Mission: The Texas College of Emergency Physicians exists to promote quality emergency care for all patients and to represent the professional interests of our members.


 

ACEP Policy Statement on COVID-19 PPE
COVID-19 Specimen Collection & Testing Resources
DSHS COVID-19 Case Dashboard
TCEP/ACEP Letter to HHS about PPE / Physician Pay
COVID-19 Projections - IHME
ACEP Field Guide

 


Congratulations to our 2020-21 TCEP Board of Directors!

Executive Committee

Click here to see TCEP Board member and ACEP Councillor
election results from the Annual Business Meeting


COVID-19 TESTING SITES:

• For POC tests, contact the vendor of interest and consult with it to see how best to access the desired testing. 
       Abbott Labs ID NOW HOTLINE: (877) 441-7440; EMAIL[email protected]       
• Consult with the laboratories that routinely perform your diagnostic services. Here is a list of private and hospital laboratories
• Refer your patient to a drive-thru screening location
• Refer your patient to a public health laboratory (make sure you meet the public health lab’s testing criteria)

This information was gathered from TMA's testing FAQ (step 3)

Additional information can be found on TMA's COVID-19 Resources page.

Two Emergency Medicine Physicians in top leadership positions at TMA

Saturday, May 2, 2020
Diana L. Fite, MD, FACEP installed as TMA's 155th President, and Arlo Weltge, MD, MPH, FACEP
re-elected as TMA's Speaker of the House. Congratulations to both TCEP Past Presidents! 



Click here to view photos and video from the event!


Message from the President - July 2020


Robert Hancock, DO, FACEP
TCEP President

As we continue to navigate the new constantly changing landscape in emergency medicine, TCEP is here to help and provide support.  We continue to closely monitor PPE availability, hospital capacity, and increasing case numbers.  We continue to work closely with the Texas Medical Association Covid taskforce to ensure EM physicians across the state have access to whatever resources they need.

TCEP has started a campaign to educate the general public about the importance of seeking emergency care early and not delaying care out of fear.  This includes educating the public about the overall safety in emergency departments...

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Message from Dr. Robert Hancock regarding letter from ACEP sent to the 
Department of Health & Human Services on behalf of TCEP/ACEP Members

I want to thank all of you who have put your own safety at risk to treat patients during this unprecedented time.  Emergency Medicine has been at the forefront of this pandemic and we have very strongly risen to the challenge.  The amount of collaboration and support among physicians has been awe inspiring, and I have no doubt that this collaboration has saved many lives.
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TCEP Members Speaking to Public about COVID-19


March 23, 2020
TCEP President Elect, 
Dr. Robert Hancock, interview
on NPR affiliate KERA's
"Think" podcast, discussing
COVID-19    

March 30, 2020 

NBC DFW: PPE Arrives
in North Texas

April 2, 2020

Texas Tribune Interview: Lack
of rapid coronavirus tests...



March 25, 2020
Dr. Gillian Schmitz, Vice President
of ACEP, interview on CBSN
discussing PPE shortage    




April 1, 2020
Dr. Alison Haddock discusses 
U.S. Coronavirus Response
CSPAN/Washington Journal    

April 7, 2020
Are you wearing your cloth
mask the right way?

Are you a community member interested in providing PPE to healthcare professionals?

Please visit Project N95 - the National COVID-19 medical equipment clearinghouse. If you have PPE to donate (not sell), please contact TCEP. Thank you for your interest in supporting our healthcare heroes!


 

Have questions on how to navigate balance billing? TDI has the answers. 

Senate Bill 1264 protects consumers who have state-regulated health plans from surprise medical bills in certain situations. The new protections will apply to bills for medical services received on or after January 1, 2020.

Informative website from TDI to navigate through balance billing.  Worth sharing with your groups. https://www.tdi.texas.gov/rules/2019/senate-bill-1264.html

Member Benefit: Share Information with Colleagues via EngagED

Log into EngagED and Start the TCEP Conversation about COVID-19

  1. From an existing email thread: Scroll to the bottom of the email, above the blue bar, you’ll see 4 links. Click on Create New Subject Thread. It will open a new email in your email client and populate the community’s email address: [email protected]
  2. Start a new email and sent to: [email protected]
  3. Log in to engagED at https://engaged.acep.org/home and click on Post a Message. Select Texas College of Emergency Physicians from the To: dropdown. The rest should be straightforward.