CMT’s Learning Collaborative: Addressing High ED Utilization in Washington is Sept. 12

Register for the Collective Medical Technologies “Learning Collaborative: Addressing High ED Utilization in Washington” Sept. 12 at the Seatac Convention Center (same venue as the WA-ACEP Leadership Summit). WA-ACEP, along with the Health Care Authority and the Washington State Hospital Association, is co-sponsoring the event. Registration is free. Organizers are hoping ED Directors and Case Managers will attend the event. Register here.

Objectives for the Meeting:

  • Share promising and best practices around addressing high ED utilization, e.g. what is working and not working?
  • Specifically address important topics related to high ED utilization such as opiate addition or misuse, complex physical and behavioral health needs, etc.
  • Provide a forum for discussion and collaboration around community-based, shared care planning
  • Build community and provide networking opportunities for hospital and community providers and case managers to identify new ways to collaborate around this high-risk population

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.


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.



EM Day of Service in September

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.BUCK day of service 8

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.


Don’t Miss the 2016 WA-ACEP Leadership Summit Nov. 2

SeatacConCtrED 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

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