Mark S. Rosenberg, DO, MBA, FACEP
This is the first newsletter since ACEP15 in Boston which saw a record number of registrants. NJ-ACEP had a wonderful reception at the Smith & Wollensky castle- and reason to celebrate following my election to the ACEP Board of Directors. I am very excited with the opportunity to represent New Jersey's concerns.
This is a challenging and exciting time for our specialty. We have many who want to drop emergency department visits, specifically the payers including insurance companies and Medicare. We have others who are trying to take our patients, such as retail clinics and urgent care centers, as well as free standing emergency departments. We have bundled payment strategies and payment penalties, with higher co-pays and deductibles. Yet emergency department visits continue to increase. Many try to blame this on lack of primary care but we are not the nations safety net, we are the hub of care. We have unprecedented access and the ability to promptly evaluate, diagnose, and treat. With transition of care strategies, we can keep the cost of healthcare down. Our future is bright but we must be willing to make decisions with the rapid change approaching.
The last several months have been spent transitioning to a new management team and a new lobbyist. Our new management group is AMR Management Services and our new Executive Director is the one and only Lauren Myers. With Lauren at the hub and the team behind her, I can finally rest easy. On the government affairs side, our new lobbyist is Claudine Leone. Claudine has been a lobbyist for many years and is well respected within the New Jersey legislature. She is well versed on many of our issues including out-of-network billing and telemedicine. Lauren and Claudine are exactly what we need now and in the future - welcome.
Finally, don't forget about the Emergency Department Directors Dinner being held on January 11, 2016 with Dr. Steven Stack- all are encouraged to attend!
I would like to extend my warmest wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season. See you in the new year!