Washington ACEP News

ACEP Tools Help You Navigate ICD-10 Implementation

ICD-10 is here – are you ready? ACEP has wealth of resources to help you in this transition, including FAQs, white papers, lectures from the experts, and more. Watch our twitter hashtag at #ACEPICD10 for daily tips and consider attending ACEP’s Reimbursement and Coding Conferences, Jan. 11-15, 2016 in New Orleans, for even more education about ICD-10, Alternative Payment Models and Payer Consolidation Trends. Register today and use promo code RCD2016 to save $100.

Comments Now Being Accepted on New Clinical Policy

The draft “Clinical Policy for Children Younger Than Two Years Presenting to the Emergency Department With Fever” is in the review stage of ACEP clinical Policy development. Comments on the draft are being sought by the ACEP Clinical Policies Committee and will be carefully reviewed, and used to further refine and enhance the draft when evidence supports the changes. The comment period is open for 60 days (Oct. 1-Nov. 29, 2015). For questions, please contact ACEP Clinical Practice Manager Rhonda Whitson, RHIA, at rwhitson@acep.org.

Congratulations Drs. Schlicher and Enguidanos

WA-ACEP President-Elect Nathan Schlicher, MD, JD, FACEP was elected Washington State Medical Association assistant secretary-treasurer at the annual meeting Sept. 27. WA-ACEP Past President Enrique Enguidanos, MD, FACEP was elected a new WSMA Board of Trustee. WSMA installed Dr. Ray Hsiao as president. Dr. Hsiao is a child psychiatrist and addiction specialist at Seattle Children’s, where he also serves as the co-director of the adolescent substance abuse program.

Have Your Registered for ACEP15 Oct. 26-29 in Boston?

What are you waiting for? Visit the ACEP website to register today.

Congratulations New ACEP Fellows from Washington

The class of 2015 will be recognized Oct. 26 during ACEP15 in Boston.

WA-ACEP Past President Steve Anderson, MD, co-authors ACEPNow Article

Drinking from the Fire Hose: Surviving Your First Year on the ACEP Board of Directors

“Triple E Campaign” – How You Can Help

Efforts to “Expand, Enhance and Engage” the ACEP 911 Legislative Grassroots Network are going full speed ahead, under the leadership of Dr. Andy Bern. You can help WA-ACEP earn points toward the contest that culminates at ACEP15 in Boston by recruiting new members to the 911 Network, responding to Action Alerts, and participating in ACEP hosted teleforums on important legislative issues like mental health reform.   To see how WA-ACEP is doing and what you can do to help, and check the progress of the campaign on ACEP Grassroots Advocacy Center here. More information also can be found in a recent article in the online version of ACEPNow.

Tell Your Story of Why EM

ACEP wants to tell your story of why you chose EM and how it has impacted your life.  Grab your smart phone and record a 30–second to 1-minute video answering two questions: Why you practice EM? One case or experience in your practice that impacted you or your life?  Record yourself at home, in your ED, in your car or anywhere you feel like sharing your story.  We want to hear about real moments – with a patient, with a coworker, alone – that crystallize why emergency medicine.   Your video could be heart-touching. Could be funny. Could be a failure.

But we are looking for the emotional response that you had to a singular moment or event. We think you can help inspire others with your stories. Just think of it as talking to a co-worker about that one reason why you come back, shift after shift. We want to share your video on our website and at ACEP15 in Boston.

Email your short video to our producer, Jonathan Holt, at jonathanholt@gmail.com. If you file is too big he can send you instructions on how to submit it to a Drop Box account.  It would be helpful to have your video submission no later than Sept. 21.

ED Directors: The 2015 WA-ACEP Emergency Medicine Leadership Summit is Nov. 4

View schedule and register today!

State Supreme Court Halts Effort to Expand Certificate of Need

The Washington State Supreme Court agreed with a WA-ACEP-supported amicus brief challenging the Department of Health’s rule expanding the reach of the Certificate of Need (CON) review program. The court decided unanimously July 9 that the Department of Health exceeded its scope of authority with the 2013 rule that would have dramatically expanded the purview of the CON in Washington State. The amicus brief, submitted by the Washington State Medical Association with financial support from WA-ACEP, expressed concern that the rule might require a CON review for arrangements such as new agreements between physicians and medical practices with hospitals, exclusive contracts between physician specialty groups and hospitals, and any other type of joint services agreements with hospitals.

MERS Resources Now Available

The ACEP Epidemic Expert Panel has created a fact sheet about Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), as well as compiled other useful resources for emergency physicians. MERS is a potential severe illness that should be considered in patients presenting with symptoms of a respiratory illness who satisfy certain travel/exposure criteria. Find the resources at www.acep.org/MERS.

Enguidanos to Receive ACEP’s Horizon Award

Enrique EnguidanosEnrique Enguidanos, MD, FACEP received the American College of Emergency Medicine’s 2015 Horizon Award for outstanding contributions and participation in ACEP Council activities within the first five years of Council Service. Enrique has rapidly embraced the spirit and conduct of the ACEP Council process, and emerged as an active, respected, and effective leader within the Council. After being introduced to and observing the ACEP Council in 2012, Enrique took a more active role. First, as President Elect of the Washington Chapter of ACEP (WA-ACEP), he was a principal host of the 2013 ACEP Council Meeting in Seattle, the most successful and attended ACEP conference in the organization’s history. He co-sponsored an adopted resolution on health information exchanges and testified on the creation and funding of a national prescription monitoring program. In 2014 as President of WA-ACEP, he organized and coordinated the Washington State delegation that included a record number of new Alternate and Councillors who testified on eight resolutions. Under his guidance, WA-ACEP sponsored a record number of resolutions, all of which were adopted. Because of Enrique’s Council involvement, WA-ACEP’s level of attendance, participation, contribution, and leadership in the ACEP Council has never been greater or more respected. Enrique is currently the Immediate Past President of WA-ACEP, Co-Chair of the Providence Health Systems Emergency Services Clinical Decisions Team. He has been practicing Emergency Medicine at Providence Regional Medicine Center in Everett for more than 15 years. He has served as the ED Medical Director at PRMCE as well as Chief of Staff. Enrique will receive the award during ACEP15 in Boston Oct. 25

Wayne Recognized at Summit to Sound

WA-ACEP presented Marv Wayne, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FAHA with the 2015 Nancy Auer Meritorious Achievement Award April 23 during the Summit to Sound meeting. Read more

2015 Guardian of Emergency Medicine Awards

Reporters Carol Ostrom of The Seattle Times and Sean Robinson from Tacoma News Tribune received the WA-ACEP Guardian of Emergency Medicine Award April 24 for their work highlighting issues faced by emergency medicine practitioners and patients. Read more

Viewpoint: Fighting Psychiatric Boarding through Induced Crisis

By WA-ACEP President Enrique Enguidanos, MD, FACEP; and WA-ACEP Secretary/Treasurer Nathan Schlicher, MD, JD, FACEP – Emergency Medicine News Feb 2015

ACEP Develops Measles Fact Sheet, Resource Page

The United States has experienced a record number of measles cases (Rubeola) in 2014 (more than 600 patients), which is the greatest number in more than 14 years. This virus represents a challenge to Emergency Medicine because it is highly infectious and has been rarely seen in Emergency Departments in the recent past. ACEP developed a Fact Sheet about this disease for a review of its presentation, clinical course and implications for your Emergency Department. Visit acep.org/measles for more information and for new resources added as needed.