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November 2014

ACEP14 Wrap Up; Anderson Elected to ACEP Board

Newly elected ACEP Board Member Stephen Anderson, MD, FACEP, with Past ACEP Presidents Drs. Angela Gardner and Nancy Auer. Dr. Auer was the first female ACEP President. She is also a Past President of WA-ACEP.

More than 80 practitioners from Washington State attended ACEP14 last month in Chicago. The participants included seven councillors, five alternate councillors and our resident liaison.

The biggest news for Washington was that our own Steve Anderson, MD, FACEP was elected to the national ACEP Board of Directors. His talents and efforts to lead reform within our state on issues such as Medicaid Reimbursement and appropriate Narcotic Prescribing have not gone unnoticed at a national level. This was Steve’s first campaign for the ACEP Board and he was elected on the first ballot. Congratulations Steve!

In other Council Meeting news, Washington members and the chapter sponsored three resolutions:

  1. Commendation for retiring ACEP Counsel and Assoc. Executive Director Cal Chaney (Adopted)
  2. Health Information Exchange and High Risk and Vulnerable Patients with Mental Health Issues (Adopted)
  3. Fair Speech (withdrawn in deference to another similarly themed resolution)

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Second Choosing Wisely List

ACEP released its second list for the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign.

The campaign encourages medical specialty societies to create lists of five tests and procedures that may not be cost effective in some situations and should prompt discussion with patients in order to both educate them and gain their agreement regarding avoidance of such tests and procedures.

“As emergency physicians, we are committed to reducing health care costs while at the same time continuing to fulfill our commitments to provide the best, most efficient emergency care to millions of Americans,” said Michael J. Gerardi, MD, FACEP, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

A useful Powerpoint presentation detailing ACEP’s second Choosing Wisely list was created and can be shared with EM practitioners.

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Margulies Received Legacy Award

WA-ACEP Member Robert A. Margulies, MD, MPA, FACEP, received the ACEP Legacy Award in October for the longest active career in EM. Dr. Margulies was with the Navy Special Forces in Vietnam and recently was named one of the "Heroes of Emergency of Medicine.” Dr. Margulies served as Medical Director for several years at Kadlec Regional Medical Center and still does urgent care work.

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2015 WA-ACEP Summit to Sound Hosts National Experts

Don’t miss your chance to engage with national experts at the WA-ACEP Summit to Sound April 22-24 in Seattle.

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Keynote Speaker: ACEP President Michael Gerardi, MD, FAAP, FACEP

Dr. Michael Gerardi is the Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Goryeb Children’s Hospital and faculty in the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship and the Residency in Emergency Medicine at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, New Jersey.   He is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.  He obtained his B.S. and M.D. at Georgetown University and completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Emory University. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and practices clinically in adult and pediatric emergency medicine.

He has been an advocate for advancing pediatric emergency care for children around the world with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He served for 10 years as a member of the Pediatric Subcommittee of the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee. During this tenure, he evaluated the international body of resuscitation research and worked with international researchers in developing evidence-based guidelines for pediatric advanced life support.  He is a past Chair of ACEP’s Pediatric Emergency Medicine Committee and during his tenure, helped forge collaborative relationships between AAP, ACEP and EMSC.

Over the last two and a half decades, Dr. Gerardi has served on many ACEP Committees and Task Forces including the Medical Legal Committee.  He has also served as ACEP Liaison to National Conference of Insurance Legislators and FAIR Health’s Physician Advisory Group. He lectures regularly throughout the United States on health policy, emergency medicine practice, pediatric emergency medicine and risk management issues. 

In October 2008, Dr. Gerardi was elected to the Board of Directors of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and re-elected in October 2011.  The Board of ACEP elected him Secretary-Treasurer for 2012, Vice President for 2013.  He was elected President-elect of ACEP for 2013-2014 and was inducted as President on October 26, 2014.

He served on the Board of Trustees of the Emergency Medicine Foundation and served as its Chair in 2011, during which he promoted health systems research.  Dr. Gerardi was a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation and served as a trustee from 2005 - 2013.

He was a founding Board Member and President of Superior Insurance Co., RRG, a professional liability company from 2003 – 2013.  He is a former Director and Chairman of the Board of the South Carolina Captive Insurance Association.   Dr. Gerardi served in the United States Air Force until 1993 when he joined Emergency Medical Associates, a democratic emergency physician partnership in the Northeast, for which he is a Senior Vice President for Quality. 

Michael Brown, MD, MSc, FACEP is the founding chair of the Department of EM at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. After graduating from medical school in 1986, he completed his EM residency training at Butterworth Hospital where he subsequently joined the faculty. It was during this period when he developed a passion for summarizing evidence in a form that is useful to clinicians.  This interest led to a MSc degree in Epidemiology with a focus on evidence synthesis (i.e., meta-analysis). He currently serves on guideline development panels and as an editor of the Annals’ Systematic Review Snapshot series.

Michael Granovsky, MD, FACEP goes beyond mere reimbursement data to uncover national healthcare trends and shifts in the clinical landscape. Dr. Granovsky is the President of LogixHealth and Editor of ED Coding Alert. He chairs ACEP’s Coding and Nomenclature Committee and is a member of the Reimbursement Committee. Dr. Granovsky is the CFO of the Greater Washington Emergency Physicians in Fort Washington, MD, and Co-Course Director of Reimbursement Trends and Strategies in EM/Advanced Procedure Coding for EM.

Peter Pang, MD, MSc, FACEP, FAHA, FACC is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Associate Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  He is also an Indiana University Translational Sciences Fellow.  He recently became a Hoosier after spending the last 10 years at Northwestern as Associate Chief and member of the Center for Cardiovascular Innovation.  Dr. Pang went to medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and then completed residency and chief residency at the Brigham and Women’s/Massachusetts General Hospital combined program in Emergency Medicine.  His primary research area is acute heart failure in the emergency department setting. He has served as a Co-Chair or steering committee member for multiple Phase II and Phase III AHF clinical trials.  He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology-Heart Failure and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Cardiac Failure. 

CME Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American College of Emergency Physicians and Washington Chapter ACEP. The American College of Emergency Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Emergency Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 17.50 hour(s) of ACEP Category I credit.

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EM Leadership Summit

WA-ACEP President Enrique Enguidanos, MD, moderates a panel discussion on ED psychiatric boarding at the 2014 EM Leadership Summit.

More than 60 ED leaders from all over the state attended the Emergency Medicine Leadership Summit held in November at the Seattle Airport Marriott.  The day’s topics included EDIE-PMP integration, psychiatric boarding in the ED, care coordination, and an Ebola briefing.

The 2015 EM Leadership Summit will be held Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 at the Conference Center at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (located behind the Hawaiian Airlines/Lufthansa ticket counters).

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New ACEP Fellows

Congratulations to the following WA-ACEP members who were approved as ACEP Fellows at ACEP14:

Drs. Cameron Buck, Joel Edminster, Alison Haddock, Andy Homer, Cliff Lightfoot, Troy Markus, Sarah Parker, Patrick Solari, Jason Stone, John Tanner, Kristine Noel Weidner, and Lisa Marie Wilson.

Upcoming Meetings

35th Annual Current Concepts in Emergency Care
December 7-12, 2014
Wailea Marriott
Maui, Hawaii
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Oregon Chapter of Emergency Physicians 32nd Annual Winter Conference in Emergency Medicine
January 25-28, 2015
Sunriver, Oregon
Register here

WSMA Legislative Day
Monday, Jan. 26
Olympia, WA

ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference (LAC)
May 3-6, 2015
Washington, DC

Washington ACEP Board

Enrique Enguidanos MD FACEP
Christopher Kang MD FACEP
Past President
John Matheson, MD
President Elect
Nathan Schlicher, MD FACEP

Stephen Anderson MD FACEP
Cameron Buck, MD, FACEP
Russ Carlisle, MD
Dean Gushee, MD
Kevin Hanson, MD
Brian Livingston, MD
Heather Marshall, MD
Steven Mitchell, MD
Darin Neven, MD
Susan Stern, MD
Patrick Solari, MD, FACEP
Liam Yore, MD, FACEP
Julianna Yu, MD

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