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October 18, 2021

COVID-19 Latest Updates

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

Oct. 19

1. ACEP21 is coming up fast and offers nearly 20 learning opportunities related to COVID-19 care. You can search courses by topic to find those of interest to you. 

2. Theater of War for the Emergency Medicine Community is back! Invite your friends to this unique peer support event at 8 pm ET on Oct. 26. It's virtual and open to all, but registration is required.

3. Update on the Provider Relief Fund: Resources are still available to cover increased expenses and lost revenue.

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Aug. 16

1. ACEP is urging the FDA to prioritize EM physicians for COVID-19 booster. 

2. You're invited to a virtual White House Conversation: Health Systems, Providers & the COVID-19 Vaccination Effort at 11 a.m.  CT on Aug. 18. 

3. ACEP is hosting a free webinar at noon CT on Aug.20: COVID-19 Variants: What EM Physicians Need to Know. 

4. Support is available when you need it:

5. Register today: "Medical School Loans and the CARES Act: What You Need to Know" is coming up Aug. 25. 

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Aug. 2

1. It's almost time for a special edition Research Forum focused on COVID-19, brought to you by ACEP & the CDC! Register for this free event on Aug. 4 that will feature more than 100 abstracts authored by experts from leading research institutions, government, academia, and other areas where EM physician leadership and expertise are critical. Renowned COVID-19 researchers will be on hand to discuss the data in live sessions, and a virtual poster hall is available on-demand Aug. 2-6. The abstracts will be featured in a special supplement to Annals of Emergency Medicine. Sign up today!

2. Also on Aug. 4: You're invited to a new performance of Theater of War for the EM Community. Theater of War is an live virtual event during which acclaimed actors presents dramatic readings of scenes from ancient Greek plays, followed by a panel discussion with EM physicians to help engage in healing, constructive discussions about the stressors of the pandemic. We've hosted two so far, and this rendition features a new cast, play and panelists. It's free -- RSVP today. 

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July 28

1. The COVID-19 pandemic is not over. As new variants continue to emerge, there is more urgency to vaccinate as many people as possible against the virus. If you have set up a vaccination program in your ED, please take a few minutes to complete our survey for national data gathering. If you haven't, please consider working with your institution to provide vaccines to appropriate patients who will be discharged from the ED. An on-demand webinar features ACEP members explaining how they set up vaccine administration programs in their EDs and their lessons learned. Get more resources online

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July 27

1. ACEP is very concerned about our communities' health and safety with the COVID-19 Delta variant rising. ACEP supports the mandate to vaccinate health care workers.

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July 26

1. The ACEP Leadership & Advocacy Conference is today! This morning's Leadership Summit is packed with important topics: the opioid crisis, human trafficking, telemedicine and the future of the EM workforce. Join the conversation at #LAC21.

2. Today is the deadline to submit ACEP Council resolutions

3. Today is also the deadline to apply to be the next Annals of Emergency Medicine Resident Fellow.

4. You're invited to our inaugural virtual Special Edition Research Forum highlighting COVID research is coming Aug. 4! You'll hear from experts in the field and get the latest on research related to clinical care. 

5. We call this "regulatory season" for good reason: The new regulations just keep on coming! Luckily, ACEP's Regs & Eggs blog is here to break down the regs and how they affect emergency medicine.

6. Interested in health policy? You won't want to miss this month's Virtual Grand Rounds on July 28. Drs. Comilla Sasson, Janice Blanchard, Alison Haddock,  Cedric Dark, and Laura Oh will discuss physician advocacy, surprise billing, advocacy related to the EM workforce, universal health care and more. 

7. ACEP is hosting another rendition of Theater of War for the Emergency Medicine Community on Aug. 4. It's free and virtual -- sign up today!

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July 19

1. Join ACEP for its inaugural virtual Special Edition Research Forum highlighting COVID research on Aug. 4. You'll hear from experts in the field and get the latest on research related to clinical care. 

2. Monoclonal Antibodies Update on Frontline podcast: Listen to Dr. Christopher Winckler discuss the new point of care tool, Neutralizing Monoclonal Antibody. Support for this episode was provided through an unrestricted grant from Lilly USA.

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June 25

1. In Memoriam: ACEP Remembers Wilderness Medicine Pioneer Dr. Paul Auerbach

2. Webinar coming up June 29: LGBTQ patients continue to experience health disparities, including issues with access to care and economic, insurance, and housing instability. "The Full Spectrum: Caring for LGBTQ Patients in the ED" will discuss the disparities and give recommendations on how to improve the patient experience for our LGBTQ patients by reviewing cases that highlight important conditions and care discussions. Support for this webinar was made possible by an unrestricted educational grant provided by Bristol Myers Squibb.

3. Happy Friday! Here's some weekend reading and new podcasts:

4. Employment contracts: Feel confident you're protected before you sign on the dotted line with this ACEP checklist.

5. As EM physicians, you can help increase the number of people who are vaccinated. ACEP encourages you to consider working with your institution to provide vaccines to appropriate patients who will be discharged from the ED. We have resources to help you get started.

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June 18

1. ACEP + 32 health leaders are urging UHC to permanently abandon its unlawful and dangerous policy to retroactively deny patients’ emergency care claims.

2. The next ACEP Board of Directors meeting is June 23-24 and is always open to members. See your leaders make decisions on a variety of clinical and practice issues that will set ACEP's direction.

3. As EM physicians, you can help increase the number of people who are vaccinated. ACEP encourages you to consider working with your institution to provide vaccines to appropriate patients who will be discharged from the ED. We have resources to help you get started and don't miss this July 22 webinar, COVID-19 Vaccinations in the ED. 

4. Employment contracts: Feel confident you're protected before you sign on the dotted line with this ACEP checklist.

5. Next week's webinars are covering LGBTQ care, vaccines, mental health:

6. Check out our newest PEERcert+ module: Social and Behavioral Health.

7. This free on-demand course offers an update of the new Ischemic Stroke Guidelines, imaging techniques, image requirements in reperfusion therapies, required transfer images for EVT, and describe the regional stroke center concept. Sponsored by an Educational grant from Genentech, a member of the Roche Group. 

June 11

1. Today's White House Virtual Town Hall: ACEP President Dr. Mark Rosenberg will be speaking with CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky about his hospital's ED vaccination program during a live-streamed White House Town Hall 3-4 pm ET today. Dr. Rosenberg is one of 5 health care leaders chosen to discuss innovative approaches to patient outreach and vaccine programs with moderators Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Walensky, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, and Dr. Bechara Choucair.

2. ACEP advocacy in action: UnitedHealthcare delays ER coverage policy amid backlash.

3. Yesterday, OSHA released its emergency temporary standard (ETS) for COVID-19, including numerous requirements around patient screening, social distancing, PPE, ventilation, training, recordkeeping etc. View FAQ.

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June 9

1. White House Virtual Town Hall: ACEP President Dr. Mark Rosenberg will be speaking with CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky about his hospital's ED vaccination program during a live-streamed White House Town Hall on Friday, June 11, 3-4 pm ET. Dr. Rosenberg is one of 5 health care leaders chosen to discuss innovative approaches to patient outreach and vaccine programs with moderators Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Walensky, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, and Dr. Bechara Choucair.

2. ACEP strongly condemns the dangerous decision by UnitedHealthcare to retroactively deny emergency care claims.

3. Only two days left for legislators to sign on to this important letter re: surprise billing. Send your rep a message!

4.  ACEP recently joined the AMA Scope of Practice Partnership (SOPP). Read about this partnership in the context of the PA name change news on ACEP Lately.

5. ACEP21: We are excited to be together again, LIVE and in person, Oct. 25-28 in Boston! Register today and use promo code FALL21 for $100 off the in-person meeting price. 

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June 7

1. Did you know 988 will be the new direct line to trained National Suicide Prevention Lifeline counselors? Join Emmy Betz, MD, MPH, a leading suicide prevention researcher, John Draper, PhD, Exec. Director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and Tony Ng, MD, chair of the Coalition on Psychiatric Emergencies, for a webinar June 8 at 3 pm CT to discuss what this means for EM.

2.  ACEP recently joined the AMA Scope of Practice Partnership (SOPP). The SOPP believes patients deserve care led by physicians, and it helps state and specialty societies in opposing scope-of-practice expansion legislation. Read about this partnership in the context of the PA name change news on ACEP Lately.

3. ACEP21: We are excited to be together again, LIVE and in person, Oct. 25-28 in Boston! Register today and use promo code FALL21 for $100 off the in-person meeting price. At-home live streaming or virtual on-demand options also available.

4. Vaccine Updates:

  • ACEP has Smart Phrases for COVID vaccine information in Arabic, English, Japanese, Portuguese, Pushto, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Urdu.
  • Join us June 22 for a webinar reviewing the role of EDs in vaccinations. We’ll discuss COVID-19 vaccines and how to implement an ED vaccination program.

5. Regulatory updates: Biden Administration Releases Entire Fiscal Year 2022 President's Budget

6. Interested in learning more about healthcare quality improvement? This June 16 webinar will get you started.

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June 4

1. Gather together again, LIVE and in person, at ACEP21, Oct. 25-28 in Boston! Register today and use promo code FALL21 for $100 off the in-person meeting price. At-home live streaming or virtual on-demand options also available.

2. Upcoming Webinars:

  • The Future of Suicide Prevention and Crisis Care: 3 pm CT, June 8
  • Introduction to Healthcare Quality Improvement: 12 pm CT, June 16

3. New regulatory blog: Biden Administration Releases Entire Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 President’s Budget

4. Surprise Billing Update: The No Surprises Act, which Congress passed at the end of 2020, bans balance billing for OON services starting in 2022 and establishes an IDR process to ensure clinicians and facilities are paid appropriately for the OON services delivered. Urge your legislators to support a letter asking the Administration to ensure this intent is reflected, noting the need to maintain balance in the IDR process. 

5. "ACEP has worked to support transparency for patients ... We resolutely maintain there is no replacement for the knowledge, skill, and experience provided by EM physicians." In this month's ACEP Lately blog, ACEP's Executive Director Sue Sedory touches on scope of practice, workforce, physician mental health and more. 

6. Drop the Mic 2021: Apply now for ACEP21's Drop the Mic new speaker competition! 

7. The COVID-19 ED Management Tool is now available in Hindi.

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May 27

1. ACEP and EMRA issued a statement in response to the AAPA House of Delegates decision to change their professional title to "Physician Associate."

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May 26

1. Yesterday, the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act passed unanimously out of the Senate HELP Committee by voice vote. S. 610, named in honor of emergency physician Dr. Breen, prioritizes the mental health of health care professionals. ACEP developed and led a sign-on letter in support of this bill last month that was signed by 32 major provider and patient advocacy organizations including NAMI, AAMC, AMA, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Help generate more momentum for this bill by asking your legislators to sign on as co-sponsors.

2. And while we're on the topic of wellness, May is Mental Health Month. We want to make you aware of current resources and upcoming events:

  • All ACEP members have access to three free wellness coaching or crisis counseling sessions through the Member Wellness & Assistance Program.
  • Patient Care: On June 8, ACEP is hosting a webinar about 988 becoming the new direct, three-digit line to trained National Suicide Prevention Lifeline counselors and what it means for EM.
  • Interested in building a physician peer support program at your institution? This June 24 webinar will examine best practices.

3. The National Pediatric Readiness Project Assessment started this month

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May 24

1. Interested in learning more about health care quality improvement? Register for this May 25 webinar that will be an introduction to key concepts, methodologies and tools in health care process improvement with a focus on Lean, Six Sigma and the Model for Improvement. 

2. May is Mental Health Month. We want to make you aware of current resources and upcoming events related to physician and patient mental health.

  • All ACEP members have access to three free wellness coaching or crisis counseling sessions through the Member Wellness & Assistance Program.
  • Patient Care: On June 8, ACEP is hosting a webinar about 988 becoming the new direct, three-digit line to trained National Suicide Prevention Lifeline counselors and what it means for EM.
  • Interested in building a physician peer support program at your institution? This June 24 webinar will examine best practices.

3. CMS recently released Medicaid utilization data from the COVID-19 crisis.

4. The revised Compensation Arrangements for Emergency Physicians statement now addresses EM physicians being provided detailed itemized reports of billing & collections in their name reflecting the language in Amended Resolution 29(20) Billing and Collections Transparency in EM.

5. This influential EM conference flies under the radar, but it's a great way to hone your leadership skills while learning how to be a powerful advocate. 

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May 17

1. ICYMI: The Workforce Solutions infographic outlines ACEP's next steps. 

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

3. ACEP’s COVID-19 ED Management Tool was updated this week and is now available on the MDCalc website and in their app.

4.  Big week for webinars:

  • May 18: Bleeding and Clotting of COVID-19 Coagulopathy: Should We Anticoagulate?
  • May 19: Virtual Grand Rounds: ENT Emergencies
  • May 19: Pediatric Readiness: Every Child, Every Day
  • May 20: This is EMS: Caring for our Children

5. Job fair this week: Register for next virtual job fair on May 20, brought to you by ACEP, EMRA and EMcareers.org. It's a great opportunity to chat one-on-one with potential employers.

6. Bidding is open for The World of Travel and Art EMF Online Auction! The proceeds will benefit the EM Wellness Grant, and FUJIFILM Sonosite will match any donations and bids.

7. The annual EMerald Coast Conference is coming up June 7-10 in Destin, Florida, bringing together the best and the brightest of 10 participating ACEP chapters to cover a wide range of topics. Come examine EM trends, catch up with friends and bring your family to play on the Panhandle!

8. The Research Forum deadline is coming up May 21!

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May 11

1. TODAY: The ED reimbursement landscape is rapidly changing. Attend this webinar at 1 p.m. CT for new insights and updates to the reimbursement and coding rules that have changed since January.

2. New blog: CMS Releases Major Proposed Reg Impacting Medicare Payments for Hospitals

3. Early Outcomes of Bivalirudin Therapy for Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia and Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis after Ad26.COV2.S Vaccination: A Case Report

4. May 13: ACEP's Medical Directors Section is hosting a webinar at 1 pm CT to discuss how telehealth in EM has transformed during this pandemic and how EDs can utilize it going forward.

5. Research Forum Update: Did you know we're having a special edition of the Research Forum dedicated to COVID-19? Now accepting submissions for both Research Forums through May 21. 

6. In the job market? Sign up for the next virtual job fair on May 20 brought to you by ACEP, EMRA and EMcareers.org. Find new resources to the new Career Center, including recent policy statements on compensation, contracts and more.

7. Register for The World of Travel and Art EMF Online Auction. The proceeds will benefit the EM Wellness Grant, and FUJIFILM Sonosite will match any donations and bids.

8. Save the date:

  • May 18 (1 pm CT): Bleeding and Clotting of COVID-19 Coagulopathy: Should We Anticoagulate?
  • May 19 (1 pm CT): Pediatric Readiness: Every Child, Every Day
  • May 20 (1 pm CT): This is EMS: Caring for our Children

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May 6

1. TONIGHT at 7 pm CT: Terms, compensation, PTO, restrictive covenants, malpractice, due process and more: We're getting into the nitty-gritty of EM employment contracts. Two expert panelists will walk through sample EM physician contracts and highlight potential red flags.

2. Did you miss yesterday's Capital [30] Minutes discussing the CONNECT act, red flag laws, Buprenorphine guidelines, data sharing, vaccine uptake, public health emergency status, and Administration appointments? Watch the recap.

3. Calling all researchers: Did you know we're having a special edition of the Research Forum dedicated to COVID-19? Now accepting submissions for both Research Forums through May 21. 

4. It's a big month for webinars, with something for everyone:

  • Tonight (7 pm CT): Standard Contract Precautions: Protect Yourself from an Unfair Employment Contract
  • May 12 (1 pm CT): ED Reimbursement: Industry Updates
  • May 13 (1 pm CT): Telehealth, COVID-19, and the Workforce: From Crisis to Opportunity
  • May 18 (1 pm CT): Bleeding and Clotting of COVID-19 Coagulopathy: Should We Anticoagulate?
  • May 19 (1 pm CT): Pediatric Readiness: Every Child, Every Day
  • May 20 (1 pm CT): This is EMS: Caring for our Children

5. In the job market? Sign up for the next virtual job fair on May 20 brought to you by ACEP, EMRA and EMcareers.org. 

6. NEW: PEERprep For Physicians has everything you need to improve your readiness and confidence on ITE and certification exams.

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May 3

1. Did you know we're having a special edition of the Research Forum dedicated to COVID-19? Now accepting submissions for both Research Forums through May 21.

2. In her new post on ACEP Lately, Executive Director Sue Sedory provides updates on EM workforce, sepsis, ultrasound, advocacy and more. 

3. Do you know how to analyze your employment contract? Wish you knew more? Register today for the second episode of EM L.I.F.E.R.S. on May 6: "Standard Contract Precautions: Protect Yourself from an Unfair Employment Contract."

4. On May 5 at 2 pm CT, ACEP's EM Informatics Section presents "COVID: Lessons Learned From Pairing Remote Symptom Monitoring and Mobile Integrated Health."

5. The Biden Administration finalizes buprenorphine guidelinesand it's a step in the right direction. 

6. New pediatric resources:

  • Learn more about the National Pediatric Readiness Project during a May 19 webinar "Pediatric Readiness: Every Child, Every Day". 
  • ACEP is hosting a May 20 webinar — This is EMS: Caring for our Children.

And in case you missed it, Virtual PEM is now available. Plus, the latest two episodes of the ACEP Frontline podcast have covered peds topics: feverish toddlers and transgender care in the ED.

7. The new Careers page continues to grow, adding policy statements on compensation, transparency, contracts and more.

8. May 18 webinar: Bleeding and Clotting of COVID-19 Coagulopathy: Should We Anticoagulate?

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April 28

1. The last day to apply for ACEP committees is May 1.

2. The Biden Administration finalizes buprenorphine guidelines, and it's a step in the right direction. 

3. Standard Contract Precautions: This May 6 webinar covers how to protect yourself from an unfair employment contract.

4. Check out the new & improved Sonoguide: Ultrasound Guide for Emergency Physicians! This resource was originally developed from an Emergency Ultrasound Section grant. The Sonoguide team thanks FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc., for sponsoring the Sonoguide. 

5. Data shows a recent increase in ED visits. Keep track of local trends with ACEP's COVID-19 Data Visualizations.

6. New podcast: PEM21 and Transgender Care in the ED

7. If you missed ACEP's Virtual Advanced Pediatric EM Assembly or need to stay current with pediatric education from internationally recognized speakers, Virtual PEM is now available! 

8. The Wiegenstein Legacy Society is named after Dr. John G. Wiegenstein, ACEP’s founding president. By including EMF in your estate plans, you'll join the legacy society family of over 100 physician leaders committed to the future of EM research. 

9. It’s been a trying year for EM physicians & other frontline providers. Thanks to its sponsors, WA-ACEP is able to offer FREE registration for its online Virtual Summit to SoundJune 3-4. 

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April 26

1. Have you seen the new and improved Sonoguide: Ultrasound Guide for Emergency Physicians? It was initially developed for those with little ultrasound experience, but it also includes advanced concepts and skills for those with more ultrasound background. This resource was originally developed from an ACEP Emergency Ultrasound Section grant. The Sonoguide team would like to thank FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc., for sponsoring the Sonoguide. 

2. Virtual Grand Rounds: Difficult Conversations is coming up April 28. Topics include conflict management, disclosing errors and more. 

3. Coming up April 27: Join this free webinar hosted by Panacea Financial and learn the five costly mistakes every physician should avoid.

4. Press Release: AAP, ACEP and ENA Call for Improving Emergency Care for Children in Joint Policy Statement

5. EMF has a new Health Policy Scholar Grant opportunity! Apply by June 11.

6. It’s been a trying year for EM physicians and other frontline providers. Thanks to its sponsors, WA-ACEP is able to offer FREE registration for our Virtual Summit to SoundJoin WA-ACEP June 3-4 for a shorter, online version of this popular meeting. 

7. Data shows a recent increase in ED visits. Keep track of local trends with ACEP's COVID-19 Data Visualizations, updated weekly.

8. Don't forget: Last day to apply for ACEP committees is May 1!

9. The Virtual Spring Job Fair, hosted by ACEP, EMRA and EMcareers.org, is May 20. Sign up today.

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April 23

1. Introducing two new clinical resources:

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April 22

1. New from ACEP Now: Workforce Considerations: ACEP’s Commitment to You and Emergency MedicineBookmark the Workforce page for ongoing updates, and join the conversation in the Workforce forum. 

2. If you missed yesterday's Capital [30] Minutes, you can watch it here. Topics include: Medicare pay cut delay, ED violence, hearings on addiction and mental health, surprise billing, PPE guidance, vaccine pause and more.

3. Let's talk pediatrics:

4. EMergence Podcast: Identifying Comorbidities in Just One Click with Dr. Mark Henry

5. Virtual Grand Rounds: Difficult Conversations is coming up April 28. Topics include conflict management, disclosing errors and more.

6. EMF has a new Health Policy Scholar Grant opportunity! Apply by June 11.

7. Have financial questions? Join this free webinar 5 p.m. CT on April 27 hosted by Panacea Financial and learn the five costly mistakes every physician should avoid.

8. Calling all ED directors: Virtual EDDA Phase II is coming up May 4-June 24. Register today, and don't forget to invite your management team to join the fun!

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April 19

1. The Advanced Pediatric Emergency Medicine Assembly kicks off today with its preconference slate! PEM21 is virtual; it's not too late to register.

2. Also today - Join the DIHE section's free webinar at 6 pm CT: "The Impact of Health Disparities upon Urban Firearm Violence: EM Public Health Approach to Prevention."

3. New from AnnalsACEP Consensus Report Addresses Early Care of Sepsis in ED

4. Workplace violence bill: On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the ACEP-supported "Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act" (H.R. 1195) by a vote of 254 to 166. This legislation directs OSHA to require employers to establish workplace violence prevention standards and plans to protect EM physicians, nurses, and other health care workers from violence and assaults at work. ACEP and its endorsement of the legislation was referenced multiple times during the congressional debate. Read ACEP’s letter of support.

5. Virtual Grand Rounds: Difficult Conversations is coming up April 28. 

6. Have financial questions? Join this free webinar 5 p.m. CT on April 27 hosted by Panacea Financial and learn the five costly mistakes every physician should avoid.

7. Calling all ED directors: Virtual EDDA Phase II is coming up May 4-June 24. Register today, and don't forget to invite your management team to join the fun!

8. President Biden releases initial FY 2022 budget proposal: Will Congress listen?

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April 15

1. New Workforce summaryLast week's webinar, EM Physician Workforce of the Future, previewed soon-to-be-published data showing we are facing a potential oversupply of EM physicians in the next decade. Read the new Brief Summary from the ACEP Board of Directors that includes a list of considerations, as well as some specific next steps our organization can take. Bookmark the Workforce page -- we'll be updating that often with the latest developments.

Get the resident perspective: In this week's podcastFrontline host Dr. Ryan Stanton and EMRA President Dr. RJ Sontag discuss how the new workforce data is landing with residents and dig into some of the solutions on the table.

2. TODAY is the last day to submit nominations for ACEP Teaching Awards and the ACEP/EMRA Medical Student Professionalism and Service Award.

3. The “Open Notes” requirement of the 21st Century Cures Act is in effect. How will this change your documentation? What are risks and benefits? ACEP's Health IT Section is hosting a virtual panel discussion tomorrow, April 16.

4. Register now: "The Impact of Health Disparities upon Urban Firearm Violence: EM Public Health Approach to Prevention" is 6 p.m. CT on April 19. 

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April 14

1. COVID-19 Updates: 

2. The “Open Notes” requirement of the 21st Century Cures Act is in effect. How will this change your documentation? What are risks and benefits to patients and physicians? ACEP's Health IT Section is hosting a virtual panel discussion April 16 to discuss the digital note sharing requirement, emerging best practices & early experiences.

3. Join the conversation: Friday's webinar, EM Workforce of the Future, previewed soon-to-be-published data showing we are facing a potential oversupply of EM physicians in the next decade. This is a pivotal moment for our specialty. It's time to work together to develop forward-thinking solutions.

More on this topic: In this week's podcast, Frontline host Dr. Ryan Stanton and EMRA President Dr. RJ Sontag discuss how the new workforce data is landing with residents and dig into some of the solutions on the table.

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April 12

1. Join the conversation: Friday's webinar, EM Workforce of the Future, previewed soon-to-be-published data showing we are facing a potential oversupply of EM physicians in the next decade. This is a pivotal moment for our specialty. The data is clear, and now we must work together to develop forward-thinking solutions.

2. The “Open Notes” requirement of the 21st Century Cures Act is in effect. How will this change your documentation? What are risks and benefits to patients and physicians? ACEP's Health IT Section is hosting a virtual panel discussion April 16 to discuss the evidence behind the digital note sharing requirement, emerging best practices, & early experiences with the rule.

3. ED Violence Prevention: Please urge your legislator to support the "The Workplace Violence Prevention Act for Health Care and Social Service Workers" (H.R. 1195).

4. Biden Administration Releases Drug Policy Priorities: What’s the Potential Impact on Emergency Care?

5. Now seeking abstracts for the 2021 Research Forum. 

6. Annals of Emergency Medicine is accepting applications for its 2021-22 Resident Editorial Board Fellowship.

7. Nominations for ACEP Teaching Awards and ACEP/EMRA Medical Student Professionalism and Service Award are due April 15.

8. Virtual Grand Rounds: Difficult Conversations is April 28. 

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April 9

1. Happening TODAY, 9-11 a.m. CT: Discover what researchers project for the future of the EM workforce after years of analysis. Hear plans from major EM organizations around data-driven decisions to inform next steps. Register by 8:45 a.m. CT for this free webinar.

2. Now seeking abstracts for the 2021 Research Forum! Deadline is May 21.

3. Annals of Emergency Medicine is accepting applications for its 2021-22 Resident Editorial Board Fellowship for PGY3 and PGY4 residents.

4. Drop the Mic! We're looking for up-and-coming speakers interested in health policy to step into the spotlight LAC21 in Washington, D.C.

5. Now available: "I Need a Job: Getting Hired in a Pandemic," a recent panel discussion hosted by the Young Physicians Section and Online Education Committee, is in the Online Learning Collaborative. Free for ACEP members.

6. Nominations for ACEP Teaching Awards and ACEP/EMRA Medical Student Professionalism and Service Award are due April 15.

7. Gearing up for MyEMCert? ACEP's new PEERcert+ focuses on the topic-specific modules in MyEMCert to help you succeed. Current courses include Abdominopelvic, Trauma and Bleeding and Abnormal Vital Signs and Shock. 

8. Get waivered! ACEP and NJ ACEP are offering a series of free, remote, EM MAT (X-waiver) trainings

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April 6

1. Discover what researchers project for the future of the EM workforce after years of analysis. Hear plans from major EM organizations around data-driven decisions to inform next steps. Register early for this free, space-limited webinar, 9-11 a.m. CT on April 9.

2. Listen in: The ACEP Board of Directors meeting is April 7-8. This virtual meeting kicks off at 8 a.m. CT each morning and is open to all members.

3. Hear from the innovators in suicide prevention: Register for The Saving Lives in ED Awards Ceremony at 2 pm CT April 8 featuring the ACEP and AFSP award winners presenting their game-changing work.

4. Drop the Mic! We're looking for up-and-coming speakers interested in health policy to step into the spotlight LAC21 in Washington, D.C.

5. In this week's ACEP Frontline episode, Dr. Jamie Shoemaker discusses his experiences and knowledge of physician service payments, including what has changed and how it affects emergency physicians.

6. Nominations for ACEP Teaching Awards and ACEP/EMRA Medical Student Professionalism and Service Award are due April 15.

7. Gearing up for MyEMCert? ACEP's new PEERcert+ focuses on the topic-specific modules in MyEMCert to help you succeed. Current courses include Abdominopelvic, Trauma and Bleeding and Abnormal Vital Signs and Shock. 

8. Get waivered! ACEP and NJ ACEP are offering a series of free, remote, EM MAT (X-waiver) trainings

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April 2

1. Surprise medical billing update: ACEP + EDPMA sent a letter with key recommendations to federal agencies implementing the No Surprises Act.

2. Gearing up for MyEMCert? ACEP's new PEERcert+ focuses on the topic-specific modules in MyEMCert to help you succeed. Current courses include Abdominopelvic, Trauma and Bleeding and Abnormal Vital Signs and Shock. 

3. If you missed the live airings, these webinars are now available in the Online Learning Collaborative:

  • Infection Control from the ED to ICU: Triage to Transport
  • This Is Our Shot: How EM Docs Can Empower Patients to End the Pandemic
  • Between the Puff and the Tornado: High Flow Nasal Oxygen Therapy in the ED

4. ACEP member and former ACEP Board member Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP, is a candidate for Modern Healthcare’s Top 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives and your vote could be the difference!

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March 31

1. Meet your certification needs with PEERcert+. ABEM’s new MyEMCert focuses on topic-specific modules, and ACEP’s new courses do the same to help you succeed. Current courses include Abdominopelvic, Trauma and Bleeding and Abnormal Vital Signs and Shock. 

2. Straight from the source: In her first post for the ACEP Lately blog, Executive Director Sue Sedory is discussing Women’s History Month, 2020 reflections, the EM job market and how to prep for MyEMcert. 

3. Register today for The Saving Lives in ED Awards Ceremony at 2 pm CT April 8 featuring the ACEP and AFSP award winners presenting their game-changing work in the area of suicide prevention.

4. ACEP and NJ ACEP are partnering to provide a series of free, remote, EM MAT (X-waiver) trainings

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March 30

1. INTRODUCING the new PEERcert+ from ACEP, designed specifically to help you prepare for the MyEMCert while also helping you provide better patient care. Available now for ABEM's first module release: 

  • Abdominopelvic
  • Trauma and Bleeding
  • Abnormal Vital Signs and Shock

2. As we close out Women's History Month, have you read the powerful essays in Perspectives: Women in EMProduced by AAWEP, the book tackles sensitive topics such as mortality, motherhood, workplace discrimination, pregnancy, and more.

3. Get ready: New data sharing requirements are going into effect in early April.

4. Today is the last day to apply to be the next ACEP Now Medical Editor in Chief.

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March 29

1. INTRODUCING the new PEERcert+ from ACEP, designed specifically to help meet your certification needs.

2. ACEP and 9 other emergency medicine organizations issued the Consensus Statement on the 2021-22 Emergency Medicine Residency Application Cycle Part I: Emergency Medicine Rotations and Letters that includes nine principles that should be followed to promote safety, fairness and equity in the EM residency application process.

3. Get ready: New data sharing requirements are going into effect in early April.

4. Book your hotel for Boston! We are excited to be back together again for ACEP21 in Boston, Oct. 25-28. You can book in the official ACEP21 hotel block for the most convenient hotels at exclusive rates.

5. Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 ACEP/EMRA National Outstanding Medical Student Awards:

  • Abraham Akbar, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Jaskaran Bains, Weill Cornell Medical School
  • Carolina Ornelas, University of California, San Francisco
  • Samuel Rouleau, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
  • Joyce Wahba, University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

6. Upcoming events:

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March 26

1. TODAY: ACEP, SCCM and IDSA are partnering to host Infection Control from the ED to ICU: Triage to Transport at 1 p.m. CT. 

2. Get ready: New data sharing requirements are going into effect in early April.

  • Patients Will Soon Have Access To Clinical Notes—Are You Ready? (March 2021 ACEP Now)
  • The Cures Act Gives Patients Access to Our Notes, and This Could Be Good. (March 2021 ACEP Now)

3. New podcasts:

4. Book your hotel for Boston! We are excited to be back together again for ACEP21 in Boston, Oct. 25-28. You can book in the official ACEP21 hotel block and take advantage of the most convenient hotels chosen specifically for attendees at exclusive rates.

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March 24

1. Looking for a job? Don't miss tonight's expert panel discussing how to navigate the EM job market during this pandemic. Still time to register!

2. Tune in to Capital [30] Minutes today at 1 p.m. CT for updates on Congressional hearings, ED violence legislation, Xavier Becerra's confirmation vote, the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization and more.

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March 23

1. Let's talk about jobs. Don't miss tomorrow's panel discussion about how to navigate the EM job market during this pandemic. Register today.

2. Virtual Grand Rounds: Injury Prevention, also coming up tomorrow, covers a variety of topics: firearm injuries, intimate partner violence, suicide prevention and more. Register today.

3. Book your hotel for Boston today! We are excited to be back together again for ACEP21 in Boston, Oct. 25-28. You can now book in the official ACEP21 hotel block and take advantage of the most convenient hotels chosen specifically for ACEP21 attendees at exclusive discounted rates.

4. ACEP, SCCM and IDSA and partnering on a March 26 webinar: Infection Control from the ED to ICU: Triage to Transport. Register today.

5. Interested in serving on an ACEP committee? Apply by May 1. 

6. Did you miss out on this year’s Reimbursement and Coding Conferences? It's not too late! Get details for the Reimbursement bundle and the Coding bundle.

7. Upcoming events:

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March 19

1. Virtual Grand Rounds: Injury Prevention, coming up March 24, covers a variety of topics: firearm injuries, intimate partner violence, suicide prevention and more. Register today.

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March 18

1. Calling all EM advocates: Congress needs to hear from you! The temporary moratorium on the 2% Medicare sequester will end on April 1 unless Congress acts.

2. New resource alert: The COVID-19 ED Management Tool has been updated and expanded, including the addition of Smart Phrases.

3. Women’s History Month: In 1996, Nancy J. Auer, MD, FACEP, was the first woman elected president of ACEP. She went on to become the first woman to earn the John G. Wiegenstein Award. In this video, she remembers her time as ACEP’s first woman president. 

4. The E-QUAL Honor Roll recognizes the highest-performing EDs as well as those with the greatest improvements in quality across the Sepsis, Opioids and Stroke initiatives in 2020. Learn more and see 2020's awardees. 

5. ACEP, SCCM and IDSA and partnering on a March 26 webinar: Infection Control from the ED to ICU: Triage to Transport. Register today.

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March 17

1. Calling all EM advocates: Congress needs to hear from you! The temporary moratorium on the 2% Medicare sequester will end on April 1 unless Congress acts.

2. TODAY: Had patients who resist getting the COVID-19 vaccine? Join today's webinar at 1 p.m. CT to discuss vaccine hesitancy and how to compassionately counsel patients on this decision.

3. Join today's high flow nasal oxygen webinar. Presenters will identify the use of high flow nasal cannula use, plus complications + contra-indications. They'll discuss technology, terminology and high velocity therapy as a mask-free form of non-invasive respiratory support. 

4. New resource alert: The COVID-19 ED Management Tool has been updated and expanded.

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March 15

1. Had patients who resist getting the COVID-19 vaccine? Join this March 17 webinar to discuss vaccine hesitancy and ways to compassionately counsel patients on this decision.

2. On March 16 at 3 p.m. CT, join the public meeting "Anatomy of Democratic Group: Governance." This is the first in a quarterly series hosted by the ACEP Democratic Group Practice Section.

3. Coming up March 17: a high flow nasal oxygen webinar. Presenters will identify the use of high flow nasal cannula use, plus complications + contra-indications. They'll discuss technology, terminology and high velocity therapy as a mask-free form of non-invasive respiratory support. 

4. Women’s History Month: In 1996, Nancy J. Auer, MD, FACEP, was the first woman elected president of ACEP. She went on to become the first woman to earn the John G. Wiegenstein Award, and she has an annual featured lecture named in her honor. In this video, she remembers her time as ACEP’s first woman president. 

5. Upcoming events and deadlines:

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March 12

1. Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the WHO declaring a pandemic. Let's look back at a historic year for emergency medicine

2. ACEP's COVID-19 Severity Classification Tool has been updated. The new tool walks clinicians through the following steps: Severity Classification, Risk Prognostication & Assessment, Diagnostic Testing & Interpretation, Disposition and Treatment. 

3. Have you encountered patients who resist getting the COVID-19 vaccine? Join this March 17 webinar for a panel discussion about vaccine hesitancy and learn strategies for compassionately counseling your patients on this important decision. 

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March 10

1. Ebola Clinical Alert: Due to new Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo, North Kivu Province and in Guinea, N’Zerekore Prefecture, EDs are encouraged to review Ebola protocols and screening procedures. 

2. Join the live Capital [30] Minutes discussion today at 1 p.m. CT for the latest legislative updates on COVID relief, X-waiver, physician mental health and more.

3. Take action against ED violence. Ask your legislator to co-sponsor the “The Workplace Violence Prevention Act for Health Care and Social Service Workers” (H.R. 1195). 

4. Commemorate Women’s History Month by learning about a true trailblazer, Pamela Benson, MD, MS, FACEP (read Part 1 and Part 2). Dr. Benson was the first woman resident in EM (1971) and the first woman elected to the ACEP Board of Directors (1982-88). 

5. Upcoming events and deadlines:

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March 9

1. EM physicians welcome the reintroduction of bill to protect frontline workers’ mental health. 

2. Take action against ED violence. Ask your legislator to co-sponsor the “The Workplace Violence Prevention Act for Health Care and Social Service Workers” (H.R. 1195). 

3. TODAY: CDC COCA webinar: What Every Clinician Should Know about COVID-19 Vaccine Safety & Effectiveness (1 pm CT)

4. ACEP is now accepting abstract submissions for the Research Forum held during ACEP21. 

5. Help study the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine: If you have evaluated patients who have been vaccinated & now have presumed/confirmed COVID-19, complete this form

6. Applications now being accepted for the position of ACEP Now Medical Editor in Chief. Deadline is March 30. 

7. Upcoming events and deadlines:

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March 4

1. Take action against ED violence. Ask your legislator to support and co-sponsor the “The Workplace Violence Prevention Act for Health Care and Social Service Workers” (H.R. 1195).

2. ACEP is now accepting abstract submissions for the Research Forum held during ACEP21. Submit yours today

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March 3

1. I Need a Job! Getting Hired in a Pandemicis a free webcast for ACEP members hosted by the ACEP Young Physicians Section and Online Education Committee at 7 p.m. CT on March 24.

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March 1

1. Help study the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine: If you have evaluated patients who have been vaccinated and now have presumed or confirmed COVID-19, please complete this form. The data from your feedback will be used in aggregate to help inform additional resources and studies. 

2. Today is the last day to submit nominations for ACEP Leadership Awards. Make sure your peers get recognized for their accomplishments during ACEP21!

3. New podcast: Using Machine Learning to Optimize Patient Care

4.  ACEP is dedicated to improving safety in the ED. We applaud the introduction of the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act of 2021

5. Paving the way toward value-based care: ACEP submits an MIPS Value Pathway (MVP) proposal to CMS. 

6. Upcoming events and deadlines:

QUICK LINKS: COVID-19 Center | Physician Wellness Hub | PEER

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Feb. 26

1. CMS is creating an automatic exemption for MIPS in 2020 due to COVID-19. If you haven’t reported data and choose not to, you will be held harmless and will not receive a bonus or penalty in 2022 based on your performance in MIPS in 2020. Learn more.

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Feb. 25

1. ACEP is dedicated to improving safety in the ED. We applaud the introduction of the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act of 2021

2. Missed yesterday's Capital (30) Minutes? Watch the recap!

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Feb. 24

1. TODAY: Join us at 1 p.m. CT for a live Capital (30) Minutes webinar with updates on ED violence bill reintroduction, COVID relief, ACEP's meeting with OSHA about PPE and more. 

2. Also TODAY: Join the EMTALA Complaint Process webinar at 2 p.m. CT. 

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Feb. 23

1. Two EM physicians explain the impact of peer support.

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Feb. 22

1. It's the last week of Black History Month. Support cultural awareness, diversity and inclusion within the EM community by getting involved with the ACEP Diversity, Inclusion & Health Equity Section.

2. Federal financial support for COVID-related losses is still available — learn your options!

3. Upcoming events and deadlines:

4. Here's a member benefit you may not know about: ACEP’s Wellness & Assistance Program provides 3 free wellness coaching/counseling sessions, & you can add legal or financial assistance for $15 per year.

5. Calling all podcast fans - check out these new episodes:

6.  COVID-19 Data Visualizations are updated weekly. 

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Feb. 16

1. It's a busy time! Mark your calendars for these upcoming events and deadlines:

2. February is Black History Month. Learn more about Dr. John Lumpkin, the first Black physician to serve as Speaker of the ACEP Council (1985-87) and on the ACEP Board of Directors (1987-93).

3. New regulatory blog: Answering Your Questions About the New Medicare Add-on for MAT in the ED

4. Check out the newest podcast episodes:

5. Numbers updated weekly: COVID-19 Data Visualizations

6. ACEP’s Wellness & Assistance Program gives ACEP members up to three free wellness coaching or counseling sessions. Add legal or financial services for $15 per year.  

Feb. 11

1. Congratulations to Joneigh Khaldun, MD, FACEP, on her appointment to the Biden-Harris Administration's COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.  

2. Vaccine Hesitancy Webinar: Register for “This is Our Shot: How EM Docs Empower Patients to End the Pandemic,” a free webinar hosted by ACEP's Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity Section at 3 p.m. CT on Feb 17. 

3. Yesterday's Capital (30) Minutes webinar provided updates on COVID relief, physician mental health and more.

4. Enrollment for E-QUAL 2021's Opioid Wave IV closes Feb. 14. 

5. February is Black History Month. Check out this recent ACEP Now article, "Diversity Should Be a Priority," by Dr. Benjamin Thomas.

6. ACEP's newest podcast, EMergence, debuted this week. It features EM physicians talking about new technology, innovation and fresh thinking in the ED. 

7. The upcoming Virtual Grand Rounds on Feb. 24 is a collaboration with EMRA, and the topic is Simulation: OB Emergencies

8. ACEP's Health IT Committee revamped the EHR page on the website to help you tackle common issues that cause frustration on the job. 

9. COVID-19 microlearning education has never been more accessible. Plus, the latest weekly poll in the COVID forum asks about post-vaccine outlook.

10. Show your love for EM research this Valentine's Day! For every EM practitioner who watches this video, Vapotherm will donate $10 ($20 per EM resident) to the Emergency Medicine Foundation. 

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Feb. 9

1. ACEP's newest podcast, EMergence, debuts today. It features EM physicians talking about new technology, innovation and fresh thinking in the ED. ACEP's growing podcast family also includes FrontlineACEP NowAnnals of EMCritical Decisions & JACEP Open.

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Feb. 8

1. Latest regulatory blog: Breaking Down President Biden’s Executive Order on Strengthening Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act

2. ACEP's Health IT Committee revamped the EHR page on the website to help you tackle common issues that cause frustration on the job. 

3. February is Black History Month. Check out this recent ACEP Now article, "Diversity Should Be a Priority," by Dr. Benjamin Thomas.

4. The enrollment deadline for E-QUAL 2021's Opioid Wave IV is Feb. 14. 

5. The upcoming Virtual Grand Rounds on Feb. 24 is a collaboration with EMRA, and the topic is Simulation: OB Emergencies

6. Save the dates: Virtual PEM21 is April 19-21, and LAC21 is July 25-27 in Washington, DC.

7. New resource, updated weekly: COVID-19 Data VisualizationsPlus, COVID-19 microlearning education has never been more accessible.

8. Show your love for EM research this Valentine's Day! For every EM practitioner who watches this video, Vapotherm will donate $10 ($20 per EM resident) to the Emergency Medicine Foundation. 

Plus: EMF and AFFIRM have announced a new $40,000 grant in honor of Dr. Tamara O'Neal. Apply by March 31.

9. Check out this Pediatric Education and Advocacy Kit (PEAK) developed by the Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC). ACEP is a proud partner in this project.

10. Podcast fans: ACEP's podcast family includes Frontline, ACEP Now, Annals of EM, Critical Decisions and JACEP Open

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Feb. 5

1. In this week's episode, ACEP Frontline host Dr. Ryan Stanton talks with Dr. Alexis La Pietra and Cathlyn Robinson about the ACEP Pain and Addiction Care in the ED (PACED) Program.

2. The enrollment deadline for E-QUAL 2021's Opioid Wave IV is Feb. 14. 

3. This month's Virtual Grand Rounds, coming up on Feb. 24, is a collaboration with EMRA, and the topic is Simulation: OB Emergencies

4. New ACEP Statement on Monoclonal Antibody Infusion addresses the role of the ED in the administration of these infusions.

5. February is Black History Month, and we want to make sure you saw this recent historic achievement: Dr. Marie-Carmelle Elie is the first Black woman to be named a permanent chair of an emergency medicine department at a major U.S. medical school. 

6. New resource, updated weekly: COVID-19 Data Visualizations. Plus, COVID-19 microlearning education has never been easier to access.

7. Show your love for EM research this Valentine's Day! For every EM practitioner who watches this video, Vapotherm will donate $10 ($20 per Emergency Medicine Resident) to the Emergency Medicine Foundation. 

Plus: EMF and AFFIRM have announced a new $40,000 grant in honor of Dr. Tamara O'Neal. Apply by March 31.

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Feb. 2

1. New ACEP Statement on Monoclonal Antibody Infusion addresses the role of the ED in the administration of these infusions.

2. February is Black History Month, and we want to make sure you saw this recent historic achievement: Dr. Marie-Carmelle Elie is the first Black woman to be named a permanent chair of an emergency medicine department at a major U.S. medical school. 

3. The next webinar in ACEP's EMTALA series, Managing Psychiatric Patients in the ED under EMTALA, is 2 p.m. CT on Feb. 4. 

4. ACEP and IDSA teamed up for a new podcast episode focused on how Theater of War sessions can be a helpful coping tool for healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic. It features Dr. Diane Birnbaumer and Dr. Jay Kaplan speaking with Theater of War Artistic Director about its impact.

5. The enrollment deadline for E-QUAL 2021's Opioid Wave IV is Feb. 14. 

6. New resource, updated weekly: COVID-19 Data Visualizations

7. Show your love for EM research this Valentine's Day! For every EM practitioner who watches this video, Vapotherm will donate $10 ($20 per Emergency Medicine Resident) to the Emergency Medicine Foundation. 

8. Nomination deadlines coming up in March:

9. Member benefit: You receive up to 3 free counseling/coaching sessions. An additional $15/year provides access to legal and financial support.

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Feb. 1

1. ACEP and IDSA teamed up for a new podcast episode focused on how Theater of War sessions can be a helpful coping tool for healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic. It features ACEP members Dr. Diane Birnbaumer and Dr. Jay Kaplan speaking with Theater of War Artistic Director Bryan Doerries about its impact.

2. February is Black History Month, and we want to make sure you saw this recent historic achievement: Dr. Marie-Carmelle Elie is the first Black woman to be named a permanent chair of an emergency medicine department at a major U.S. medical school. 

3. The next webinar in ACEP's EMTALA series, Managing Psychiatric Patients in the ED under EMTALA, is 2 p.m. CT on Feb. 4. 

4. Opioid-related updates:

5. New resource, updated weekly: COVID-19 Data Visualizations

6. Show your love for EM research this Valentine's Day! For every EM practitioner who watches this video, Vapotherm will donate $10 ($20 per Emergency Medicine Resident) to the Emergency Medicine Foundation. 

7. Nomination deadlines coming up in March:

8. Today is the last day for interested faculty to apply to be part of EMRA's Virtual Medical Student Forum on March 27. 

Jan. 29

1. Save the Date: ACEP's annual Leadership & Advocacy Conference is July 25-27 in Washington, D.C. Join the interest list for the latest updates.

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Jan. 28

1. ACEP is one of 16 organizations that signed on to a letter to HHS strongly requesting to finalize the Practice Guidelines for the Administration of Buprenorphine for Treating Opioid Use Disorders initially issued Jan. 14.

2. Today: Dr. Anthony Fauci is headlining SAEM National Grand Rounds: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution & What It Means for the ED at 1 p.m. CT. This free event is cosponsored by ACEP.  

3. Miss yesterday's Capital (30) Minutes webinar with updates on COVID-19, the vaccine rollout and more? Watch the recording.

4. EMRA is looking for faculty for its Virtual Medical Student Forum on March 27. Interested faculty can apply by Feb. 1.

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Jan. 27

1. Today: Join ACEP's live Capital [30] Minutes webinar at 1 p.m. CT to learn more about President Biden’s COVID updates and vaccine rollout plan, plus the latest on the MAT X-waiver, Provider Relief Fund and new CMS regulations.

2. Dr. Anthony Fauci is headlining SAEM National Grand Rounds: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution & What It Means for the ED at 1 p.m. CT on Jan. 28. This free event is cosponsored by ACEP.  

3. New resource, updated weekly: COVID-19 Data Visualizations

4. EMRA is looking for faculty for its Virtual Medical Student Forum on March 27. Interested faculty can apply by Feb. 1.

5. FREE member benefit: Prepare for your continuous EM board certification with Critical Decision's 2020 LLSA Literature Review issue. Get the highlights from each ABEM article to make your studying faster and more productive.

6. ACEP's Managing Acute Pain (MAP) point-of-care tool was recently updated. It's available on the ACEP website and within the emPOC app (Mac App Store or Google Play).

7. Influenza Updates: This podcast offers pearls for caring for patients with influenza in the ED this flu season, including identifying patients at high risk of complications, recognizing patients who should receive antivirals for prophylaxis or treatment, and reviewing efficacy and safety of available antivirals.

8. Congratulations to the 2020-21 EMF Grant recipients!

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Jan. 22

1. Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of ACEP's Clinical Alert informing all ACEP members about the novel coronavirus. A year later, our COVID-19 Center has been accessed more than 2 million times. and has more than 500 resources, including the brand new COVID-19 in U.S. Emergency Departments - Data Visualizations.

2. Our latest regulatory blog post details the last minute regulations finalized by CMS during the last few weeks of the Trump Administration.

3. FREE member benefit: Prepare for your continuous EM board certification with Critical Decision's 2020 LLSA Literature Review issue. Get the highlights from each ABEM article to make your studying faster and more productive.

4. New Podcast: The Beauty in Breaking: An Interview with EM Physician and Best-Selling Author, Michele Harper 

5. Influenza Updates: Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention in the ED

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Jan. 21

1. Today marks the one-year anniversary of ACEP's first-ever Clinical Alert, informing all ACEP members about a concerning situation with the novel coronavirus in China. One year later, our COVID-19 Center includes more than 500 resources, including the brand new COVID-19 in U.S. Emergency Departments - Data Visualizations.

2. Our free EMTALA webinars continue TODAY with "Minimizing Risk of EMTALA Violations During Transfers" at 2 p.m. CT. 

3. FREE member benefit: Prepare for your continuous EM board certification with Critical Decision's 2020 LLSA Literature Review issue. Get the highlights from each ABEM article to make your studying faster and more productive.

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Jan. 20

1. New resource: COVID-19 in U.S. Emergency Departments - Data Visualizations displays regional data for total visits, COVID-like illness visits, and influenza-like illness visits that can be sorted by time frame. Will be updated weekly. 

2. ACEP applauds the removal of X-waiver, expanding Medication-assisted Treatment for OUDJoin us TODAY at noon CT for a webinar discussing this new policy.

3. Today's webinar "Florida - Stopping Oxytourism" (10 a.m. CT) is the last in the 6-part series.

4. Podcast: ACEP President Dr. Mark Rosenberg recounts his experience being hospitalized with COVID-19. 

5. ACEP's EMTALA webinars continue with "Minimizing Risk of EMTALA Violations During Transfers" on Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. CT. 

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Jan. 19

1. ACEP applauds the removal of X-waiver, expanding Medication-assisted Treatment for OUD. Join us Jan. 20 at noon CT (right after inauguration) for a webinar discussing this new policy.

2. The Jan. 20 webinar "Florida - Stopping Oxytourism" is the last in the 6-part series.

3. Podcast: ACEP President Dr. Mark Rosenberg recounts his experience being hospitalized with COVID-19. 

4. Reminder: All ACEP members have access to 3 free crisis counseling sessions through the ACEP Wellness Hub

4. Watch the most recent Capital [30] Minutes webinar to hear ACEP's advocacy team discuss ACEP’s priority issues for the 117th Congress.

5. Virtual Grand Rounds: Social Determinants of Health is coming up Jan. 27. 

6. Dr. Anthony Fauci is headlining SAEM National Grand Rounds: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution & What It Means for the ED at 1 p.m. CT on Jan. 28. This free event is cosponsored by ACEP.  

7. Nominate your deserving peers for 2021 ACEP awards by March 1. The annual awards program provides an opportunity to recognize all members for significant professional contributions as well as service to the College. Winners will be honored at the 2021 ACEP Scientific Assembly in October. 

8. ACEP Now has a new opportunity for a resident on its editorial team.

9. “Preparing for the Next Pandemic – A Playbook” is a document of suggested guidelines for communities becoming a hotspot.

Jan. 15

1. ACEP applauds the removal of X-waiver, expanding Medication-assisted Treatment for OUD.

2. Today: ACEP is hosting a live virtual workshop Jan. 15-16 on how to implement MAT/MOUD at different sites (rural, academic, etc.), as well as adjunct lectures addressing stigma, pain management and opioid stewardship in the ED.

3. Watch Wednesday's webinar to hear ACEP's advocacy team discuss the violence at the U.S. Capitol last week, the upcoming 3-day MAT Waiver Webinar and ACEP’s priority issues for the 117th Congress. 

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Jan. 13

1. Today: Join our live webinar at 1 p.m. CT to hear ACEP's advocacy team discuss the violence at the U.S. Capitol last week, the upcoming 3-day MAT Waiver Webinar (see #2 below) and ACEP’s priority issues for the 117th Congress. 

2. ACEP is hosting a live virtual workshop Jan. 15-16 on how to implement MAT/MOUD at different sites (rural, academic, etc.), as well as adjunct lectures addressing stigma, pain management and opioid stewardship in the ED.

3. “Preparing for the Next Pandemic – A Playbook” is a document of suggested guidelines for communities becoming a hotspot. This summary is based on COVID-19 lessons learned and shared in a series of virtual summits by EM thought leaders.

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Jan. 11

1. ACEP is hosting a live virtual workshop Jan. 15-16 on how to implement MAT/MOUD at different sites (rural, academic, etc.), as well as adjunct lectures addressing stigma, pain management and opioid stewardship in the ED.

2. New regulatory blog: Major Medicare Reimbursement Crisis Averted (for Now). Plus, CMS Fee Schedule Update for 2021 from ACEP Now.

3. Last week, ACEP's advocacy team hosted a live discussion of the year-end legislative package and its important impact on EM. Watch the recap.

4. Where Can Individual EM Physicians Get Vaccinated for Protection Against COVID-19

5. This week: Join us Jan. 12-14 for the 2021 ACEP Reimbursement & Coding ConferencesThe most authoritative and informative conferences available regarding EM physician reimbursement and coding are going virtual this year. 

6. Dr. Anthony Fauci is headlining SAEM National Grand Rounds: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution & What It Means for the ED at 1 p.m. CT on Jan. 28. This free event is cosponsored by ACEP.  

7. Nominations are open for ACEP Board of Directors, Council speaker, and Council vice speaker candidates. Nominations are due March 22.

8. ACEP Now has a new opportunity for a resident on its editorial team.

9. It's time to nominate your peers for 2021 ACEP awards!

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Jan. 8

1. Major Crisis Averted (for Now): Rather than Medicare payment reductions, a raise may be coming your way in 2021. 

2. Wednesday, ACEP's advocacy team hosted a live webinar to discuss the year-end legislative package and its important impact on EM. Watch the recap.

Jan. 7

1. Yesterday, ACEP's advocacy team hosted a live webinar to discuss the year-end legislative package and its important impact on EM. Watch the recap.

2. ACEP is hosting a live virtual workshop Jan. 15-16 on how to implement MAT/MOUD at different sites (rural, academic, etc.), as well as adjunct lectures addressing stigma, pain management and opioid stewardship in the ED.

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Jan. 6

1. TODAY: Join ACEP's advocacy team for a live webinar at 1 p.m. CT covering what you need to know about the final end-of-year Congressional package that includes surprise medical billing and the PFS cuts, plus a preview of the 117th Congress and how ACEP determines its legislative strategy. 

2. New resource: Where Can Individual EM Physicians Get Vaccinated for Protection Against COVID-19

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Jan. 5

1. Coming up: 2021 ACEP Reimbursement & Coding ConferencesJoin us Jan. 12-14 for virtual versions of the most authoritative and informative conferences available regarding EM physician reimbursement and coding. 

2. Dr. Anthony Fauci is headlining SAEM National Grand Rounds: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution & What It Means for the ED at 1 p.m. CT on Jan. 28. This free event is cosponsored by ACEP.  

3. Visit the Vaccines section ACEP's COVID-19 Center for updated resources.

4. The newest edition of Annals of Emergency Medicine is online. Some highlights:

5. Podcast: Could it be hyperammonia? 

6. Nominations are open for ACEP Board of Directors, Council speaker, and Council vice speaker candidates. Nominations are due March 22, and qualifications and application details are available at . Elections for the Board of Directors and Council officers will be held Oct. 24, 2021, during the ACEP Council meeting.

7. ACEP Now has a new opportunity for a resident on its editorial team! 

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Dec. 29

1. Yesterday, ACEP submitted a response to a request for information (RFI) on the regulatory relief that HHS has granted during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

2. President Trump signed the year-end package from Congress that has major implications for EM. Here's what you need to know

3. ACEP's Reimbursement & Coding Conferences are coming up quickly! Join us Jan. 12-14 for virtual versions of the most authoritative and informative conferences available regarding EM physician reimbursement and coding. 

4. Dr. Anthony Fauci is headlining SAEM National Grand Rounds: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution & What It Means for the ED at 1 p.m. CT on Jan. 28. This free event is cosponsored by ACEP.  

5. Double your impact with EMF this holiday season: Gifts made to the Emergency Medicine Foundation through year end will be MATCHED and directly fund the critically-needed health disparities research grant. Your support helps prepare the way for a safer, healthier world for us all.

6. Today is the last day to order PPE through Project N95.

7. Visit the Vaccines section ACEP's COVID-19 Center for updated resources.

8. Conversations with Industry is a collection of micro-ed content curated for the EM physician in this socially-distant era. Current content includes: 

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Dec. 22

1. The Congressional year-end package includes important changes on issues affecting emergency medicine: E/M cuts, surprise billing, COVID relief and more. We're breaking down what you need to know and how ACEP's advocacy efforts impacted the final bill. The work will continue into the regulatory phase, which will provide more opportunities for ACEP to weigh in as these policies take shape. 

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Dec. 17

1. Watch yesterday's live Capital (30) Minutes webinar for the latest advocacy updates on the vaccine rollout, end-of-year package, surprise billing and 3-day bupe rule. 

2. Today: "EMTALA and the Medical Screening Exam" in the EMTALA series, is at 2 p.m. CT.

3. Dr. Anthony Fauci is headlining SAEM National Grand Rounds: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and What It Means for the ED at 1 p.m. CT on Jan. 28. Register for this free event, cosponsored by ACEP.  

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Dec. 16

1. Today: Join our live Capital (30) Minutes webinar at 1 p.m. CT for the latest federal advocacy updates.  

2. Learn how you can soon dispense up to a 3-day supply of buprenorphine at ONE time to patients suffering from acute withdrawal symptoms. 

3. ACEP's work on the surprise medical billing act continues. More details to come but read our statement here on pending legislation, the No Surprises Act.

4. "EMTALA and the Medical Screening Exam," the third webinar in the EMTALA series, is 2 p.m. CT on Dec. 17.  

5. The buying window is opening at 10 a.m. CT for ordering PPE through Project N95.

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Dec. 15

1. Approved by Congress late last week: you will now be able to dispense up to a 3-day supply of buprenorphine at ONE time to patients suffering from acute withdrawal symptoms. 

2. Visit the new Vaccines section ACEP's COVID-19 Center for resources:

3. Your Local Epidemiologist talks with ACEP Frontline: "Part of the education about COVID-19 is educating the public about science. As we learn, things do change."

3. Congrats to the winners of the ACEP20 TikDoc Challenge brought to you by Nuance! Check out all of the entries.

4. The next Virtual Grand Rounds focused on Cardiology is Dec. 16.

5. "EMTALA and the Medical Screening Exam," the third webinar in the EMTALA series, is 2 p.m. CT on Dec. 17.  

6.  Two more COVID-19 toolkits:

7. EMF is proud to offer new research grants focused on health disparities, climate change and syndromic testing of infectious diseases. Apply for an EMF grant by Feb. 5, 2021.

8. This interactive educational activity offers expert-guided insights into rapid reversal of urgent DOAC-associated bleeding.

9. New podcast: Could it be hyperammonemia? It could! - A Talk with Drs. Karen Eigen and George Diaz

Quick Links: COVID-19 Center | Wellness Hub

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Dec. 11

1. New resource: What EM Physicians Need to Know About the COVID Vaccine

2. New regulatory blog: ACEP Responds to Long-awaited DEA Regulation on EMS Controlled Substances Policies

3. The next Virtual Grand Rounds focused on Cardiology is Dec. 16.

4. Sign up for "EMTALA and the Medical Screening Exam," the third webinar in the ongoing EMTALA series at 2 p.m. CT on Dec. 17.  

5. ACEP's new COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkit has information from the FDA, Pfizer and more to help you prepare for the upcoming distribution to physicians and the public. More information will be added regularly, so check back often. Two more toolkits are available:

6. EMF is proud to offer new research grants focused on health disparities, climate change and syndromic testing of infectious diseases. Apply for an EMF grant today! Proposal deadline is Feb. 5, 2021.

7. This interactive educational activity offers expert-guided insights into rapid reversal of urgent DOAC-associated bleeding.

8. New podcast looks at the evidence supporting use of Nasal High Flow in the ED, its indications and safety for COVID-19 patients, and using the ROX index for therapy implementation.

Quick Links: COVID-19 Center | Wellness Hub

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Dec. 10

1. ACEP issued a statement about priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine for ALL emergency physicians. 

2. ACEP's new COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkit has information from the FDA, Pfizer and more to help you prepare for the upcoming distribution to physicians and the public. More information will be added regularly, so check back often. Two more toolkits are available:

3. Last day to vote for your favorite TikDoc Challenge video entries! The winners in each category (EM UnicornsClinical Hacks & Blowing Off Steam) receive $500. Voting closes at 7 p.m. CST tonight.

4. EMF is proud to offer new research grants focused on health disparities, climate change and syndromic testing of infectious diseases. Apply for an EMF grant today! Proposal deadline is Feb. 5, 2021.

5. This interactive educational activity offers expert-guided insights into rapid reversal of urgent DOAC-associated bleeding.

6. Sign up for "EMTALA and the Medical Screening Exam," the third webinar in the ongoing EMTALA series at 2 p.m. CT on Dec. 17.  

7. The next Virtual Grand Rounds focused on Cardiology is Dec. 16.

8. New podcast looks at the evidence supporting use of Nasal High Flow in the ED, its indications and safety for COVID-19 patients, and using the ROX index for therapy implementation.

Quick Links: COVID-19 Center | Wellness Hub

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Dec. 9

1. ACEP's new COVID-19 Vaccination Toolkit has information from the FDA, Pfizer and more to help you prepare for the upcoming distribution to physicians and the public. More information will be added regularly, so check back often. Two more toolkits are available:

2. Two days left to vote for your favorite TikDoc Challenge video entries! The winners in each category (EM UnicornsClinical Hacks & Blowing Off Steam) receive $500. Voting is open through 7 p.m. CST on Dec. 10.

3. EMF is proud to offer new research grants focused on health disparities, climate change and syndromic testing of infectious diseases. Apply for an EMF grant today! Proposal deadline is Feb. 5, 2021.

4. ACEP is disappointed and dismayed by the final 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule rule released this week. ACEP is urging Congress to take action, and we need your help. Tell your legislators that halting these cuts will help maintain the fragile health care safety net in the midst of the surging pandemic.

5. ACEP recently issued a Statement on the Use of Staffing Level Data in the COVID Era. 

6. New podcast looks at the evidence supporting use of Nasal High Flow in the ED, its indications and safety for COVID-19 patients, and using the ROX index for therapy implementation.

Quick Links: COVID-19 Center | Wellness Hub

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Dec. 8

1.Today: Get the latest updates during the 2021 ED Reimbursement Forecast: Hot Off The Presses Medicare Final Rule Analysis webinar at 1 p.m. CST.  

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Dec. 7

1. Two new toolkits available to assist with COVID-19 patient care and ED preparation:

2. ACEP Executive Director Susan Sedory was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare

3. Get the latest updates during the 2021 ED Reimbursement Forecast: Hot Off The Presses Medicare Final Rule Analysis webinar at 1 p.m. CST Dec. 8. 

4. Last week to vote for your favorite TikDoc Challenge video entries! The winners in each category (EM UnicornsClinical Hacks & Blowing Off Steam) receive $500. Voting is open through Dec. 10. 

5. ACEP is disappointed and dismayed by the final 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule rule released this week. ACEP is urging Congress to take action, and we need your help. Tell your legislators that halting these cuts will help maintain the fragile health care safety net in the midst of the surging pandemic.

6. Sign up for "EMTALA and the Medical Screening Exam," the third webinar in the ongoing EMTALA series at 2 p.m. CT on Dec. 17.  

7. The next Virtual Grand Rounds focused on Cardiology is Dec. 16. 

8. New podcast looks at the evidence supporting the use of Nasal High Flow in the ED, its indications and safety for COVID-19 patients, and using the ROX index for therapy implementation.

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Dec. 4

1. Friday Fun: Vote for your favorite TikDoc Challenge video entries! The winners in each category (EM Unicorns, Clinical Hacks & Blowing Off Steam) receive $500. Voting is open through Dec. 10. 

2. ACEP, AAEM, AACEM, and SAEM issued a joint statement: Overcoming Barriers to Promotion of Women and Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) Faculty in Academic Emergency Medicine.

3. ACEP is disappointed and dismayed by the final 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule rule released this week. EM physicians will face a 6 percent cut starting in January unless Congress acts before year end. ACEP is urging Congress to take action, and we need your help. Tell your legislators that halting these cuts will help maintain the fragile health care safety net in the midst of the surging pandemic.

4. Get the latest updates during the 2021 ED Reimbursement Forecast: Hot Off The Presses Medicare Final Rule Analysis webinar at 1 p.m. CST Dec. 8. 

5. Medical Directors: ACEP sent you a survey 11/23 to help provide a needs assessment to the Biden/Harris COVID-19 Advisory Board. Please respond ASAP so urgent needs can be considered.

COVID-19 Center | Physician Wellness Hub | COVID Literature

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Dec. 3

1. ACEP, AAEM, AACEM, and SAEM issued a joint statement: Overcoming Barriers to Promotion of Women and Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) Faculty in Academic Emergency Medicine.

2. ACEP is disappointed and dismayed by the final 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule rule released yesterday. EM physicians will face a 6% cut starting in January unless Congress acts before year end. We are urging Congress to take action, and we need your help. Tell your legislators that halting these cuts will help maintain the fragile health care safety net in the midst of the surging pandemic.

3. New webinar TODAY at 2 p.m. CT : Why EMTALA is Actually GOOD for EM Physicians

4. Also TODAY: Part 5 of 6 in the OUD series, New York: I-STOP and Other Mandates  

5. Vote for your favorite TikDoc Challenge video entries! The winners in each category (EM Unicorns, Clinical Hacks & Blowing Off Steam) receive $500. Voting is open through Dec. 10. 

6. Get the latest updates during the 2021 ED Reimbursement Forecast: Hot Off The Presses Medicare Final Rule Analysis webinar at 1 p.m. CST Dec. 8. 

7. Medical Directors: ACEP sent you a survey 11/23 to help provide a needs assessment to the Biden/Harris COVID-19 Advisory Board. Please respond ASAP so urgent needs can be considered.

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Dec. 2

1. ACEP is disappointed and dismayed by the final 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule rule released yesterday. EM physicians will face a 6% cut starting in January unless Congress acts before year end. We are urging Congress to take action, and we need your help. Tell your legislators that halting these cuts will help maintain the fragile health care safety net in the midst of the surging pandemic.

2. TONIGHT: ACEP is hosting another showing of Theater of War for the Emergency Medicine Community after the first session at ACEP20 was so well-received. It's free, but registration is required

3. Tune in for the Capital Minute webinar today at 1 p.m. CT covering the final PFS rule, COVID relief talks, & President-elect Biden’s transition. 

4. Join this Dec. 3 webinar: Why EMTALA is Actually GOOD for EM Physicians

5. Coming up: Part 5 of 6 in the OUD series, New York: I-STOP and Other Mandates is Dec. 3. 

6. Regulatory changes and COVID-19 have delayed the release of the 2021 Medicare Fee Schedule Final Rule, allowing only a month to prepare for 2021. Get the latest the 2021 ED Reimbursement Forecast: Hot Off The Presses Medicare Final Rule Analysis  at 1 p.m. CST Dec. 8. 

7. Medical Directors: ACEP sent you a survey 11/23 to help provide a needs assessment to the Biden/Harris COVID-19 Advisory Board. Please respond ASAP so urgent needs can be considered.

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Dec. 1

1. More resources have been added to the Monoclonal Antibody Toolkit, including baseball cards for Bamlanivivab, Casirivimab + Imdevimab.

2. New ACEP Frontline podcast: Nasal High Flow in your ED with COVID-19 Patients

3. Put this on your calendar for 7-9 p.m. CST on Dec. 2: ACEP is hosting another showing of Theater of War for the Emergency Medicine Community after the first session at ACEP20 was so well-received. It's free, but registration is required. Note: This encore presentation features a different cast and play than the previous performance.

4. You're invited to the upcoming free webinar Why EMTALA is Actually GOOD for EM Physicians at 2 p.m. CST on Dec. 3. 

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

6. Regulatory changes and COVID-19 have disrupted the status quo. The release of the 2021 Medicare Fee Schedule Final Rule was delayed, allowing only a month to prepare for 2021. Get updated on what you need to know during the 2021 ED Reimbursement Forecast: Hot Off The Presses Medicare Final Rule Analysis webinar at 1 p.m. CST Dec. 8. 

7. 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.

COVID-19 Clinical Resources | Physician Wellness Hub | COVID Literature

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Nov. 30

1. Virtual ED Directors Academy Phase I kicks off today. Its new format with 10 modules to be completed in a 3-month window offers flexibility for busy schedules. Still time to sign up!

2. Vote on the winners of our ACEP20 TikDoc Challenge supported by Nuance! Watch the submissions and vote for your favorites. Votes accepted through Dec. 4.   

3. Put this on your calendar: ACEP is hosting another showing of Theater of War for the Emergency Medicine Community after the first session at ACEP20 was so well-received. It's free, but registration is required. Note: This encore presentation features a different cast and play than the previous performance.

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

5. Join us for Why EMTALA is Actually GOOD for EM Physicians on Dec. 3. 

6. Last week, 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. 

7. 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.

COVID-19 Clinical Resources | Physician Wellness Hub | COVID Literature

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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 | 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:

  • ACEP's new webinar series focused on EMTALA kicks off Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. CT as  chair of ACEP’s Medical-Legal Committee, presents “EMTALA: Overview and Evolution.” 
  •  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. 
  • Part 5 of 6 in the OUD series, New York: I-STOP and Other Mandates is Dec. 3. 

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:

  • Neurology is the topic for the next Virtual Grand Rounds on Nov. 18. Register today!
  • ACEP's new webinar series focused on EMTALA kicks off Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. CT as  chair of ACEP’s Medical-Legal Committee, presents “EMTALA: Overview and Evolution.” 
  • Also Nov. 19: Your next MAT waiver training opportunity, free on Zoom!
  •  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. 
  • Part 5 of 6 in the OUD series, New York: I-STOP and Other Mandates is Dec. 3. 

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 options 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.

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 Scientific 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 Classification 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. 
  • 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 recognizes 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.

  • Questions? Join ACEP's advocacy team TODAY for a live Capital Minute webinar to get the latest info. 

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 pathways, free 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 pathways, free 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

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. 

New from Annals of EM:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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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