BJ Bartelson to Discuss California Hospital Association and Independent Emergency Physicians

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BJ Bartelson, RN MS, NEA-BC – CHA VP, Nursing & Clinical Services

IEPC is proud to present the 2021 Speaker Series, to continue on Monday, October 25 at 9 AM Pacific! This free speaker series will welcome leaders in the field to cover timely and engaging topics that are important to independent emergency physicians. The sessions will precede each monthly conference call and are open to all IEPC members and those who may be interested in joining.

Session:  California Hospital Association and Independent Emergency Physicians
Presented by: BJ Bartelson, RN MS, NEA-BC – CHA VP, Nursing & Clinical Services
Time & Date: Monday, October 25 from 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM 

This series will be presented on the fourth Monday of the month May – November. Advance registration is required and can be completed here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We hope to see you Monday!

Call for IEPC Member Announcements Due October 29

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The next issue of the IEPC membership newsletter will be published in November. The purpose of this newsletter is to connect the IEPC membership with information, opportunities, resources, and each other.

We are very pleased to dedicate one section of this newsletter to recognize the professional accomplishments of our members but we need your help! Have you received awards or promotions, landed a great new job, or published an article or research in the last few months? We would like to know about it and celebrate your accomplishments in our newsletter!

Deadline: October 29, 2021

Members, please check your email for details regarding submission.

Mark Reiter to Discuss AAEM Priorities for the Independent Emergency Physician

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Mark Reiter MD, MBA, MAAEM – CEO, AAEM

IEPC is proud to present the 2021 Speaker Series, to continue on Monday, September 27 at 9 AM Pacific! This free speaker series will welcome leaders in the field to cover timely and engaging topics that are important to independent emergency physicians. The sessions will precede each monthly conference call and are open to all IEPC members and those who may be interested in joining.

Session: AAEM Priorities for the Independent Emergency Physician
Presented by: Mark Reiter MD, MBA, MAAEM – CEO, AAEM
Time & Date: Monday, September 27 from 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM 

This series will be presented on the fourth Monday of the month May – November. Advance registration is required and can be completed here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We hope to see you Monday!

IEPC Newsletter – September 2021

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Click here to view a PDF of the newsletter.

In this issue:

  • The Deadly Cost of Psychiatric Boarding
  • Emergency Personnel Are Scared Not of COVID, But of Violence
  • Emergency Physician Staffing in the Wake of COVID
  • Conflict of Interest of United Healthcare and Yale’s Study on Surprise Billing
  • $3.8 Million Awarded to Physician Serves as Important Reminder About Fair Hearing Rights
  • NEW IEPC Member Insurance Benefits Now Available!

Schneider to Discuss the Emergency Physician Workforce

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Sandy Schneider, MD

IEPC is proud to present the 2021 Speaker Series, to continue on Monday, August 23 at 9 AM Pacific! This free speaker series will welcome leaders in the field to cover timely and engaging topics that are important to independent emergency physicians. The sessions will precede each monthly conference call and are open to all IEPC members and those who may be interested in joining.

Session: National The Emergency Physician Workforce
Presented by: Sandy Schnieder, MD, ACEP Director of EM Practice
Time & Date: Monday, August 23 from 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM 

This series will be presented on the fourth Monday of the month May – November. Advance registration is required and can be completed here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We hope to see you Monday!

IEPC July Webinar with Andrew Selesnick Canceled

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Due to a scheduling conflict, Andrew Selesnick from the Healthcare Litigation Practice Group will be unable to join us on Monday, July 26 as part of the 2021 IEPC Speaker Series. We hope that you will plan to attend the next session on Monday, August 23 at 9AM when we welcome Sandy Schnieder, MD, ACEP Director of EM Practice.

Further sessions in the series will be presented on the fourth Monday of the month through October. Advance registration is required for each session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We hope to see you in August!

IEPC Newsletter – July 2021

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In this issue:

  • San Diego’s Scripps Health Ransomware Attack
  • IEPC Speaker Series
  • Fentanyl Drug Testing
  • New IEPC Member Insurance Benefits
  • Pediatric Cannabis Poisoning
  • Insisting on Commando

Wooster & Davis to Discuss National ACEP Priorities in 2021

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IEPC is proud to present the 2021 Speaker Series, to continue on Monday, June 28 at 9 AM Pacific! This free speaker series will welcome leaders in the field to cover timely and engaging topics that are important to independent emergency physicians. The sessions will precede each monthly conference call and are open to all IEPC members and those who may be interested in joining.

Session: National ACEP Priorities for Independent Emergency Physicians
Presented by: Laura Wooster, ACEP Associate Director, Public Affairs and Jeffrey Davis ACEP
Director of Regulatory Affairs
Time & Date: Monday, June 28 from 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM 

This series will be presented on the fourth Monday of the month May – October. Advance registration is required and can be completed here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We hope to see you Monday!

Elena Lopez-Gusman to DiscussCal-ACEP Priorities in 2021

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Elena Lopez-Gusman

IEPC is proud to present the 2021 Speaker Series, to begin on Monday, May 24 at 9 AM Pacific! This free speaker series will welcome leaders in the field to cover timely and engaging topics that are important to independent emergency physicians. The sessions will precede each monthly conference call and are open to all IEPC members and those who may be interested in joining.

Session: Cal-ACEP Priorities in 2021
Presented by: Elena Lopez-Gusman, Executive Director, California ACEP
Time & Date: Monday, May 24 from 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM 

This series will be presented on the fourth Monday of the month May – October. Advance registration is required and can be completed here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We hope to see you Monday!

They Have Xed the X Waiver!

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Dear IEPC members and friends

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that it will expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) by exempting physicians from certain certification requirements needed to prescribe buprenorphine for patients suffering from opioid use disorder.

The emergency and addiction community are celebrating the removal of this treatment barrier. Read the announcements from HHS and ACEP.

There were 1 million physicians who could prescribe opioids, but only 66,000 who could prescribe treatment for opioid use disorder. This imbalance is now changed. The barrier lift comes at the heels of the 2020 grim overdose data. We have a historic high of 83,000 overdose deaths representing a 21% increase. Fentanyl deaths accounted for nearly 45% increase. 

Prescribing buprenorphine does require some guidance that can be learned. One resource on prescribing buprenorphine is available from the National Clinical Consultation Center. This is the same group that provided consultation for HIV prophylaxis medication. They are able to provide physician to physician support Monday – Friday 6 am – 5 pm PST at 855-300-3595.

I have been working on Xing the X-Waiver for a year – from changing the hearts and minds of leaders in Washington DC, to writing action memos, and engaging the media. Thank you to IEPC members who have supported this effort. A special shout out to the American College of Emergency Physicians for writing and changing letters at a moment’s notice, and to my friends Liz Connely and Libby Jones from the Pew Foundation or their relentless advocacy and support.

A big thank you to Director Jim Carroll of ONDCP, America’s Drug Czar, who is the one who really pushed to make this happen. He was supported by Dr. Nora Volkow Director of NIDA, and ADM Dr. Brett Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health. 

Eliminating the X waiver will not eliminate addiction or overdoses. But it is a step in the right direction for addiction treatment. Listen to this special episode of High Truths that addresses the Xwaiver and gives a shout out to IEPC.

Thank you to all the heroes on the front lines – treating COVID, treating addiction, and anything that comes to your door.

Roneet Lev, MD
Executive Director, IEPC