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November 24, 2020

COVID-19 Latest Updates

Information is coming rapidly. Here's what you need to know. 

Nov. 25

1. ACEP sent a letter to President-Elect Joe Biden, thanking him for his work to ensure his incoming administration is prepared to take over the federal response to the COVID-19 crisis. The letter details key policy gaps we hope the incoming Biden Administration will prioritize. 

2. Medical Directors: ACEP recently sent you a survey to help provide a needs assessment to the Biden/Harris COVID-19 Advisory Board. EM physician Dr. Robert Rodriguez is part of the team and asked for your feedback. Check your email from Monday, 11/23.

3. This is the last week to enter your short, fun and/or educational videos into our TikDoc Challenge supported by Nuance. Winners get $500!

4. New COVID resource: Monoclonal Antibody Toolkit 

5. After rave reviews of the Theater of War event at ACEP20, another FREE performance has been scheduled for the EM communityIt's free, but registration is required.

6. Part 5 of 6 in the OUD series, New York: I-STOP and Other Mandates is Dec. 3. Dr. Keith Grams will lead a discussion about New York's efforts to curb the opioid epidemic.

7. The Virtual ED Directors Academy Phase I kicks off Nov. 30. Its new format with 10 modules to be completed in a 3 month window offers flexibility for busy schedules.

8. COVID & Stroke Podcast: Listen in as they discuss different factors affecting the presentations of stroke in the ED due to COVID-19 & how to advocate for improved care for stroke patients.

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Nov. 23

1. New COVID resource: Monoclonal Antibody Toolkit 

2. These COVID-19 content is updated often to reflect latest developments:

COVID-19 Center | COVID Forum | Field Guide | Wellness/Counseling | Severity Tool | Elemeno/ACEP Tool | Literature 

3. This is the last week to enter your short, fun and/or educational videos into our TikDoc Challenge! Winners get $500!

4. After rave reviews of the Theater of War event at ACEP20, another FREE performance has been scheduled for the EM communityThe actors will present scenes from Sophocles' Ajax and then open up the discussion about burnout, betrayal, personal risk, loss, moral distress, and working in a complex hierarchy. It's free, but registration is required.

5. Part 5 of 6 in the OUD series, New York: I-STOP and Other Mandates is Dec. 3. Dr. Keith Grams will lead a discussion about New York's efforts to curb the opioid epidemic.

6. The Virtual ED Directors Academy Phase I kicks off Nov. 30. Its new format with 10 modules to be completed in a 3 month window offers flexibility for busy schedules.

7. COVID & Stroke Podcast: Listen in as they discuss different factors affecting the presentations of stroke in the ED due to COVID-19 and how to advocate for improved care for stroke patients.

8. The ACEP20 Unconventional on-demand education is still accessible. Couldn't attend? Virtual ACEP now available.

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Nov. 20

1. Today: ACEP, the American Society of Hematology & ED Sickle Cell Care Coalition are hosting "Sickle Cell Disease & COVID-19 Management in the ED"  at 11 a.m. ET. 

2. TODAY is the deadline for this $250k EMF grant!

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Nov. 19

1. Missed yesterday's Capital (30) Minutes with the deeper dive on election results? Watch it here.

2. The COVID-19 forum connects EM physicians around the world. Join the conversation.  

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Nov. 18

1. After rave reviews of the Theater of War event at ACEP20, another FREE performance has been scheduled for the EM community. The actors will present scenes from Sophocles' Ajax to create a vocabulary for discussing themes such as burnout, betrayal, personal risk, loss, moral distress, suicide, depression, shame, and working in a complex hierarchy. It's free, but registration is required.

2. The next Capital (30) Minutes, including a deeper dive on election results and NEMPAC highlights, is 1 p.m. CT Nov. 18.

3. ACEP has a diverse range of webinars coming up:

2. The Nov. 20 deadline for this $250k EMF grant is fast-approaching! 

3. The ACEP20 Unconventional on-demand education is still accessible. Couldn't attend? Virtual ACEP now available.

6. Join the interest list for ACEP's “Initiation of Buprenorphine and Pain Management in the ED Implementation Workshop” course, Jan. 15-16. 

Quick Links: COVID-19 Center | Wellness Hub | EDDA Phase I | PEER

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Nov. 16

1. ACEP has a diverse range of webinars coming up:

2. The Nov. 20 deadline for this $250k grant is fast-approaching! EMF and 410 Medical are funding up to $250,000 for EM or prehospital resuscitation research evaluating the effectiveness of LifeFlow, a simple hand-held tool for rapid delivery of fluids, in improving patient outcomes. Letters of Intent (LOI) are required for this grant. 

3. The ACEP20 Unconventional on-demand education is still accessible. Couldn't attend? Virtual ACEP now available.

4. This week's regulatory blog dives in to the regulations and guidelines issued by HHS relevant to vaccines and therapeutics. 

6. Join the interest list for ACEP's “Initiation of Buprenorphine and Pain Management in the ED Implementation Workshop” course, Jan. 15-16. It's designed to help EM teams learn how to build effective pain management systems. 

Quick Links: COVID-19 Center | Wellness Hub | EDDA Phase I | PEER

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Nov. 13

1. Last day to bid on the EMF Holiday AuctionIt will benefit diversity, inclusion & health disparities grants, and Fujifilm Sonosite will match any donations and bids.

2. In a meeting Tuesday night with the ACGME Congress, emergency medicine representatives, including ACEP President-Elect Dr. Gillian Schmitz, strongly defended the need for protected time requirements for faculty teachers in EM and that the RRC should be able to set specific requirements to each specialty’s unique needs. In 2019, ACEP and 11 other EM groups approved a joint policy statement, "Compensated Time for Faculty Academic Administration and Teaching Involvement," stating all EM core faculty should be allocated protected time and has been advocating for this with the ACGME. In the interest of our members in all practice settings, ACEP will update you as soon as the ACGME Congress reaches its final decision in a few weeks.

3. Neurology is the topic for the next Virtual Grand Rounds on Nov. 18. Register today!

4. ACEP, the American Society of Hematology & ED Sickle Cell Care Coalition are hosting "Sickle Cell Disease & COVID-19 Management in the ED" on Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. ET. 

5. A recent episode of ACEP Frontline discusses what you need to know about the recent Hepatitis A outbreak in the U.S. 

6. ACEP20's on-demand education is still accessible. Couldn't attend? Virtual ACEP now available.

Quick Links: COVID-19 Center | Wellness Hub | EDDA Phase I | PEER

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Nov. 12

1. In a meeting Tuesday night with the ACGME Congress, emergency medicine representatives, including ACEP President-Elect Dr. Gillian Schmitz, strongly defended the need for protected time requirements for faculty teachers in EM and that the RRC should be able to set specific requirements to each specialty’s unique needs. In 2019, ACEP and 11 other EM groups approved a joint policy statement, "Compensated Time for Faculty Academic Administration and Teaching Involvement," stating all EM core faculty should be allocated protected time and has been advocating for this with the ACGME. In the interest of our members in all practice settings, ACEP will update you as soon as the ACGME Congress reaches its final decision in a few weeks.

1. Neurology is the topic for the next Virtual Grand Rounds on Nov. 18. Register today!

2. The EMF Holiday Auction is live! It will benefit diversity, inclusion and health disparities grants, and Fujifilm Sonosite will match any donations and bids.

3. ACEP, the American Society of Hematology & ED Sickle Cell Care Coalition are hosting "Sickle Cell Disease & COVID-19 Management in the ED" on Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. ET. 

4. A recent episode of ACEP Frontline discusses what you need to know about the recent Hepatitis A outbreak in the U.S. 

6. ACEP20's on-demand education is still accessible. Couldn't attend the conference? Virtual ACEP now available.

Quick Links: COVID-19 Center | Wellness Hub | EDDA Phase I | PEER

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Nov. 10

1. Today: Join ACEP for Part 4 of our opioid use disorder webinar series. "Washington: Collaborating to Fight the Epidemic" is at 9 a.m. PST. 

2. The EMF Holiday Auction is live! The proceeds will benefit diversity, inclusion and health disparities grants, and Fujifilm Sonosite will match any donations and bids.

3. ACEP, the American Society of Hematology & ED Sickle Cell Care Coalition are hosting "Sickle Cell Disease & COVID-19 Management in the ED" on Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. ET. 

4. A recent episode of ACEP Frontline features host Dr. Ryan Stanton talking with Dr. Frank Lovecchio about what EM physicians need to know about the recent Hepatitis A outbreak in the U.S. While you're at it, catch up on all the latest podcasts:

5. EMF has two new grants available:

  • EMF/LifeFlow Resuscitation Research Grant letters of intent are due Nov. 20.
  • EMF/NIDA Mentor-Facilitated Training Award in Substance Use Disorders Science Dissemination Solicitation proposals are due Nov. 30, 2020.

6. ACEP20's on-demand education is still accessible. Coudn't attend the conference? Virtual ACEP now available.

Quick Links: COVID-19 Center | Wellness Hub | EDDA Phase I | PEER

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Nov. 9

1. In a special call on Friday, Nov. 6, the HHS announced that they anticipate an ‘imminent’ Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Lilly COVID-19 antibodyLearn more. 

2. Join ACEP for Part 4 of our opioid use disorder webinar series. "Washington: Collaborating to Fight the Epidemic" is Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. PST. 

3. ACEP, the American Society of Hematology & ED Sickle Cell Care Coalition are hosting "Sickle Cell Disease & COVID-19 Management in the ED" on Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. ET. 

4. A recent episode of ACEP Frontline features host Dr. Ryan Stanton talking with Dr. Frank Lovecchio about what EM physicians need to know about the recent Hepatitis A outbreak in the U.S. While you're at it, catch up on all the latest podcasts:

5. EMF has two new grants available:

  • EMF/LifeFlow Resuscitation Research Grant letters of intent are due Nov. 20.
  • EMF/NIDA Mentor-Facilitated Training Award in Substance Use Disorders Science Dissemination Solicitation proposals are due Nov. 30, 2020.

6. ACEP20's on-demand education is still accessible. Coudn't attend the conference? Virtual ACEP now available.

Quick Links: COVID-19 Center | Wellness Hub | EDDA Phase I | PEER

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Nov. 5

1. Action Alert: Urge Congress to co-sponsor H.R. 8702 to halt impending Medicare cuts for EM physicians. EM physicians will face a 6% cut to Medicare reimbursements in 2021 unless Congress acts. H.R. 8702 would hold physicians harmless from any reductions that would be less than what they were reimbursed in 2020, while keeping in place the scheduled pay increases for primary care. For physicians who do receive a cut, this bill authorizes a temporary additional payment for 2021 and 2022 equal to the amount lost.

This alert & more was discussed in this week's Capital (30) Minutes

2. ACEP, the American Society of Hematology & ED Sickle Cell Care Coalition are hosting "Sickle Cell Disease & COVID-19 Management in the ED" on Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. ET. 

3. Join ACEP for Part Four of our ongoing opioid use disorder webinar series. "Washington: Collaborating to Fight the Epidemic" is Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. PST. 

4. Registration is open for Phase I of ED Directors Academy (EDDA)Join us for a unique virtual conference Nov. 30, 2020-Feb. 17, 2021.

5.  The Emergency Medicine Foundation has two new grants available:

  • EMF/LifeFlow Resuscitation Research Grant letters of intent are due Nov. 20.
  • EMF/NIDA Mentor-Facilitated Training Award in Substance Use Disorders Science Dissemination Solicitation proposals are due Nov. 30, 2020.

6. Keep the momentum going: You can still access ACEP20's on-demand education. Coudn't attend? Virtual ACEP20 now available.

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Nov. 4

1. We are hosting a live Capital (30) Minutes webinar today at 1 p.m. CT. We'll discuss election results, ACEP20, and legislative activity to stave off 2021 Medicare payment cuts. Sign up today! 

2. Our most accessible convention ever: You can still access ACEP20's on-demand education and more. Coudn't attend? Virtual ACEP20 now available

3. Join ACEP for Part Four of our ongoing opioid use disorder webinar series. "Washington: Collaborating to Fight the Epidemic" is Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. PST. 

4. Registration is open for Phase I of ED Directors Academy (EDDA)Join us for a unique virtual conference Nov. 30, 2020-Feb. 17, 2021.

5. New JACEP Open podcast: "Is three minutes enough?" EM teaching on pre-oxygenation prior to RSI is that we need SpO2 values at or above 93% for at least three minutes to assure adequate de-nitrogenation. But is this 3 minutes actually enough?

6. The Emergency Medicine Foundation has two new grants available:

  • EMF/LifeFlow Resuscitation Research Grant letters of intent are due Nov. 20.
  • EMF/NIDA Mentor-Facilitated Training Award in Substance Use Disorders Science Dissemination Solicitation proposals are due Nov. 30, 2020.

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Nov. 3

1. It's Election Day. ACEP created a special tool to help you engage in the 2020 elections and beyond. Check out the 2020 Voter Resources for non-partisan information where you can easily check if you are registered to vote, how to vote early or request an absentee ballot. You can also share with colleagues, family and friends. 

Related: "Safe Elections During COVID-19: The Role of Emergency Medicine" from ACEP Now

2. We are hosting a live Capital (30) Minutes webinar Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. CT. We'll discuss election results, ACEP20, and legislative activity to stave off 2021 Medicare payment cuts. Sign up today! 

3. Keep the momentum going: You can still access ACEP20's on-demand education. Coudn't attend? Virtual ACEP20 now available

3. Join ACEP for Part Four of our ongoing opioid use disorder webinar series. "Washington: Collaborating to Fight the Epidemic" is Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. PST. 

4. Registration is open for Phase I of ED Directors Academy (EDDA)Join us for a unique virtual conference Nov. 30, 2020-Feb. 17, 2021.

5. New JACEP Open podcast: "Is three minutes enough?" EM teaching on pre-oxygenation prior to RSI is that we need SpO2 values at or above 93% for at least three minutes to assure adequate de-nitrogenation. But is this 3 minutes actually enough?

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Nov. 2

1. It's almost Election Day. ACEP created a special tool to help you engage in the 2020 elections and beyond. Check out the 2020 Voter Resources for non-partisan information where you can easily check if you are registered to vote, how to vote early or request an absentee ballot. You can also share with colleagues, family and friends. 

Related: "Safe Elections During COVID-19: The Role of Emergency Medicine" from ACEP Now

2. ACEP & MAG applaud court’s decision to revive lawsuit forcing Anthem/Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia to rescind its ER claims policy. 

3. Keep the momentum going: You can still access ACEP20 education. Coudn't attend? Virtual ACEP now available

3. The Emergency Medicine Foundation has two new grants available:

  • EMF/LifeFlow Resuscitation Research Grant letters of intent are due Nov. 20.
  • EMF/NIDA Mentor-Facilitated Training Award in Substance Use Disorders Science Dissemination Solicitation proposals are due Nov. 30, 2020.

4. Interested in X-Waiver training? ACEP and PCSS are offering many opportunities for free, virtual, live trainings done through the Zoom platform. The next available optiond are Nov. 3 and Nov. 19. 

5. New JACEP Open podcast: "Is three minutes enough?" EM teaching on pre-oxygenation prior to RSI is that we need SpO2 values at or above 93% for at least three minutes to assure adequate de-nitrogenation. But is this 3 minutes actually enough?

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Oct. 16

ACEP20 Countdown: Research Forum & More

1. Platform Peek: Watch ACEP Now Editor in Chief Jeremy Faust, MD, MS, MA, FACEP, "unbox" the ACEP20 website for a preview of the ACEP20 user experience.

2. Let's talk about the Research Forum! It's going to be next-level this year. A few highlights: 

  • 4 days of programming throughout ACEP20
  • Featuring 390+ abstracts
  • NEW for 2020: More CME offered for plenary, State of the Art and select other presentations
  • Interactive on-demand poster hall with more than 200 abstracts available 24/7
  • 30 educational sessions organized by topic, with 4 abstracts per presentation and Q&A with researchers at the end
  • 14 breakout sessions organized by topic for researchers to share ideas and feedback
  • EMF Showcase spotlighting fantastic EMF-funded research projects

3. Have questions about MOC and MyEMcert? ABEM liaisons Dr. Marianne Gausche-Hill, Dr. Sam Keim, and Angie McGoff will host a question-and-answer session about the new MyEMCert track at 3 p.m. CT on Oct. 29.

4. Celebrity Chef Night: Joy Bauer, MS, RDN, the nutrition and healthy lifestyle expert for NBC’s TODAY show and the host of NBC’s Health + Happiness, will make you laugh as she walks you through preparing a delicious meal. Save the date for this event at 7 p.m. CT October 28. See all the ACEP20 social events.

ACEP20 is only 10 days away! REGISTER TODAY

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Oct. 15

ACEP20 Countdown: 11 Days Out!

1. TONIGHT: Join us at 7 p.m. CT for our third round of 6 Degrees of Emergency Physicians on Facebook Live! Watch Dr. John McManus and Christina Govas race through their EM connections live on Zoom to find "The Chosen One!" ICYMI: Last Friday, Dr. Jeffrey Druck won a hotly-contested race with Dr. Angela Cai to find the last week's "Chosen One," Dr. Harvey Castro.

2. This year has been A LOT. Want to discuss it with the people who really get it? ACEP20 is offering two new events: Take part in the Theater of War for the Emergency Medicine Community on Oct. 27 or join the personal sharing event Smores & Storytelling hosted by Dr. K. Kay Moody and Dr. Nikita Joshi on Oct. 28. 

3. How fast can you teach? You still have time to submit your short, clinical teaching videos (<60 sec) in 3 categories - Clinical Hacks, Unicorn Cases and Blowing Off Steam. If FOAMed is your thing, you need to be part of this contest! Enter now for a chance at nearly $2k in total prizes. 

4. In case you missed it: Last week, ACEP responded to CMS’ proposed rule impacting Medicare physician payments for 2021. Read a summary or ACEP’s full 42-page comment letter

5. New article from ACEP NowTwo Studies Show When To Do an Endoscopy and Give Tranexamic Acid

6. ACEP awards first ED pain and addiction care accreditation.

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Oct. 12

ACEP20 Countdown: 13 Days Out!

1. The clock is ticking on the TikDoc Challenge! You still have time to submit your short, clinical teaching videos (<60 sec) for a chance at nearly $2k in total prizes. The sooner you submit your video(s), the faster you can start collecting votes. Learn more about the ACEP20 TikDoc Challenge. 

2. Choose the Final 4 in the Drop the Mic competition! This competition has been narrowed to the Elite Eight, and its YOUR turn to vote for the next superstar speaker. Watch, vote, and then see the Final Four present LIVE, Oct. 28, at ACEP20.

3. Join us Thursday at 7 p.m. CT for our third round of 6 Degrees of Emergency Physicians on Facebook Live! Watch our next two contestants race through their EM connections live on Zoom to find "The Chosen One!" ICYMI: On Friday, Dr. Jeffrey Druck won a hotly-contested race with Dr. Angela Cai to find the last week's "Chosen One," Dr. Harvey Castro.

4. Interested in free media training? Use promo code PRforER when you register for ACEP20 to get FREE access to PR for the ER: ACEP's Communication Master Class (a $3,000 value) as a valuable add-on to the 250+ hours of clinical education at ACEP20.

5. Reflect on 2020: Take part in the Theater of War for the Emergency Medicine Community on Oct. 27 or join the personal sharing event Smores & Storytelling on Oct. 28. Talk about the year's challenges with your peers who get it.

6. Save the date for your committee and section meetings!

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Oct. 9

ACEP20 Countdown: 16 Days Out!

1. We know one of the most memorable parts of Scientific Assembly is catching up with friends. While we can’t literally clink our glasses together at the bar this year, we'll still have opportunities to connect:

  • Catch up with your friends: All attendees have their own video chat rooms so you can invite friends to chat between courses. 
  • Mix & Mingle: The first 25  to join these happy hours get to chat with different EM luminaries each night while whipping up a DIY cocktail.
  • Guac with a Doc: Dip into Dallas cuisine from wherever you are as a local chef leads a quick cooking & cocktail demo.
  • Pick your poison: Do you want to win the Trivia Night, Knowledge Bowl or Fortnite Tourney? Or are you going for the trifecta? Let your competitive side shine!
  • Reflect on this year: Take part in the Theater of War for the Emergency Medicine Community on Oct. 27 or join the personal sharing event Smores & Storytelling on Oct. 28. Talk about the year's challenges with your peers who get it.

2. Tonight at 7 p.m. CT is our second round of 6 Degrees of Emergency Physicians on Facebook Live! Watch your EM colleagues race through their roladex live on Zoom to find "The Chosen One!" 

3. Help decide the Final 4 in the Drop the Mic competition! This competition has been narrowed to the Elite Eight, and its YOUR turn to vote for the next superstar speaker. Watch, vote, and then see the Final Four present LIVE, Oct. 28, at ACEP20.

Register today!

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Oct. 8

Daily Update

1. Do you have 5 minutes to spare? Please take this anonymous ACEP survey to assess the effects of COVID-19 on physician wellness. This data is crucial to ACEP's advocacy efforts as we strive to break down barriers to care.

2. Help decide the Final Four in the Drop the Mic competition! This competition of new speakers has been narrowed to the Elite Eight, and its YOUR turn to vote for the next superstar speaker to present at ACEP21 in Boston. Watch their presentations, vote, and then see the Final Four present LIVE, Oct. 28, at ACEP20: Unconventional.

3. Your questions needed: Join ACEP Now Medical Editor-in-Chief Dr. Jeremy Faust during ACEP20 as he poses your questions to ACEP President Dr. William Jaquis, President-elect Dr. Mark Rosenberg, and Executive Director Susan Sedory. Submit your questions for a chance to have them asked during “The State of Emergency Medicine: Where the Future Will Take Us,” slated for 6 – 7 pm CDT, Wednesday, Oct. 28. 

4. ACEP has partnered with the IDSA on some content for the COVID-19 Real Time Learning Network. ACEP's Dr. Sandy Schneider was part of a podcast "COVID-19 & Influenza," and you're invited to hear ACEP's Dr. Kenneth Perry speak during this week's CDC/IDSA Clinician Call about "Lessons Learned in Preparing for Future Surges" at 3 pm ET Oct. 10.

5. Save the date for Theater of War for the Emergency Medicine Community: 7-9 pm CT on Oct. 27. This LIVE, interactive event will not be recorded.

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Oct. 7

ACEP20 Countdown: 19 Days Out!

1. New event alert! You're invited to Theater of War for the Emergency Medicine Community. Well known actors will present dramatic readings of scenes from ancient Greek plays, and then a panel will lead healing, constructive discussions with the audience about the unique challenges and stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic. *Due to the personal and emotional nature of this event, it will NOT be recorded and will NOT be available later on the ACEP20 platform. It is a one-time only, live performance.

2. We are pumped about the special guests lined up for ACEP20: Anthony S. Fauci, MD, providing perspective from the epicenter of the COVID crisis; Ibram X. Kendi, PhD, joining our panel discussion about health equities and where we go from here; and Laurie Santos, PhD, digging deep into the science of happiness and wellbeing.

3. Make sure you've noted the times for your committee and section meetings!

4. VIDEO CONTEST: Show off your creativity and win some $$ prizes by submitting your short videos (<60 seconds) in 3 categories - Clinical Hacks, Unicorn Cases and Blowing Off Steam. Nearly $2k in prizes up for grabs!

5. We're racing through 6 Degrees of Emergency Physicians again this Friday at 7 p.m. CT on the ACEP Facebook page. Will you be the missing link?

6. Have you previewed the Research Forum slate? Emergency medicine's premiere research event is free with ACEP20 registration. 

REGISTER TODAY.

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Oct. 6

ACEP20 Countdown: 20 Days Out!

1. ACEP is excited to welcome Ibram X. Kendi, PhD, as our next special guest for ACEP20: Unconventional. A leading antiracist voice and one of America’s foremost historians, Professor Kendi will join ACEP President-Elect Dr. Mark S. Rosenberg and Dr. Aisha Terry, Board Liaison to the ACEP Diversity Inclusion & Health Equity Section, for a moderated discussion “Racial Health Disparities and Inequities in America: Where Do We Go From Here?” from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27. 

2. ACEP responded to CMS’ proposed rule impacting Medicare physician payments for 2021. Read a summary or ACEP’s full 42-page comment letter. Of utmost concern is a potential 6% pay cut to EM physicians in 2021 due to the budget neutrality adjustment to the physician fee schedule conversion factor. ACEP’s comment letter explains how that reduction would negatively impact access to emergency care. ACEP requests CMS do everything within its authority to mitigate the reduction.

3. HHS announced another general distribution from the Provider Relief Fund—a $175 billion fund appropriated by Congress that helps cover health care providers’ lost revenues and increased expenses due to COVID-19. The $20 billion distribution is open to health care providers and groups, including EM physicians and EM group practices, that have already received funding from the Provider Relief Fund. You can learn more details and submit an application now. The deadline is Nov. 6.

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Oct. 5

 1. Join us today at 3:30 p.m. ET for another webinar in our opioid series: "Pennsylvania: The Transition to Treatment." Dr. Charles Barbera and Dr. Michael Boyd will discuss regulatory initiatives in Pennsylvania and transitioning patients to treatment for Opioid Use Disorder.

2. On Oct. 1, HHS announced another general distribution from the Provider Relief Fund—a $175 billion fund appropriated by Congress that helps cover health care providers’ lost revenues and increased expenses due to COVID-19. The $20 billion distribution is open to health care providers and groups, including EM physicians and EM group practices, who have already received funding from the Provider Relief Fund. Read more. 

3. Tomorrow: ACEP, in partnership with Providers Clinical Support System, is hosting a Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) X-Waiver (DEA DATA 2000) training. It's a free, virtual, live training done through the Zoom platform. Sign up.

4. In our latest Capital (30) Minutes webinar, the ACEP advocacy team is talking about the short-term plan to keep the government open, the latest on the COVID relief package and an executive order that includes language about surprise medical bills.

5. You may know about the 250+ hours of CME courses you get with ACEP20 registration, but did you know you have access to the CME courses for THREE years? This way if something comes up (it is 2020, after all), you can utilize the CME offerings for years to come. 

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Oct. 2

ACEP20 Countdown: Five Fun Things

1. You may know about the 250+ hours of CME courses you get with ACEP20 registration, but did you know you have access to the CME courses for THREE years? This way if something comes up (it is 2020, after all) and you're unable to participate live, you can utilize the CME offerings for years to come. 

2. Are you competitive? Who isn't?! What's better than catching up with friends while dominating them in a friendly competition? ACEP20 has you covered: trivia night, knowledge bowl, Fortnite tournament. Get your game face on!  

3. Speaking of winning, Dr. Angela Cornelius was crowned the champion of our very first 6 Degrees of Emergency Physicians zoom race on Facebook Live last night! In a hotly contested battle, Dr. Cornelius narrowly edged out Dr. Siri Chamarti in her sprint to find "The Chosen One." Tune in for our next live race on the ACEP Facebook page at 7 p.m. CT on Oct. 9.  

4. Raise your hand if you are both competitive and creative?! We have the perfect game for you! Enter your short videos into the ACEP20 TikDoc Challenge. (No, you don't need TikTok to enter.) We have nearly $2k in prize money up for grabs!

5. Calling all artists: We want to celebrate our emergency medicine artists, musicians, poets, comedians, etc. with a virtual art gallery at ACEP20. Share your art with us, including your email address and the details about your work by Oct. 15. Send questions to kpeasley@acep.org 

REGISTER TODAY.

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Sept. 30

2020 ACEP Scientific Assembly: The Countdown is On!

1. Want to preview an ACEP20 course? Watch this sample featuring Dr. Emily Rose discussing Rashes to Know in the Anti-Vax Population. This is one of more than 250 broadcast-quality courses you'll gain access to when you register for ACEP20.

2. Need a job? The EMRA/ACEP Job & Fellowship Fair will be open all four days of Scientifc Assembly. It's the largest EM recruitment opportunity in the country, and you can speak directly with recruiters through the virtual platform. 

3. Enter the video contest with nearly $2,000 in prizes! Submit your videos to the #ACEP20 TikDoc Challenge brought to you by Nuance Communications for your chance to win. We want to see your clinical hacks and unicorn cases! Share your fun videos that lifted your spirits during a not-so-fun year. No TikTok necessary; any video entries are under 60 seconds are welcome. 

4. Share your art. EM physicians are multidimensional creatives, and we're excited to celebrate your talents through a Virtual Art Gallery showcasing art, music, video, story telling, spoken word, comedy, and more. Upload your text, audio, video and image files, including your email address and the details about your work by Oct. 15. Questions? Contact Kelly Peasley at kpeasley@acep.org.

5. Make time for the fun stuff! Organize private video chats with your ACEP friends. Win the Fortnite tourney. Join the cooking class. Dominate Trivia Night! 

REGISTER TODAY.

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Sept. 27

1. Get $30 off ACEP20 registration! Use promo code save30 through Sept. 29. 

2. "Pennsylvania: The Transition to Treatment" features Dr. Charles Barbera and Dr. Michael Boyd for a discussion about regulatory initiatives in Pennsylvania and transitioning patients to treatment for Opioid Use Disorder on Monday, Oct. 5 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST.

3. Video Challenge: Enter your short, efficient educational videos to the #ACEP20 TikDoc Challenge for a chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card. Bring us your clinical hacks! Show us your unicorn cases! Share your just-for-fun video clips! No TikTok necessary - any video entries are under 60 seconds are welcome. 

4. Free MAT Waiver Training on Zoom: ACEP, in partnership with Providers Clinical Support System, is hosting Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) X-Waiver (DEA DATA 2000) trainings this fall and in early 2021. Attendees who sign up for this training will attend a live, four-hour webinar taught by clinical experts, followed by a four-hour online self-study portion. Participants are required to pass an exam to complete the training, and the course completion certificate does not expire. Next available session is Oct. 6. 

5. Voter Resource Center: ACEP created a special tool to help you engage in the 2020 elections and beyond. Check out the 2020 Voter Resources for non-partisan information where you can easily check if you are registered to vote, how to vote early or request an absentee ballot. 

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Sept. 21

1. International Perspectives on COVID-19: It’s time for another Virtual Grand Rounds on Wednesday, Sept. 23, and this one features global experts from Malawi, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea, China, Pakistan, Brazil and Europe talking about their unique perspectives on COVID-19 response. It’s free, and registration closes at 6 a.m. CT Sept. 23.

2. The ACEP20 countdown is on. Get a sneak peek at the ACEP20 platform for a preview of the innovative features and creative programming. Everyone has their reasons: The education, the community, the career advancement opportunities. Maybe it's the chance to break from the daily grind and treat yourself to some “me time.” Whatever your reason, we hope you’ll join us. Register today.

3. ACEP President Dr. William Jaquis recently issued a statement that clarified the College’s stance on physician-led teams in the emergency department. 

4. Opioid Series: "Pennsylvania: The Transition to Treatment" features Dr. Charles Barbera and Dr. Michael Boyd for a discussion about regulatory initiatives in Pennsylvania and transitioning patients to treatment for Opioid Use Disorder on Monday Oct. 5 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. EST.

5. Check your inbox on Tuesday, Sept. 22 for a survey conducted by ACEP and George Washington University that could help shape the future of the EM workforce. The email will come from lquigley@email.gwu.edu

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Sept. 18

1. Wondering what the ACEP20: Unconventional experience is going to look like? Check out this sneak preview of the virtual platform for a peek at the many ways you'll be able to learn, connect and have fun with your global EM community. 

2. To mark National Physician Suicide Awareness Day yesterday, ACEP President Bill Jaquis, MD, FACEP, wrote an op-ed with Jennifer and Corey Feist, sister and brother-in-law of Dr. Lorna Breen: "Our sister's suicide shows the need for mental health care among emergency physicians." 

3. ICYMI: Yesterday's Capital Minute webinar covered NPSA Day, the COVID relief package, new hospital reimbursement policies from CMS, ACEP’s presentation to the PTAC and more.

4. New regulatory blog: President Trump Issues Yet Another Executive Order on Drug Prices

5. To mark Sickle Cell Awareness Month, Annals of Emergency Medicine has published a special supplement dedicated to the topic.

6. Get point-of-care COVID training and team announcements to your departments as part of a new, free ACEP member benefit with Elemeno Health

7. New from ACEP Now:

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Sept. 17

1. Today is National Physician Suicide Awareness DayThe theme is "One of Us," and ACEP is sharing personal stories and resources. We invite you to mark this solemn occasion by urging your legislators to support the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act

2. Join the live Capital Minute webinar today at 2 p.m. CT for updates on NPSA Day, the COVID relief package, new hospital reimbursement policies from CMS, ACEP’s presentation to the PTAC and more.

3. To mark Sickle Cell Awareness Month, Annals of Emergency Medicine has published a special supplement dedicated to the topic.

4. Watch this sneak preview video of the ACEP20 platform for a peek at the innovative and flexible ways you'll be able to learn and connect. Can't wait!

5. Get point-of-care COVID training and team announcements to your departments as part of a new, free ACEP member benefit with Elemeno Health

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Sept. 16

1. Tomorrow is National Physician Suicide Awareness DayThe theme is "One of Us," and this week we are sharing personal stories and resources. Want to take action? Ask your legislators to support the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act. 

2. Join the live Capital Minute webinar at 2 p.m. CT Sept. 17 for updates on NPSA Day, the COVID relief package, new hospital reimbursement policies from CMS, ACEP’s presentation to the PTAC and more.

3. To mark Sickle Cell Awareness Month, Annals of Emergency Medicine has published a special supplement dedicated to the topic.

4. Our next ACEP20 special guest is a cognitive scientist at Yale and host of the popular podcast The Happiness LabJoin Laurie Santos, PhD, as she closes ACEP20 with uplifting insights for your career and life. 

5. Get point-of-care COVID training and team announcements to your departments as part of a new, free ACEP member benefit with Elemeno Health

6. Today at 3 p.m. CT, EDPMA is hosting The Future of Emergency Medicine webinar with ACEP President Bill Jaquis, MD, FACEP, EDPMA Chair Bing Pao, MD, and ACOEP President Bob Suter, DO.

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Sept. 15

1. Sept. 17 is National Physician Suicide Awareness DayMarking this moment in 2020 feels especially heavy as we endure one of the most challenging years in EM history. The theme is "One of Us," and this week we'll be sharing personal stories and resources to mark this solemn occasion. 

2. To mark Sickle Cell Awareness Month, Annals of Emergency Medicine has published a special supplement dedicated to the topic.

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Sept. 14

1. Thursday, Sept. 17 is National Physician Suicide Awareness DayMarking this moment in 2020 feels especially heavy as we endure one of the most challenging years in EM history. The theme is "One of Us," and this week we'll be sharing personal stories and resources to mark this solemn occasion. 

2. NIH has published a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) with a number of opportunities for emergency care researchers. More than a dozen NIH institutes have signed onto this notice that seeks applications for research in the emergency care setting. 

3. On Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. CT, the ED Practice Management Association (EDPMA) will be hosting  The Future of Emergency Medicine webinar. ACEP President Bill Jaquis, MD, FACEP, EDPMA Chair Bing Pao, MD, and ACOEP President Bob Suter, DO, will discuss the current state of the specialty, challenges moving forward into a post-COVID world and more.

4. Our next ACEP20 special guest is a cognitive scientist at Yale and host of the popular podcast The Happiness LabJoin Laurie Santos, PhD, as she closes ACEP20 with uplifting insights for your career and life. 

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Sept. 10

1. Last session today:"Preparing for the Next Pandemic"is a free series of one-hour sessions moderated by ACEP President Bill Jaquis, MD, FACEP, focusing on lessons learned during the COVID-19 crisis and opportunities for improvement. Today covers the last of 8 topics: Workforce Support & Sustainability

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Sept. 9

1. Happening today: "Preparing for the Next Pandemic" is a free series of one-hour sessions that focuses on lessons learned during the COVID-19 crisis and opportunities for improvement. Register for one or more of the sessions moderated by ACEP President Bill Jaquis, MD, FACEP. Two sessions today:

2. Know a med student who is an ACEP member? Students can use code ACEP20Stu to save $200 off ACEP20 registration.

3. It's National Suicide Prevention Week. ACEP is sharing relevant patient care tools and resources for our members on social media while also conducting an awareness campaign for the public. Next week, we’ll be sharing advocacy updates and wellness tools to mark Physician Suicide Awareness Day on Sept. 17. Join the conversation on social media as we work together to raise awareness about this important issue during an especially challenging season for EM physicians and society as a whole.

Press Release: Emergency Physicians Urge Everyone to Recognize Warning Signs of Suicide and Know How to Help

4. COVID-19 Severity Classification Tool: ACEP and EvidenceCare created a seven-step triage process for EM physicians to better classify COVID-19 patients and inform next steps. This new and evolving pathway integrates into many EHR systems and also can be downloaded for offline use. 

5. ACEP Now: TeamRubicon Responds to COVID-19 Crisis in the Navajo Nation

Quick Links: COVID-19 | Wellness Hub | ACEP20

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Sept. 4

1) ACEP20 is going to be packed with fun, education, social activities, and so much more! Do not miss your chance to attend this annual event. Register today.

2) Preparing for the Next PandemicShare your lessons learned as ACEP works to improve emergency care's response to future pandemics. ACEP President Bill Jaquis, MD, FACEP, is moderating these one-hour sessions: 

3) Join the Pediatric Fellowship webinar at 6 pm CT today. Hear from our panel of PEM fellowship program directors/associate program directors with a live Q&A from the audience. 

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Sept. 2

1) New Capital Minute webinar Thursday: Join us at 2 p.m. CT Sept. 3 as ACEP's advocacy team discusses the latest efforts to combat proposed PSF cuts, ACEP's letter to HRSA about the COVID-19 Uninsured Program, the introduction of the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Providers Protection Act, the COVID 5 relief package, and the new 2020 Voter Resources Center.

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August 31

1) Join us today for the first sessions of our Preparing for the Next Pandemic webinar series. Share your lessons learned as ACEP works to improve emergency care's response to future pandemics. ACEP President Bill Jaquis, MD, FACEP, is moderating 8 one-hour sessions: 

2) ACEP20 Education Info: Converting ACEP20 to a digital event allows us to offer major CME value -- the member rate for ACEP20 education is only $1.80/hour! Register today.

3) On Aug. 27, ACEP sent a letter to HRSA outlining concerns with the COVID-19 Uninsured Program that provides reimbursement at Medicare rates for COVID-19 treatment, testing and testing-related services for uninsured patients. ACEP has received numerous reports from  EM physicians that seemingly legitimate claims under the Uninsured Program are being denied. ACEP is requesting that HRSA make programmatic changes to the Uninsured Program to address the underlying issues causing these denials.

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August 27

1) ACEP and EvidenceCare are hosting a webinar today at 11 a.m. CT to discuss the recently-released COVID-19 Severity Classifcation Tool.

2) ACEP and the American Society of Anesthesiologists issued a joint statement on ketamine use in prehospital settings"ACEP and ASA firmly oppose the use of ketamine or any other sedative/hypnotic agent to chemically incapacitate someone solely for a law enforcement purpose and not for a legitimate medical reason."

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August 26

1) Preparing for the Next Pandemic: Share your lessons learned as ACEP works to improve emergency care's response to future pandemics. ACEP President Bill Jaquis, MD, FACEP, is moderating 8 one-hour sessions focusing on different aspects of the overall response: 

2) Last day to get more PPE through Project N95: ACEP has joined with Project N95 to offer you PPE at volume prices. This exclusive benefit for ACEP members is available through Aug. 26 to members in the 50 states of the US, DC and Puerto Rico.

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August 25

1) Unfortunately, we will face a challenge like the COVID-19 pandemic again sometime in our future. How can we improve the next time? Your input is needed to help create a playbook for the future. "Preparing for the Next Pandemic" is a FREE series of 8 one-hour sessions that focuses on lessons learned during the COVID-19 crisis and opportunities for improvement of the emergency care response during the next pandemic. Register today for one or more of the sessions moderated by ACEP President Bill Jaquis, MD, FACEP.

Aug. 31: Communications
Aug. 31: Disparities & Vulnerable Populations
Sept. 2: Supply Chain
Sept. 3: Research
Sept. 4: Information Flow
Sept. 9: Deployment & Distribution of Physicians & Other Health Care Workers
Sept. 9: Data & Analysis
Sept. 10: Workforce Support & Sustainability

2) A special tool to help engage you in the 2020 elections and beyond, the ACEP Civic Action Center is a non-partisan resource where you can easily check if you are registered to vote, how to vote early or request an absentee ballot. Check it out today!

3) For a limited time, you can get more PPE through Project N95. Hearing your concerns about the quality of N95 masks on the market, ACEP has joined with Project N95 to offer you PPE at volume prices. This exclusive benefit for ACEP members is available through Aug. 26 to members in the 50 states of the US, DC and Puerto Rico.

4) Tune in Aug. 31 for the "The Long and Winding Road of an Epidemic: Opioids, Heroin and Beyond," the first webinar of a series discussing regulatory initiatives to curb the OUD epidemic.

5) ACEP, in partnership with PCSS, is hosting several upcoming MAT X-Waiver (DEA DATA 2000) trainings - free, live trainings done through Zoom. 

Quick Links: ACEP20 | COVID-19 Center

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August 19

1.Get PPE through Project N95. With member concerns about the quality of N95 masks on the open market, ACEP has joined with Project N95 to offer PPE to you at volume prices. This exclusive benefit for ACEP members is available only through Aug. 26. Registration opens at 4 p.m. EST today, and is only available to members in the 50 states of the US, DC and Puerto Rico. 

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August 18

1.COVID-19 Severity Classification Tool is now available. ACEP and EvidenceCare created a seven-step triage process for EM physicians to better classify COVID-19 patients and inform next steps. This new and evolving pathway integrates into many EHR systems and also can be downloaded for offline use.

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August 17

1. Because your safety is important to us, ACEP has joined the ProjectN95 program with several other specialties. Beginning Wednesday, ACEP members will have a small window to order PPE at volume prices. Watch this e-newsletter and ACEP.org for more information.

2. ACEP and EMRA launched the Diversity Mentoring Initiative on Aug. 15. This collaboration between the ACEP Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity Section (DIHE) and EMRA’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee that supports leadership and career development for diverse medical students, residents, fellows, academic attendings and community emergency physicians in the EM community. The first 200 mentees have been matched with 100 mentors from across the EM community. If you’re interested in being part of the next cohort, slots will open up in six months. Follow #mentorsofEM and #menteesofEM on Twitter to keep tabs on the program’s progress, and learn more at mentor.acep.org

3. Upcoming Webinars & Trainings: Opioids, Pediatrics and Sickle Cell

4. In this ACEP Frontline episode, Dr. Ryan Stanton talks to Dr. Christian Arbelaez, chair of ACEP's International Committee, about how COVID-19 is impacting EM throughout the world.

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August 14

1. Did you see the announcement? Dr. Anthony Fauci will be a special guest at ACEP20! We can't wait to hear about his experience at the epicenter of the pandemic. 

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August 13

1. CMS just announced that it would delay the full implementation of the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) program until at least the start of calendar year (CY) 2022. ACEP has long advocated for emergency physicians to be exempted from this program. Learn more about the AUC program.

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August 12

1. View ACEP's new comprehensive summary of the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule. Last week, ACEP sent a letter expressing our concerns with the proposed cuts and calling on Congress to waive budget neutrality requirements to avert the cuts that pose a significant threat to EM physicians and the health care safety net.

Take action: Join thousands of ACEP members who have urged their legislators waive the budget neutrality requirement for calendar years 2021 and 2022 by signing on to a bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter.

2. Register for Virtual Grand Rounds: Pediatrics at 10 a.m. CT on Aug. 26 for sessions on sepsis, managing maltreatment, asthma and managing crashing neonates.

3. HHS is reopening the application portal for Provider Relief Funding. Most EM groups were eligible to receive funding from the Medicare General Distribution. If you missed the original June 3 deadline, you may be eligible to apply now. Note: If you already received funding from the “General Distribution” and kept it, you cannot apply for additional funding. The cap in funding is still 2% of your annual patient revenues.

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August 11

1. Register for Virtual Grand Rounds: Pediatrics at 10 a.m. CT on Aug. 26:

  • Pediatric Sepsis: Little People, Big Infections- Sean Fox MD, FACEP, FAAP
  • Managing Maltreatment- Pearls to Protecting Pediatric Patients- Simone L. Lawson, MD, FAAP
  • Baby Come Back! How to Manage the Crashing Neonate- Christyn Magill, MD
  • Kicking Asthma and Taking Names- Chris Amato, MD, FACEP, FAAP 
  • The Crashing Cardiac Kid- Mimi Lu, MD, FACEP

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August 10

1. ABEM recently announced changes to its continuing certification requirements. ACEP has received many questions about these changes and will be meeting with ABEM’s leadership to discuss your concerns. ABEM has provided the following resources:

  • ✓ ABEM Reqs tool lets you view ABEM requirements based on when your current certification expires
  • MyEMCert FAQ answers 5 common questions

2. ACEP has been awaiting the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule – all 1,300 pages of it – and we have a lot of takeaways. We’re talking about how it effects EM on this week’s regulatory blog. We sent a letter expressing our concerns with the proposed cuts and calling on Congress to waive budget neutrality requirements to avert the cuts that pose a significant threat to EM physicians and the health care safety net. 

TAKE ACTION: Join the 3,950 ACEP members who have rallied the last few days, urging their legislators waive the budget neutrality requirement for calendar years 2021 and 2022 by signing on to a bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter.

3. Sickle cell webinar: Join us Aug. 18  at 11 a.m. CST for a webinar highlighting the most common and deadly complications associated with sickle cell disease. It will also cover the NHLBI recommendations, with a specific focus on pain management.

4. The full lineup for ACEP20 is starting to take shape, and we couldn’t be more excited. This week we’ll start announcing our celebrity speakers. Stay tuned!

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August 7

1) Watch yesterday's Capital (30) Minutes webinar, during which ACEP's advocacy team answered questions about COVID-19 relief packages, the physician fee schedule, PPE, telehealth, and more. 

2) On this week's regulatory blog, we're talking about the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule, breaking down how this proposed rule would affect emergency medicine. We sent a letter expressing our grave concerns with the proposed cuts and calling on Congress to waive budget neutrality requirements to avert the cuts that pose a significant threat to EM physicians and the health care safety net. 

TAKE ACTION: Join the 600+ ACEP members who have urged their legislators waive the budget neutrality requirement for calendar years 2021 and 2022 by signing on to a bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter led by Rep. Bobby Rush.

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August 6

1) On this week's regulatory blog, we're talking about the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule, breaking down how this proposed rule would affect emergency medicine. We sent a letter expressing our grave concerns with the proposed cuts and calling on Congress to waive budget neutrality requirements to avert the cuts that pose a significant threat to EM physicians and the health care safety net. 

  • Today: Join the Capital (30) Minutes webinar at 2 p.m. CT for updates on this physician fee schedule, PPE, rural health expansion and more. 

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August 4

1) Last night, CMS issued its major annual Medicare payment proposed rule.Read ACEP's first take on the rule and stay tuned for a more comprehensive summary in the coming days. Comments on the proposed rule are due in 60 days.

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August 3

1) ACEP applauds last week’s introduction of the Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act in the Senate. We worked closely with the legislators on the development of this bill and encourage ACEP members to contact their legislators to ask for their support.

  • Read our latest Member Alert for information about this legislation and the other bills ACEP is supporting that advocate for the wellbeing of frontline health care workers. 
  • Watch the newest Capital (30) Minutes webinar for advocacy updates on PPE, physician mental health, CDC data changes, the Senate COVID-19 relief package, and the new spokesperson toolkit.

2) As of Aug. 1, all laboratories must report certain data elements for all COVID-19 tests (including patient demographic data). The responsibility of collecting this information may fall on emergency physicians

3) ACEP is warning against COVID-19 misinformation and released its latest PSA encouraging the public to wear a mask. 

4) President Trump recently issued executive orders on drug prices. 

5) ACEP20: Unconventional registration is open! Take a peek at the faculty and schedule

6) Apply for a new COVID-19 EM ultrasound grant. EMF, in partnership with FujiFilm Sonosite, is offering up to $90,000 in research funds and 3 newly released Sonosite PX ultrasound systems to study care pathways. Deadline is August 21.

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July 31

1) Starting Aug. 1, all laboratories must report certain data elements for all COVID-19 tests(including patient demographics). The responsibility of collecting this information may fall on EM physicians. Learn more.

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July 30

1) Yesterday, the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act was introduced in the Senate. Named for the EM physician tragically lost to suicide in April, S. 4349 would take major steps to reduce mental health concerns that have only been exacerbated by COVID-19. Please contact your legislators to support the bill

  • Join today's live, interactive Capital (30) Minutes webinar at 2 p.m. CT for the latest updates on this new legislation and COVID-19 advocacy efforts.

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July 29

1) Yesterday, ACEP, AAEM, AAEM/RSA, EMRA, CORD and SAEM issued a Joint Statement on Mask Excuses in the ED, recognizing "the growing evidence regarding the efficacy of facial coverings in combination with other measures to decrease the spread of COVID-19. We believe that the emergency department is not the proper setting for requesting or providing excuses from mask compliance."

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July 28

1) Special Edition: Register for this week's live, interactive Capital (30) Minutes webinar at 2 p.m. CT Thursday, July 30 for the latest advocacy updates.

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July 27

1) Wondering what to expect for ACEP20? Here are the most common questions:

  • Will the education be live or on-demand? Both! ACEP20 will include more than 200 hours of CME education, and the coolest part is that ACEP20 education and CME credit will be available for THREE YEARS after the event. All of the live events will be debuting during the original dates: Oct. 26-29. View the schedule.
  • What about the Council Meeting? It’s still happening Oct. 24-25 through a virtual platform. 
  • Will there be social events? Yes! Just because we’re far away doesn’t mean we can’t find new ways to connect
  • When does the discount end? Use code ACEP20Deal by July 29 to save $50. 

Be on the lookout for a virtual tour of the platform to give you an even better idea of how we’re thinking outside the box with ACEP20: Unconventional.

2) Join the nearly 900 people who have completed ACEP’s free Zoom waiver trainings since May! Our next opportunity to get your DEA DATA-200 X Waiver is 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. CT on Aug. 25.

3) Updated sections in COVID-19 Field Guide: testing, return to work, treatment, PPE.

4) The Innovation in Suicide Prevention Award recognizezs promising and innovative acute care activities in the area of suicide prevention that improve patient outcomes and improve lives of patients and/or providers. Nominations are due Sept. 1

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July 24

1) HHS Secretary Alex Azar has extended the COVID-19 public health emergency for another 90 days, until the end of October. The extension means that the waivers and flexibilities that CMS and other federal agencies have put into place to help health care practitioners and facilities respond to the pandemic will remain in place. 

2) ACEP remains concerned about the impact of the transition to a new system for collecting hospital COVID-19 data.The situation continued to develop this week when HHS released its own website with the data. Read our latest updates.

3) ACEP20 will include more than 200 educational courses, both live and on-demand. You'll have access to the education and CME for THREE YEARS! Use code ACEP20Deal by July 29 to save $50. 

4) ACEP is committed to eliminating obstacles to EM physicians seeking mental health care, supporting 5 bills addressing this problem. Add to the momentum by sending your legislator a quick message to ask for support for H.R.7255.

  • Utilize the Wellness Hub, with options for peer support, crisis counseling and topical wellness resources.

5) The Emergency Medicine Foundation acknowledges McDonald’s USA for contributing $25,000 to support EM COVID-19 research. Funds will be used to advance emergency patient care, improve how the health care system responds, and ensure healthcare workers are protected during this and future pandemics.

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July 20

1) Despite reassurances from the HHS and the CDC, ACEP remains concerned about the impact of the transition to a new system for collecting hospital COVID-19 data, as well as reports from our members that their hospitals are having trouble reporting data and accessing their own submitted data. We are staying on top of the issue and will continue to provide updates. Read the full update.

2) ACEP20 registration is open! Don't forget to use code ACEP20Deal by July 29 to save $50. 

3) HHS finalized regulations on substance use disorder patients’ confidentiality. Here's what you need to know. 

4) ACEP is committed to eliminating obstacles to EM physicians seeking mental health care, supporting five proposed bills addressing this problem. Add to the momentum by sending your legislator a quick message to ask for support for H.R.7255.

  • H.R. 1646: The Helping Emergency Responders Overcome (HERO) Act of 2019would create a data system at CDC to capture public safety officer suicide incidences and study successful interventions, authorize grants for peer support behavioral health and wellness programs within fire departments and EMS agencies, and develop best practices for addressing PTSD. At ACEP’s request, Dr. Mike Burgess (R-TX) successfully offered an amendment to the bill that establishes a grant program to provide behavioral health and wellness programs for health care providers. 

  • H.R. 2519: Improving Mental Health Access from the Emergency Department Act of 2019would establish grants to support the provision of community follow-up services for individuals who present at the emergency department with an acute psychiatric emergency. 

  • R. 4861: The Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Actwould create grants to help improve the identification, assessment, and treatment of patients in the ED who are at-risk of suicide. 

  • H.R. 5619: The Suicide Prevention Actwould institute grants to hospital EDs for programs to prevent self-harm and suicide attempts among patients after discharge.

  • H.R. 7255: The Coronavirus Health Care Worker Wellness Actwould establish a grant program to ensure emergency physicians and other frontline health care providers have access to the mental health resources they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. ACEP helped inform and develop this legislation and strongly supports its inclusion in upcoming COVID-19 legislation.

Don't forget about the Wellness Hub, with options for peer support, crisis counseling and topical wellness resources.

5) The Emergency Medicine Foundation acknowledges McDonald’s USA for contributing $25,000 to support EM COVID-19 research. Funds will be used to advance emergency patient care, improve how the health care system responds, and ensure healthcare workers are protected during this and future pandemics.

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July 14

1) BIG NEWS! ACEP20 registration is open! It's been quite a year and we have A LOT to discuss. And if you're picturing hours of large-scale Zoom calls, think again! Use code ACEP20Deal by July 29 to save $50.

2) CMS has opened up an application portal to allow you to apply for a hardship exemption from the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for 2020 due to COVID-19. Learn more.

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July 13

1) COVID-19 Quick Links for ACEP Members: Our COVID-19 Center library is extensive and growing, but here are some quick links to popular resources:

For Your Protection:

 For Your Practice:

For Your Life:

2) The Emergency Medicine Foundation’s online auction is now open for bidding! Support EM research that moves the profession forward while shopping for unique items.  Special thanks to the auction sponsors: VituityD2iVave Health, and American Physician Partners.

3) In May, ACEP Now published a detailed summary of the rapid federal and regulatory progress during the initial onslaught of COVID-19.  In this week’s regulatory blog, we update you on our current COVID-19 advocacy strategy.

4) Give your ED team a boost with a quick note.

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July 10

1) Urge Congress to expand mental health resources for COVID-19 health care workers. ACEP worked closely with the sponsors to develop H.R. 7255, the “Coronavirus Health Care Worker Wellness Act,” that provides grants to establish or expand mental health resources for EM physicians and other health care workers.

2) EM physicians and residents are discouraged by US restrictions on international health workforce.

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July 8

1) Virtual Grand Rounds: This month's topic is ultrasound! Sign up now for the July 22 event with six short sessions covering different ultrasound scenarios. Learn more.

2) Join the ACEP advocacy team for the latest updates during its monthly Capital Minute webinar July 9 at 2 p.m. CT. 

3) EMF is pleased to announce its new online auction site! Join this exciting online event that lets you support EM research while shopping for unique items at great prices. Your purchases contribute to research that moves emergency medicine forward. Bidding opens July 10, but here’s a sneak preview. Special thanks to the auction sponsors: VituityD2iVave Health, and American Physician Partners.

4) Apply for a new COVID-19 EM ultrasound grant. EMF, in partnership with FujiFilm Sonosite, is offering up to $90,000 in research funds and 3 newly released Sonosite PX ultrasound systems to study care pathways. Multi-centered studies will receive funding priority. Deadline is August 21.

5) ACEP recently submitted its response to the Senate HELP Committee regarding its “Preparing for the Next Pandemic” white paper.

6) ACEP has joined with the ABIM Foundation for Building Trust, an open call for practices that promote trust in any setting, context or relationship. Share your best practices for building trust by emailing lrives@acep.org before the July 13 deadline. 

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July 7

1) Medicare payment waivers: How long will they last?

2) Join the ACEP advocacy team for the latest updates during its monthly Capital Minute webinar July 9 at 2 p.m. CT. 

3)EMF is pleased to announce its new online auction site! Join this exciting online event that lets you support EM research while shopping for unique items at great prices. Your purchases contribute to research that moves emergency medicine forward. Bidding opens July 10, but here’s a sneak preview. Special thanks to the auction sponsors: VituityD2iVave Health, and American Physician Partners.

4) The following sections of the COVID-19 Field Guide have new info: Treatment, Risk Stratification, Donning & Doffing, and PPE Reuse.

5) Apply for a new COVID-19 EM ultrasound grant. EMF, in partnership with FujiFilm Sonosite, is offering up to $90,000 in research funds and 3 newly released Sonosite PX ultrasound systems to study care pathways. Multi-centered studies will receive funding priority. Deadline is August 21.

6) ACEP recently submitted its response to the Senate HELP Committee regarding its “Preparing for the Next Pandemic” white paper.

7) ACEP has joined with the ABIM Foundation for Building Trust, an open call for practices that promote trust in any setting, context or relationship. Share your best practices for building trust by emailing lrives@acep.org before the July 13 deadline. 

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July 6

1) Support EM research: The Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) is pleased to announce its new online auction site! Join EMF for this exciting FUN online event that gives you an opportunity to support EM research while shopping for unique items at great prices. Your purchases contribute to research that moves emergency medicine forward, including funding COVID-19 research. Bidding opens July 10-18, but here’s a sneak preview. Special thanks to the auction sponsors: VituityD2iVave Health, and American Physician Partners.

2) The following sections of the COVID-19 Field Guide have new info: Treatment, Risk Stratification, Donning & Doffing, and PPE Reuse.

3) Apply for a new COVID-19 EM ultrasound grant. EMF, in partnership with FujiFilm Sonosite, is offering up to $90,000 in research funds and 3 newly released Sonosite PX ultrasound systems to study care pathways. Multi-centered studies will receive funding priority. Deadline is August 21.

4) ACEP recently submitted its response to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee regarding its “Preparing for the Next Pandemic” white paper.

5) ACEP has joined with the ABIM Foundation for Building Trust, an open call for practices that promote trust in any setting, context or relationship. Share your best practices for building trust by emailing lrives@acep.org before the July 13 deadline. 

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July 1

1) Cue the fireworks! (Cue the injuries.) Check out this new article from ACEP's Pediatric EM Section: Firecracker and Blast Injuries. And while you're at it:

Hydration Help:

For Patients:

2) Apply now for a new COVID-19 EM ultrasound grant. EMF, in partnership with FujiFilm Sonosite, is offering up to $90,000 in research funds and 3 newly released Sonosite PX ultrasound systems to study care pathways. Multi-centered studies will receive funding priority. Deadline is August 21.

3) ACEP recently submitted its response to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee regarding its “Preparing for the Next Pandemic” white paper, focused on five areas where Congress should work with federal departments and agencies, states, and the private sector.

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June 30

1) Last day for NEMPAC charity match: This June, your NEMPAC contributions of $100 or more will be matched 10 cents on the dollar by ACEP to a charitable cause that provides resources to the COVID-19 front lines. The more you give, the more we give back! You can choose which org receives your matching funds: EMF, GetUsPPE.org or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

2) Join today's webinar hosted by EMRA and the ACEP Young Physicians Section to discuss the future of the ED. Is the hospital-based model outdated? Panelists will discuss COVID-19's potential effects on emergency departments. 

3) We have added new resources to the Wellness Hub, including the latest webinar about the value of peer support and how to effectively support your friends and colleagues (and yourself).

4) PEER has teamed up with EM Board Bombs to deliver free, engaging, 15-minute podcast episodes on PEER's board-quality questions. Listen on the EM Board Bombs website, Apple Podcasts, or Soundcloud. 

5) ACEP's alternative payment model: Get the latest update and next steps.

6) A new article in JACEP Open takes a deep dive into the world of cannabis use and potential mental health complications in the ED. Want more? Check out the JACEP Open podcast.

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June 29

1) Last days for NEMPAC charity match: During June, your NEMPAC contributions of $100 or more will be matched 10 cents on the dollar by ACEP to a charitable cause that provides resources to the COVID-19 front lines. The more you give, the more we give back! You can choose which org receives your matching funds: EMF, GetUsPPE.org or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

2) Join this June 30 webinar hosted by EMRA and the ACEP Young Physicians Section to discuss the future of the ED. Is the hospital-based model outdated? Panelists will discuss COVID-19's potential effects on emergency departments. 

3) We have added new resources to the Wellness Hub, including the latest webinar about the value of peer support and how to effectively support your friends and colleagues (and yourself).

4) PEER has teamed up with EM Board Bombs to deliver free, engaging, 15-minute podcast episodes on PEER's board-quality questions. Listen on the EM Board Bombs website, Apple Podcasts, or Soundcloud. 

5) ACEP's alternative payment model: Get the latest update and next steps.

6) A new article in JACEP Open takes a deep dive into the world of cannabis use and potential mental health complications in the ED. Want more? Check out the JACEP Open podcast.

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June 26

1) CMS just refined its MIPS requirements for 2020. Here's what you need to know. 

2) Last days for NEMPAC Charity Match: During June, your NEMPAC contributions of $100 or more will be matched 10 cents on the dollar by ACEP to a charitable cause that provides resources to the COVID-19 front lines. You can choose which org receives your matching funds: EMF, GetUsPPE.org or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

3) ACEP's Palliative Care Section has created a COVID-19 Toolkit: ED Goals of Care Discussions to help navigate difficult conversations.

4) Get point-of-care COVID training and team announcements to your departments as part of a new, free ACEP member benefit with Elemeno Health. This internet-based platform puts ACEP-approved content and best practices right at your fingertips and keeps your team connected. 

5) PEER has teamed up with EM Board Bombs to deliver free, engaging, 15-minute podcast episodes on PEER's board-quality questions. Listen on the EM Board Bombs website, Apple Podcasts, or Soundcloud. 

6) Your stories can help break barriers. ACEP is committed to eliminating obstacles to EM physicians seeking mental health care. Sometimes a personal story resonates more than a thousand statistics. Share your experience with barriers to mental health care via this completely anonymous survey to inform and further our advocacy efforts.

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June 25

1) Get the latest EM advocacy news from ACEP's federal affairs team on today's Capital Minute webinar at 2. p.m. CT.

2) CMS just refined its MIPS requirements for 2020. Here's what you need to know. 

3) ACEP's Palliative Care Section has created a COVID-19 Toolkit: ED Goals of Care Discussions to help navigate difficult conversations.

4) Get point-of-care COVID training and team announcements to your departments as part of a new, free ACEP member benefit with Elemeno Health. This internet-based platform puts ACEP-approved content and best practices right at your fingertips and keeps your team connected. 

5) This week's ACEP Frontline podcast features Dr. Marianne Gausche-Hill discussing pediatric pain management. 

6) PEER has teamed up with EM Board Bombs to deliver free, engaging, 15-minute podcast episodes on PEER's board-quality questions. Listen on the EM Board Bombs website, Apple Podcasts, or Soundcloud. 

7) Your stories can help break barriers. ACEP is committed to eliminating obstacles to EM physicians seeking mental health care. Sometimes a personal story resonates more than a thousand statistics. Share your experience with barriers to mental health care via this completely anonymous survey to inform and further our advocacy efforts.

8) Check out the latest ACEP Nowcast on lessons learned for COVID-18 airway management. 

Visit the COVID-19 Center and Wellness Hub.

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June 24

1) ACEP's Palliative Care Section has created a COVID-19 Toolkit: ED Goals of Care Discussions to help navigate difficult conversations.

2) Get point-of-care COVID training and team announcements to your departments as part of a new, free ACEP member benefit with Elemeno Health. This internet-based platform puts ACEP-approved content and best practices right at your fingertips and keeps your team connected. 

3) This week's ACEP Frontline podcast features Dr. Marianne Gausche-Hill discussing pediatric pain management. 

4) Your stories can help break barriers. ACEP is committed to eliminating obstacles to EM physicians seeking mental health care. Sometimes a personal story resonates more than a thousand statistics. Share your experience with barriers to mental health care via this completely anonymous survey to inform and further our advocacy efforts.

5) Join the next ACEP Capital Minute webinar at 2. p.m. CT June 25.

6) Check out the latest ACEP Nowcast on lessons learned for COVID-18 airway management. 

7) PEER has teamed up with EM Board Bombs to deliver free, engaging, 15-minute podcast episodes on PEER's board-quality questions. Listen on the EM Board Bombs website, Apple Podcasts, or Soundcloud. 

Visit the COVID-19 Center and Wellness Hub.

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June 23

1) Peer support webinar today: ACEP, the American Psychiatric Association and the Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies are cohosting "Preventing Physician Suicide: We All Have a Role To Play" today at 1 p.m. CT. 

2) Register for the Virtual Grand Rounds: Airway by 8 a.m. June 24:

  • Avoiding Peri-Intubation Complications - Michael Gibbs, MD, FACEP
  • Peak Performance Under Pressure, How to Be Like Mike - Joseph Brown, MD
  • Pre-ox Like a Pro - Stephen Carroll, DO, MEd, FACEP
  • Laryngoscopy Pro Tips: First Pass Success in the Critically Ill - Richard M. Levitan, MD
  • Mechanical Ventilation for the Emergency Physician - Skyler Lentz, MD
  • Airway Management is a Team Sport – Justin O. Cook, MD, FACEP

While we're on the topic of airway, check out the latest ACEP Nowcast on lessons learned for COVID-18 airway management. 

3) Your stories can help break barriers. ACEP is committed to eliminating obstacles to EM physicians seeking mental health care. Sometimes a personal story resonates more than a thousand statistics. Share your experience with barriers to mental health care via this completely anonymous survey and inform and further our advocacy efforts.

4) Join the next ACEP Capital Minute webinar June 25.

5) New COVID-19 content:

Visit the COVID-19 Center and Wellness Hub.

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June 22

1) Upcoming peer support webinar: ACEP, the American Psychiatric Association and the Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies are cohosting "Preventing Physician Suicide: We All Have a Role To Play" June 23 at 1 p.m. CT. This session will provide best practices for peer recognition of the signs and symptoms of suicidal ideation.

2) Register for the June Virtual Grand Rounds: Airway on June 24:

  • Avoiding Peri-Intubation Complications - Michael Gibbs, MD, FACEP
  • Peak Performance Under Pressure, How to Be Like Mike - Joseph Brown, MD
  • Pre-ox Like a Pro - Stephen Carroll, DO, MEd, FACEP
  • Laryngoscopy Pro Tips: First Pass Success in the Critically Ill - Richard M. Levitan, MD
  • Mechanical Ventilation for the Emergency Physician - Skyler Lentz, MD

3) Your stories can help break barriers. ACEP is committed to eliminating obstacles to EM physicians seeking mental health care. Sometimes a personal story resonates more than a thousand statistics. Share your experience with barriers to mental health care via this completely anonymous survey and inform and further our advocacy efforts.

4) New COVID-19 content:

Visit the COVID-19 Center and Wellness Hub.

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June 19

1) Celebrating all dads: Download these free greeting cards to wish your fellow EM physicians a Happy Father's Day!

2) ACEP is committed to eliminating barriers to EM physicians seeking mental health care. We are collecting your stories via an anonymous survey to inform our advocacy efforts. Share your experience.

3) Skip to the front of the Amazon line! ACEP's new central business account helps members purchase important supplies before the general public. View the instructions.

4) EMRA and ACEP's Young Physicians Section are cohosting a webinar, "ED of the Future" on June 30 to discuss topics like telemedicine, freestandings, microhospitals and value-based acute care.

5) It's already a record-breaking hurricane season. We have gathered resources for health care professionals interested in assisting disaster medical response for hurricanes and other disasters.

6) Register for Virtual Grand Rounds: Airway on June 24. 

7) There's still time to take this Survey of Workplace Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic created by ACEP's Ethics Committee to help us support EM physicians' needs.

8) ICYMI: ACEP20 is going digital! An unprecedented year calls for an unconventional convention. You can expect the same expert education and CME credit from the world-class faculty you respect, just delivered in a new, innovative way

More: Visit the COVID-19 Center and Physician Wellness Hub

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June 18

1) Job fair today! Join ACEP and EMRA for our first-ever Virtual Career Fair 5-8 p.m. tonight.

2) ACEP is committed to eliminating barriers to EM physicians seeking mental health care. We are collecting your stories via an anonymous survey to inform our advocacy efforts. Share your experience.

3) Skip to the front of the Amazon line! ACEP's new central business account helps members purchase important supplies before the general public. View the instructions.

4) EMRA and ACEP's Young Physicians Section are cohosting a webinar, "ED of the Future" on June 30 to discuss topics like telemedicine, freestandings, microhospitals and value-based acute care.

5) It's already a record-breaking hurricane season. We have gathered resources for health care professionals interested in assisting disaster medical response for hurricanes and other disasters.

6) Register for Virtual Grand Rounds: Airway on June 24. 

7) There's still time to take this Survey of Workplace Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic created by ACEP's Ethics Committee to help us support EM physicians' needs.

8) ICYMI: ACEP20 is going digital! An unprecedented year calls for an unconventional convention. You can expect the same expert education and CME credit from the world-class faculty you respect, just delivered in a new, innovative way

More: Visit the COVID-19 Center and Physician Wellness Hub

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June 17

1) New member benefit lets you skip to the front of the Amazon line! ACEP's new central business account helps members purchase important supplies before the general public. View the instructions.

2) ACEP's online, EM-specific X-Waiver training is coming up June 17. Register now!

3) Newest Frontline podcast: A Physician Who Got COVID and Lived to Tell the Story

4) Job fair this week! ACEP and EMRA are teaming up for our first-ever Virtual Career Fair on June 18. 

5) It's already a record-breaking hurricane season. We have gathered the resources for health care professionals interested in assisting disaster medical response for hurricanes and other disasters.

6) ICYMI: ACEP20 is going digital! An unprecedented year calls for an unconventional convention. You can expect the same expert education and CME credit from the world-class faculty you respect, just delivered in a new, innovative way

7) In our latest Capital Minute webinar, ACEP’s advocacy team provides an update on our support of the Coronavirus Provider Act, the recent distribution of relief package funding and how ACEP is providing input on the planning for future pandemics. Register for the next Capital Minute on June 25 and submit questions ahead of time. 

8) Register for Virtual Grand Rounds: Airway on June 24. 

More: Visit the COVID-19 Center and Physician Wellness Hub

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June 16

1) New Frontline podcast: A Physician Who Got COVID and Lived to Tell the Story

2) Job fair this week! ACEP and EMRA are teaming up for our first-ever Virtual Career Fair on June 18. 

3) It's already a record-breaking hurricane season. We have gathered the resources for health care professionals interested in assisting disaster medical response for hurricanes and other disasters.

4) The latest ACEP Nowcast is all about COVID-19 lessons learned. Plus: Compassion Rounds in the Era of COVID-19

5) ICYMI: ACEP20 is going digital! An unprecedented year calls for an unconventional convention. You can expect the same expert education and CME credit from the world-class faculty you respect, just delivered in a new, innovative way

6) In our latest Capital Minute webinar, ACEP’s advocacy team provides an update on our support of the Coronavirus Provider Act, the recent distribution of relief package funding and how ACEP is providing input on the planning for future pandemics. Register for the next Capital Minute on June 25 and submit questions ahead of time. 

7) Register for Virtual Grand Rounds: Airway on June 24. 

More: Visit the COVID-19 Center and Physician Wellness Hub

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June 15

1) Hurricane season just started, and it's already breaking records. We have gathered the resources for health care professionals interested in assisting disaster medical response for hurricanes and other disasters.

2) ICYMI: ACEP20 is going digital! An unprecedented year calls for an unconventional convention. You can expect the same expert education and CME credit from the world-class faculty you respect, just delivered in a new, innovative way

3) In our latest Capital Minute webinar, ACEP’s advocacy team provides an update on our support of the Coronavirus Provider Act, the recent distribution of relief package funding and how ACEP is providing input on the planning for future pandemics. Register for the next Capital Minute on June 25 and submit questions ahead of time. 

4) Job fair this week! ACEP and EMRA are teaming up for our first-ever Virtual Career Fair on June 18. 

5) Register for Virtual Grand Rounds: Airway on June 24. 

More: Visit the COVID-19 Center and Physician Wellness Hub

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June 12

1) ACEP20 is going all digital, with a high-tech education experience! These unprecedented times call for an unconventional ACEP20. After thoughtfully considering many different options and ideas, ACEP has made the decision to move ACEP20 to an online-only experience. While the delivery may be different, you can expect the same expert education and CME credit from the world-class faculty you respect. Read more from the ACEP President.

2) We created the COVID-19 Wellness Hub to support EM physicians through the COVID-19 grind. You'll find options for peer support and crisis counseling, plus the latest advocacy efforts related to removing barriers to care. You can address stress at its source, whether it's related to patient care, workplace, litigation, finances or personal stuff. For those who want to do a deeper dive into specific issues, the Hub has topical libraries for burnout, PTSD, physician suicide and more. 

3) ACEP and EMRA are hosting a Virtual Career Fair on June 18. 

4) Virtual Grand Rounds: All About Airway. Register now for the June 24 event featuring sessions from Michael Gibbs, MD, FACEP, Joseph Brown, MD, Stephen Carroll, DO, MEd, FACEP, Richard M. Levitan, MD, and Skyler Lentz, MD. 

5) Pre-proofs from Annals of EM:

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June 11

1) Physician mental health webinar today: "Who's Got Your Back? Psychological Awareness & Team Support," is a free webinar at noon CT that will discuss the power of peer support for physicians in crisis, providing ways to boost your team's mental health and wellbeing (and your own).

2) Yesterday ACEP launched the COVID-19 Wellness Hub to support EM physicians through the COVID-19 grind. You'll find options for peer support and crisis counseling, plus the latest advocacy efforts related to removing barriers to care. You can address stress at its source, whether it's related to patient care, workplace, litigation, finances or personal stuff. For those who want to do a deeper dive into specific issues, the Hub has topical libraries for burnout, PTSD, physician suicide and more. 

3) Research Forum abstracts are due today! See requirements.

4) Tune in at 11 a.m. CT today for "Emergency Department: Nursing Recovery and Preparing for a Second Wave."

5) Job hunting, 2020 style: ACEP and EMRA are hosting a Virtual Career Fair on June 18. 

6) Virtual Grand Rounds: All About Airway. Register now for the June 24 event featuring sessions from Michael Gibbs, MD, FACEP, Joseph Brown, MD, Stephen Carroll, DO, MEd, FACEP, Richard M. Levitan, MD, and Skyler Lentz, MD. 

7) Pre-proofs from Annals of EM:

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June 10

1) Upcoming webinar: On June 11 at 11 a.m. CT, tune in for "Emergency Department: Nursing Recovery and Preparing for a Second Wave."

2) Peer support is a powerful force during this crisis. On June 11, ACEP is hosting "Who's Got Your Back? Psychological Awareness & Team Support," a free webinar that will explain actions you can take to support your team's mental health and wellbeing. Panelists include Jack Rozel, MD, MSL, president of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry, Victor Stiebel, MD, who is board certified in emergency medicine, psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and psychosomatic medicine, and Anthony Ng, MD, DFAPA, chair-elect of the Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies. 

3) Virtual Grand Rounds: All About Airway. Register today for the June 24 event featuring sessions from Michael Gibbs, MD, FACEP, Joseph Brown, MD, Stephen Carroll, DO, MEd, FACEP, Richard M. Levitan, MD, and Skyler Lentz, MD. 

4) Research Forum abstracts are due June 11. They will be peer reviewed for presentation at the 2020 Research Forum during ACEP’s Scientific Assembly. See requirements.

5) Pediatric COVID-19 updates: A recording of last week's pediatric webinar is available, and check out the newest pediatric COVID-19 publications out of NYC, DC, France and Canada.

6) Job hunting, 2020 style: ACEP and EMRA are hosting a Virtual Career Fair on June 18. 

Visit the COVID-19 Center.

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June 9

1) Critical Care webinar TODAY at 11 a.m. CT: The Ugly Tail End of COVID-19 Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.

2) On June 11 at 11 a.m. CT, tune in for "ED: Nursing Recovery and Preparing for a Second Wave."

3) Peer support is powerful force during this crisis. On June 11, ACEP is hosting "Who's Got Your Back? Psychological Awareness & Team Support," a free webinar that will explain actions you can take to support your team's mental health and wellbeing. Panelists include Jack Rozel, MD, MSL, president of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry, Victor Stiebel, MD, who is board certified in emergency medicine, psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and psychosomatic medicine, and Anthony Ng, MD, DFAPA, chair-elect of the Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies. 

4) Research Forum abstracts are due June 11. They will be peer reviewed for presentation at the 2020 Research Forum during ACEP’s Scientific Assembly. See requirements.

5) Pediatric COVID-19 updates: A recording of last week's pediatric webinar is available, and check out the newest pediatric COVID-19 publications out of NYC, DC, France and Canada.

6) ED tele-triage for COVID-19: Watch this webinar from ACEP’s Emergency Medicine Informatics Section to hear from some of our emergency medicine industry experts on how to implement tele-triage into your ED. 

7) Job hunting, 2020 style: ACEP and EMRA are hosting a Virtual Career Fair on June 18. 

Visit the COVID-19 Center.

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June 8

1) EMS webinar today: Join in at 11 a.m. CT  for this session of COVID-19 Clinical Rounds discussing the EMS response to COVID-19 and protests

2) Last day to provide input: Today is your last chance to take the Survey of Workplace Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic, designed by ACEP's Ethics Committee to identify symptoms of work-related stress and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

3) Peer support is powerful. On June 11, ACEP is hosting "Who's Got Your Back? Psychological Awareness & Team Support," a free webinar that will explain actions you can take to support your team's mental health and wellbeing. 

4) Research Forum abstracts due: Submit your abstracts to ACEP’s Research Forum 2020 by June 11. Abstracts will be peer reviewed for presentation at the 2020 Research Forum during ACEP’s Scientific Assembly. See abstract requirements.

5) ED tele-triage for COVID-19: Watch this webinar from ACEP’s Emergency Medicine Informatics Section to hear from some of our emergency medicine industry experts on how to implement tele-triage into your ED. 

6) Missed last week’s Pediatric COVID-19 webinar that reviewed the initial pediatric experience in New York, Detroit and Washington, including Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)? The recording is now available for ACEP members. 

7) Job hunting, 2020 style: ACEP and EMRA are hosting a Virtual Career Fair on June 18. 

Visit the COVID-19 Center.

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June 5

1) Yesterday, ACEP issued a statement in response to the U.S. decision to pull out of the World Health Organization (WHO). 

2) Upcoming COVID-19 Webinars:

The COVID-19 Webinars page is updated frequently with upcoming webinars and recordings you can watch on demand. Newest recordings in the queue? COVID-19 & Pediatrics (including MIS-C info) and ED Teletriage: High Tech Answers for COVID-19.

3) Supporting the Coronavirus Provider Act: On Tuesday, ACEP sent a letter of support for H.R. 7059, which would provide liability protections for health care professionals and related health care entities.

4) More than 40 Organizations Band Together to Support Clinician Mental Health: ACEP and other leading medical associations released a joint statement outlining steps to support the mental health of EM physicians and other clinicians during this pandemic. Developed by ACEP and the Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies, the joint statement was signed by more than 40 groups. It emphasizes that a clinician's history of mental illness or SUD treatment shouldn't be used as an indicator of their current/future ability to competently practice medicine. 

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June 4

1) Supporting the Coronavirus Provider Act: On Tuesday, ACEP sent a letter of support for H.R. 7059, which would provide liability protections for health care professionals and related health care entities.

2) Joining Forces to Support Clinician Mental Health: ACEP and other leading medical associations released a joint statement outlining steps to support the mental health of EM physicians and other clinicians during this pandemic. Developed by ACEP and the Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies, the joint statement was signed by more than 40 groups. It emphasizes that a clinician's history of mental illness or SUD treatment shouldn't be used as an indicator of their current/future ability to competently practice medicine. 

3) Learn how to support your peers during times of crisis. Sign up for "Who's Got Your Back? Psychological Awareness & Team Support," a free webinar June 11 at noon CT that will explain actions you can take to support your team's mental health and wellbeing.

4) On May 30, ACEP issued a statement on structural racism and public health. "ACEP denounces racism and all senseless acts of violence. Racism is a social determinant of health. The structural racism we are witnessing nationwide undermines the health of individuals, families and communities we serve."

5) New from ACEP Now:

June 3

1) Joining Forces to Support Clinician Mental Health: ACEP and other leading medical associations released a joint statement outlining steps to support the mental health of EM physicians and other clinicians during this pandemic. Developed by ACEP and the Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies, the joint statement was signed by more than 40 groups. It emphasizes that a clinician's history of mental illness or SUD treatment shouldn't be used as an indicator of their current/future ability to competently practice medicine. “A physician’s choice to address his or her mental health should be encouraged, not penalized,” said ACEP President Bill Jaquis, MD, FACEP. 

2) Learn how to support your peers during times of crisis. Sign up for "Who's Got Your Back? Psychological Awareness & Team Support," a free webinar June 11 at noon CT that will explain the value of peer support and how you can support your colleagues.

3) On May 30, ACEP issued a statement on structural racism and public health. "ACEP denounces racism and all senseless acts of violence. Racism is a social determinant of health. The structural racism we are witnessing nationwide undermines the health of individuals, families and communities we serve."

4) ACEP requested additional support for EM from the COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund.

5) New from ACEP Now:

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June 2

1) On May 30, ACEP issued a statement on structural racism and public health. "ACEP denounces racism and all senseless acts of violence. Racism is a social determinant of health. The structural racism we are witnessing nationwide undermines the health of individuals, families and communities we serve."

2) New podcast: Your COVID-19 Toolkit - Does it Include Ultrasound? It Should!

3) ACEP is tracking approved 1135 waivers, state by state, and we recently published extensive updates with the latest information.

4) Jenice Baker, MD, FACEP, is addressing health disparities in her recent ACEP Now article "COVID-19 While Black."

5) Check out the latest COVID literature, curated by topic by ACEP's clinical department.

6) New article from ACEP Now: "COVID-19 Lessons Learned by an EM Physician in NYC" by Richard Levitan, MD, FACEP

6) Emergency physicians are leading the way to #GetUsPPE.

7) New information paper: COVID-19: Rapid Application of Technology for Emergency Department Tele-Triage

Visit the COVID-19 Center.

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June 1

1) Pediatric COVID-19 Webinar Today: Join us at 11 a.m. CT for a webinar featuring panelists Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, FACEP, Tress Goodwin, MD, Joshua Rocker, MD, & Mohsen Saidinejad, MD, MBA, FACEP. 

2) New information paper: COVID-19: Rapid Application of Technology for Emergency Department Tele-Triage

3) Contact Congress to urge due process rights for emergency physicians. ACEP worked closely with the offices of Drs. Roger Marshall, MD (R-KS) and Raul Ruiz, MD (D-CA) on H.R. 6910, a bill recently introduced in the House that would ensure all EM physician contracts include a due process clause regardless of whether those physicians are directly employed by a hospital or provide emergency medical services at a hospital through a group or individual contract. Read ACEP's support letter.

4) Complete this Survey of Workplace Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic created by ACEP's Ethics Committee to help ACEP support member needs.  

Visit the COVID-19 Center.

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May 29

1) COVID-19 Pediatric Webinar: Register for this upcoming webinar at 11 a.m. CT on June 1 featuring panelists Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, FACEP, Tress Goodwin, MD, Joshua Rocker, MD, and Mohsen Saidinejad, MD, MBA, FACEP. 

2) Hilton is extending its discounted room program for ACEP members through June 30. View this offer and other COVID-19-related discounts.

3) Contact Congress to urge due process rights for emergency physicians. ACEP worked closely with the offices of Drs. Roger Marshall, MD (R-KS) and Raul Ruiz, MD (D-CA) on H.R. 6910, a bill recently introduced in the House that would ensure all EM physician contracts include a due process clause regardless of whether those physicians are directly employed by a hospital or provide emergency medical services at a hospital through a group or individual contract. Read ACEP's support letter.

4) New from JACEP Open:

5) COVID-19 has disrupted clinical education and presented unique challenges. In this joint statement, we affirm our agreement with CoPA and offer advice with safety and equity as the guiding principles. 

6) Complete this Survey of Workplace Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic created by ACEP's Ethics Committee to help ACEP support member needs.  

7) Join ACEP and EMRA for a Virtual Career Fair on June 18.

Visit our COVID-19 Center.

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May 28

1) COVID-19 has disrupted clinical education and presented unique challenges. In this joint statement, we affirm our agreement with CoPA and offer advice with safety and equity as the guiding principles. 

2) Contact Congress to urge due process rights for emergency physiciansACEP worked closely with the offices of Drs. Roger Marshall, MD (R-KS) and Raul Ruiz, MD (D-CA) on H.R. 6910, a bill recently introduced in the House that would ensure all EM physician contracts include a due process clause regardless of whether those physicians are directly employed by a hospital or provide emergency medical services at a hospital through a group or individual contract. Read our support letter.

3) You're invited to take this Survey of Workplace Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic created by ACEP's Ethics Committee to identify symptoms of work-related stress and PTSD to help ACEP support member needs.  

4) Sign up for "COVID-19 and Pediatrics," at 11 a.m. CT on June 1. Webinar panelists include Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, FACEP, Tress Goodwin, MD, Joshua Rocker, MD, and Mohsen Saidinejad, MD, MBA, FACEP. 

5) Join ACEP and EMRA for a Virtual Career Fair on June 18.

6) Help prevent physician suicide: Join this webinar June 23 at 1 p.m. CT to learn best practices for peer recognition of the signs of suicidal ideation.

Visit our COVID-19 Center.

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May 27

1) ACEP worked closely with the offices of Drs. Roger Marshall, MD (R-KS) and Raul Ruiz, MD (D-CA) on the development of H.R. 6910, a bill recently introduced in the House that would ensure every EM physician has medical staff due process protections. Read our support letter.

2) You're invited to complete this Survey of Workplace Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic created by ACEP's Ethics Committee to identify symptoms of work-related stress and PTSD to help ACEP support member needs.  

3) Sign up for "COVID-19 and Pediatrics," at 11 a.m. CT on June 1. Webinar panelists include Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, FACEP, Tress Goodwin, MD, Joshua Rocker, MD, and Mohsen Saidinejad, MD, MBA, FACEP. 

4) Join ACEP and EMRA for a Virtual Career Fair on June 18.

5) Help prevent physician suicide: Peer recognition of the signs of burnout and depression, plus knowing how to create a supportive environment, are important in team-based settings. Join us for a webinar June 23 at 1 p.m. CT to learn best practices for peer-recognition of the signs and symptoms of suicidal ideation.

Visit our COVID-19 Center.

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May 26

1) ACEP's Ethics Committee is conducting a Survey of Workplace Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic designed to identify symptoms of work-related stress and PTSD to help ACEP support member needs.  

2) Join us May 27 for Virtual Grand Rounds covering physician wellness, second victim syndrome, emergency mindfulness, overcoming self-judgment, and team support during crisis.

3) Stay current on the continual updates to the Provider Relief Fund and other federal financial support programs.  

4) Preventing physician suicide: We all have a role to play. Peer recognition of the signs of burnout and depression, plus knowing how to create a supportive environment, are important in team-based settings. Join us for a webinar June 23 at 1 p.m. CT to provide you with best practices for peer-recognition of the signs and symptoms of suicidal ideation.

5) Join ACEP and EMRA for our first-ever Virtual Career Fair on June 18, a unique opportunity to connect with recruiters representing private practices, group practices and hospitals from across the country. Sign up today!

6) Due Process Bill Introduced in House: On May 15, Drs. Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Raul Ruiz (D-CA) introduced H.R. 6910, a bill that would ensure every EM physician has medical staff due process protections. The legislation would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue regulations that would provide due process rights for physicians furnishing emergency medical services. Specifically, the regulations would ensure physicians who are employed by or under contract with a hospital to furnish emergency medical services have a fair hearing and appellate review through appropriate medical staff mechanisms before any termination or restriction of their professional activities could be instituted. These protections could not be denied through third-party contracts. Read ACEP’s support letter.

7) House Subcommittee holds crisis briefing with frontline heroes: On Thursday, May 21, the recently-established House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis held a virtual briefing featuring essential and frontline workers, including Megan Ranney, MD, MPH, FACEP. Dr. Ranney and the other panelists noted the personal risks exacerbated by a lack of adequate PPE, as well as the emotional and mental health toll the pandemic has taken on frontline workers. The panelists also discussed the lack of access to rapid testing, fair pay and compensation such as hazard pay, and paid leave protections. In response to a question from Rep. Andy Kim (D-CA) as to whether the U.S. is prepared for a potential second wave of infection, Dr. Ranney warned the committee that we are not yet prepared given the lack of testing, PPE, scientific progress on fighting the virus, and inconsistent public health guidance.

8) Join ACEP for a webinar, "COVID-19 and Pediatrics," at 11 a.m. CT on June 1. Panelists include Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, FACEP, Tress Goodwin, MD, Joshua Rocker, MD, and Mohsen Saidinejad, MD, MBA, FACEP. 

Visit our COVID-19 Center.

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May 22

1) Join us for a webinar, "COVID-19 and Pediatrics," at 11 a.m. CT on June 1. Panelists include Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, FACEP, Tress Goodwin, MD, Joshua Rocker, MD, and Mohsen Saidinejad, MD, MBA, FACEP. 

2) Opioid Updates: On Wednesday, more than 750 participated in a Zoom version of waiver training hosted by ACEP, Get Waivered, and ED Bridge. Missed it? Sign up for our next EM-specific MAT waiver training via Zoom on June 17. 

3) Join us May 27 for Virtual Grand Rounds. We’ll cover physician wellness, second victim syndrome, emergency mindfulness, overcoming self-judgment, and how to support your team during times of crisis. 

4) It's EMS Week! We're proud to partner with NAEMT to feature National EMS Week as an initiative to create significantly greater visibility of EMS among health professions and communities. ACEP thanks the generous organizations supporting this year's activities. 

5) Our latest podcast discusses conducting EM research during a pandemicSpeaking of research: ACEP Research Forum abstracts are due June 11. 

More: Visit our new COVID-19 Center

May 21

1) Opioid Updates: Yesterday, more than 750 participated in a Zoom version of waiver training hosted by ACEP, Get Waivered, and ED Bridge. Missed it? Sign up for our next EM-specific MAT waiver training via Zoom on June 17. 

2) Our latest podcast discusses conducting EM research during a pandemicSpeaking of research: ACEP Research Forum abstracts are due June 11. 

3) Join us May 27 for Virtual Grand Rounds. We’ll cover physician wellness, second victim syndrome, emergency mindfulness, overcoming self-judgment, and how to support your team during times of crisis. 

4) It's EMS Week! We're proud to partner with NAEMT to feature National EMS Week as an initiative to create significantly greater visibility of EMS among health professions and communities. ACEP thanks the generous organizations supporting this year's activities. 

5) World Emergency Medicine Day is May 27. Its mission to "build awareness about the need for well developed, well prepared and well organized emergency medical systems everywhere in the world" has never been more timely. 

More: Visit our new COVID-19 Center

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May 20

1) The Testing and Treatment sections of the COVID-19 Field Guide have been updated, and a new evaluation pathway has been added.

2) Our latest podcast discusses conducting EM research during a pandemicSpeaking of research: ACEP Research Forum abstracts are due June 11. 

3) It's EMS Week! We're proud to partner with NAEMT to feature National EMS Week as an initiative to create significantly greater visibility of EMS among health professions and communities. ACEP thanks the generous organizations supporting this year's activities. 

4) Join us May 27 for Virtual Grand Rounds! We’ll cover physician wellness, second victim syndrome, emergency mindfulness, overcoming self-judgment, and how to support your team during times of crisis. 

5) Opioid Updates: 

  • powerful video  from our "Addressing the Opioid Stigma in the ED" is now available. Be part of the solution! 
  • ACEP’s PACED accreditation program is the nation’s only specialty-specific program that allows EDs to improve pain and addiction care.

6) World Emergency Medicine Day is May 27. Its mission to "build awareness about the need for well developed, well prepared and well organized emergency medical systems everywhere in the world" has never been more timely. 

More: Visit our new COVID-19 Center

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May 19

1) New podcast: Pandemic Research: Today, Tomorrow and the Next One

2) It's EMS Week! We're proud to partner with NAEMT to feature National EMS Week as an initiative to create significantly greater visibility of EMS among health professions and communities. ACEP thanks the generous organizations supporting this year's activities. 

3) Join us May 27 for our Virtual Grand Rounds! We’ll cover physician wellness, second victim syndrome, emergency mindfulness, overcoming self-judgment, and how to support your team during times of crisis. Register by 8 a.m. CT on May 27.

4) Opioid Updates: In January, we convened a summit, Addressing the Opioid Stigma in the ED, and a powerful video is now available. Be part of the solution! 

5) ACEP Research Forum abstracts are due June 11. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed for presentation at the 2020 Research Forum during ACEP20. View requirements

6) World Emergency Medicine Day is May 27. Its mission to "build awareness about the need for well developed, well prepared and well organized emergency medical systems everywhere in the world" has never been more timely. 

More: Visit our new COVID-19 Center

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May 18

1) National EMS Week is here! We are proud to partner with NAEMT to feature National EMS Week as an initiative to create significantly greater visibility of EMS among health professions and communities. ACEP thanks the generous organizations supporting this year's initiatives. 

2) In January, ACEP convened a summit, Addressing the Opioid Stigma in the ED, and a powerful 11-minute video from that event is now available. Be part of the solution! 

3) Medicare telehealth flexibilities: Here to stay?

4) ACEP Research Forum abstracts are due June 11. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed for presentation at the 2020 Research Forum during ACEP20. View requirements

5) Join us May 27 for our Virtual Grand Rounds! We’ll cover physician wellness, second victim syndrome, emergency mindfulness, overcoming self-judgment with self-compassion, and how to support your team during times of crisis. Register by 8 a.m. CT on May 27.

6) World Emergency Medicine Day is May 27. Its mission to "build awareness about the need for well developed, well prepared and well organized emergency medical systems everywhere in the world" has never been more timely. 

More: Visit our new COVID-19 Center

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May 15

1) Our COVID-19 Field Guide has grown to 230 pages and been translated to 5 more languages. The following sections are newly updated: decontamination/cleaning, HCW checklist, HFNO, treatment and management. 

2) Don't miss this CDC Health Advisory about Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with COVID-19

3) New COVID-19 website: Our resource library continues to grow rapidly, so we've revamped the website to make it easier to find what you need, when you need it. 

4) Thank your EM peers with a free meal! Omar Apollo and Masego are performing at 7 p.m. ET Saturday. For every order placed during the concert, Grubhub will donate 10 meals to EM physicians in recognition of your hard work on the front lines. Get your EM friends (and yourself!) on the VIP list for those free meals, and tune in for the concert!

5) ACEP recently met with The Joint Commission to discuss physicians being penalized by state licensing boards and other entities for seeking mental health support. On May 12, TJC released a statement that supports “the removal of any barriers that inhibit clinicians and health care staff from accessing mental health care services, including eliminating policies that reinforce stigma and fear about the professional consequences of seeking mental health treatment.” View more wellness and crisis support resources.

View all COVID-19 resources.

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May 14

1) New COVID-19 website: Our resource library continues to grow rapidly, so we've revamped the website to make it easier to find what you need, when you need it. 

2) Thank your EM peers with a free meal! Omar Apollo and Masego are performing at 7 p.m. ET Saturday. For every order placed during the concert, Grubhub will donate 10 meals to EM physicians in recognition of your hard work on the front lines. Get your EM friends (and yourself!) on the VIP list for those free meals, and tune in for the concert!

3) ACEP recently met with The Joint Commission to discuss physicians being penalized by state licensing boards and other entities for seeking mental health support. On May 12, TJC released a statement that supports “the removal of any barriers that inhibit clinicians and health care staff from accessing mental health care services, including eliminating policies that reinforce stigma and fear about the professional consequences of seeking mental health treatment.” View more wellness and crisis support resources.

4) Broadway love for EM: ACEP and ENA were asked to join the “Resilient Project,” featuring more than 60 Broadway theatre artists to virtually perform “Resilient” as a thank you to emergency healthcare professionals worldwide. Watch for cameos from several EM physicians and nurses in the video, which also aims to raise money for COVID-19 research through EMF.

View all COVID-19 resources.

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May 13

1) ACEP recently met with The Joint Commission to discuss physicians being penalized by state licensing boards and other entities for seeking mental health support. On May 12, TJC released a statement that supports “the removal of any barriers that inhibit clinicians and health care staff from accessing mental health care services, including eliminating policies that reinforce stigma and fear about the professional consequences of seeking mental health treatment.” View wellness and crisis support resources.

2) Broadway love for EM: ACEP and ENA were asked to join the “Resilient Project,” featuring more than 60 Broadway theatre artists to virtually perform “Resilient” as a thank you to emergency healthcare professionals worldwide. Watch for cameos from several EM physicians and nurses in the video, which also aims to raise money for COVID-19 research through EMF.

3) Grubhub wants to help feed ACEP members! Tune in for a live performance from Omar Apollo and Masego at 7 p.m. ET Saturday. For every order placed during the concert, Grubhub will donate 10 meals to EM physicians to thank you for your hard work on the front lines. Get on the VIP list for one of those free meals, and tune in for the concert!

4) Get Waivered, ED Bridge, and ACEP are providing the first-ever seamless Zoom version of the traditional waiver training May 20 at 10 a.m. ET.

View all COVID-19 resources.

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May 12

1) Grubhub is hosting an online concert to help feed ACEP members! Tune in for a live performance from Omar Apollo and Masego at 7 p.m. ET Saturday. For every order placed during the concert, Grubhub will donate 10 meals to EM physicians to thank you for your hard work on the front lines. Get on the VIP list for one of those free meals, and tune in for the concert!

2) The newest episode of ACEP Frontline features Dr. David Talan, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Infectious Disease at UCLA, discussing the epidemiological aspects of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

2) COVID-19 Edition of Critical Decisions in EM: Our newest CDEM is focused on coronavirus risk factors, common exam findings, diagnostic tests, pharmacological treatments, PPE, respiratory support, and more.

3) Get Waivered, ED Bridge, and ACEP are providing the first-ever seamless Zoom version of the traditional waiver training May 20 at 10 a.m. ET.

4) Submit your abstracts to ACEP’s Research Forum 2020 by June 11. Abstracts will be peer reviewed for presentation at the ACEP20 Research Forum. 

5) ACEP has joined a new initiative called Building Trustan open call for practices that promote trust in any setting, context or relationship. This initiative is helping assemble exemplary practices for others to follow. Send your best practices for building trust to lrives@acep.org by July 13.

More:

- View all COVID-19 resources, including the Field Guide
- Many companies are stepping up to support EM physicians during this pandemic. See current offers and support. 

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May 11

1) Today at 1 p.m. CT, ACEP and SCCM are hosting their next webinar: President’s Expert Panel: Unanticipated Consequences of Pandemic Care. The presidents from both societies, along with an expert panel, will address difficult questions regarding managing COVID-19 patients. Register now.  

2) Physician Crisis Support: ACEP collaborated with the American Association of Emergency Psychiatry on a webinar and podcast related to physician wellness and mental health during COVID-19.

3) Considering the crisis that COVID-19 poses to patients with opioid addiction, Get Waivered, ED Bridge, and ACEP are providing the first ever seamless Zoom version of the traditional waiver training May 20 at 10 a.m. ET.

4) Call for Research Forum Abstracts: Submit your abstracts to ACEP’s Research Forum 2020 by June 11. Abstracts will be peer reviewed for presentation at the 2020 Research Forum during ACEP’s Scientific Assembly. See abstract requirements.

5) Special Edition of Critical Decisions in EM: Our newest CDEM is focused on the ED evaluation and management of COVID-19, including risk factors, common examination findings, valuable diagnostic tests, and the safe use of pharmacological treatments. The issue also takes a deep dive into PPE, the provision of respiratory support, and what interventions should be avoided. 

6) New Annals of EM podcast recaps COVID literature and more. 

View all COVID-19 resources

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May 8

1) New podcast: Taking Care of Yourself: Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19. Dr. Ryan Stanton talks with Dr. Jack Rozel, Medical Director at Resolve Crisis Services and President of the American Association of Emergency Psychiatry.

2) The following sections of the COVID-19 Field Guide have been updated: isolation, PPE, risk factors, and evaluation/management of COVID-19.

3) On May 11 at 1 p.m. CT, ACEP and SCCM are hosting their next webinar: President’s Expert Panel: Unanticipated Consequences of Pandemic Care. The presidents from both societies, along with an expert panel, will address difficult questions regarding managing COVID-19 patients. Register now. 

4) Because there are complex socio-economic issues connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACEP has provided a separate forum you can opt into to discuss those issues. 

5) Thank you for supporting EMF during #GivingTuesdayNow. EMF has made a funding commitment of up to $100k to support COVID-19 EM research. Learn more about EMF's impact and donation options.

Updated resources:
- COVID-19 Insurance Policy Changes
- COVID-19 Financial Survival Guide 

View all COVID-19 resources.

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May 7

1) New podcast: Taking Care of Yourself: Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19. Dr. Ryan Stanton talks with Dr. Jack Rozel, Medical Director at Resolve Crisis Services and President of the American Association of Emergency Psychiatry.

2) The following sections of the COVID-19 Field Guide have been updated: isolation, PPE, risk factors, and evaluation/management of COVID-19.

3) On May 11 at 1 p.m. CT, ACEP and SCCM are hosting their next webinar: President’s Expert Panel: Unanticipated Consequences of Pandemic Care. The presidents from both societies, along with an expert panel, will address difficult questions regarding managing COVID-19 patients. Register now. 

4) President Elect & Board Candidates: The Nominating Committee has selected the final slate of candidates for 2020. Elections will occur during the Council meeting on Sunday, Oct. 25. The President-Elect Candidates are Christopher Kang, MD, FACEP (WA), and Gillian Schmitz, MD, FACEP (GS). Candidates for four Board of Directors positions include: Michael Baker, MD, FACEP (MI), Alison Haddock, MD, FACEP (incumbent – TX), Aimee Moulin, MD, FACEP (CA), Aisha (Liferidge) Terry, MD, FACEP (incumbent – DC), and Arvind Venkat, MD, FACEP (PA). 

5) Thank you for supporting EMF during #GivingTuesdayNow. EMF has made a funding commitment of up to $100k to support COVID-19 EM research. Learn more about EMF's impact and donation options.

View all COVID-19 resources.

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May 6

1) Webinar today: "COVID Reimbursement and Regulatory Changes Impacting EM Physicians" is May 6 at 1 p.m. CT. Dr. Granovsky will review the latest nuances regarding the Paycheck Protection Program “forgivable amounts,” along with new funding sources and programs.

2) President Elect & Board Candidates: The Nominating Committee has selected the final slate of candidates for 2020. Elections will occur during the Council meeting on Sunday, Oct. 25. The President-Elect Candidates are Christopher Kang, MD, FACEP (WA), and Gillian Schmitz, MD, FACEP (GS). Candidates for four Board of Directors positions include: Michael Baker, MD, FACEP (MI), Alison Haddock, MD, FACEP (incumbent – TX), Aimee Moulin, MD, FACEP (CA), Aisha (Liferidge) Terry, MD, FACEP (incumbent – DC), and Arvind Venkat, MD, FACEP (PA). 

3) Thank you for supporting EMF during #GivingTuesdayNow. Your support helps organizations like EMF continue to do their part to combat this pandemic. EMF has made a funding commitment of up to $100k to support COVID-19 EM research. Learn more about EMF's impact and donation options.

4) On Monday, May 11 at 1 p.m. CT, ACEP and SSCM are hosting the next installment of their webinar series: President’s Expert Panel: Unanticipated Consequences of Pandemic Care. The presidents from both societies, along with an expert panel, will address difficult questions regarding managing COVID-19 patients. Register now. 

View all COVID-19 resources.

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May 5

1) It's Giving Tuesday! #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of unity on May 5 in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Help support organizations like EMF who are doing their part to combat this pandemic. EMF has made a funding commitment of up to $100k to support COVID-19 EM research. Learn more about EMF's impact and donation options.

2) Webinar today: "Hurting and Helping: Team Care and Self Care During Crisis," is May 5 at 11 a.m. CT. Crisis support experts and EM physicians will discuss why we're feeling fear and grief, how to cope with different types of stress, and how to help yourself and your team through this difficult time.

3) ACEP's next reimbursement webinar, "COVID Reimbursement and Regulatory Changes Impacting EM Physicians" is May 6 at 1 p.m. CT. Dr. Granovsky will review the latest nuances regarding the Paycheck Protection Program “forgivable amounts,” along with new funding sources and programs.

4) The following sections of the COVID-19 Field Guide have been updated: PPE information, Surge and Crisis Standards, Treatment, and Research Implications. 

5) EM organizations call for an end to pediatric merit badges.

6) An ACEP member and an artist collaborated to create this inspiring image to celebrate your courage on the front lines. Two free printables – an art print and a Mother’s Day card – are available to celebrate the medical moms and “sheros” in your life!

View all COVID-19 resources.

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May 4

1) New webinar tomorrow: "Hurting and Helping: Team Care and Self Care During Crisis," is May 5 at 11 a.m. CT. Crisis support experts and EM physicians will discuss why we're feeling fear and grief, how to cope with different types of stress, and how to help yourself and your team through this difficult time.

2) Coming up: #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of unity on May 5 in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Help support organizations like EMF who are doing their part to combat this pandemic. EMF has made a funding commitment of up to $100k to support COVID-19 EM research. Learn more about EMF's impact and donation options.

3) An ACEP member and an artist collaborated to create this inspiring image to celebrate your courage on the front lines. Two free printables – an art print and a Mother’s Day card – are available to celebrate the medical moms and “sheros” in your life!

4) ACEP's next reimbursement webinar, "COVID Reimbursement and Regulatory Changes Impacting EM Physicians" is May 6 at 1 p.m. CT. Dr. Granovsky will review the latest nuances regarding the Paycheck Protection Program “forgivable amounts,” along with new funding sources and programs.

5) From the front lines to the home front: EM parents discuss how COVID-19 has presented unique parenting challenges and fresh worries for the safety of their families. 

View all COVID-19 resources.

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May 1

1) Upcoming webinar: "Hurting and Helping: Team Care and Self Care During Crisis," is May 5 at noon ET. Dr. Jack Rozel, medical director at Resolve Crisis Services and Dr. L. Anthony Cirillo, ACEP Board Member, will discuss why we're feeling fear and grief, how to cope with different types of stress, and how to help yourself and your team through this difficult time.

2) CMS announced additional temporary regulatory flexibilities. Read our summary

3) ACEP and more than 40 public health and medical associations called on federal, state and local authorities to adhere to evidence and public health expertise in making decisions on when to lift measures that include shelter-in-place orders and closures of non-essential businesses. 

4) Our "Let's Talk" EngagED Forum is a place to talk with fellow EM physicians who get it. We understand some topics are hard to discuss, so we made this our only member forum that allows anonymous posts. 

5) From the front lines to the home front: EM physician parents share how they're managing the COVID crisis, including how they're talking to their kids and taking extra safety precautions at home. 

View all COVID-19 resources.

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April 30

1) ACEP, EvidenceCare and the College of Urgent Care Medicine are co-hosting a COVID-19 webinar series that starts today. Join us for "OUD & the Emergency Department Experience During the COVID-19 Pandemic" at 3 p.m. ET. Speakers include Ken Shatzkes, PhD, Alister Martin, MD, MPP, Gail D’Onofrio, MD, MS, Emily Kauffman, DO, and Sandra Schneider, MD, FACEP. 

2) Reminder: The MIPS submission deadline is today. Here's what you need to know

3) Consider donating to the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes' Fund, established by her family to provide mental health support to healthcare professionals. EM is mourning the loss of Dr. Breen, who had served on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis in NYC. 

4) Our "Let's Talk" EngagED Forum is a place to talk with fellow EM physicians who know what it's like to be providing care during the time of COVID.

5) HHS has provided more information on the distribution of the CARES funding. Here's the latest.

6) Looking for clarification on EMTALA changes? We've updated our summary, which has FAQs and a webinar with CMS. 

7) New resources for financial concerns:

8) The second issue of JACEP Open is available, including new COVID-19 content. 

View all COVID-19 resources

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April 29

1) Virtual Hill Day: Yesterday, nearly 500 ACEP members representing 45 states conducted 306 online meetings with legislators to discuss COVID-19 concerns: PPE, hazard pay, liability relief and more. Nearly 50% of the meetings were with legislators or senior staff, and ACEP members were able to share their personal perspectives from the front lines. 

  • Related: On Sunday, the ACEP Young Physicians Section and EMRA cohosted its virtual Health Policy Primer and those lectures are now online

2) HHS has provided more information on the distribution of the CARES funding. Here's the latest.

3) New resources for financial concerns:

4) ICYMI: On Tuesday, ACEP and AAEM joined forces to issue a statement about physician misinformation that emphatically condemns the "reckless and untested musings" of two physicians that received media attention over the weekend. 

5) Reminder: The MIPS submission deadline is April 30. Here's what you need to know

6) ACEP members receive 3 free counseling and wellness sessions that can be conducted any time of day via phone, text or online chat. Sessions can cover everyday issues: stress, anxiety, depression, family issues, relationships, grief, etc. 

7) New poll: More than a third of American adults are delaying or avoiding medical care due to COVID-19. 

View all COVID-19 resources.

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April 28

1) Today, nearly 500 ACEP members, representing 46 states and DC, will be participating in small-group online meetings with their members of Congress to discuss COVID-19 concerns as part of our first-ever Virtual Hill Day

  • Related: On Sunday, the ACEP Young Physicians Section and EMRA cohosted its annual Health Policy Primer - virtually, of course - and those lectures are now online

2) ACEP is mourning the loss of NYC emergency physician Lorna Breen, MD, FACEP. “She is a hero who, despite having COVID-19, still thought of her patients and her team,” said ACEP President William Jaquis, MD, FACEP.

3) ACEP and AAEM joined forces to issue a statement about physician misinformation that emphatically condemns the "reckless and untested musings" of two physicians that received media attention over the weekend. 

4) Bankruptcy & Physician Impact in the Time of COVID-19: You might be worried that your group is considering bankruptcy. ACEP is here with resources for you … just in case. Check out this new podcast with a bankruptcy attorney to learn what you can do, can’t do and should do if faced with an employer bankruptcy.

View all COVID-19 resources.

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April 27

1) New video update from President William Jaquis, MD, FACEP, discusses ACEP's advocacy work on how you can stay safe in your EDs, the latest impact on declining patient volumes, and some of the ongoing work of the College.

2) We have updated our information about the distribution of the CARES Act funding with the latest from HHS and ACEP's Regulatory Affairs team.

3) ICYMI: On Friday, ACEP named a new executive director who will take over when Dean Wilkerson retires this summer after a 16-year run. 

4) COVID-19 Health Disparities: The ACEP Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity Section developed an initiative to reach out to high-risk communities with letters to community leaders that provide COVID-19 safety and prevention tips. We realized that trusted community leaders have a strong influence within many high-risk communities. Help spread the word by sending these letters to local community leaders.

5) New press release: Emergency Physicians: Drinking or Injecting Bleach Can Kill You

6) COVID CARES Act Reimbursement and Regulatory Webinar 2020 - Watch this webinar on how to financially protect your practice during these extraordinarily fluid and challenging times. Then, register for an update webinar scheduled for 1 pm ET, May 6.

View all COVID-19 Resources, including the Field Guide for Management of COVID-19 in the ED.

April 24

1) COVID-19 Financial Survival Guide: What You Need To Know is a new resource to help you navigate current financial concerns. You'll find tips for accessing government support, legal assistance, student loan and investing resources, and considerations for small groups.

- Related Resource: Democratic Group Practice Strategies to Financially Survive the COVID-19 Crisis

2) Steve Cantrill, MD, FACEP, was ACEP's representative on the panel that developed the NIH Coronavirus Treatment Guidelines released earlier this week. Those guidelines are being incorporated into our Field Guide for the Management of COVID-19 in the ED

3) Amal Mattu, MD, FACEP, was ACEP's representative for the consensus statement "Management of Acute Myocardial Infarction During the COVID-19 Pandemic" published in the JACC earlier this week. 

4) HHS announced more details on the distribution of the $100 billion CARES funding. Our latest regulatory blog breaks it down: You received financial relief. Should you keep it?

5) The following sections of our Field Guide for the Management of COVID-19 in the ED have been added or updated: Return to Work, PPE, Resuming Elective Surgery, Infection Prevention, Signs & Symptoms, Laboratory Testing, Disease Severity and Progression, and ED Management of Community Acquired Pneumonia. 

6) New episode of ACEP Nowcast: COVID-19 Lessons Learned

View all COVID-19 resources.

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April 23

1) HHS announced more details on the distribution of the $100 billion CARES funding

2) The following sections of ACEP's Field Guide for the Management of COVID-19 in the ED have been added or updated: Return to Work, PPE, Resuming Elective Surgery, Infection Prevention, Signs & Symptoms, Laboratory Testing, Disease Severity and Progression, and ED Management of Community Acquired Pneumonia. 

3) During this time of socially-distant learning, we are hosting COVID-19 webinars to keep you updated. Below are some of the available recordings, and here are the upcoming options.

4) Through May 5, McDonald’s is offering free Thank You Meals for healthcare workers and first responders. They are one of many companies stepping up to support healthcare heroes like you!

5) ACEP is encouraging the public to not delay necessary medical care in response to reports of more people waiting/refusing to seek care during an emergency medical situation due to COVID-19 fears.

View all COVID-19 resources.

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April 22

1) Last Day to Register: Virtual Hill Day is coming up April 28, but today is your last chance to reserve your slot. We're assembling small advocacy teams with new attendees and veterans so you can conduct state-based calls with your legislators. It's free for ACEP members. 

  • Speaking of Hill Day -- don't forget that the EMRA/YPS Policy Primer is still on for April 26 at 2 p.m. ET. Afterward, EMRA is hosting a Town Hall centered on the ongoing conversation around hazard pay.

2) ABEM announced the ConCert Exam will now be offered in an online, open-book format. Learn more.

3) This morning at 10 a.m. CT, we are hosting our first-ever Virtual Grand Rounds. Today's content is all about COVID-19, but Virtual Grand Rounds will be held monthly. Upcoming topics include wellness, airway, ultrasound, pediatrics, and international.

3) CMS is allowing independent freestanding EDs to temporarily participate in Medicare and Medicaid.

4) HHS is delaying its recently announced data sharing and interoperability rules.

5) COVID-19 Research: Up to $100,000 in new research grants available through EMF.

6) Today through May 5, McDonald’s is offering free Thank You Meals for healthcare workers and first responders as a token of appreciation for your selfless service. Available via drive thru or carry out at participating McDonald’s restaurants nationwide. See additional discounts and industry support

View all COVID-19 resources.

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April 21

1) Two new webinars from the CDC have been added to our COVID-19 Clinical Alert:

2) NEW: Management of Acute Myocardial Infarction During the COVID-19 Pandemic, a consensus statement from the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), American College of Cardiology (ACC), and ACEP. 

3) Virtual Hill Day is April 28, and it’s your opportunity to speak directly to your legislators about your COVID-19 concerns. More than half the 600 slots are taken; grab your spot before the registration deadline on April 22. 

4) We partnered with EvidenceCare to develop these COVID-19 pathwaysfree to all ACEP members. EvidenceCare has worked with the major EHRs to make these available as a SMART launch directly within our workflow. 

5) Looking for new socially-distant learning options? We have dozens of new courses and collections across a wide spectrum of topics - clinical, wellness, career, etc.

6) COVID-19 Research: EMF is awarding up to $100,000 in new research grants.

7) View our COVID-19-related webinars, past recordings and future offerings.

View all COVID-19 resources.

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April 20

1) The COVID-19 Field Guide is a living resource, growing as more information becomes available. This week, we added or updated the following sections: Regulations/Liability, Imaging (Chest X-Ray, CT, Ultrasound), ICU Care in the ED, Air Methods, Special Populations, and Infection Control and Patient Triage. 

2) Registration deadline approaching: Virtual Hill Day is April 28, and it’s your opportunity to speak directly to your legislators about your COVID-19 concerns. More than half the 600 slots are taken; grab your spot before the registration deadline on April 22. And don’t forget, the EMRA/YPS Policy Primer is still on for April 26 at 2 p.m. ET!

3) We partnered with EvidenceCare to develop these COVID-19 pathwaysfree to all ACEP members. EvidenceCare has worked with the major EHRs to make these available as a SMART launch directly within our workflow. 

4) Looking for new socially-distant learning options? We have dozens of new courses and collections across a wide spectrum of topics - clinical, wellness, career, etc.

5) COVID-19 Research: EMF is awarding up to $100,000 in new research grants.

6) View our COVID-19-related webinars, past recordings and future offerings.

7) Many companies are stepping up to support ACEP members during this crisis, including food delivery, airfare, lodging, rental cars, childcare and more. Learn more

View all COVID-19 resources.

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April 17

1) Surprise Billing: ACEP continues to encourage Congress to be mindful about the best time to pass surprise billing legislation amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Given all the changes and pressing needs at hand, now is not the time to introduce divisive legislation into this critical debate about how to responsibly and adequately respond to the pandemic. We sent a letter to Congress, and now we urge you to contact your reps to reinforce why this is an unnecessary distraction.

2) Reimbursement webinar today! Join the COVID CARES Act Reimbursement & Regulatory Webinar at 1 pm CT April 17. Dr. Granovsky will discuss how to financially protect your practice during these extraordinarily fluid and challenging times. Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

3) We're hosting our first Virtual Grand Rounds on April 22, featuring 5 lectures from 5 speakers on a variety of topics within the COVID umbrella.

4) COVID-19 Research Opportunity: The Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) is awarding up to $100,000 in new research grants on EM areas related to COVID-19.

5) Looking for online learning? Our "Invest in Yourself" eCME offerings cover a broad range of topics. 

6) View our COVID-19 Related Webinars

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April 16

1) ACEP’s Capital Minute is going live today! Every other Thursday, starting today at 3 p.m. ET, you can hear federal advocacy updates and have your questions answered live by Laura Wooster, ACEP’s Associate Executive Director of Public Affairs. Register for today's Capital Minute

2) We recently cohosted a webinar with CMS so ACEP members could ask questions about COVID-19 regulatory changes, and that recording is now available

3) We're hosting our first Virtual Grand Rounds on April 22. You'll hear five lectures from five speakers on a variety of topics within the COVID umbrella: leadership, pediatric airways, sepsis, ultrasound, lactate. 

4) Sign up for the COVID CARES Act Reimbursement & Regulatory Webinar at 1 pm CT April 17. Dr. Michael Granovsky will discuss how to financially protect your practice during these extraordinarily fluid and challenging times. Free for ACEP members. Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

5) Our COVID-19 Field Guide is a living resource. We have recently updated the following sections: Regulations/Liability, Imaging (Chest X-Ray, CT) and the ICU Care in the ED. 

6) ACEP and the Society of Critical Care Medicine hosted a COVID-19 critical care webinar on Monday. That recording is now available for all ACEP members (must be logged in). 

7) ACEP partnered with EvidenceCare to develop these COVID-19 pathways

View all COVID-19 resources.

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April 15

1) Great news! Dr. Ryan Padgett, a 45-year old EM physician in Seattle, is back home after recovering from a long bout with COVID-19.

2) COVID-19 Research Opportunity: The Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) is awarding up to $100,000 in new research grants on EM areas related to COVID-19. 

3) We're hosting our first Virtual Grand Rounds on April 22. You'll hear five lectures from five speakers on a variety of topics within the COVID umbrella: leadership, pediatric airways, sepsis, ultrasound, lactate.

4) Talk COVID-19 with your legislators. We're going virtual for Hill Day on April 28 so you can participate in state-specific calls with Congress about what it's like on the front lines. It's free for ACEP members, but limited to 600. Half the slots are already taken, so act quickly. Register by April 22

5) Sign up for the COVID CARES Act Reimbursement & Regulatory Webinar at 1 pm CT April 17. While EM physicians are holding the front lines, many ED volumes are down. Dr. Michael Granovsky will discuss how to financially protect your practice during these extraordinarily fluid and challenging times. Free for ACEP members. Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

6) ACEP partnered with EvidenceCare to develop these COVID-19 pathways

View all COVID-19 resources.

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April 14

1)COVID-19 & Custody Disputes: In response to the news that an EM physician had temporarily lost custody of her daughter because of her job on the front lines, we issued a statement from President Jaquis emphasizing that it is "unconscionable" to force any EM physician to choose between their family and their oath to their patients. ACEP has a letter of support available for those who are engaged in custody disputes related to COVID-19.  

2) Want to mobilize to help the hardest-hit areas? Here are some helpful resources and things to consider. 

3) Hilton and American Express have partnered to donate up to 1 million free hotel nights to ACEP members and other frontline medical professionals so you can have a safe and welcoming place to stay as you support those impacted by COVID-19. 

4) Sign up for the COVID CARES Act Reimbursement & Regulatory Webinar at 1 pm CT April 17. While EM physicians are holding the front lines, many ED volumes are down. Dr. Granovsky will discuss how to financially protect your practice during these extraordinarily fluid and challenging times. Free for ACEP members. Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

5) Visit our COVID-19 Clinical Alert, with more than 200 resources organized by topic. 

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April 13

1) ACEP and the Society of Critical Care Medicine are hosting a free COVID-19 critical care webinar today at 11 a.m. ET. Experts from both societies will address difficult questions regarding the management of COVID-19 patients. The focus will be on minding the gap where current training and guidelines may no longer apply. 

2) ICYMI: Last week we launched the Field Guide to COVID-19 Care in the ED to assist you on the front lines. 

3) HHS distributed $30 billion of the CARES Stimulus funding, and we have some thoughts. Related info: Here's how ACEP is advocating for financial support for EM physicians during this pandemic. 

4) Register for the COVID CARES Act Reimbursement & Regulatory Webinar at 1 pm CT April 17. Dedicated EM physicians are holding the front lines. At the same time, ED volumes are down drastically. Dr. Michael Granovsky will discuss how to financially protect your practice during these extraordinarily fluid and challenging times. Free for ACEP members, $75 for non-members. Approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

5) New resource: ACEP & Evidence Care partnered together to create these COVID-19 pathways.

6) Many companies are stepping up to support ACEP members during this crisis. Make sure you're aware of the discounts and support available to you, including food delivery, airfare, lodging, rental cars, childcare and more. 

7) Visit our COVID-19 Clinical Alert, with more than 200 resources organized by topic. 

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April 10

1) Great news! Jim Pruden, MD, FACEP, was released from the hospital. "Keep the faith and stay strong," he told his fellow healthcare workers. "You are giving everything—for people just like me. You are truly our heroes.”

2) NEW! COVID-19 Research Grants: EMF announced up to $100k in grant funding for COVID-19 research. Applications due June 5. 

3) New ACEP Statement: The Role of PEM in COVID-19

4) Join the free COVID CARES Act Reimbursement & Regulatory Webinar at 1 pm CT April 17. Dr. Granovsky will discuss how to financially protect your practice.

5) New resource: Field Guide to COVID-19 Care in the ED  

6) Register for the COVID Critical Care Webinar at 11 a.m. ET April 13: Experts from ACEP & SCCM will address difficult questions about managing COVID-19 patients.

7) Congress needs to hear from YOU. Join us for Virtual Hill Day, where state-based teams will have phone meetings with legislators to explain what it's like on the front lines of COVID-19. 

8) Sittercitya company that connects you with local childcare providers, is offering 3 free months of premium membership for healthcare professionals. View all COVID-19 discounts and support.

New:

See all COVID-19 resources.

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April 9

1) Yesterday we launched the Field Guide to COVID-19 Care in the ED to assist you on the front lines in this crisis. The guide is a compilation of current knowledge on the evaluation and treatment of COVID-19.

It is a living document; we will continue to update it as new information, guidance, and best practices evolve. Some sections are listed as “Coming” — that is because ACEP is working with NIH to develop the national guidelines for COVID-19. 

2) ACEP President Bill Jaquis, MD, FACEP, recorded a short video where he tells you the most recent developments from the front lines, including the latest on PPE, telehealth, volumes and liability.

3) We're going VIRTUAL for Hill Day this year! It's never been more important to talk to your Members of Congress. State-based teams will have phone meetings with legislators about COVID-19. It's free for all ACEP members, but limited to 600 participants. 

4) Register for the COVID Critical Care Webinar at 11 a.m. ET April 13: Moderated by the ACEP and SCCM presidents, invited experts from both societies will address difficult questions about managing COVID-19 patients.

5) Huge thank you to Marriott Bonvoy for providing free rooms to ACEP members in some of the hardest hit cities through their Marriott Rooms for Responders program.

6) ACEP is fighting for liability protections

See all COVID-19 resources.

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April 8

1) ACEP issued a statement that the College is standing up for emergency physicians who, despite serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, are having their livelihoods threatened. We are fighting a war with insufficient armor, but your commitment remains unshaken. However, that battle gets exponentially harder if employers or elected officials fail to step up and protect us. Read more.

2) ACEP and the American Society for Nephrology issued a joint statement about the referral of dialysis patients to the ED during the pandemic. 

3) More news from CMS: Medicare cost-sharing has been waived for all COVID-19 services related to testing, including some treatment. 

4) ACEP & the College of Urgent Care Medicine issued a joint statement: Risk Stratification Guide for Severity Assessment and Triage of Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Patients (Adults) in Urgent Care

5) ACEP partnered with Rand to produce Critical Care Surge Response Strategies for COVID-19, including an Excel-based model for helping hospitals respond to the crisis. 

6) ACEP's Pediatric EM Section conducted a webinar about the pediatric perspective of COVID-19

7) We're curating the latest COVID-19 literature.

New:

View all COVID-19 resources.

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April 7

1) On Friday, April 3, ACEP sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar requesting $3.6 billion to support emergency physician practices. It was a follow-up to the letter we sent that asked the Secretary to prioritize funding for frontline health care practitioners, especially EM physicians, who are risking their lives combating the virus and have the greatest risk of missing work because of being exposed to COVID-19.

2) ACEP is partnering with Hilton & American Express to provide 1 million hotel rooms to frontline medical professionals during the pandemic. ACEP members can already access discounted rooms across the country, but beginning April 13, you will be able to access these rooms at no cost to you. Note: These free rooms are not available until next week. 

3) ACEP partnered with Rand to produce Critical Care Surge Response Strategies for COVID-19, which includes an Excel-based model for helping hospitals respond to the crisis. 

4) ACEP's Pediatric EM Section conducted a webinar about the pediatric perspective of COVID-19

5) Printable: Thank your EM teams.

New:

View all COVID-19 resources.

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April 6

1) COVID-19 & Urgent Care: ACEP & the College of Urgent Care Medicine released the Risk Stratification Guide for Severity Assessment and Triage of Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Patients (Adults) in Urgent Care.

2) COVID-19 & Behavioral Health: ACEP joined with the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association, Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies, Crisis Residential Association, and the Emergency Nurses Association to release the Joint Statement for Care of Patients with Behavioral Health Emergencies and Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19.

Find more patient/diagnosis-specific resources, including pediatric, geriatric, palliative care, sickle cell and more. 

3) Get COVID-19 insights from your peers in NYC and Washington:

- The ACEP Critical Care Medicine section hosted a webinar with several EM physicians in Seattle and NY who shared their firsthand experiences with COVID-19 care. Due to the sensitive nature of the content, access is restricted to ACEP members.

- Liam Yore, MD, FACEP, writes about his experience during the initial outbreak in the Puget Sound region.

- EM physicians from Seattle discuss how to prepare your ED for COVID-19.

4) A new Capital Minute gives a breakdown of everything ACEP is doing to protect EM physicians and patients during the pandemic.

View all COVID-19 resources.

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April 3

1) ACEP is hosting a webinar with CMS today at noon CT so you can ask questions about telehealth and EMTALA. On Monday, CMS issued some big changes, including new guidance on EMTALA that allows MSEs to be delivered via telehealth and the addition of ED E/M codes to the list of approved Medicare Telehealth services. Read our detailed summary.

  • We have updated our list of approved 1135 waivers, state by state.

2) Invite your loved ones to join the ACEP Families group on Facebook so they can connect with others who are living the unique experience of support an EM physician on the frontlines. Have suggestions for how ACEP can support EM families during this crisis? Send your ideas to communications@acep.org. 

3) The Pediatric EM Section is hosting a COVID-19 panel discussion today at 1 p.m. CT with pediatric EM physicians from the states hit the hardest. 

4) These companies want to support ACEP members by making your life a little more convenient right now:

Newest Resources:

View all COVID-19 Resources.

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April 2

1) We are mourning the loss of one of our own to COVID-19. We encourage you to pause to reflect on our collective loss and the bravery it takes to risk your own life while caring for others. It's so hard, but we must pick up the pieces and press on in this fight. Our EM community is stronger together; let's lean on one another as we grieve. 

2) On Monday, CMS issued some big changes that are very important for EM, including new guidance on EMTALA that allows MSEs to be delivered via telehealth and the addition of ED E/M codes to the list of approved Medicare Telehealth services. ACEP pushed hard for these changes and our regulatory team has posted a detailed analysis for you.

3) The DEA issued guidance to DEA-registered physicians providing new flexibility for physicians managing patients with opioid use disorder.

4) The Pediatric EM Section is hosting a COVID-19 panel discussion April 3 at 1 p.m. CT with pediatric EM physicians from the states hit the hardest. Send your panel questions to taryn.taylor@emory.edu.

Newest Resources:

View all COVID-19 Resources.

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April 1

1) Last week, ACEP had a call with The Joint Commission to convey our concern that hospitals were punishing or forbidding staff from wearing their self-purchased or donated PPE. Yesterday, TJC issued a statement supporting your right to bring your own standard face masks or respirators to wear at work when your healthcare organizations can’t routinely provide access to PPE that is commensurate with your risk of exposure. Read more

2) On Monday, CMS issued some big changes that are major wins for EM, including new guidance on EMTALA allows MSEs to be delivered via telehealth and the addition of ED E/M codes to the list of approved Medicare Telehealth services. ACEP pushed hard for these changes and our regulatory team did a detailed analysis for you

3) ACEP is grateful for the companies supporting our members during this crisis:

  • Avis is giving ACEP members discounted car rentals through June 30.
  • ROVER (pet boarding/care) will send a $50 coupon code to ACEP members who fill out the online form by April 8. 

New Resources:

View all COVID-19 Resources.

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March 31

1) CMS dropped some major news yesterday. ACEP advocated hard for these changes, and they are important wins for emergency medicine. Highlights:

  • This is BIG: New guidance on EMTALA allows medical screening exams to be delivered via telehealth. 
  • CMS added the ED E/M codes to the list of approved Medicare telehealth services for the duration of this national emergency. This was a top priority for our advocacy team as they fight for our members.

Read a quick summary of the changes and what they mean for EM. Look for a deeper analysis from our regulatory team asap. 

2) ACEP partnered with leading health care orgs to issue a joint statement: Urgent Call for Federal Action to Address Medical Equipment Shortages. The statement calls to increase PPE supply & redeploy it to the areas in most critical need.

3) We are outraged by the growing reports of employers retaliating against frontline health workers who are trying to ensure workplace safety during this pandemic. We are pressing OSHA and TJC for official guidance to support your right to wear PPE. If you've experienced PPE restrictions or been sanctioned in any way for wearing it, email acepadvocacy@acep.org with a short description. 

New Resources:

View all COVID-19 Resources.

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March 30

1) ACEP is outraged by the growing reports of employers retaliating against frontline health workers who are trying to ensure workplace safety during this pandemic. We are pressing OSHA and TJC for official guidance to support your right to wear PPE. If you've experienced PPE restrictions or been sanctioned in any way for wearing it, email acepadvocacy@acep.org with a short description. 

2) On Saturday, CMS announced an advanced payment program where you can request a specific amount (up to 3 months-worth) of your usual Medicare payments. This is not a grant; You will be required to pay it back over time.

3)The major stimulus bill that was just signed into law includes a $100 billion fund HHS will distribute to hospitals, physicians and other providers in grants and direct payments that will not have to be repaid. On Friday, ACEP sent a letter asking HHS to prioritize this funding for frontline practitioners, especially EM physicians, who are risking their lives and are at the highest risk of missing work because of being exposed to COVID-19.

4) We released a policy urging hospitals to allow physicians to wear self-purchased and donated PPE. ACEP is pressing for official guidance from OSHA and The Joint Commission to protect your right to wear PPE. If you've experienced PPE restrictions or been sanctioned in any way for wearing it, email acepadvocacy@acep.org with a short description. 

5) We have a new ACEP Frontline podcast all about COVID-19 and the law, including PPE, OSHA and job security.

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March 28

1) The ACEP Critical Care Medicine section hosted a webinar with several EM physicians in Washington and New York who shared their firsthand experiences on the COVID-19 frontlines. Panelists include Nicholas Johnson, MD, FACEP, Patrick Maher, MD, Chad M. Meyers, MD, Trevor Pour, MD, FACEP, and Kaushal Shah, MD, FACEP. Susan Wilcox, MD, FACEP, served as moderator. Due to the sensitive nature of the content, this webinar is restricted to ACEP members only. 

2) March 27, ACEP sent a letter to the HHS Secretary Alex Azar in response to the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides $100 billion to the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund. We asked HHS to prioritize funding for frontline health care workers, especially EM physicians, who are risking their lives combating the virus and are at the highest risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and missing work. 

3) To date, more than 34,000 ACEP members have sent 104,434 emails to Congress asking for more PPE. 

4) ACEP is pressing for PPE donations across many channels. We're partnering with GetUsPPE.org to route all PPE donations to hospitals in need, and we reached out to 28 trade associations as part of a collaborative campaign to drive more PPE donations to local EDs.

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March 27

1) We released a new policy urging hospitals to allow physicians to wear self-purchased and donated PPE. ACEP is pressing for official guidance from OSHA and The Joint Commission to protect your right to wear PPE. If you've experienced PPE restrictions or been sanctioned in any way by your hospital for wearing it, email acepadvocacy@acep.org with a short description. No identifying info will be included.

2) ACEP and Hilton are partnering to offer ACEP members discounted hotel rooms if you need a safe place to stay if working back to back shifts, working far from home, or self-isolating to protect your families. 

3) ACEP is partnering with GetUsPPE.org to route all PPE donations to hospitals in need.

4) We released a statement that the work of our members during this pandemic should never influence custody disputes. Download the formal letter for legal proceedings. 

5) ACEP advocated heavily for EM physician support in the stimulus bill that passed the Senate.

6) We have gathered new resources related to PPE sterilization and face shield design.

7) ACEP is cataloging the newest COVID-19 literature daily.

 

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