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After more than a decade of VACEP fighting to eliminate the unfair and misguided practice of PENDING emergency service charges, we’re on the brink of victory.

We are thrilled to report that the final joint conference committee report on the budget was released this week and both the House and the Senate agreed to include the full elimination of the PEND program for BOTH the fee-for-service program and Medicaid Managed Care for all level 3 claims.

We are deeply appreciative to the House and Senate budget conferees for all their hard work and to all the VACEP members who have helped for over a decade to make this a reality. A special thank you goes out to our House patron, Delegate Stolle for continuing to fight for us and the biggest thank you goes to Senator Watkins who has stood by us for years and fought for us during the budget conference process. “We will miss him dearly when he retires this year," VACEP lobbyist Aimee Perron Seibert said.

After the budget has it’s final vote on Thursday, Feb. 26, the budget will go to the Governor for him to review and amend. We will need as many VACEP members as possible to contact the Governor’s office to let them know how important this amendment is to emergency physicians. When you receive an email asking for this action PLEASE do so! It’s truly critical to our success for them to hear from us and not just the health plans who remain opposed to the elimination of PEND.
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Introducing VACEP's New President, Dr. Mark Sochor, MD, MS, FACEP
Dr. Mark Sochor, M.D., MS, FACEP, UVA’s Department of Emergency Medicine Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Research Director, Emergency Medicine Research Office was elected VACEP President Feb. 9, 2016.

“It is an honor to be elected by my peers to lead VACEP in its 45th year representing the top emergency physicians in Virginia,” stated Dr. Sochor. “Following in the footsteps of so many effective leaders, most recently Dr. Jake O’Shea, I’ll need to be nimble and swift to keep up with the rapid developments in our industry.”

Pictured from left to right: 1. Dr. Sochor tests out a motorcycle because he'll "be nimble and swift to keep up." 2. Dr. Sochor stands on top of Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa, showing that he'll "climb whatever mountains necessary to build our influence advocating for emergency physicians.

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Richmond ER physician recognized on the House Floor for heroism
Richmond Times-Dispatch
A Chesterfield County man is being called a hero after he rescued a woman from a car that had slid into a partially frozen pond and trapped her inside as the car began to sink. Dr. Matthew Bartholomew, 44, was driving from a gas station at about 5 p.m. on Feb. 16 when he noticed a commotion near a pond near Midlothian Turnpike and Charter Colony Parkway in Midlothian. The woman’s car had slid out of control, smashed through a fence and slipped about 15 yards into a partially frozen pond before slowly beginning to sink, leaving the screaming woman unable to exit the partially submerged car, according to witness accounts.
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Anthem now e-mailing members and clients
In response to the recent cyber attack, Anthem, Inc. is now sending e-mails to members with information about identity protection and credit monitoring services. Although Anthem previously said all information would be delivered through mail delivered through the U.S. Postal Service, it is required to send this e-mail due to state laws around breach notifications. The e-mail directs associates to visit to sign up for credit protection services. Click here to view the e-mail in its entirety.

If you would like to give your associates advance notification that they will soon receive an e-mail from Anthem, please send the following:

  Dear [Associates]:

  Anthem wants to keep you informed about their actions in response to the cyber-attack. If you
  have given Anthem your e-mail address, you will soon receive an e-mail about identity protection
  and credit monitoring services. Anthem is required to send this e-mail due to state laws around
  breach notifications. The subject line of the e-mail will be "Important Message From Anthem, Inc."
  and it will direct you to visit to sign up for credit protection services. The e-mail
  will not ask for personal information. We encourage you to read the email and visit to sign up for the services provided by Anthem. (from MVS)

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'Superbug' surfaces at UCLA — What you need to know
By Joan Spitrey
According to recent reports, UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Los Angeles has potentially infected nearly 180 patients with the "superbug" known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE. UCLA has traced the source of the spread to duodenoscopes that are used for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. The outbreak was initially discovered last month, and the hospital immediately began notify patients...
Hospitals see alarming increase in suicidal children
MedPage Today
Here's a troubling thought: more kids and young adults are intentionally hurting themselves — sometimes lethally. "The biggest news here is that there is a startling jump in the number of kids hospitalized for suicide and self injury between 2006 and 2011," said Celeste Torio, Ph.D., MPH, scientific review officer, Office of Extramural Research Education and Priority Populations (OEREP) at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Will the promise of precision medicine live up to the hype?
Despite all the optimism surrounding President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative — including excitement from providers who already use patients' genetic data to treat disease — the ambitious proposal is not without its skeptics. Obama first introduced the initiative in his State of the Union address, saying "I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine — one that delivers the right treatment at the right time."


Johns Hopkins and CDC prepare emergency department staff to care for patients with infectious disease
Four Web-based training modules developed by Johns Hopkins Medicine for emergency department personnel who treat patients with infectious diseases are now available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) YouTube channel. Titled Ebola Preparedness: Emergency Department Guidelines, the learning series prepares health care workers to safely and efficiently identify, triage and briefly manage the care of patients who might have Ebola. In addition, the modules showcase important planning processes, provider-patient communication techniques and cross-discipline teamwork principles that can be used to successfully prepare for emerging infectious diseases.
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FDA issues device safety alert following 'superbug' outbreak
The complex design of endoscopes that have been linked to a "superbug" outbreak at the UCLA Health System in California may hinder proper cleaning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Feb. 19. The hospital system said seven patients were infected with a potentially deadly, drug-resistant strain of bacteria and that more than 100 may have been exposed to it between October and January. The bug may have contributed to the death of two patients, UCLA said.
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CDC sees increase in emergency care, ambulatory EHR adoption
EHR Intelligence
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a survey that shows an increase in emergency and ambulatory EHR adoption between 2006 to 2011. It was found that, by 2011, 84 percent of hospital emergency departments (EDs) and 76 percent of outpatient departments used an EHR system. In fact, EHR adoption rose from 19 percent in 2007 to 54 percent in 2011 among EDs. Additionally, more outpatient facilities began focusing on Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirements. The trends show a steady rise in the implementation of any EHR system among emergency care facilities across the five-year timeframe.
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The rise of the specialty emergency department
Modern Healthcare
More than 10 percent of Mount Sinai Hospital's 110,000 emergency department visits each year involve patients over age 65. Three years ago, the 1,048-bed New York City hospital — which is participating in a Medicare shared-savings accountable care organization — opened a dedicated geriatric ED designed to help coordinate care for these higher-risk patients. “There's sort of a silver tsunami approaching,” said Dr. Denise Nassisi, director of geriatric emergency medicine at Mount Sinai. “We planned it because we knew that geriatric patients really do require special handling.”
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Prescription painkiller abuse: A worst drug overdose epidemic in history
The Centers for Disease Control calls prescription painkiller abuse "one of the worst drug overdose epidemics in history." New studies on prescription painkillers show that from 1999 to 2011, the consumption of hydrocodone more than doubled and oxycodone use increased by 500 percent. During that time, opioid pain reliever (OPR) overdose nearly quadrupled. "The rise in opioid consumption has resulted in a doubling in visits to the emergency department for nonmedical OPR use but I also see patients who make errors with medications they are legitimately supposed to be taking," says Megan Rech, emergency medicine pharmacist, Loyola University Health System.
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