- The Opiod/Narcotic Issue – discussing recent CARA (Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act) passed in the Senate and the House.
- Medical Liability Reform for Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) Services – ACEP’s continued effort to establish federal liability protection for EMTALA mandated care in the ED by EM physicians and on-call specialists.
- Mental Health Reform – asking MOC to pass meaningful reform to give EM the needed resources to provide appropriate care to patients with mental health illnesses.
- Improving EMS Delivery of Care – supporting the Patient Protection Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016, which would allow for continued administration of controlled substances to patients by EMS under standing orders.
ACEP “Takes the Hill” event closed the conference on Tuesday afternoon. Soapbox Consulting arranged all of the Hill visits on behalf of ACEP. In addition, its Soapbox app provided attendees with information on the meeting visits, background materials for the meetings, and bio details for each MOC.
It was inspiring to walk the Capitol hallways and see how many EM docs are “working the Hill” with MOC and staffers to advocate for appropriate policies and laws that will improve our capacity and capabilities to care for our patients.
The last day of the meeting, “Leadership Day,” was about being, or becoming, a more effective leader, not just in Washington, but in your ED, your hospital, your group, and the greater health care community. Attendees heard from and interacted with Dr. Kaplan and President-Elect Rebecca B. Parker, MD, American Medical Association President Steve Stack, MD, and others.