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Push to vaccinate healthworkers is on
Hospitals must count vaccination rates for anyone who works for any part of one day in the healthcare facility between Oct. 1 and March 31. That includes everyone from volunteers and clerical workers to healthcare providers and executives. Organizations then report their rates to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network for public reporting, which began late last year for 2013–2014, on Hospital Compare.
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EM Day of Service — Join the Movement!
As emergency physicians, residents, nurses, physician assistants, and medical students, we are servant leaders in our communities. We care and advocate for our patients while working clinically. We also respond to the call to give back to the communities we serve. The EM Day of Service was created with this essential concept in mind. The EM Day of Service is a specialty-driven event where emergency care providers identify community needs and volunteer to address those needs. Learn more & sign-up.
Lend Your Voice — Join AAEM & AAEM/RSA Advocacy Day — Register by Sept. 1!
AAEM and AAEM/RSA are heading to Capitol Hill to be a voice for emergency physicians. Join us on Sept. 29, 2015, for a full day of Hill activities. Start off with a “Lobbying 101” session and then meet face-to-face with lawmakers under the expert direction of our lobbying firm, Williams & Jensen. We need your support! Register today!
Help create “How-To” videos of >100 common procedures. These will be made available for free around the world in multiple languages on Merck Manuals websites and apps.
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Exceptional EM Education — Join us at MEMC-GREAT 2015!
Learn about the Pre-Congress Course Options
Join us in Rome, Italy from Sept. 5-9, 2015, for the Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress in conjunction with the Italian GREAT Network Congress. Register for the congress, submit an abstract and book your hotel! Learn more about MEMC-GREAT competitions.
New Podcasts — Critical Care, Operations Management, and Legal & Policy
New episodes of all AAEM podcast series are now available!
Access all three series at: www.aaem.org/publications/podcasts
- Medical Staff v. Avera Marshall: A New Source of Physician Due Process Rights
- Surgical Airway: Preparedness and Making the Decision
- Common ED Operations Myths - What myths are we facing & what are the best practices to follow?
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Pending Application: Certificate of Excellence in ED Workplace Fairness
AAEM strongly supports fair working practices for emergency physicians. Consequently, it will certify excellence in the ED workplace if ED physician employees are guaranteed the following five workplace conditions: due process, financial transparency, financial equity, political equity and no post-contractual restrictions. Pending application: Kaweah Delta / CEP America – Visalia, California. Emergency physicians are encouraged to contact AAEM (anonymously if desired) to report a listed group that they believe is not in compliance along with an explanation. Learn more.
NEW: Comprehensive Review — 2nd Ed. Written Board Review
This comprehensive text will help prepare you for: Emergency medicine qualifying exam (formerly the “written boards”), Emergency medicine annual resident in-service exam, and the ConCert Exam. It includes over 200 color images, 225 question practice in-service examination, and 24 chapters written by experts in the field. Special member pricing, order today!
Nominations Now Open — 2016 AAEM Board of Directors Election
The president, president-elect, secretary-treasurer, and three at-large director positions are currently as well as the Young Physicians Section (YPS) director position. Nominations are now open until Nov. 19, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Self-nominations are allowed and encouraged. Learn more about the nomination process and submit today.
Nominations Now Open — 2016 AAEM Awards
AAEM and AAEM/RSA are currently accepting nominations for annual awards. Awards presentations will be made to the recipients at the 22nd Annual Scientific Assembly in Las Vegas. Do you know an outstanding member who has contributed to EM and AAEM? Learn more and submit a nomination today. Nominations are now open until Nov. 19, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
Telehealth payment parity laws rising rapidly across states
As the nationwide telehealth movement continues to make progress across the states, it is important to understand the many regulations and policies being adopted to properly reimburse physicians for offering telemedicine services. Telehealth commercial insurance coverage laws (including payment parity laws) are one key area of legal battles taking place between insurers and providers today, as states continue to pass varying and sometimes controversial legislation with regard to physician telemedicine reimbursement.
'Highest paying jobs' list ranks physicians at top
Based on annual median wages reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, surgeons earn the highest annual median wage, followed by psychiatrists and primary care physicians. Despite reports of job dissatisfaction, surgeons, psychiatrists and physicians are the three highest-paid professions in the United States, according to the CareerCast's 2015 list of Top 10 best paying jobs.
How should medical residency programs be evaluated?
U.S. News & World Report
A bountiful smorgasbord of resources makes it possible to compare medical centers on their quality of care. Besides the federal government's Hospital Compare website, the group I lead at U.S. News issues ratings and rankings, and numerous other public reporting entities and some medical specialty societies do likewise.
With ICD-10 about a month away, healthcare providers say 'bring it on'
Not since Jan. 1, 2000, have so many industry professionals had their eyes on a deadline as they do on Oct. 1, 2015.
Questions abound regarding the financial repercussions of the coding format conversion across the provider spectrum, but especially for small hospitals and physician clinics. The biggest fear is that a blizzard of claims denials will not only cause major cashflow disruption, but substantial revenue damage for those that can least afford it.
Patient navigators may shorten hospital stays
HealthDay News via Endocrinology Advisor
Use of patient navigators as inpatient care facilitators shortens hospital length of stay, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Janice L. Kwan, M.D., from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, and colleagues evaluated a patient navigator program's effects on communication between patients and providers during general medical hospital admission (July 2010 through March 2014). Patient navigators integrated as full members of the inpatient care team, but without clinical responsibilities.
Waves of change: Helping staff navigate the turbulent tides of healthcare
By Christina Thielst
With an emphasis on reducing costs while improving quality and access, the transformation of the U.S. healthcare delivery system is creating additional pressure at the point of care — the encounters between clinicians and their patients. While change is due, it also requires balance and support for those who are caught at the crux as new models of care are being rolled out and payment models are still being developed and implemented.
"Research shows that healthcare workers as a whole are in poorer physical and mental health than other occupations," said Simon Fox, CEO of Adventures in Caring Foundation.
Pediatric mental health visits to ED soar
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Pediatric mental health–related visits to a large British Columbia children's hospital emergency department (ED) rose significantly during the past decade, following similar trends reported in the United States, new research shows.
The trend underscores the increased utilization of the ED as a safety net when mental health services are not otherwise accessible, as well as shortcomings of EDs in stemming this increase, according to the authors.
Mind and Body: Residency Programs Tackle Burnout
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With the high prevalence of burnout among medical residents well documented and linked to consequences that range from medical errors to suicide, the pressure is on residency programs to come up with meaningful interventions to tackle the problem. These new efforts come in the wake of disappointing and inconsistent results from perhaps the most sweeping previous measures to date: duty-hour restrictions mandated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in 2003 and 2011.
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