ACEP recently led the development and drafting of two emergency medicine–focused bills introduced in Congress last month that are aimed at addressing the growing opioid epidemic. ACEP Board member Mark Rosenberg, MD, FACEP, was invited by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee to testify on these two bills. His testimony before the Committee can be seen here.
In late March, ACEP was invited by the House Committee on Ways and Means’ Health Subcommittee to participate in a roundtable on reducing administrative burdens for physicians in the Medicare program. ACEP Board member Jon Mark Hirshon, MD, FACEP, participated and shared with the subcommittee a number of regulatory burdens facing emergency physicians and ACEP’s recommended solutions.
ACEP continues its advocacy work, both with regulators and in the media, to oppose Anthem’s dangerous policy to retroactively deny coverage of emergency department visits by its policyholders that it deems “nonemergent.” ACEP’s public relations work on the issue led to a recent NBC Nightly News piece on Anthem’s actions.