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Opinion: Independent Emergency Group Practice Model Boosts Physician Satisfaction
09/25/17

Click here to view "Opinion: Independent Emergency Group Practice Model Boosts Physician Satisfaction" by Roneet Lev

 

Emergency Medicine: Innovations in Patient Safety
09/12/17
Click here to watch Dr. Roneet Lev discuss innovations in patient safety.
MTF Newsletter - August 2017
09/10/17
Click here to view the MTF August 2017 Newsletter by Dr. Roneet Lev
July Newsletter
07/30/17
Click here to view the IEPC July Newsletter
Do you want to be an Owner or a Renter
07/28/17
Click here to view the Becker's ASC Review article by Mary Rechtoris that mention's IEPC 
Peter Rosen Admiration
06/19/17
Click here to view Dr. Roneet Lev's article in ACEP Now in admiration of Dr. Peter Rosen.
5 Myths about Emergency Medicine
06/06/17
Click here to view Dr. Roneet Lev's article in KevinMD "5 Myths about Emergency Medicine"
10 Questions with Dr. Fenton
05/10/17
Click here to view 10 Questions with Dr. Fenton in the Napa Valley Register
IEPC May Newsletter
05/01/17
Click here to view the May 2017 newsletter
EDBMA
04/27/17
Dr. Lev as keynote speaker at EDBMA 2017 Solutions Summit in San Diego on "The Survival of the Independent Emergency Group" 
Opioid Use Soars Among Middle Aged and Elderly
04/23/17
Click here to view Dr. Lev's article in the Wall Street Journal
Prescribing opioids safely: How to have difficult patient conversations
04/14/17
Click here to view Dr. Lev's KevinMD article
Roneet Lev KOGO Interview
04/02/17 - 04/16/22
Click here to view Dr. Roneet Lev's interview with KOGO Radio Station.
Emergency/Urgent Care Part Deux
03/27/17 - 03/29/22
Click here to view Dr. Andrew Fenton's rebuttal to an article contrasting urgent and emergency care
Marijuana Ordinance
03/09/17 - 03/20/20
Click here to view The San Diego Union Tribune's Marijuana Ordinance.
San Diego Death Diaries
03/01/17 - 04/27/17
Click here to view article "San Diego Death Diaries" in the The Doctor's Company Publications.
America's Addiction: How Prescription Drugs became a National Crisis
02/16/17 - 02/17/23
Click here to see Dr. Roneet Lev's take on "America's Addiction"
Dr. Lev assists Opioid Coalition in Freso
02/08/17 - 02/12/22
Click here to view Dr. Lev's assistance to the Opiod Coalition in Fresno.
The Rape of Emergency Medicine
02/08/17 - 02/12/20
Click here to view the complete "The Rape of Emergency Medicine," by James Keaney
KevinMD - Opiate Addiction
12/08/16 - 12/08/18
Click here to view Dr. Roneet Lev's KevinMD article on opiate addiction.
Spice
10/15/16 - 11/17/18
 
Fighting Spice Poisionings Downtown
10/09/16 - 10/31/17
Gun Control Issue Fosters Pro–Con Advocacy Debate in Emergency Medicine
07/25/16 - 07/25/17
Click here to view Dr. Andrew Fenton's counter point in ACEP NOW Gun Control Issue Fosters Pro-Con Advocacy Debate in Emergency Medicine
How Patient Satisfaction Scores Fuel the Opiod Epidemic
07/14/16 - 07/14/19
Click here to read Dr. Roneet Lev's article in The Doctor Weighs In - How Patient Satisfaction Scores Fuel the Opiod Epidemic
What I Learned about Prescription Drug Abuse from San Diego
06/06/16 - 06/21/20
Click here to read Dr. Roneet Lev's article on KevinMD's website "What I Learned about Prescription Drug Abuse from San Diego"
June 2016 Newsletter
06/01/16 - 06/30/18
Click here to read IEPC's June 2016 Newsletter
Clues to Better Health Care From Old Malpractice Lawsuits
05/09/16 - 05/09/25
Click here to see Dr. Lev featured in "Clues to Better Health Care From Old Malpractice Lawsuits" in the Wallstreet Journal
March Newsletter
03/31/16 - 03/31/20
IEPC March Newsletter 2016
3 Reasons Why Independent EM Groups are Better
03/24/16 - 03/24/30
3 Reasons Why Independent EM Groups are Better - The Doctor Weighs In By Roneet Lev
Dr. Roneet Lev on KPBS Radio
03/08/16 - 03/08/20
Listen to Dr. Lev discussing the prescription drug abuse epidemic on KPBS here
Fickle Finger
02/28/16 - 02/29/16
View Fickle Finger's "Group Practice Structure - A Cost Benefit Analysis" here to view the IEPC mention
Healthcare Risk Management
02/11/16
Click here to view Dr. Roneet Lev's interview with Healthcare Risk Management, AHC Media, www.ahcmedia.com
November Newsletter
11/23/15
Click here to read IEPC's November newsletter
IEPC at EMRA Job Fair
10/26/15

IEPC at EMRA job fair in Boston Convention Exhibitor Center.

IEPC Semi-Annual Meeting
06/11/15
IEPC Semi-Annual Meeting June 11th at 12 PM at Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, Los Angeles CA in the Hiro Room
 
LA County Adopts Safe Prescribing Guidelines
06/14/14
LA County Adopts Safe Prescribing Guidelines.  Each ED in LA received a 2 month supply of guidelines and a Tool Kit Binder. 
If your county want to adopt Safe Prescribing you can find information on the California ACEP web site or contact IEPC.
Intermedix acquires medical billing unit of T-System (Rev-Cycle)
06/10/14
Intermedix acquires medical billing unit of T-System (Rev-Cycle).
San Diego Hospitals Adopt New Painkiller Policy
09/13/13
San Diego Hospitals Adopt New Painkiller Policy
 
By Kenny Goldberg, KPBS Radio News

SAN DIEGO — San Diego and Imperial County hospitals have a new policy aimed at curbing the
epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse. Patients going to emergency departments willfeel the difference.
 
Health officials say the problem of prescription painkiller abuse has gotten out of hand.
 
Dr. Eric McDonald, San Diego County's deputy public health officer, said 269 San Diegans died of
prescription drug overdoses last year.

"For every death, there are 20 people coming into emergency departments, there are hundreds of people
that are actually abusing prescription pain medicines," McDonald said.
Under the new voluntary guidelines, emergency departments will no longer dispense 30-day-supplies of
narcotics like Vicodin.

And they won't prescribe long-term painkillers like OxyContin, either.

Scripps Mercy Hospital's Dr. Roneet Lev explained why.

"Those are especially dangerous, more dangerous than the short-acting medications," Lev said. "And in
someone who comes to the emergency department, a broken bone, a ruptured appendix, anything like
that, you don't need long-acting pain prescriptions, you need something for short term."

Lev said people who legitimately suffer from chronic pain need to get their drugs from their regular doctor,
not emergency departments.

"And our policy is not to refill prescriptions, and not to give prescriptions for someone who's getting them
elsewhere," Lev said. "The safe way about it is to have one provider, and one pharmacy, for any pain
prescriptions. And we're going to honor that."

Prescription drug overdoses are the No. 1 cause of accidental death in San Diego County.

To listen to the broadcast:
TV News Story: San Diego Emergency Departments To Crack Down On Painkiller Abuse
03/05/13
TV News Story: San Diego Emergency Departments To Crack Down On Painkiller Abuse -

This story was posted and aired on March 5, which Dr. Lev and a HOPE family helped to bring together. This is a great heads-up story that defines the problem and proposed voluntary guidelines for Safe Pain Medicine Prescribing:
   
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/mar/05/san-diego-emergency-departments-crack-down-painkil/ 
   
Thanks to Dr. Lev and others for great interviews!
San Diego County Opioid Prescribing Summit
02/17/13
San Diego County Opioid Prescribing Summit -


Safe Pain Medication Guidelines approved by San Diego County Medical Society and the Emergency Community of San Diego and Imperial County.

On February 2013 the emergency department leaders of every emergency department in San Diego and Imperial County gathered for a historical meeting to approve pain medication guidelines for the emergency department. The guidelines are based on the "Oxy Free" Model of Washington State. The principles of the guidelines were that we wanted a unified document for all the emergency departments and for all the emergency providers. We wanted to avoid the "candy man" or "candy land" phenomenon of having some docs or EDs proving more opioids. The guidelines are pending endorsement from the San Diego and Imperial Health Department and Hospital Association. The goal is that every ED will have a sign a similar sign in the waiting room listing the 10 Principles that were adopted.


Safe Pain Medicine Prescribing in the Emergency Department

We care about you. We are committed to treating you safely and in the right way. Pain relief treatment can be complicated. Mistakes or abuse of pain medicine can cause serious health problems and death. Our emergency department will only provide pain relief options that are safe and correct.

For your SAFETY, we follow these rules when helping you with your pain.

1. We look for and treat emergencies. We use our best judgment when treating pain. These recommendations follow legal and ethical advice.

2. You should only have ONE provider and ONE pharmacy helping you with pain. We do not usually prescribe pain medicine if you already receive pain medicine from another health care provider.

3. If pain prescriptions are needed for pain, we can only give you enough medicine to last you until you can contact your doctor.

4. We do not refill stolen prescriptions. We do not refill lost prescriptions. If your prescription is stolen, please contact the police

5. We do not prescribe these long acting pain medicines: OxyContin, MSContin, Dilaudid, Fentanyl (Duragesic), Methadone, Opana ER, Exalgo, and Others.

6. We do not provide missing doses of Subutex, Suboxone, or Methadone.

7. We do not usually give shots for flare-ups of chronic pain. Medicines taken by mouth may be given instead.

8. Health care laws, including HIPAA, allow us to ask you for your medical records. These laws allow us to share information with other health providers who are treating you.

9. We may ask you to show a photo ID when you receive a prescription for pain medicines.

10. We use the California Prescription Drug Monitoring Program called CURES. This system keeps track of narcotic and other controlled substance prescriptions.

If you need help with substance abuse or addition, please call 1-888-724-7240 for confidential referral and treatment. 


IEPC Annual Board Meeting
01/27/13
IEPC Annual Board Meeting -

IEPC is proud to announce it's 2013 Leadership
 
President                                                                Roneet Lev
Vice President                                                        Russ Kino
Vice President                                                        Steve Sornsin
Secretary                                                                Mike Gertz
Treasurer                                                                Cary Mells
Web and Marketing Committee Chairs                   Valerie Norton
Billing Best Practice Committee Chairs                  Steve Sornsin
Site Survey Committee Chair                                  Roneet Lev
Data and Best Practices Committee Chairs            Steve Shea

Do you want to be an Owner or a Renter? The benefits of Physician Independence
11/30/-1
Click here to view the Becker's ASC Review article "Do you want to be an Owner or a Renter? The benefits of Physician Independence"
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