The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) responded to ACEP’s concerns and now allows an exception for emergency departments in their interpretive guidelines on use of anesthesia services. Along with other emergency clinician groups, ACEP asked CMS to revise their anesthesia policy interpretations, citing potential harm to patients.
Letter from ACEP Past President Dr. Sandra Schneider about CMS Decision on Anesthesia Guidelines
Letter from the American Society of Anesthesiologists Clarifying Their Position on Emergency Physicians and Sedation
Updated CMS Guidelines
Procedural Sedation and Analgesia in the Emergency Department: Recommendations for Physician Credentialing, Privileging and Practice
At its June 2011 Board meeting, the ACEP Board of Directors approved this article that reflects ACEP’s position on procedural sedation and analgesia in the emergency department.
Procedural Sedation Consensus Statement, Addendum and Bibliography
Signed by ACEP, ENA and 7 other organizations, this statement supports the routine use of procedural sedation by appropriately trained and credentialed emergency nurses and physicians.
Procedural Sedation and Analgesia in the ER
This packet was developed by the Emergency Nurses Association to assist state leaders in developing collaborative strategies to advocate for state board of nursing policies that support the administration of medications such as propofol during procedural sedation in the emergency department.