Evan Schwarz, MD, Washington University emergency medicine physician at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, discusses best practices for treating opioid overdoses in the emergency department.
For several years MOCEP has been actively working with the Missouri State Medical Association, Missouri Hospital Association and other medical groups, to create a plan to address the opioid crisis in Missouri. Now that a majority of Missouri cities and counties have signed on to the St. Louis County Prescription Drug Monitoring Program we need to make sure physicians are signing up to participate in the program. Below is a video with Sam Page, MD, discussing the value of this new program.
An Opioid Toolkit has also been developed by the Missouri Hospital Association which includes strategies to reduce opioid misuse.
Brent Ruoff, MD, was selected to receive one of two Missouri College of Emergency Physicians’ (MOCEP) R.R. Hannas Physician of the Year Awards. He received a double nomination from his peers, Gary Gaddis, MD, and Evan Schwarz, MD, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The award will be presented to Dr. Ruoff at the MOCEP Annual Membership Meeting on May 4, 2017, in Springfield, Mo.
Charles Sheppard, MD, FACEP, was selected to receive one of two Missouri College of Emergency Physician’s (MOCEP) R.R. Hannas Physician of the Year Awards. He was nominated by Ted McMurry, MD, FACEP, of Mercy Hospital, Springfield. The award will be presented to Dr. Sheppard at the MOCEP Annual Membership Meeting on May 4, 2017, in Springfield, Mo.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2016 — The American College of Emergency Physicians today responded to Cigna Insurance Company’s multi-million dollar ad campaign starring famous “TV doctors” with a video of its own, starring real-life emergency physicians.
The Missouri College of Emergency Physicians (MOCEP) is pleased to announce the award of the 2016 Resident Research Grant to Lei Lei, MD. Dr. Lei, along with faculty preceptor Stephen Liang, MD, MPHS, submitted the research project “Factors Associated with Hospital Admission in Patients Presenting to an Urban Emergency Department with Skin and Soft Tissue Infection.” Both physicians are from the Divisions of Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Liang also holds a joint appointment with the Division of Infectious Disease.
The goal of the Missouri Chapter’s Resident Research Grant is to facilitate the academic growth and research expertise of residents in emergency medicine and to promote research in emergency medicine. The results of the research project should be applicable to the everyday practice of emergency medicine.
Submissions will be accepted for the 2017 Resident Research Grant between June 1 and September 15, 2017. For more information, please go to the MOCEP website.
Emergency physicians had the rug pulled out from under them recently through federal regulations that all but removed the option of a payment floor for out-of-network services provided in the emergency department.
In a final rule issued jointly by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Department of Labor, and the Department of the Treasury to clarify the rules of Grandfathered Plans, Preexisting Condition Exclusions, Lifetime and Annual Limits, Rescissions, Dependent Coverage, Appeals, and Patient Protections Under the Affordable Care Act, no specific language was included to require a transparent minimum payment level for such services despite five years of negotiations between regulators and providers.
What was finalized is a guideline referred to as the “greatest of three,” which says out-of-network services provided in the emergency department should be reimbursed at the level of the greatest of the following: 1) the plan’s median in-network amount, 2) the amount the plan ordinarily pays for out-of-network services, and 3) the amount paid by Medicare. According to a recent Kaiser Health News article, physicians had wanted the payment standard for the first two “to be ‘usual and customary charges,’ adjusted for geographic variations, using a transparent, independent claims database such as that provided by the nonprofit group Fair Health.”
Christine Sullivan, MD, FACEP, was presented the Missouri College of Emergency Physician’s (MOCEP) R.R. Hannas Physician of the Year Award at the Annual Membership Meeting on May 5, 2016, in Springfield, Mo. She was nominated by Matthew Gratton, MD, of the UMKC School of Medicine and Truman Medical Center.
This year we have 8 open board of directors positions. Please use the link below to see the list of candidates. We would also like to thank Michael Szewczyk for almost 30 years of service to MOCEP!