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Ohio ACEP Announces Supported Supreme Court Candidates

Chapter urges support for Chief Justice O'Connor, Judge Pat DeWine, and Judge Pat Fischer

On Tuesday, November 8th Ohioans will decide three of the seven justices on the Ohio Supreme Court. Ohio ACEP is pleased to support three candidates for Supreme Court Justice: Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Judge Pat DeWine, and Judge Pat Fischer.

While each race on the ballot is important, the most important contests for Ohio physicians are for State Supreme Court. Emergency physicians need a stable, predictable medical liability environment in order to provide the best care for their patients. That is what’s at stake in this election, and that’s why Ohio ACEP supports the re-election of Chief Justice O’Connor and the election of Judges DeWine and Fischer. 

In her time on the bench, Justice O’Connor has consistently ruled in favor of common sense medical liability reforms and against “legislating from the bench”, and Judges DeWine and Fischer are dedicated public servants who believe strongly in judicial restraint. All three candidates are steadfast allies of Ohio’s physicians, and we encourage Chapter members to support them.

More on Justice O'ConnorJudge DeWine and Judge Fischer:

O’Connor, DeWine, and Fischer are also backed by the Ohio State Medical Association, who have made this card with their endorsements—feel free to print the card or bookmark the link on your phone to take with you to the polls. 
No matter how you plan to vote, please make sure to cast your ballot on November 8!

Amended Infant Mortality Bill Passes Senate

Ohio ACEP applauds action on infant mortality and supports amendment to remove “cultural competency” requirement

Senate Bill 332, introduced by Sens. Shannon Jones (R – Springboro) and Charleta Tavares (D – Columbus) has been amended and passed by the Ohio Senate by a vote of 29-1. The bill would implement many of the... [Read more]

From National ACEP

ACEP Member Testifies Before House Judiciary Committee
ACEP member Dr. Eric Ketcham testified before the House Judiciary Regulatory Reform Subcommittee regarding the rising costs of certain opioid medications. Specifically, Dr. Ketcham discussed the role naloxone and buprenorphine play in providing care to opioid overdose and addiction patients. Check out the video below for more.

Ohio ACEP Government Affairs:

Bradley Raetzke, MD, FACEP
Co-Chair, Ohio ACEP Government Affairs
Matthew Sanders, DO, FACEP
Co-Chair, Ohio ACEP Government Affairs
Amanda Sines
Ohio ACEP Lobbyist
Government Advantage Group

In this issue:

Ohio ACEP Announces Supported Supreme Court Candidates
From National ACEP
Policy News & Opinion

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Policy News & Opinion

Hillary Clinton, AMA urge EpiPen manufacturer to rein in ‘exorbitant’ costs
August 24, 2016

Heroin laced with elephant tranquilizer hits the streets [in Cincinnati]
August 25, 2016

Ohio pharmacies dispensing Narcan reaches 1,000
Piqua Daily Call
August 29, 2016

Why are ERs so busy? It’s really no surprise.
August 29, 2016

Doctors Will Play a Critical Role in the Opioid Epidemic
The New York Times Editorial Board
August 30, 2016

Feds to distribute $53 million to states to fight opioids
Associated Press
August 31, 2016

Clinton just made a very important announcement — and hardly anyone is talking about it
The Washington Post Editorial Board
August 31, 2016

Fewer U.S. hospitals breaking emergency treatment rules
September 2, 2016

ACEP president says insurers share blame for rising drug prices
September 6, 2016

Health Care Providers Scramble to Meet New Disaster Readiness Rule
The New York Times
September 9, 2016

U.S. rejects Ohio proposal to require Medicaid premiums
The Toledo Blade
September 9, 2016

The Opioid Abuse Crisis Is A Rare Area Of Bipartisan Consensus
Health Affairs
September 12, 2016

The striking difference between states that expanded Medicaid and the ones that didn’t
The Washington Post Wonkblog
September 13, 2016

Physician efforts to reverse opioid epidemic quantified
AMA Wire
September 13, 2016

Sharing health data in Franklin County is focus of national challenge
The Columbus Dispatch
September 15, 2016

Progressives push for 'public option' health plan
USA Today
September 15, 2016

Does the government know what it’s doing to physicians?
September 15, 2016

Obama administration to launch new effort on heroin crisis
USA Today
September 16, 2016

Could It Be Sepsis? C.D.C. Wants More People to Ask
The New York Times
September 19, 2016

Are U.S. public schools prepared for an emergency?
September 20, 2016

Emergency rooms slow to treat, transfer psychiatric patients
FOX News
September 23, 2016

Just say no to Narcan? Heroin rescue efforts draw backlash
Associated Press
September 25, 2016

Senate Republicans Change Tone on Obamacare Debate
Morning Consult
September 28, 216

Watchdog knocks administration for misusing Obamacare funds
September 29, 2016

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