their broader interests.
As the 2013 Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians Leadership and Advocacy
Fellow, I learned many skills that will likely be useful in working with VACEP. During my
fellowship year, I testified in front of the state legislature about liability reform, wrote a
firearms safety position statement, helped develop a program to combat physician burnout,
and attended several national ACEP meetings. I anticipate using my comfort with and
knowledge of the legislative process, both in state government and with ACEP, to advocate on
behalf of Virginia's emergency care system.
In addition to my work with MACEP, I have developed a niche in emergency medicine
systems improvement, which would likely be a useful perspective on the MACEP board. Prior
to moving to Virginia, I was the Director of Emergency Department Clinical Innovation at
Beth Israel Deaconess — Milton Hospital, near Boston. Since graduating residency in 2011, I
have completed courses on healthcare delivery science through the Institute for Healthcare
Improvement, Intermountain Healthcare, and Harvard Business School. A focus on systems
thinking will be crucial for emergency medicine as a specialty if we are to thrive in this era of
constant healthcare policy changes.
Selfishly, I appreciate joining the Board of Directors because of all that I would learn from the
other board members and from Bob Ramsey. By joining the VACEP board, I can only hope to
pick up a bit of Dr. O'Shea's organizational skills, Dr. Lo's creative energy, Dr. Lisse's gravitas,
and many of the other strong attributes of the leadership team.
VACEP/ACEP Team up on Anthem Ultrasound Accreditation
Dr. Bruce Lo, VACEP Treasurer led a conference call Sept. 19 with Anthem's Medical Director Dr. Luisa Marsteller and EM physicians from ACEP's Ultrasound Section. Anthem was planning on not reimbursing physicians who requested payments for Ultrasound services unless the ED group was accredited in ultrasound.
Unfortunately, there apparently were no acceptable certification programs. However, ACEP has been working on an Accreditation Program for those practices that use point-of-care ultrasound. Anthem will delay action on this pending their acceptance of the ACEP program. ACEP is supporting VACEP's position to convince Dr. Marsteller ACEP's CUAP is sufficient for their billing standards.
EM:Rap.org — an untapped source
This is the podcast link used by a majority of Virginia Residents according to a VACEP Officer. Another Board member has been subscribing to the podcasts for years and claims listening to EM:Rap.org helped him pass his medical boards. Check it out.
Please note VACEP's new address and phone numbers
Virginia College of Emergency Physicians
2924 Emerywood Parkway, Suite 202
Richmond, VA 23294
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MARK this date: VACEP Annual Meeting (formerly known as Hot Topics)
Friday, Feb. 6-9, 2015, The Homestead.
State Senator Creigh Deeds will address the Annual Meeting Feb. 7.
Cadaver Workshop — Life-Saving Emergency Procedures
Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, 2 p.m.-6 p.m., Homestead.
Pre-Annual Meeting workshop in conjunction with the UVA Center for Applied Biomechanics.
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.
Join Virginia's EM physicians in Chicago
VACEP/UVA Joint Reception, Monday, Oct. 27, Hilton Chicago, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. in Room PDR4
Emergency Medicine White Coats on Call
Jan. 27, 2015, Richmond, Virginia.
Advocacy training in the morning prior to General Assembly visits.
Understanding opioid overdose and using naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose
This curriculum is designed to provide content and format for volunteers leading training in the implementation of REVIVE!, a project of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, the Department of Health, the Department of Health Professions, in conjunction with One Care of Southwest Virginia, the McShin Foundation and the Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance of Virginia.
To review the training curriculum in its entirety, click here.
To review the training presentation, click here.
|International Trauma Life Support Instructor Course
|Ohio ACEP - Emergency Board Review Course
|Pennsylvania Chapter, ACEP, EM Oral Board Review Course
|ACEP Council Meeting
|VACEP/UVA Reception during ACEP14
|International Trauma Life Support, International Trauma Conference
|The Virginia EMS Symposium
|International Trauma Life Support Combined Provider Re-Certification, EMS Symposium
|VACEP Board of Directors Meeting
||10 a.m.-3 p.m., VACEP Office
|VACEP White Coats on Call
||Jan. 27, 2015
|VACEP Hot Topics
||Feb. 6-9, 2015
||Omni Homestead Resort
NEWS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY
ACEP's CME Tracker is a top benefit
"It's a terrific way to track my CMEs and I recommend it," said one VACEP physician. "It's one of the top benefits I get from my ACEP membership." Check it out!
ACEP/EMRA Medical Student Elective in Healthcare Policy and Government Relations
This course is designed to provide medical students who intend to enter into Emergency Medicine (EM) with the opportunity to research legislative issues pertinent to the practice of EM, and to gain hands-on experience as an advocate for the profession through interactions with local, state and/or federal legislators. Students will work with representatives from ACEP’s Washington, D.C., office and from their State Chapter office, to determine an appropriate research focus, and to schedule meetings with legislators and their staff members. This is intended to be a 1-month/4 week experience, during which 2 weeks will be spent with ACEP’s Washington, D.C., staff. The remaining time should be spent at the student’s home institution working closely with the State Chapter office staff.
Virginia General Assembly — No action on Medicare expansion
Virginia lawmakers repaired the two-year state budget to address a $2.4 billion revenue shortfall in a recent special session, but failed to resolve how to provide health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Virginians.
Top 10 emergency medicine apps
The following is a list of 10 essential medical apps emergency medicine providers should have on their smartphones. Links to iPhone and Android platforms are provided for each app. The apps are listed based on experiences working in the emergency room and the app reviews that have been done prior at iMedicalApps.
Why is a custom EHR platform important for urgent care?
Typically, an urgent care center doesn't have beds and their patients don't make appointments. The centers provide walk-in, extended-hour access for acute illness and injury care that is either beyond the scope or availability of the typical primary care practice or retail clinic.
It is for these reasons that many urgent care centers have resisted adopting EHR systems, but as the multi-location business model for urgent care is becoming more commonplace, these facilities will find it necessary to adopt the technology.
These are the 12 drugs sending the most kids to the emergency room
The Washington Post
Every year, more than 70,000 kids are taken to the emergency room because they accidentally overdosed on a medication, and most of those kids were less than 2 years old. Despite efforts to child-proof medication containers for both prescription and over the counter drugs, more young children are being sent to the emergency room because of their parents' prescription drugs every year, according to a new study.
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