Fall 2011

In This Issue:

  • Get Free Stuff
  • Advocacy Update - NEMPAC WOWS! 
  • Fear the IPAB - 12 Points ALL EM Physicians Should Know
  • Residency Highlight 
  • CME Tracker

Get Free Stuff

As always, I send free stuff.  On behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), we are happy to share with you key points from the updated Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Clinical Policy for Adults, patient discharge instructions, and accompanying resources.

You'll receive:

  • For Clinicians: (Quick overview of key clinical updates and patient education tips)
    • Fact Sheet
    • Pocket Guide
  • For Patients: (Discharge instructions for patients)
    • Fact Sheet
    • Wallet Card

Limited quantity is available so hurry to claim yours by clicking here

Advocacy Update

In response to the turbulent political environment, ACEP members are supporting NEMPAC, ACEP’s Political Action Committee, at record levels to ensure that emergency medicine has a strong voice in Washington DC and is well-prepared to make an impact on the congressional elections in 2012.

During the ACEP Council meeting, NEMPAC collected $160,854 and received an additional pledge of $100,000 from CEP America’s physicians. 

With control of the House and Senate up for grabs next November, it is key that emergency medicine join together to influence which legislators deserve to return to Congress and which new candidates will best represent the interests of emergency medicine and patients when elected.  Implementation of the new health care law continues to present challenges to the specialty and decisions by the Supreme Court next year and the fall elections may have a major impact on whether the law is repealed, changed or replaced.  It is more important than ever for emergency physicians to stay active and engaged in the process.

NEMPAC is currently the 4th largest physician specialty PAC behind the anesthesiologists, orthopedic surgeons and the radiologists – with a goal to become number one.  If every ACEP member donated just $100 to NEMPAC, we could reach this goal by year end. Please visit the
ACEP Website to make your donation today or for more information.

Fear the IPAB

The IPAB represents one of the most controversial and contentious components of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act. Do you know what the IPAB is or how it may change the landscape of medicine? If not, then this week's feature article by recent EMRA-ACEP Health Policy Mini-Fellow Wael Hakmeh, DO, Fear the IPAB - The 12 Points all Emergency Physicians Should Know Regarding One of the Biggest Threats To Our Specialty is a must read!  Click here to read more...

Residency Highlight - Beth Israel Medical Center

Beth Israel Medical Center, the Manhattan campus for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is a major 745-bed acute care teaching hospital in Manhattan with a 100-year history of community service. More than 400 house officers and 35 fellows receive training in all major specialties and subspecialties. The department of emergency medicine provides emergency care to more than 86,000 adult patients each year, over 12,000 of whom are critically ill and arrive by ambulance. Twenty-five percent of the emergency department patients are admitted to the hospital, indicating a remarkably high acuity rate. Emergency department patients represent the cultural and socioeconomic diversity of Beth Israel's metropolitan location. Learn more... 

ACEP's Member-Only CME Tracker

Managing your CME credits has never been easier.  If you haven't visited the CME Tracker on your ACEP profile, you're missing out.  Now, earned ACEP CME credits are automatically added to your CME Tracker.  This member-only benefit gives you options to edit your hours and print your CME certificate from one central location.  ACEP members can also print a transcript of their CME history.  Stay on top of you CME credit with ACEP's CME Tracker.  Get started today by clicking here.


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