Jonathan Heidt, MD, MHA, FACEP
As fall approaches and the new school year begins, the MOCEP Board of Directors has begun to look forward to the year ahead. We are anticipating an exciting year – including the MOCEP reception in Las Vegas and a growing emergency medicine advocacy day in Jefferson City. However, we are also facing many challenges.
First I want to acknowledge the hard work of those involved with MOCEP leadership – Sarah Luebbert (MOCEP executive director), Jorgen Schlemeier (MOCEP governmental consultant), the MOCEP Board of Directors and committee chairs. If you will be attending ACEP in Las Vegas, plan to attend the Missouri reception on Monday, October 17, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Please also save the date for Advocacy Day – January 25th in Jefferson City.
As many of you are aware, this past summer the governor signed Senate Bill 732, which became effective on August 28th. Since the inception of the Time Critical Diagnosis System in Missouri, MOCEP has worked to help insure that the highest possible quality of care for STEMI, stroke and trauma patients is available to all Missourians. Unfortunately, due to a difference of opinion on the interpretation of the agreed upon regulations, many emergency physicians found themselves facing an overwhelming amount of newly required CME hours for stroke and STEMI. After months of negotiation without much progress, MOCEP supported SB 732 which transfers the authority for developing CME requirements away from the Department of Health and Senior Services and to the Board of Healing Arts. We have already met with representatives from the Board of Healing Arts to discuss our concerns. We hope to move quickly on the issue of CME to provide clarification for MOCEP members. However, we do anticipate that the final requirements may not be set for several months.
In addition to the issue of CME, MOCEP is also working tirelessly on other issues including the opioid epidemic, reimbursement for emergency medicine, and liability protections for EMTALA related care. Our board of directors now also includes representation from pediatric emergency medicine, and a liaison from the Society of Emergency Medicine Physicians Assistants. With our new representation, we anticipate that the number of issues addressed by MOCEP will continue to expand. Please contact me at any time to discuss your issues or concerns by emailing me at Jonathan@mocep.org. Thank you for the hard work you do every day working in our state’s emergency departments. We hope to see you in Las Vegas!