Shane Roden, a newly elected republican from Jeff County has introduced HB310, which retains the mandatory helmet law for those under the age of 18. Mocep has opposed this bill in the past. Session begins January 7, 2015.
Christine Sullivan, MD, FACEP
Larry Slaughter, MD, FACEP
The 2014 ACEP Council meeting was in Chicago at the end of October and focused on bylaws and practice issues relevant to our organization and specialty. Missouri had six of the 367 Council votes (state representation is determined by the number of ACEP members for the state).
The Council may adopt a resolution which is then sent to the ACEP Board of Directors for final consideration, refer the resolution to the Board for further evaluation, or vote to not adopt the resolution which means the issue is dropped (at least for this year).
A summary of some of the more interesting, important, relevant Council resolutions follows. Referred to the Board were resolutions regarding professional licensure of EMS providers (in part due to differences in state licensing requirements) and Geriatric ED Accreditation.
2015 Second Annual MOCEP Advocacy Day – Jefferson City
January 21st 2015
It is easy to dismiss advocacy as simply “politics” or efforts best left to lobbyists. However, as emergency physicians, you practice advocacy every day. Every time you stand up on behalf of a vulnerable patient, or struggle to obtain the resources you need to provide quality emergency care for your community you are acting as an advocate.
Unfortunately, the challenges that we must face in order to provide high quality care for our patients goes beyond our local emergency departments and hospitals. Laws such as EMTALA, HIPAA and the Affordable Care Act impact our practice on a daily basis. As emergency physicians, we must work together to insure that safe and high quality emergency care continues to be available to our patients – wherever and whenever we are needed!
Join leaders from MoCEP and from around the state of Missouri to discuss advocacy and health policy topics that impact us and our patients on a daily basis.
National issues such as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and EMTALA will be discussed.
Our MoCEP governmental consultant team will also review current topics being debated in Jefferson City such as Medicaid Expansion, emergency department utilization, and tort reform.
After presentations from our engaging speakers, MOCEP will arrange group meetings with your state representatives and senators so YOU can be the voice of emergency medicine in Missouri!
Current Schedule – Jefferson City, MO
8:30 – 9:00 Breakfast/ MOCEP president welcome
9:00 – 9:30 Rep Eric Burlison– Tort Reform
9:30 – 10:15 Rep. Jay Barnes – Medicaid Expansion
10:15- 10:30 – Break
10:30 – 11:00 Jorgen Schlemeier MOCEP Governmental Consultant – Overview of Missouri Legislative Topics
11:00 – 12:00 – Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 Meetings with legislators
Registration is FREE. RSVP required for attendance, SPACE IS LIMITED (Deadline Jan 16). Please contact Margie@mocep.org
The NEJM article on increased communication boosts MOCEP’s efforts for pilot program in Medicaid that was funded by the legislature last session. We will try to get the pilot program, which seeks grant money, to develop a better patient history information system for ER practitioners.
The Board of Healing Arts will meet on Oct 27 at 2 to discuss drafting rules to implement the Asst Physician license category. Read the BOHA memo on this issue (begins on page 5).
Nearly 28,000 uninsured residents were treated in emergency rooms for dental problems in fiscal 2013, according to the Missouri Hospital Association. The association said an additional 22,000 Medicaid recipients sought treatment at the ER for dental issues during the same period.
The Missouri Supreme Court, after knocking out med mal non economic damage caps about 2 years ago, have now knocked down caps for punitive damages. The legislature is sure to address this next session.
Concerned by rising rates of prescription drug abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced Monday that it would permit consumers to return unused prescription medications like opioid painkillers to pharmacies.
The move is intended to help reduce stockpiles of unneeded medicines in homes, which are often pilfered by teenagers. Under the new regulation, patients and their relatives will also be allowed to mail unused prescription drugs to an authorized collector using packages to be made available at pharmacies and other locations, like libraries and senior centers.