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SAVE THE DATE!
White Coats on Call — Jan. 27, 2015



White Coat Day is the signature grassroots lobbying day held each year during the General Assembly session in Richmond. White Coat Days ensure the presence of physicians at the Capitol. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 is Emergency Physician’s Day and gives EM physicians the opportunity to tell their delegates and senators about the challenges facing the practice of medicine and Virginia’s healthcare system. Location: Hilton Garden Inn 501 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219. Breakfast at 8:15 a.m.. Lunch provided. No Charge – compliments of Medical Society of Virginia.
Register with Bob Ramsey or login at MSV.
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Governor Appoints President-Elect to DMV Medical Advisory Board
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the appointment of Dr. Mark Sochor, M.D., MS, FACEP as a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the Department of Motor Vehicles the Department of Motor. Dr. Sochor will take over the leadership of VACEP following the election at Feb. 7, 2015 Annual Meeting at the Homestead.
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CONNECTING YOU WITH VIRGINIA EMERGENCY MEDICINE OPENINGS!
Visit EM Career Central this to find your next job in emergency medicine.


Meet and vote for 5 candidates for VACEP's Board
The Nominating Committee presented candidates for 5 positions on the Board of Directors. The election is determined by members eligible and voting by fax or online between Dec. 19, 2014 and Jan. 10, 2015. Election results will be available in early February.

Meet the candidates, here.
Cast your vote, here.

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VACEP Legislative Action Task Force
Interested in participating in the Virginia General Assembly bill review process with your fellow emergency physicians? VACEP’s Lobbying Team identifies legislation impacting emergency medicine for review by this important Action Task Force. Bill review and analysis calls are scheduled for Jan. 18 and 25 at 3 p.m. Let Bob Ramsey (bob@vacep.org or 804-814-9350) if you want to join the effort.
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Free standing ED's survey
We are gathering information on free standing Emergency Departments. Will you please answer the following 8 questions? Your answers will help the EMPC (ACEP Emergency Medicine Practice Committee) write an informational paper comparing and contrasting Urgent Care Centers with Free Standing Emergency Departments.
    Does your state require free standing ED's
    1) to be open 24/7/365?
    2) to be staffed by board eligible or board certified ED physicians?
    3) have requirements of certain procedure availability?
    4) nurses to be RN's with ACLS and PALS?
    5) have policies in place to transfer to a higher level of care (ie cath lab, surgery, ICU)?
    6) accept Medicare/Medicaid?
    7) have requirements on private vs hospital ownership?
    8) What EMTALA-like regulations does your state have in place?
Send all responses to kkaymoody@gmail.com.

Thank you so much for you help in this important matter!

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MSV welcomes new EVP Melina Davis-Martin
Medical Society of Virginia
The Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) board of directors has announced that Melina Davis-Martin will join MSV as its executive vice president. She will assume her leadership role on Dec. 16. Ms. Davis-Martin is a seasoned business and association executive and brings public and non-profit sector leadership experience to this role. She is a successful entrepreneur, having co-founded PlanG, and has served as the president and chief executive of The American Lung Association of the Atlantic Coast, president of The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central Virginia Chapter and vice president of resource development and marketing at United Way Services.
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Preparing for influenza in the shadow of Ebola
Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Health
From Marissa J. Levine, M.D., MPH, FAFFP: This year’s flu season promises to be as unpredictable as each of those that have come before. I am writing to ensure that you are aware of the latest information from national and Virginia-specific surveillance data, a few key prevention and treatment recommendations for your consideration as well as additional resources that might assist you in your patient care.
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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


NEWS FROM ACEP AND OTHER IMPORTANT PARTNERS


Internet searches can predict volume of ER visits
The correlation between Internet searches on a regional medical website and next-day visits to regional emergency departments was "significant," suggesting that Internet data may be used in the future to predict the level of demand at emergency departments. The first study to use Internet data to predict emergency department visits in either a region or a single hospital was published online in Annals of Emergency Medicine.
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Urgent care or ER for holiday injuries? New poll says some patients get it wrong
With the holidays approaching — along with increases in decorating injuries, falls from ladders and illnesses related to rich food — emergency physicians are concerned that people are confused about when to seek medical care in emergency departments. Nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of emergency physicians responding to a poll said they treat patients every day who ended up in the ER after first seeking help in urgent care centers that were not equipped to care for them.
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HOT TOPICS IN THE HEADLINES
'Unprecedented' strides in hospital patient safety
CNBC
An "unprecedented decline" in the harm suffered by patients during hospital treatment has lead to about 50,000 fewer fatalities and about $12 billion in savings since 2010, the government announced. The steep decrease in so-called "hospital-acquired conditions" — such as infections, adverse drug effects and bedsores — was partly due to Obamacare provisions, officials suggested.
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CDC data track hospital-acquired infections in Florida, nation
Miami Herald
Seven Miami-Dade hospitals fell below national standards for combating infections acquired by patients in hospitals, and patients at one hospital — North Shore Medical Center in Miami — were more likely to develop infections than patients at any other hospital in South Florida, according to data collected by the federal government as part of a national effort to reduce such infections.
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Huge increase in emergency room visits due to atrial fibrillation
Healthcare Professionals Network
Researchers have reported a sharp increase in emergency room visits and hospitalizations triggered by atrial fibrillation (AF). The study team pulled data about emergency department usage nationally and analyzed information about patients who received a primary diagnosis of AF between 2006 and 2011.
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NEWS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY


'Slow medicine' concept continues to simmer
FiercePracticeManagement
The idea of spending more quiet time conversing with patients versus darting through checklists seems to be catching on. In fact, an entire movement known as "slow medicine" has gained physician devotees from various career stages, NPR reported. "The concept is bubbling up in response to industrialized, hypertechnological and often unnecessary medical care that drives up costs and leaves both doctors and patients frazzled," John Henning Schumann, M.D., a primary care doctor in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he teaches at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, wrote in the post.
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Hospital vanquishes 'monster number' of false alarms
HealthLeaders Media
A common and not-so-silent killer is lurking in hospitals. The Joint Commission reports that there were 98 alarm-related sentinel events and 80 alarm-related deaths in the U.S. between January 2009 and June 2012. While these alarms were designed to alert hospital staff that something needs to be attended to immediately. But in practice, the number of alarms can be overwhelming for hospital staff, patients and their families. But staff at one Ohio hospital discovered a way to quell the noise — and in the process created a better environment for patients and their families.
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ED antipsych meds: To inhale or not to inhale?
MedPage Today
Emergency physicians often struggle with acutely agitated patients, balancing the hope that patients will improve with oral medications against the often dangerous options of physical restraint or involuntary medications. For psychiatric patients, that often means intramuscular (IM) antipsychotic medications such as haloperidol or droperidol, with or without benzodiazepines.
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In search of a 'safe harbor'
MedPage Today
At the dead center of the healthcare reform debate is the tension between saving lives and saving money. The reformers say that American healthcare costs too much and one of the ways to cut costs is to pay providers less. Providers warn that such cuts incentivize them to see more patients in a shorter amount of time, relying more and more on lab testing. Thus, these kinds of cuts could actually end up costing the system more in the long run. Providers are also incentivized to overtest because doing otherwise can expose them to potentially devastating litigation.
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Urgent care or ER? New poll says some patients aren't choosing properly
Forbes
With the holidays just weeks away–with increases in falls from ladders, decorating injuries, and food-borne illnesses–emergency physicians have raised concern that people may not be clear about when to seek medical care in emergency departments (ED). Seventy-one percent of emergency physicians responding to a recent poll said they treat patients every day who end up in the ED after first going to an urgent care center which was not safely or medically able to care for them.
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CDC health advisory regarding the potential for circulation of drifted influenza A (H3N2) viruses
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidelines for flu vaccinations and use of antiviral medication in instances of the flu due to mutations of the flu virus. The CDC continues to encourage all patients six months and older who have not yet received an influenza vaccine this season to be vaccinated against influenza.
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