In today’s ever-changing health care environment, emergency physicians need a strong, unified specialty society. The Virginia College of Emergency Physicians represents the Commonwealth’s emergency physicians and supports the issues that matter to them.
Approximately 1,000 emergency physicians in Virginia are involved our chapter, part of the 32,000-member American College of Emergency Physicians. ACEP is the largest and most influential emergency medicine organization in the world.
ACEP national membership is required. Members then choose Virginia if that is the location of their practice or residence. Members employed by the military or other government services are urged to join the Government Services Chapter.
When you become a member of ACEP and the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians, you:
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VACEP worked diligently for Virginia to become the second state in the country to adopt the Prudent Layperson Standard, requiring HMO payment for emergency services into law. We followed that with successful legislation that referrals to an emergency department by HMO gatekeepers or physicians could not be denied for emergency payment.
Our continued efforts to improve Medicaid payment rates resulted in streamlined claims processes to recognize appropriate emergency services, including automatic payment for all Level 4 and 5 visits at emergency rates. We also secured incremental increases for emergency physician services from 70% of the Medicare fee schedule up to 75%.
Our efforts to repeal the pend/review program for Level 3 visits are ongoing. Virginia law permits patients to assign insurance benefits to practitioners but does not mandate the industry honor that assignment. Our attempts to remedy this via legislation have been thwarted by the insurance lobby tacking on a prohibition against balance billing by non-participating providers. This is unfair to physicians providing EMTALA-related services and the issue continues to be our number one priority in the Virginia General Assembly. For more on balance billing, click here.
VACEP sponsors annual continuing medical education programs featuring local and national speakers on Emergency Medicine topics that satisfy state CME requirements and meet ABEM continuous certification process.
VACEP is a cofounder of the Governor’s Interagency Civil Commitment Council, to improve Virginia’s civil commitment laws and regulations which are often in conflict with our EMTALA-mandated services. This council seeks solutions to the burdens the system imposes on all its stakeholders and the patients in their care.
VACEP works independently and with coalitions on tort reform initiatives to keep malpractice insurance available and affordable, and provide reasonable compensation for injured patients.
VACEP crafted legislation that redefined the practice of Physician Assistants in emergency departments. We continue to work with the Board of Medicine on all regulation and policies affecting Emergency Medicine practice.
VACEP retains a full-time lobbyist in Virginia, Aimee Perron Seibert, and sponsors the Emergency Medicine Political Action Committee. EMPAC-VA makes campaign contributions to candidates for the Virginia General Assembly and educates lawmakers on issues important to Emergency Medicine. Your contributions ensure the voice of Emergency Medicine is recognized and heard at the Virginia State Capitol.
If you’re looking for ways to connect with your colleagues in emergency medicine, ACEP offers over 30 sections of membership which provide you the opportunity to network with other experts in the diverse areas of emergency medicine. When you choose one or more of ACEP’s sections you receive access to e-lists, online newsletters and the opportunity to participate in the section grant program. Join an ACEP section now and find your niche in emergency medicine.
Dues are $40 per section for regular members. Emergency medicine residents, medical students, and individuals in fellowship training programs receive a free section membership in the Young Physicians Section, may join another section of their choice for free and join additional sections for only $20 each.