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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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.

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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

Register Online Today

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Shout Out to Washington from Louisiana State Treasurer

Anderson 2012John 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.”

Read the entire article and a response from ACEP Board Member and WA-ACEP Past President Stephen Anderson, MD, FACEP.

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WA-ACEP Members Advocate for You!

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. 

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Schlicher Named WA-ACEP President

Nathan_JohnNathan Schlicher, MD, JD, FACEP took over the reins of the chapter at the annual meeting,  2016 Summit to Sound held April 27-29 in Seattle. Schlicher succeeds John Matheson, MD, FACEP as President. Other officers elected were: Pat Solari, MD, FACEP as President Elect; and Liam Yore, MD, FACEP as Secretary/Treasurer. Board Members elected were: Drs. Cameron Buck (reelected to second term), Jaime Delcampo, Raul Garcia, Jamie Jenkins and Gregg Miller. See a complete list of WA-ACEP Board Members.

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