August 2023 News From the College

JACEP Open Earns its First Impact Factor

The Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open (JACEP Open) has achieved a major milestone in scientific publishing. ACEP’s international, open access, peer-reviewed, online journal has received its first calculated Impact Factor of 2.3. This ranks the journal 21 of 54 in the emergency medicine subject category (62nd percentile).

“Emergency physicians can be incredibly proud of the contributions JACEP Open is making to advance medical research, health care, and public health since its launch just a few years ago,” said Henry Wang, MD, MS, editor in chief of JACEP Open. 

As a companion to Annals of Emergency Medicine, JACEP Open publishes high-quality original peer-reviewed research, clinical reports, opinion, and educational information related to emergency medicine in an open access format. Learn more at www.jacepopen.com.  

ACEP Calls for Action on Boarding, Corporatization, and Surprise Billing

ACEP’s advocacy team has been busy this summer, advocating for emergency physicians on important issues. In late June, ACEP organized a congressional briefing with the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to express strong concerns to legislators about the impact of emergency department boarding on our health care safety net. Read more at acep.org/boarding-briefing.

Regarding the corporatization of medicine, ACEP submitted a statement to the Senate Finance Committee outlining its concerns about mergers and acquisitions contributing to decreasing wages, increasing workloads, financial pressures, and challenges finding or keeping a job. On an AMA panel discussion, ACEP President-Elect Aisha Terry, MD, MPH, FACEP, spoke passionately about the impact of private equity and outlined the ways ACEP fights to restore physician autonomy and reduce threats from the increasing corporatization of medicine. Read more at acep.org/corporatizationSFR.  

In July, ACEP and the Emergency Department Practice Management Association (EDPMA) wrote the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee to outline recommendations to improve the flawed implementation of the No Surprises Act. The letter followed ACEP’s participation in a June 29 roundtable hosted by the Committee. Read more at acep.org/NSA-HELP-letter.

2023 CPT Documentation Guidelines FAQ Updated, Expanded

ACEP has updated its 2023 CPT Documentation Guidelines, expanding from 39 to 70 questions. It now includes a modified medical decision-making grid that features emergency medicine-specific examples in the risk column. View this resource at acep.org/CPT-FAQ.

Member Benefit Spotlight: Resolve

Resolve is your top source for physician contract review and negotiations. Their team handles contracts for emergency physicians nationwide and provides the most up-to-date salary data available, so you can maximize your earning potential. Access the data you need and the top legal experts in the industry. Learn more at acep.org/resolve.