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Suspected Drug Activity Reporting Amendment
Reps. Butler, Johnson, Introduce Healthcare Revisions
Legislation Introduced to Expand Role of APRNs
Bill Would Establish MOLSTs in Ohio
ACEP's Legislative Advocacy Conference
From National ACEP
Policy News & Opinion
Do You Know Your State Legislators?
Ohio ACEP engages with legislators all over the state—but there is just no substitute for the words, “I am a resident of your district, and I think…”

So find out who your State Representative and Senator are—it’s as easy as entering your ZIP Code!
Policy News & Opinion
Two maps explain how much the Supreme Court could damage Obamacare
The Washington Post’s Wonkblog
April 9, 2015

Lawmakers want Medicaid recipients to help pay for care
Mansfield News Journal
April 22, 2015

Medicare’s Doctor Payments Are Fixed, Now It’s Time to Support Medicare Legislation to Keep Crucial EMS Helicopters Flying
Roll Call Op-Ed by Rick Sherlock
April 23, 2015

Medicaid Access Improves When Physician Pay Increases
April 23, 2015

Medicare Reform Paves Way for Better Health Care
By AMA President, Dr. Robert Wah, for Huffington Post Politics
April 28, 2015

GOP Leaders Consider Preserving Obamacare Subsidies Until After the 2016 Election
Bloomberg Politics
May 5, 2015

500 groups urge repeal of ObamaCare cost-cutting panel
The Hill
May 5, 2015

How to Solve the E.R. Problem
By Dr. Zeke Emanuel, for The New York Times
May 6, 2015

Report: Thousands would lose Medicaid coverage under [Ohio] House plan
The Columbus Dispatch
May 13, 2015

Paramedics Steer Non-Emergency Patients Away From ERs
Kaiser Health News
May 18, 2015

Ohio lawmakers want to speed up trauma emergency transport
The News-Herald
May 24, 2015

This Is What The Latest Obamacare Supreme Court Case Is All About
Huffington Post
May 26, 2015

Obamacare case is political pickle for Republicans
May 28, 2015

Proposals to extend marketplace subsidies would only delay damage
May 28, 2015
Suspected Drug Activity Reporting Amendment 
Ohio ACEP opposes amendment to budget bill which would allow physicians to report patients to law enforcement for suspected drug activity
As negotiations over the state biennial budget (House Bill 64) continue, an amendment was added to the legislation which would give physicians authority to report suspected patient drug abuse to law enforcement. [Read more]
Reps. Butler, Johnson, Introduce Healthcare Revisions
Bill would make wide-ranging changes to healthcare laws; Ohio ACEP opposes provision on “ED Diversion,” corrects the record on “non-emergent” ED visits
House Bill 157, sponsored by Reps. Jim Butler (R – Oakwood) and Terry Johnson (R – McDermott), would make a variety of revisions to healthcare laws. Some of the bill’s provisions are supported by Ohio ACEP... [Read more]
Legislation Introduced to Expand Role of APRNs
Bill would ease regulatory restrictions on APRNs, allow them to provide care without physician practice agreement
Rep. Dorothy Pelanda (R – Marysville) has introduced a bill which proposes eliminating both the written practice agreement and the 35-plus page advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) formulary. House Bill 216... [Read more]
Bill Would Establish MOLSTs in Ohio
Legislation introduced to authorize end-of-life legal agreements, alter current “do not resuscitate” laws
Senate Bill 165, introduced this month by Sen. Peggy Lehner (R – Kettering), would authorize Ohioans to establish patient-centered end-of-life legal documents known as MOLSTs (medical orders for life-sustaining treatment). [Read more]
ACEP's Legislative Advocacy Conference
Newly revamped for 2015, LAC offered EM physicians the chance to meet with lawmakers, learn the art of advocacy
On May 3 - 6, emergency physicians from around the country descended on Washington, DC for ACEP’s Legislative Advocacy Conference & Leadership Summit. The Ohio Chapter delegation met with legislators... [Read more]
The Ohio ACEP delegation preps for its trip to Capitol Hill to advocate for emergency medicine
From National ACEP
ER Visits Continue to Rise Since Implementation of ACA
Three-quarters of emergency physicians report that emergency visits are going up, according to a new poll. This represents a significant increase from just one year ago when less than half reported increases. Rather than trying to keep people out of emergency departments, ACEP says policymakers need to recognize the value of this model of medicine that people want and clearly need. Read the full release here.

ICD-10: What Should You Do Now?
With passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 it is official that ICD-10 CM will become a reality on October 1, 2015. This is a huge deal for your billing company, hospital, payer contracts and you. In this Central Line Blog post, Ohio ACEP member, Dr. David B. Chauvin explains some of the steps you should be thinking about to prepare when the change comes. 

Have you taken a look at the new ACEP Grassroots Advocacy Center?
ACEP has combined all the information you need to become a successful advocate for emergency medicine! At the ACEP Grassroots Advocacy Center, you'll find resources like the “Take Action” tool, where you can email your legislators about important issues facing emergency medicine; ACEP positions on key issues; and tips for hosting an Emergency Department Visit for your legislators. You'll need your ACEP log-in credentials to access the Grassroots Advocacy Center. Take a look today and share with your ACEP colleagues!


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