Explore This IssueACEP Now: Vol 33 – No 08 – August 2014
1. Emergency physicians are serving in a number of significant leadership positions in AMA councils and sections. At this AMA Annual Meeting:
- Marilyn Heine, MD, FACEP, was appointed to the AMA Council on Legislation.
- Paul Pukurdpol was elected vice speaker of the Medical Student Section Governing Council.
- Hilary Fairbrother, MD, MPH, was elected Young Physician Section Delegate to the AMA House of Delegates.
- Shamie Das, MD, was elected Resident/Fellow Section Governing Council Member at Large.
- Adam Dougherty, MD, MPH, was appointed to the AMA Council on Science and Public Health.
2. The AMA resolution 911 Good Samaritan Laws was adopted by the AMA House of Delegates.
- This resolution was initiated by the ACEP Council in October 2013 and called upon the AMA to support, endorse, and advocate for policies, regulations, and legislation that provide protection for callers or witnesses seeking medical help for overdose victims.
- ACEP sought and received the co-sponsorship of this resolution by the College of American Pathologists, the American College of Radiology, and the state medical societies of Connecticut, Kentucky, and Oklahoma.
3. Modernizing the AMA Code of Medical Ethics update:
- The AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs reported on its effort, initiated in 2008, to critically review and reorganize the AMA Code of Ethics.
- Subsequent to the AMA meeting, ACEP completed and submitted its recommendations for revisions to the code that ensure the emergency medicine perspective and realities of practice are incorporated into the AMA Code of Ethics.
4. The AMA Section Council on Emergency Medicine presented the emergency medicine perspective on a broad range of resolutions, including the areas of:
- Practice management
- Medical liability
- Public health and safety
- Graduate medical education
- Health and IT improvements (pharmacies required to accept e-prescriptions, efforts to address data access between electronic health record [EHR] systems, improvements in EHR usability)
5. The HOD reviewed dozens of AMA Board of Trustees and Council reports and hundreds of resolutions, including resolutions involving how to deal with concussions, guidelines for in-flight emergencies, troublesome Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rules and regulations, difficulties with implementation of ICD-10, gun violence, and climate change.
6. The following items related to EM were either supported or passed at the AMA meeting:
- Putting Price Transparency into Practice
- Meningococcal Vaccinations for School Children
- Support for Nutrition Label Revisions of Added Sugars
- Policy to Define Team-Based Medical Health Care
- Encouraging the Federal Government to Utilize Private Sector Physicians to Help Solve VA Crisis
- Adopting a New Policies to Improve Health of Nation on Day Two of Voting at Annual Meeting
- Adopting a Telemedicine Policy to Improve Access to Care for Patients