Don’t miss the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Pediatric Emergency Medicine 2016 Conference “The Sick and Injured Child” Sept. 28 at the Courtyard Marriott in Tacoma. View the schedule and email MB to register.
The Washington State Medical Commission is taking action against Frank Li, MD for substandard care. This action impacts Seattle Pain Centers’ eight clinics across Washington (Everett, Seattle, Renton, Tacoma, Poulsbo, Olympia, Vancouver, and Spokane) and potentially 25,000 patients. The Medical Commission is working with the Department of Health, the Health Care Authority, Office of the Insurance Commissioner and the represented professional associations and regulators to coordinate resources and minimize gaps in care for affected patients. This also abrogates the Physician Assistants practice plans under his license as well. This represents approximately 40% of the clinic providers. The other providers’ contract with the Health Care Authority will be terminated shortly and their prescriptions honored for 30 days. As a result, a large number of patients will have access challenges moving forward.
The Health Care Authority has developed a series of measures to try and address this actively. This includes encouraging primary care providers to temporarily assume responsibility for these patients’ prescribing, engaging the health plans care management to assist in access, and supporting the UW Telemedicine program on Pain Management. See more information and resources for providers here and here, and a resource for patients here.
The Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association is encouraging healthcare providers in the emergency medicine specialty from around the world to plan and participate in a volunteer event in the month of September. EMRA and participating organizations including ACEP hope the EM Day of Service will strengthen communities while bringing awareness to the passionate individuals in emergency medicine.
WA-ACEP members are asked to consider working with their ED groups to host some type of community service event in their areas. Ideas might include planning a blood drive or food drive, or participating in a health screening. Learn more here. Last year, at least 47 groups participated in the EM Day of Service and impacted 463,000 community members. EM physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, EMTs, medical students and staff fed the hungry, provided shoes to the homeless, brought lunches to those unable to leave their home, cleaned parks and rivers and taught CPR to the masses — just to name a few of the service projects.
ED Directors and Leaders are invited to attend the 11th Annual Emergency Medicine Leadership Summit Nov.2 at the The Conference Center at the Seattle Tacoma International Airport. Conference registration is free for WA ED Directors and includes breakfast, lunch, reception, meeting materials and CME. We would like a representative from each ED in the state to attend.
EM Leadership Summit topics include:
- How to Thrive as an Independent Group in the ACO Era
- Best Practices in Dealing with New Hires: Creating a Positive Culture in Your Group
- Methods for Utilizing PAs and NPs
- How to Speak in Financial Terms to Your COO and CFO about Your ED’s Needs
- Clinical Pathways
John Kennedy, Louisiana State Treasurer, recently wrote in one of the state’s journal, “A few years ago, Washington State started looking at utilization of the emergency room by Medicaid patients as the program’s costs soared amid the economic recession. Some patients were going to the emergency room more than 100 times a year. Washington State found that 85 percent of the frequent visitors had serious mental health problems and 48 percent had substance abuse issues.
“The state’s political leadership asked the state’s hospitals and doctors to sit down and come up with some solutions. Legislation produced reforms that actually are working and saving the state millions of dollars.”
WA-ACEP sent its largest group yet to ACEP’s Legislative and Advocacy Conference (LAC) May 15-18 in Washington, DC. Seventeen members from Washington State visited with legislators to advocate for Emergency Medicine on subjects such as opioid and EMS issues, mental health reform and EMTALA.