Hearts of Servants

Thanks to the ED teams at Valley Medical Center in Renton and Kadlec Medical Center in Richland for participating in the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association EM Day of Service.secondharvest Kadlec sorted enough produce through Second Harvest to serve more than 500 meals, while VMC prepared 2,154 meals for the community at NW Harvest.

EMRA 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.

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Exhibit with WA-ACEP April 2017


edgewaterWe are happy to announce the Washington Chapter American College of Emergency Physicians 2017 Annual Meeting, Summit to Sound – Northwest Emergency Medicine Assembly. This year’s meeting will be held at Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle, Washington on April 26-28.  We would like to invite organizations to participate as an exhibitor or sponsor of this educational event on April 27-28.

Due to venue renovations, the 2017 Exhibit Hall will be located in the foyer at Bell Harbor Conference Center. Because booth space will be limited, we recommend companies reserve a table today to ensure participation.

2017 Summit to Sound Online Exhibitor Agreement

2017 Summit to Sound Exhibitor Prospectus

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2016 Lifesavers Gala is Oct. 7

The Medic One Fparamedictrainingoundation evening gala is back! Join the fun Friday, Oct. 7 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue for an evening of fine dining and spirits tasting, and exciting live and silent auctions hosted by Jodi Brothers and auctioneer John Curley. Proceeds will provide expert training and education for 16 new Medic One paramedic students, as well as critical medical equipment first responders need to save more lives. Learn more and purchase your tickets today.

 

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Resources for Seattle Pain Clinic Patients

The Department of Health has launched a webpage with advice for pain patients that had been seen at one of the eight Seattle Pain Clinics around the state. Patients will first be directed to their primary care provider. The last option listed will be for the patients to go to their local ED or urgent care clinic. Review the WA-ACEP Pain Medication Safety Guidelines in the Emergency Department and be prepared for an increase in patients who may be experiencing withdrawal from opioids, benzodiazepines or other controlled substances.

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Clinic Closures Impacting EDs

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.

 

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