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May 28, 2020

COVID-19 Latest Updates

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

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/managment 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/managment 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 informaiton 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 GrantsEMF 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. Register now.

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 and register here.

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 combatting 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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