Congratulations to the Newly-Elected IEPC Board Officials

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EPC is excited to announce the new Board of Directors members for 2023-2024.  Newly-Elected IEPC Officials  Each official was sworn in at the January Board meeting, commencing their one-year terms.  To all IEPC members – thank you for taking the time to cast your ballot. We appreciate your support in keeping the Consortium strong and moving forward in a positive direction. 

UnitedHealthcare Tried to Deny Coverage to a Chronically Ill Patient. He Fought Back, Exposing the Insurer’s Inner Workings.

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by David Armstrong, Patrick Rucker and Maya Miller Originally published on Feb. 2, 2023 on Pro Publica. Excerpt reprinted with permission. Note from the Editor: What is wrong with this picture?• On one hand health plans are reporting record profits but on the other hand hospitals are closing.• On one hand 7 health insurance CEOs raked in a record $283 … Read More

No More Emergencies

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Listen to the comic reality of emergency billing with No More Emergencies. From the creator: Like all of my health insurance content, this is completely true. This is one of the more egregious examples from Anthem of blatant criminal activity, and it’s been going on for years. Remember, they don’t care about you. They just want to extract money from … Read More

Should I take an emergency physician job at Kaiser?

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Within the protected Kaiser bubble, will I Thrive or Burnout? Written by Anonymous IEPC member/contributor Emergency medicine residency is hard. Residents and interns work many days and long hours. The work is often at county or community hospitals that treat a challenging patient population with a myriad of medical and social problems. Being on the frontlines facing a constant influx of patients … Read More

Night Shifts: I Used to Love Them

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Written by Katren Tyler, MD Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, Medical Director of Physician Wellness, Age-Friendly Emergency Department Physician Lead, Geriatric EM Fellowship Director, Vice Chair for Geriatric Emergency Medicine and Wellness, UC Davis. Reprinted with permission from “Systems and Departmental Responses to Fatigue Management” SAEM Pulse, Nov-Dec, p50, Copyright 2022 by Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. Many of us … Read More

IEPC Welcomes Industry Leaders & Policy Changers

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IEPC is proud to present the 2022 Speaker Series! This free speaker series has welcomed leaders in the field to cover timely and engaging topics that are important to independent emergency physicians. The sessions precede each monthly conference call and are open to all IEPC members and those who may be interested in joining. Fall 2022 sessions include: July 25 … Read More

Emergency Care Can’t Stop Insurance Denials

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Andrew Fenton, MDIEPC member IEPC thanks California ACEP and National ACEP for advocacy work on the injustice of Anthem Blue Cross denying payment of emergency services. Here is the link to an Op Ed by Dr Fenton published in MedPage Today. The bad behavior by Anthem has not stopped, but we will continue to demand justice.

Tyler’s Law: California’s Fentanyl Lab Requirement

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Roneet Lev, MDIEPC Executive Director SB 864 Tyler’s Law was signed by Governor Newsome in September, 2022. Starting January 1, 2023, all hospitals in California must include fentanyl whenever a urine drug screen is ordered. Tyler visited a emergency department in California and was assured that his drug screen was negative. Tyler’s mother Juli asked the emergency physician if the … Read More

Institute for Justice in Emergency Medicine

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Dr. James Keaney, EmergencyPhysician, Author The Rape ofEmergency Medicine The sole purpose of the Institute for Justice in Emergency Medicine (IJEM) is to decolonize the nation’s emergency departments from the rapacious slumlords posing as Wall Street-traded corporations known as contract management groups (CMGs), hedge funds and pseudodemocracies offering so-called services which front for the imposition of unnecessary third-party middlemen. These … Read More