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3rd Annual National Freestanding Emergency Center Conference

Co-hosted By: National Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers (NAFEC) and American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 12:00 PM - Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

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Please join the National Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers (NAFEC) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) for the 3rd Annual Freestanding Emergency Center Conference and Tradeshow  in Washington, DC!

*DRAFT AGENDA - Please note this is subject to changes.

**CME Credits will be offered.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


NOON              Opening Lunch


1:00PM            NAFEC Open Membership Meeting

                        Exhibits Open


2:30PM            Opening Remarks and Welcome       

                        NAFEC Leadership
                        ACEP Leadership                                            


2:45PM            Freestanding Emergency Centers as Ambulance Destinations – Why Not?

                        Gerad Troutman, MD, FACEP

                        Ryan Lewis, MD

Explore FECs as primary ambulance destinations for 911 calls. How does it benefit the prehospital systems? What are the real and perceived problems with transports to FECs? What's the real i$$ue behind FECs as transport destinations? Where do we go from here?


3:15PM            Patient Perceptions in the Emergency Care Space – Differences in the Models

                        Sharon Nicka
                        Julie Forde

This panel will cover patient perception and educational efforts related to the FEC patient experience. Marketing and social media play a role in how the community is informed about the delivery of emergency care outside the traditional hospital.


4:00PM            Break-Visit the Exhibits


4:30PM            Operational Comparison of Models: IFECs, Hybrids, and HFECs

                        Stephen Paulson, MD

 Attendees can expect to hear first-hand about the critical components of running a FEC from an operational perspective. Physically separated from hospitals, FECs are self-managed and provide critical care to patients that come through their doors. Panelists will compare and contrast the operational differences between FECs and hospital-based emergency departments and unique operations of the hybrid model.


 5:15PM            Break-Visit the Exhibits


5:30PM            Opening Reception for All Attendees and Exhibitors


7:30PM            Adjourn

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


8:00AM           Breakfast


9:00AM           Hot Off the Press – The Latest in FEC Research
                       Erin Simon, DO

                       John Dayton, MD

 During this session a review of academic research on FECs will be discussed and how it may be helpful for other freestanding facilities. There will also be a discussion on future research goals along with a question and answer session.


9:45AM           Who Can Direct a Clinical Laboratory? It May Not Have to be You, Doc”

                        John T. Daly, MD, FACP

Attendees will hear a discussion of laboratory quality in waived testing, requirements and responsibilities for the CLIA mandated laboratory positions, role of proficiency testing and quality control.


10:30AM         Break-Visit the Exhibits


11:00AM         National Assault on Emergency Care

                        Andy Wilson, MD, FACEP


11:45AM         Networking Lunch / Legislator / Keynote


1:00PM            Efforts on the Home Front – The ACEP Task Force on FEC Accreditation

                        John Dayton, MD, FACEP

Attendees will hear from the task force chair about this newly formed effort to make recommendations for accrediting FECs across the country.


1:45PM            Media Training Part 1 (NAFEC/ACEP Members)

Attendees will hear from media training experts and have an opportunity to learn important concepts of being an advocate for emergency medicine. Working with the media can be a challenge and this training allows for some guidance on how to defend emergency medicine.


3:00PM            Break-Visit the Exhibits


3:30PM            Media Training Part 2 (NAFEC/ACEP Members)


5:00PM            Adjournment


5:30 PM           Exhibitor Reception

Thursday, September 21, 2017


8:00AM           Breakfast


9:00AM           Healthcare Policy Development at the Federal Level

                      Brad Shields

                      John McManus

                      Barrett Thornhill

The 2016 elections and new Administration is having a significant impact on the future of healthcare policy development and are already affecting current events at all levels. Join NAFEC's Executive Director Brad Shields as he and the NAFEC lobbyists based in Washington, D.C., John McManus and Barrett Thornhill, discuss what's ahead for the Affordable Care Act, entitlement reforms and their impact on the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and other key issues affecting the health care industry.


9:45AM           The Role of Telemedicine within the FEC

                        Dave Ernst, MD, FACEP


10:30AM         FEC Model as Cost Savers and Saviors of Emergency Care

This will be a data driven abstract and presentation. The most important variable in determining the degree of payer's expense for an ED visit is the admission rate. The data presented will show that admission rates are significantly lower at FECs and HOPDs than hospital Emergency Departments. This data could be used to prove that FECs are less expensive to the payer than a normal hospital Emergency Department.


11:15AM         One Final Note – Future Perspectives

                        Select Members of the NAFEC Board

This closing panel is made up of the current NAFEC Board Members. They will discuss next steps for the industry and summarize what is on the horizon for legislative/ regulatory challenges.


NOON              Adjourn


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Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20008

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 12:00 PM - Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

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Co-hosted By: National Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers (NAFEC) and American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

The National Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers (NAFEC) is the first and only national association in the U.S. created especially to represent freestanding emergency centers.

Founded in 1968, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) represents more than 37,000 emergency physicians, residents and medical students. ACEP promotes the highest quality of emergency care and is the leading advocate for emergency physicians, their patients and the public.


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