VACEP is the voice of emergency medicine in Virginia.

We represent more than 670 emergency physicians in many different settings, in community and academic practice throughout Virginia. Emergency Medicine residents and medical students from all three training programs in Virginia are represented as well.

Emergency physicians are the only doctors standing by 24/7 who will see any patient, any time for any condition.

Serving members since 1970, the Chapter's Board of Directors rely on member input to develop and guide the activities of VACEP. All members are encouraged to attend Board meetings to share concerns, debate, develop and implement solutions to vexing problems.

The Voice of Emergency Medicine in Virginia Politics

VACEP is recognized by elected officials, government agencies, health care organizations, insurers/payors and medical colleagues for our advocacy on behalf of emergency physicians and patients. 

  • Advocating patient rights by working diligently with legislators to incorporate bills into law.  Such as:
    • Prudent Layperson Standard: Requires HMO payment for emergency services.
    • Patient Access to Emergency Care:  Insures referrals to an emergency department by HMO gatekeepers or physicians could not be denied for emergency payment.  Also requires payment for EMTALA services rendered to subscribers provided by nonparticipating providers must be made directly to the hospital or physician.
  • Advocating fair payment and streamlined claim processes.
    • Level 4 and 5 Services: In 2004 VACEP spearheaded automatic payments for emergency services by Medicaid.
    • Level 3 Services:  Our efforts to repeal Medicaid's pend/review program are ongoing.
    • Medicaid Payments:  In 2006 we secured incremental increases for emergency physician services over a three year period.  In 2010 we successfully blocked budget decreases.
    • EMTALA:  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 by 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 General Assembly.
  • Advocating improved patient care by providing education and training through CME programs and pre-hospital care:
    • CME Programs:  VACEP sponsors continuing medical education programs approved by ACEP.   Visit our calendar for upcoming programs.    
    • Pre-Hospital Training:  VACEP sponsors the Virginia Chapter of the International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) training program providing quality trauma care education to both ALS and BLS out-of-hospital providers. Visit ITLS for more information and how you can get involved.
    • OMD Training:  VACEP helped develop the standards and jointly sponsors training with the Virginia Office of EMS.  
  • Advocating public health issues.
    • Lawmakers seek out VACEP members counsel on a variety of issues regarding public safety and EMS.
  • Advocating practice issues.
    • 2011 passes penalties for violence against ED personell.
    • Bocked 4% reduction in Medicaid reimbursement.
    • Malpractice Insurance:  VACEP works with coalitions on tort reform initiatives to keep malpractice insurance available and affordable, and provide reasonable compensation for injured patients.
    • EM Summitt:  VACEP sponsors an annual CME seminar on Emergency Medicine Business Practice and Reimbursement for physicians and coding personnel.

The Voice of Emergency Medicine in Virginia Politics

VACEP 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. These contributions ensure the voice of emergency medicine is recognized and heard at the Capitol.

Virginia's Voice in Federal Emergency Medicine Issues

VACEP has a proud history in the development of the specialty and founding of the American College of Emergency Physicians. We continue to provide leadership through our representatives at the ACEP Council, the policy making body of the College.

VACEP members hold leadership positions and serve on a variety of committees at ACEP, allowing you more access to decision-making on national issues such as:

  • Medicare payment reform
  • National tort reform
  • Overcrowding
  • EMTALA regulation and policy development
  • Emergency medicine workforce

Let Your Voice Be Heard - Join Today!

Rest assured we are taking care of your business, so you can focus on the business of taking care of patients.

For more information please contact us at 757-220-4911 or by email at vacep@vacep.org.