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

Message from the President - March 2020



View the written version of Dr. Vankawala's message HERE


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!


 

TCEP Bylaws Revisions

In accordance with national ACEP’s Bylaws, all chapters must periodically update their bylaws. Our last Bylaw revisions were in 2012.  For the past 8 months, the TCEP Bylaws Committee with the assistance of the ACEP Chapter Bylaws Consultant revised TCEP’s Bylaws so that they are in full compliance with national ACEP Bylaws, Texas association statutes and our operating procedures.  The proposed Bylaws were also reviewed by an outside attorney with expertise in Texas not for profit organizations.  The TCEP board and national ACEP Bylaws Committee have both approved these proposed Bylaws.  Our current Bylaws require final adoption by the TCEP members at the TCEP annual business meeting which will be held on a date to later be announced, due to the cancellation of our Connect conference

Due to the extensive Bylaws changes required in this revision, the Board has decided to make these changes as an “amendment by substitution.”  This means the membership will be voting on the entire Bylaws vs only a few sections, so the document presented will not have any “markup” or “track changes.”  TCEP’s current bylaws are posted on the website along with the newly proposed bylaws for your review.

In summary, the major changes in addition to formatting, modernization of language, consistency with ACEP Bylaws and Texas law, addressed areas surrounding the board and officer nomination processes, voting processes, clarification of officer and board member roles and terms, removal of board members, filling vacancies on the Board and processes for calling meetings.

If upon review, any member would like to discuss further, please contact the TCEP office at (512) 306-0605.

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. 

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