Ohio EM mourns loss of 1 of its earliest champions | New OARRS law takes effect | End-of-Year Thanks to member volunteers & faculty!
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John L. Lyman, MD, FACEP
President, Ohio ACEP
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Recent News & Opinion

In Ohio, Optimizing Stoke Care With Telemedicine
Healthcare Informatics
December 19, 2014

Why No One on Medicaid Can Find a Doctor (and Why ERs Are Busier than Ever)
December 21, 2014

Medicaid matters
Toledo Blade editorial board
December 22, 2014

Painkiller Abuse, a Cyclical Challenge
The New York Times
December 22, 2014

ER doctors explain how to decode dangerously inaccurate health reports
December 26, 2014

Language barriers and fear of police may prevent minority 911 calls
December 26, 2014

As Medicaid Rolls Swell, Cuts in Payments to Doctors Threaten Access to Care
The New York Times
December 27, 2014

Keeping Up with Influenza
By Dr. Judith Tintinalli, for Emergency Physicians Monthly
December 30, 2014

Increase in Ohio emergency room visits closely watched in wake of Affordable Care Act
ABC Newsnet 5 Cleveland
December 30, 2014

Step It Up: 5 Habits of Successful EPs
By Dr. Michael Silverman, for Emergency Physicians Monthly
December 31, 2014

Doctor, Shut Up and Listen
By Dr. Nirmal Joshi, for The New York Times
January 4, 2015

It's a Tall Order, but Love Your Patients
By Dr. Edwin Leap, for Emergency Medicine News
January 6, 2015

If you think it's an emergency, go to the emergency room
By National ACEP President, Dr. Michael Gerardi, for the Palo Verde Valley [California] Times
January 7, 2015

A holiday message from your emergency physician
By Dr. Seth Collings Hawkins, for
January 7, 2015

Even with Obamacare, patients will turn to the ER
By National ACEP President, Dr. Michael Gerardi, for The The Los Angeles Times
January 8, 2015

End of Medicaid fee bump could hurt patient access to doctors
Dayton Daily News
January 11, 2015

DeWine may sue feds over Obamacare tax on state, local governments
The Columbus Dispatch
January 14, 2015

The Costs of Stinginess in Medicaid
The New York Times
January 14, 2015
Welcome, New Ohio ACEP Members!

Eric Joshua Goldblatt, MD
Timothy J Lee, MD
Laurel E Meteer
President's Message

Last month’s newsletter saw a recap of 2014 by myself and others, so it seems only appropriate to look ahead to what’s in store for 2015. Of course it’s hard to look ahead without the great philosopher Yogi Berra’s quote regarding the future popping into mind: “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” With that in mind, let me look ahead…cautiously.

But first, let me mention a lady that I knew only too briefly. Joan Hesler was the first Executive Director of Ohio ACEP, and oh my, what a job she did. While I met her only briefly, the quality of her directorship is evidenced by two outstanding facts… [Read more]

Joan Hesler: 1936-2015

It is with great sadness that we report Joan Hesler, the very first Executive Director of Ohio ACEP, has passed away. Joan was a tireless supporter of emergency medicine, and at a time when the specialty was in its infancy, her dedication and leadership were crucial to the Chapter’s early development.

During her time as Executive Director, Joan led the Chapter from a small group of like-minded physicians to an influential medical society with hundreds of members around the state. Joan also developed Ohio ACEP’s Emergency Medicine Board Review Course, which is nationally-recognized for excellence in written board exam preparation.

Joan is remembered by Ohio ACEP’s early members and physician leadership as a mentor, friend, and pioneer. Her guidance has left an indelible mark on Ohio ACEP. Without her, the Chapter—and indeed emergency medicine in Ohio—would not be the same. She will be missed.

Joan is survived by her daughter, Susan Bundy; son, Randy Ray; grandchildren, Joe, Mark, Rex, and Sarah; and great-grandchildren, Chance, Jacob, Kyleigh, Sapphire, and Sophie. She was 78 years old.

Our thoughts are with Joan’s friends and family.

For more about Joan’s life, or to leave memories and condolences, see her obituary in The Columbus Dispatch.
Ohio ACEP Past President, Dr. Randy King, presents a special Bill Hall Award plaque to Joan Hesler for her extraordinary service as Ohio ACEP Executive Director
From EMRA: Thanks to Ohio Residencies with 100% Membership!
  •  Adena Health System
  •  Akron General Medical Center
  •  Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic
  •  Case Western Reserve University at University Hospital Case Medical Center
  •  Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center
  •  The Ohio State University Medical Center
  •  OU-HCOM at Affinity Medical Center
  •  OU-HCOM at Marietta Memorial Hospital
  •  OU-HCOM at Southern Ohio Medical Center
  •  OU-HCOM at Doctors Hospital
  •  St. John Hospital & Medical Center
  •  Summa Health System – Akron City Hospital
  •  UC Health University Hospital at University of Cincinnati
  •  University of Toledo Medical Center
  •  Wright State University 
Member Kudos

Creagh Boulger, MD, FACEP; Jeffrey Caterino, MD, FACEP; Brian Ichwan; and Laura Thompson, MD, for having their research, “Geriatric-Specific Triage Criteria Are More Sensitive Than Standard Adult Criteria in Identifying Need for Trauma Center Care in Injured Older Adults,” published in the January edition of the Annals of Emergency Medicine

Thomas Carter, DO, FACEP, for having his research, “Mind the (Knowledge) Gap: The Effect of a Communication Tool on Emergency Department Patients’ Comprehension of and Satisfaction with Care,” in the February edition of Patient Education & Counseling 

Do you know of a member who deserves to be congratulated? Let us know!
End-of-Year Thanks

Ohio ACEP thanks all our members who served as faculty, contributors, and volunteers for our education courses and membership events in 2014!
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Members in the News

Eric Adkins, MD, FACEP, who was interviewed for a Fox Business Channel segment, “Flu strain missed by this year’s vaccine?”

Daniel Bachmann, MD, FACEP, and Paul Gabriel, MD, FACEP, who were quoted in The Columbus Dispatch article, “Frigid air killing car batteries, numbing fingers and toes”

Chris Goliver, MD, FACEP, who was featured in the Toledo Blade article, “Unconventional path leads Goliver to head Mercy emergency center”

Alan Gora, MD, FACEP, who was quoted in the ABC 13 Toledo story, “Ohio sees another spike in flu hospitalizations”; and in the Cleveland Plain Dealer article, “Flu cases in Ohio are swamping hospitals, which are urging people to avoid ERs if possible”

Diane Gorgas, MD, whose article, “Emergency Medicine: Knowing risk from mono can save a life,” was published in The Columbus Dispatch

Thomas Terndrup, MD, FACEP, who was interviewed for The Columbus Dispatch article, “Ohio State hospitals turn away ER patients”; and whose response Letter to the Editor of the Dispatch, “Patients’ care is top priority at Ohio State,” was published
New Law Requires OARRS Registration, Checks Before Opioid Prescribing

Ohio ACEP successfully fought to exempt prescriptions not exceeding seven days; Board of Pharmacy to help providers implement law

Ohio House Bill 341, which was signed by Gov. John Kasich and takes effect in 2015, requires a check of the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) before prescribing an opioid analgesic or benzodiazepine. [Read more]
From ACEP: 

Comment Period Open for Draft Clinical Policy on Intravenous tPA
The Clinical Policies Committee of ACEP has completed a draft clinical guideline: “Clinical Policy: Use of Intravenous tPA for the Management of Acute Ischemic Stroke in the Emergency Department.” The draft is now open for comments until March 13, 2015. To view the draft policy and comment form, click here.

Mental Health, Substance Abuse Patient Care Resources Added to ACEP's Website
ACEP's Emergency Medicine Practice Committee recently completed an information paper on "Care of the Psychiatric Patient in the ED: A Review of the Literature." This document and other resources to help emergency physicians care for patients with mental health or substance abuse issues have been added to ACEP's website. Read them here.

ED Director of the Year Award Applications Being Accepted
Blue Jay Consulting, the Emergency Medicine Foundation and ACEP are accepting nominations for the 6th Annual Outstanding Emergency Department Director of the Year Award. The award recognizes and celebrates emergency physician leaders who have demonstrated exemplary collaborative skills in the emergency department. Nominations deadline is February 16. Learn more here.

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