Spring 2011

In this issue:  

  • Advocacy Update - Just 2% 
  • Hottest Clinical Practice Issue - CMS Relaxes Anesthesia Guidelines 
  • Residency Highlight - Christiana Care 
  • Free CME Credits 

All New and Even Better 

Introducing the all new CME Tracker on My ACEP.  Now you can print your ACEP CME Certificates, store other CME activities and even keep a transcript of all your past CME activities.  Visit www.acep.org/myacep to check it out. 

Just 2%

ACEP is conducting a national public education campaign to promote the value of emergency medicine and to educate the public and policymakers that emergency care is less than 2% of the nation's health care dollar. The campaign was launched last week in New York with a Health Writers Conference. Print and radio ads will publish and air in Washington, DC, in mid-May, leading into ACEP's Leadership & Advocacy Conference on May 22-25.  

Conference attendees will be discussing the campaign and the value of emergency medicine during their Capitol Hill visits on May 24 with legislators and their staff along with other important issues such as medical liability reform and implementation of the new health reform law and its impact on patient access to emergency care. For more information, please go to the ACEP Website  where you will find a video discussing the campaign featuring ACEP President Sandra Schneider, MD, FACEP, and a booklet which uses government statistics to explain emergency medicine's value and true percentage of the health care dollar.   

CMS Relaxes Anesthesia Guidelines, Allows ED Exception

One of the core competencies of an emergency physician is procedural sedation. Our clinical policies have outlined the evidence that we are skilled in the area of analgesia, sedation, and emergency airway management. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised its interpretive guidelines for anesthesia services. Hospitals are to use these guidelines in developing their individual credentialing policies. These guidelines and their FAQs note that "...emergency medicine-trained physicians have very specific skill sets to manage airways and ventilation that is necessary to provide patient rescue. Therefore, these practitioners are uniquely qualified to provide all levels of analgesia/sedation and anesthesia (moderate to deep to general)." This change in CMS' guidelines is the result of vigorous efforts by ACEP leadership and staff working with others to achieve this result.  Read more... 

Christiana Care Emergency Medicine Residency

Established in 1976, the Christiana Care Emergency Medicine Residency has grown to a graduating class of 12 per year.  Their EM/IM program started in 1991 with one resident per year and now accepts three per year.  They're also the first in the country to offer an EM/FM program (2007), two positions per year.  After completing their programs, graduates usually enter careers in academic, clinical and administrative emergency medicine.  Many have entered fellowships in emergency medical services, toxicology, sports medicine, research, critical care and occupational medicine.  Learn more.... 

Free CME credits for Focus On

You asked, we've responded.  ACEP Members can now earn FREE CME by taking the Focus On quizzes online.  these quizzes are based on ACEP News articles that address new approaches to common presentations or a refresher on topics that might fall into a learning gap.  Certificates can be printed instantly after completing the quiz.  Sign in at www.acep.org/focuson and explore this new member benefit.  Non-Members still pay $10 a quiz.  Sorry, no refunds for quizzes already purchased. 


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