News Releases/Announcements: 

ACEP Now Accepting Council Resolutions.  Deadline July 28, 2014

Resolutions are statements of direction and concern expressed by the members of ACEP for consideration by the ACEP Board of Directors during the Board Meeting in Chicago.   For more information and how to submit your concerns go to the below link:

ACEP Now Accepting 2014 FACEP Applications.  Deadline Aug 15, 2014

Earning the designation of Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP0 is reserved for an elite group of emergency physicians.  They have demonstrated a commitment to their specialty through board certification, volunteerism, leadership, community service, and continued membership in their specialty society.  Chapter, community and hospital committee leadership count toward the FACEP application requirements.

For more information on the application requirements, please visit http://www.acep.org/fellow/ or contact the Member Care Center at 800-798-1822 x5.

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May 2014:  "Emergency Physicians Speak Out on Capitol Hill” –Virginia had the eighth largest number of physicians in the country visiting Washington. The Virginia delegation visited elected officials on Capitol Hill during the 2014 Leadership and Advocacy Conference. Discussions addressed;  increased liability protections for emergency physicians, greater funding for resident programs, safe harbor legislation, psychiatric boarding issues and saving the prudent layperson.


Debra Perina, MD, FACEP explains ED concerns with Congressman Morgan Griffith’s Health Policy Aide, Adam Harbison.


VACEP ED physicians pause for a photo on their way to Senator Tim Kaine’s office.

New Office
VACEP Office Moves To Richmond
VACEP President Jeremiah O'Shea, MD, FACEP states "VACEP's leadership felt your statewide association would better serve you by being closer to the state capital and all of the health and regulatory agencies that impact emergency medicine.  So, we sold our Norge/Williamsburg building and moved the association office to the Medical Society of Virginia's building in Richmond."
MSV invited VACEP to become the first medical specialty housed in their building at 2924 Emerywood Pkwy., Suite 202, Richmond, VA  23294.  VACEP's main telephone number 757-220-4911 remains until further notice.

The McDade Award was established by the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians (VaCEP) Board of Directors in 1981, to honor Dr. John P. McDade for his role in helping start the first Emergency Medicine Program in the United States and for his many contributions to the independent practice of Emergency Medicine.  Dr. McDade was a distinguished leader and founding member of the Virginia College. Dr. McDade was a Past President of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. McDade died June 14, 2013 (age of 84)

This McDade award is bestowed for exemplary and outstanding research in the field of emergency medical care.   The winners for 2014 are:

  • Residency Kristina M. Rogish, EM4 resident with the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Colonel J. Dave Barry, MD, Program Director. Title: Empiric Antibacterial Treatment for Women with Uncomplicated Lower Urinary Tract Infections.  Research Conclusion: We found that our algorithm could be used to safely and efficiently treat women with symptoms of uncomplicated lower UTI. We found that patient satisfaction was extremely high using this treatment algorithm
  • Post-Graduate Matthew Lawrence, MD, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth IRB. Colonel J. Dave Barry, MD, Program Director. Title: Hospital-Wide Survey of Bacterial Contamination of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Probes and Coupling Gel. 
    Research Conclusion: Bacterial contamination of point-of-care ultrasound probes and coupling gel is low at this single academic medical center and involves non-pathogenic organisms only.

February 2014 Was A Busy Month For VACEP!
VACEP's Hot Topics in Emergency Medicine 2014:  60+ Emergency Physicians and their family members gathered at The Omni Homestead for CME, skiing and top emergency medicine conversations.
White Coats on Call 2014: As healthcare becomes more and more pressing in Virginia's government, emergency physicians from all over Virginia were visible in their white coats as they visited their elected officials in Richmond.
2014 VACEP Hot Topics/LLSA Conference  ACEP Executive Director Dean Wilkerson (far right) with ACEP Leadership.

2014 White Coats On Call

Go Team VACEP!
2014 VACEP Hot Topics/LLSA Conference
VACEP Pres. Jeremiah O'Shea, MD, FACEP (r) thanks speaker Richard Hamrick, MD, FACEP with the Lamp of Knowledge.

2014 White Coats On Call

John Turski, III, DO and Pamela Bensen, MD, FACEP meet with Senator Frank Ruff.


Report Card

VACEP President Jake O’Shea was interviewed on local TV and national radio in response to Virginia’s 18th place ranking with a C- in the American College of Emergency Physicians’ (ACEP) state-by-state report card on America’s emergency care environment (“Report Card”). VACEP leaders held multiple meetings to make sure Virginia’s Report Card grade represented the hard work by Virginia’s emergency medicine physicians in as positive way as possible. The state’s best grade was a B- in the category of Quality and Patient Safety Environment, and its worst grade was a near-failing D- in the category of Access to Emergency Care.

Virginia Receives a C- for Not Having Policies to Support Emergency Patients

Virginia’s Access to Emergency Care grade reflects shortages across the entire state health care system. Virginia has a relatively high hospital occupancy rate and below-average per capita rates of emergency departments, staffed inpatient beds and psychiatric care beds. According to the Report Card, investments to bolster hospital capacity and improve Medicaid reimbursement rates, especially to physicians who provide care in emergency departments, would improve this grade.

“Emergency physicians are required by federal law to see every patient who seeks emergency care, yet we are being penalized by the PEND program, which pends, reviews and slashes payments for Medicaid patients.” said Dr. Jeremiah O’Shea, president of the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians.  “Virginia can do several things to shore up support for emergency patients. The first is to end the financially disastrous PEND program that has nearly eliminated Medicaid payments to doctors who treat patients in the ER. The second is to expand access to emergency mental health services.”

The hospital and bed shortages that threaten access to emergency care also weakened Virginia’s Disaster Preparedness grade, which is a C. In addition, the state has a very low rate of intensive care unit beds and only average rates of health professionals registered in the Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals. According to the Report Card, Virginia should implement liability protections for volunteers and health care workers during a disaster to improve this grade.

Virginia’s Quality and Patient Safety Environment grade was the result of ongoing funding of quality improvement efforts within the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system and funding for a state EMS director. In addition, the state’s destination policies allow EMS providers to take stroke, heart attack and trauma patients directly to appropriate facilities.

Virginia ranked 19th in the country with a C+ in the category of Public Health and Injury Prevention, marking a decline from 2009 when it was ranked 14th with a B. According to the Report Card, despite enactment of legislation to reduce traffic fatalities and improve traffic safety, Virginia needs to pursue efforts, such as implementation of anti-smoking legislation and working to reduce the state’s above-average rates of adult obesity.

Virginia’s grade for Medical Liability Environment, a C, ranked it 25th in the country. The Report Card reported the state has taken positive steps, such as apology inadmissibility laws, to better protect the medical workforce that is federally mandated to treat patients in emergency departments, but there is still room for improvement. Joint and several liability reforms would be a good step.

“America’s Emergency Care Environment:  A State-by-State Report Card – 2014” evaluates conditions under which emergency care is being delivered, not the quality of care provided by hospitals and emergency providers.  It has 136 measures in five categories:  access to emergency care (30 percent of the grade), quality and patient safety (20 percent), medical liability environment (20 percent), public health and injury prevention (15 percent) and disaster preparedness (15 percent). While America earned an overall mediocre grade of C- on the Report Card issued in 2009, this year the country received a near-failing grade of D+.

  Click below to listen, and watch, VACEP President Dr. O'Shea address the report.

Task Force

Dr. William Barker (left), Dr. William Hazel, Secretary of HHR (center) and Dr. Bruce Lo (right) pose for a photo after the first Task Force meeting. Missing from photo is Dr. Scott Syverud.


Three VACEP Emergency Physicians Chosen to Shape Mental Health Process

Three of the 36 members of the Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response are VACEP members:
William J. Barker, MD, FACEP
Bruce Lo, MD, FACEP
Scott A. Syverud, MD

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Robert O'Connor, MD, FACEP

Both VACEP Endorsed Candidates
Elected to ACEP Board
At ACEP Annual Council Meeting

VACEP is very proud to announce that Robert O'Connor, MD, FACEP (Incumbent) and Debra Perina, MD, FACEP were elected to the ACEP Board at ACEP's Scientific Assembly on Oct. 13.

Virginia joins Texas and California in being the only Chapters in ACEP's history to have two members serving during the same term.

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Debra Perina, MD, FACEP





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