MOCEP held their annual Advocacy Day on January 24, 2018, in Jefferson City. Nearly 30 members (attendings, residents and students) attended the event and heard from Sen. Bob Onder, MD, MOCEP President Jonathan Heidt, MD, MHA, FACEP, and Jorgen Schlemeier, MOCEP legislative liaison. The legislation regarding emergency department claim denials and the PDMP were two of the issues discussed as the attendees visited with the legislators in the afternoon. Please save the date for the 2019 MOCEP Advocacy Day, Tuesday, January 22.
Congratulations are in order for Marlee Thomas, first year medical student at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine/A.T. Still University. She was the recipient of the MOCEP Student Advocacy Grant. The grant will provide funding for her to attend the ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC, May 20-23, 2018. Marlee attended MOCEP’s Advocacy Day on January 24 and visited with her legislators and other MOCEP members.
Four residents from two Missouri programs are the recipients of the Bill Jermyn Grant. Kayla Donnawell, MD, St. Louis University; Kevin Baumgartner, MD, Washington University; Sahar Morkos El Hayek, MD, Washington University; and Lauren O’Grady, Washington University, will receive funding from MOCEP to attend the ACEP Leadership and Advocacy Conference (LAC) in Washington, DC, May 20-23, 2018. Thank you to all who applied, and please look for future articles from these recipients about their experience at LAC.
Mother Nature in Missouri has shown us what she is capable of with the weather so far this year, providing us with warmth one day and bitter cold the next, and always keeping us guessing what will be next. Unfortunately, Mother Nature isn’t the only one providing us with surprises, the insurance companies, Anthem in particular, are also surprising us with announcements that drastically impact your profession and patients. Hopefully MOCEP’s efforts at fighting back are surprising the insurance companies!
Article by Katie Rebillot, DO, reprinted with permission from EM Resident magazine
She was constantly in the emergency department for alcohol and drug intoxication. Staff dreaded her because she was usually inebriated and asking for pain medication. She came alone without friends or family, so it was unknown if this woman had a support network. She didn’t appear homeless or disheveled, but frequently smelled of rum and usually had empty Percocet bottles with her. You could see the elated feeling of sweet release from reality on her face as she drifted off to dreams after getting her intravenous morphine. This charade continued for 2 years, and every time she arrived, there was whispered gossip speculating on how much alcohol and pills she had taken that time.
The rate of alcohol-related visits to U.S. emergency departments (ED) increased by nearly 50 percent between 2006 and 2014, especially among females and drinkers who are middle-aged or older, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The study findings are available online in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.
The American Medical Association recently released the 2018 AMA Economic Impact Study that shows the extent to which physicians drive the national and state economies and support their local communities. Offering a clear picture of the vast network of local jobs and local investments that physicians support, the study’s findings include:
by Harry J. Monroe, Jr.
ACEP Director, Chapter and State Relations
Two years after the nearly miraculous successful retreat by the British army from Dunkirk, Prime Minister Winston Churchill remarked on the first actual British victory of the war by declaring, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
ACEP is gearing up to accredit geriatric emergency departments. The Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation Program will be accepting applications after the first of the year. There will be 3 levels of accreditation ranging from a minimal commitment to better elder care to a comprehensive well-rounded robust program. Accreditation shows your patients, your institution and your payers that your ED is ready to provide care to seniors and is a quality program that meets the high standards of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Find out more.