From the Editor
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My name is Ed Boudreau. I have been given the opportunity to fill some dedicated shoes from previous editors of the Section Newsletter for the Democratic Group Practice (DGP) section of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). Having joined ACEP in 1979, I believe I have the perspective to say that we have never faced as many challenges as a specialty and most certainly as a section.
As I am writing this I am in South Africa. I am working with a team of dedicated physicians, nurses and engineers to understand the opportunities and begin to transform the process of care delivery at the third largest hospital in the world. Clearly the professionals here are some of the most dedicated I have ever met. As I look at what they do, day in and day out, and come back for more I recognize the thought processes, mind set and resilience I have only seen in one other group. Emergency providers. It is, I believe, a professionalism that I now know transcends cultures and borders.
Quality Review in a Democratic Group
Regardless of whichever group practice model you work in, a “pay for performance” structure is coming, if not already here. Emergency physicians will be held to high standards in the form of patient satisfaction scores, quality, and resource utilization. Failure to meet these metrics will have a negative impact on reimbursement for the ED physician as part of a Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and for the hospital as part of value based purchasing. Subpar patient satisfaction metrics may even result in the loss of an ED contract.Read More »
Meet the Candidates - Council to Elect Leaders
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Prior to the annual ACEP conference, new leaders for the College are elected at the Council Meeting. The Council will elect four members to the ACEP Board of Directors and ACEP’s President-Elect on Sunday, October 25th.
An article “2015 ACEP Elections Preview: Meet the Board of Directors Candidates” was published in the September issue of ACEP Now.