The ACEP Council process is complex, intricate, even a bit messy at times, and yet very functional. Putting 360-plus of the brightest minds in emergency medicine together in a room for two days to discuss, debate, and develop solutions for issues impacting our specialty and our patients is impressive to watch and particularly impressive to participate in. The Council can be thought of as the Congress of emergency medicine, functioning similarly to the British Parliament. Although a great deal of business is addressed during the Council’s annual meeting, perhaps the most critical issues to EM are the elections of our Council Officers, ACEP Board members, and President-Elect and the deliberation and either adoption, nonadoption, or referral (to the Board of Directors for further consideration) of the Council resolutions (similar to congressional bills). The ACEP Board of Directors sets policy, but the ACEP Council guides the initiatives of the Board based on the actions adopted via the resolution process. Resolutions that are adopted by the Council contain actions to be enacted by the Board of Directors. On those rare occasions—I cannot recall one—where the Board does not vote to accept the adopted resolution, a process exists to reconcile the difference of opinion. Below, I have included important excerpts from this year’s meeting: the outcome of all of the Council resolutions; four examples of resolutions and their specific outcomes; and the responses to the Council demographic questions, which are drafted each year to gain insight into important issues facing our specialty.
2014 ACEP Council Meeting Highlights; Resolutions Summary
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With regard to state legislative activity regulating the opioid prescribing practices of emergency physicians, which of the following wouId you support? Check all that apply.
Polls results not statistically significant.
- Restrictions on duration (36%, 229 Votes)
- Restrictions of quantity (34%, 219 Votes)
- Mandatory checking of prescription drug monitoring systems for all opioid prescriptions from the ED (30%, 194 Votes)
Total Voters: 367