Dr. Langer testifies in support of ED health information exchanges

  • 30 November 2017
  • Author: Lauren Myers
  • Number of views: 1987

Out of Network ALERT

  • 27 June 2017
  • Author: Lauren Myers
  • Number of views: 1945

NJ-ACEP continues to represent the interests of emergency medicine and work with other specialist societies through the Access to Care Coalition and actively oppose the Out of Network Legislation (S-1285), sponsored by Senator Vitale.  Trenton is in the middle of a fierce Budget battle with a July 1 deadline and the Out of Network legislation has become tangled in this year's budget and other politically charged issues, once again, including Governor Christie and Senator Vitale's proposal to take $300 Million in Horizon's surplus for opioid addiction treatment (among other reforms for transparency within Horizon's organizational structure).

We learned late Friday night that S-1285, the OON Transparency/Disclosure/Arbitration legislation, would be added to the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee for Monday without public notice and NJACEP leadership reached out to members of the Committee over the weekend, as did NJ-ACEP's lobbyist and the Coalition in advance of the hearing.  S-3299, the OON Transparency/ Disclosure-only legislation sponsored by Senators Sarlo (D) and Oroho (R) and supported by NJ-ACEP and the Coalition was also scheduled for the same hearing on Monday.   Putting both these bills on the committee agenda at the same time was a compromise by the sponsors and Senate leadership.  S-3299 addresses transparency and disclosure without setting prices or dispute resolution.

S-3299 was unanimously approved by the Committee Monday with support from the Coalition, individual specialty societies, and NJHA.  And, although 5 Republicans and Chairman Sarlo (D) abstained on the vote for S-1285, the balance of the democrats, some expressing reservations, supported S-1285 and it was approved by the Committee.  NJHA and the physician community all opposed S-1285.  NJHA had previously supported this measure and their Board last week withdrew its support.


Improvements Announced to the NJ Prescription Monitoring Program

  • 8 June 2017
  • Author: Lauren Myers
  • Number of views: 1855

•  NJPMP’s Interstate Data Sharing now includes:  PA, MA, NH, ME and WV.

•  Expands patient history searches to two years of patient’s prescription records.

•  Automatically converts dosages of commonly-prescribed opioids of differing potency, such as codeine, fentanyl, and oxycodone, into a standard value known as “morphine milligram equivalents” (MME).  




  • 24 May 2017
  • Author: Lauren Myers
  • Number of views: 6876


The State has created a webpage with all the information you need on the new opioid prescribing laws, as well as links to key resources including a sample one-page pain management agreement and FAQs on the law.

Click READ MORE for description of the bill

Dr. Jenice Forde-Baker testifies on ED PMP Exemption bill

May 14, 2017

  • 15 May 2017
  • Author: Lauren Myers
  • Number of views: 1879

Thank you to Dr. Jenice Forde-Baker who testified during the Senate Health Committee hearing on the ED PMP exemption bill on Monday, May 14. She did a great job explaining the need for ED exemption and answered the questions posed.  NJ-ACEP continues to fight this bill. Click READ MORE to view her testimony.

NJ-ACEP Approves Opiate Prescribing Guidelines

  • 1 May 2017
  • Author: Lauren Myers
  • Number of views: 45


  1. Emergency department providers are committed to addressing the analgesic needs of all patients presenting for care.
  2. Chronic pain syndromes are best managed by physicians with an ongoing relationship with a patient in an outpatient office environment.
  3. Emergency department providers should consult the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) before writing opioid prescriptions.
  4. Physicians should prescribe the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible duration for pain severe enough to require opioids.
  5. Emergency department providers should not replace prescriptions for controlled substances that were lost, destroyed, stolen, or finished prematurely.
  6. Unless otherwise clinically indicated, Emergency Department providers should not prescribe long-acting or controlled release opioids, such as OxyContin® or fentanyl patches.
  7. When opioid medications are prescribed, the Emergency Department staff should counsel the patient regarding risks of opioid therapy, proper storage, and administration.
  8. Clinically appropriate administration and prescription of opioids should be provided to patients with cancer pain.
  9. Hospitals, in conjunction with emergency department personnel, play a key role in ensuring responsible opioid administration and prescribing. As such hospitals should:
    • Support emergency department practices to provide the most appropriate management to patients with chronic pain.
    • Develop care plans for patients who frequently visit the emergency department for evaluation of acute exacerbations of chronic pain. Coordination should involve the emergency department, hospital, and the primary care provider treating the patient’s pain‐inducing condition. Such care plans may include patient‐specific policies or treatment plans. Screening for brief intervention and referrals to treatment programs for patients who are at risk for developing, or who actively have, substance abuse disorders may be appropriate for these patients.
    • Recognize that parenteral administration of opioids is generally not in the best interest of a patient with an exacerbation of a chronic pain.

Click here to download document.

Women in Emergency Medicine

"Negotiating Tips" March 2, 2017 in Hamilton Twp, NJ

  • 7 February 2017
  • Author: Lauren Myers
  • Number of views: 2155

Our first meeting regarding women leadership in emergency medicine was a great success!  

Doctors and medical students from all over the state joined our board meeting and then participated in a session where we talked about "Networking tips". We then had a general networking event followed by our annual Director Dinner -the speaker was incredible and thought provoking - Dr. Brenner spoke about "Building a New Model of Care For the Most Complex Patients."   

We have a few exciting upcoming events - Our next board meeting on March 2 at 9:30 am in Hamilton Township, NJ.  We will have a similar post-meeting session regarding "Negotiating Tips", starting around 12:30 pm.    

At this meeting, we will also select one attending AND one resident physician to receive FREE registration to ACEP's annual Leadership and Advocacy Conference being held March 12-15 in Washington, DC.    

If you plan to attend the March 2nd event, please RSVP to Lauren Myers at lmyers@amrms.com to allow us to accommodate accordingly.   

Homewood Suites by Hilton, 960 US 130 Hamilton Twp, NJ 08690

ED Directors Dinner with Dr. Jeffrey Brenner

January 12, 2017

  • 13 January 2017
  • Author: Lauren Myers
  • Number of views: 1371

Thank you to Dr. Jeffrey Brenner for speaking at the 2017 ED Directors Dinner!

And a special thanks to our sponsors:



Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Vitas Healthcare


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2019 Membership Dinner

A special thanks to Dr. Anthony Mazzarelli of Cooper University Healthcare for speaking at the 2019 Membership Dinner held on June 6 at The Asbury Hotel!

NJ-ACEP would also like to thank our generous event sponsors!          


Thank you to our NJ-ACEP 2018 Scientific Assembly Sponsors


MidAtlantic Resource Group, LLC

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Valley Emergency Room Associates of Ridgewood NJ

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Reception with Dr. Kivela- June 2, 2018

A special thanks to Dr. Kivela for spending time with the New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania Chapter Members

from left to right: Dr. Bill Jaquis, Dr. Tom Brabson, Dr. Paul Kivela, and Dr. Margie Langer


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Violence in the ED

Violence should not be part of the job. However, 80% of emergency department staff experience violence daily or weekly. Click here for more info.

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