Take a look at our December 2016 issue of Newswatch.
“Data is power…it changes behavior,” said WA-ACEP President Nathan Schlicher, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP talking EDIE/PMP before the Senate Health Care Committee Nov. 14. Schlicher, who is also the Secretary-Treasurer of the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), is part of the WSMA/Washington State Hospital Association Joint Opioid Safe Practice Task Force. Watch the entire hearing (task force comments start at about 48 minutes).
Washington ACEP is establishing a state level 911 Network to create a contact list for WA-ACEP members in every state legislative district. This will be a rapid action response team that when an issue arises will be called on to send emails, letters, or provide testimony. It can also serve as an opportunity to host ED visits or have individual meetings with state legislative representatives to educate them on issues of particular concern to EM physicians and our patients.
Your help is critical as we need 49 members to cover the 49 districts! Please complete the survey to be a 911 Network member today. If you are unsure of the legislative district, please visit http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/
WA-ACEP Secretary-Treasurer Liam Yore, MD, FACEP, received the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) 2016 Council Horizon Award for outstanding contributions and participation in ACEP Council activities within the first five years of Council Service. Dr. Yore is on the ACEP Steering Committee and the Reimbursement Committee. He is the co-chair of the WA-ACEP Legislative Committee and an emergency physician at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett. Yore received the award Oct. 16 during ACEP16 in Las Vegas.
Former WA-ACEP member Alison Haddock, MD, FACEP also received the 2016 Horizon Award.
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.