As I reflect on the 40th Anniversary of our Chapter, I’m struck by the impact of Ohio ACEP’s advocacy on public policy. We have had important policy victories over the years. To name a few, ACEP was instrumental in passing the law that applies the “prudent layperson” standard to emergency care; demanding legal protections from assault for ED staff; and successfully pushing a major malpractice reform bill.
Despite this progress, there is still much work to be done.
Take, for example, tort reform. As we all know, the medical liability climate is still far too unpredictable. Working alongside our allies, we continue to push for limited liability protection for emergency physicians and our colleagues providing care under EMTALA. Though it’s clearly the right thing to do, pursuing these changes is difficult in the face of stiff opposition from a variety of special interests. And even as we advocate for positive changes, these groups continue to try and roll back reforms we have already gained.
This is just one of the reasons I’m encouraging you to attend ACEP’s Leadership & Advocacy Conference on May 20-23 in Washington, DC. Attending this conference is one of the best ways to learn to effectively communicate, engage with your public officials and affect real change.
Registration for the conference is open. For more information, visit ACEP’s Leadership & Advocacy page
As the doctors who treat the patients others have turned away, our perspective as being health care’s “safety net” is valuable, and our message is compelling. Learning to share that message effectively is one of the best things we can do to advance our specialty. Will you join me at the 2012 Leadership & Advocacy Conference?
Thomas W. Lukens, MD, FACEP
All Ohio EM Assembly to Offer CME Credit
Are you looking for another reason to attend the All Ohio Emergency Medicine Conference
? Ohio ACEP is pleased to announce that Continuing Medical Education credit will be offered with the June 5 All Ohio Emergency Medicine Assembly. In addition to the 40th Anniversary Celebration, Board of Directors and Councillor Elections and award presentations, the All Ohio EM Assembly will feature two EM Hot Topic Education Sessions:
Bouncebacks! Beyond the Book; Medical and Legal Issues in the ED
Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP and Michael Weinstock will guide the participants through an emergency medicine malpractice claim. Using a case-based format, the faculty will highlight critical medical/legal issues and guide participants on how to in avoid them while improving patient safety.
Patients and Pain in the ED; Their Pain Is Our Pain
This interactive session will address pain patients in the Emergency Department (ED) as well as the new Ohio Opioids and Other Controlled Substances Prescribing Guidelines. This session will include a focused series of short presentations on issues critical to pain and patients in the ED followed by a panel discussion.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American College of Emergency Physicians and OH Chapter ACEP. The American College of Emergency Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American College of Emergency Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for 2.75 hours of ACEP Category I credit.
40th Anniversary Spotlight - from the Ohio ACEP Time Vault
Throughout 2012, we’ll be using this 40th Anniversary Spotlight segment to take a look back at some of the formative moments in Ohio ACEP’s history. Old articles, publications, photos and anything else we can dig up is fair game! Combing through this content has proven to be a fun and enlightening look at Ohio ACEP’s legacy. We hope you enjoy reading this segment as much as we have enjoyed compiling it.
Dr. Hall Goes to Washington
Thirty years ago this month, Dr. Thomas Hall represented Ohio ACEP at a White House news conference in the Rose Garden. At the event, President Ronald Reagan announced the formation of a Presidential Commission on Drunk Driving and Seat Belt Usage. Drunk drivers were involved in 25,000 highway fatalities the previous year, accounting for more than half of all automobile deaths.
ACEP and its state chapters were leaders in raising awareness about the dangers of drunk driving and pushing for tougher laws to combat the epidemic. The Ohio Chapter of ACEP worked tirelessly at the state level to tighten drunken driving laws, collaborating closely with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). At the time, Dr. Hall himself served on the LAPP (Licking County Alcohol Prevention Program) board of directors.
Members and friends of Ohio ACEP, do you have photos or content you’d like to be considered for inclusion in the Anniversary Spotlight? Let us know!
All Ohio EM Sponsorship Opportunities
Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are available for the June 5, 2012 All Ohio Emergency Medicine Assembly
. This event is a great chance to interact with Ohio members including attending physicians, EM residents and medical students.
And as part of the June 5 celebration, we will also be publishing a commemorative 40th Anniversary Retrospective/Annual Report that will be distributed to all Assembly attendees as a keepsake and program. In addition, all Ohio ACEP members not in attendance will be sent a copy of this 40th Anniversary Retrospective. The publication will reach nearly 1300 emergency physicians, residents and medical students.
New 40th Anniversary Section of Our Website is Live!
In honor of Ohio ACEP’s 40th Anniversary, we have created a brand-new section of our website, featuring an interactive look at Ohio ACEP’s history and pivotal moments. We’re offering these pages for the Ohio ACEP community to reminisce and reconnect. So join the conversation at www.ohacep.org/Anniversary
! Like our Facebook Page
, leave a comment and tell us about your Ohio ACEP memories!
The Ohio ACEP Government Affairs Committee meets April 18th as part of the Ohio ACEP Board of Directors Leadership and Advocacy Day. The committee will review the current bills being followed by Ohio ACEP and visit with state legislators. To download a complete legislative report, please visit the Ohio ACEP website
EM Residency Program Spotlight
Summa Akron City Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine
Residency Director: Sharhabeel Jwayyed, M.D., M.S., FACEP
Residency Coordinator: Barbara Will
John Casey, DO,
for being named a Champion of Change
by President Obama for his work improving access to affordable health care
If you know of a member that deserves to be congratulated, let us know!
ACEP’s Leadership and Advocacy Conference
Registration for ACEP’s Leadership and Advocacy Conference, May 20-23 in Washington, DC, is now open. Many exciting workshops have been planned and there will be several sessions on chapter leadership, including: Chapter Leadership Orientation, Chapter Officers Forum and the breakfast sessions for large chapters and small/medium chapters.
Tell us how you’d like to get involved!
Do you have another special interest related to the field of emergency medicine? Let us know by contacting Justin Spicer
We hope you’ll join us for one of our Emergency Medicine Board Review
course offerings this year!
EMR Long Track (5-day course)
August 20 – 24, 2012
October 22 – 26, 2012
EMR Fast Facts and Fundamentals (3-day course)
Held at the Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Columbus, the EMR course is great for physicians preparing for the Qualifying Exam, ConCert Exam, continuous certification or for those looking for CME and a comprehensive EM review. The acclaimed courses are taught by world-class instructors from around the country and boast a 97 percent pass rate!
Washington State suspends plan to refuse “unnecessary” Medicaid visits to EDs
In a victory for emergency physicians and their patients, Washington State has abandoned a controversial plan to refuse payment for Medicaid visits to EDs later deemed “non-urgent.” Hospital and physicians’ groups—including the Washington Chapter of ACEP—mounted a strong campaign to oppose the plan, arguing that it would shift costs to hospitals and emergency physicians and deny payment for treatment of legitimate medical emergencies.
EDs tightening policies on dispensing pain meds in Highland, Scioto and Adams Counties
On March 26, the Times Gazette reported that hospital emergency departments in southern Ohio are revising their policies on dispensing pain medications in order to keep the potentially dangerous drugs out of the hands of patients displaying “narcotic-seeking behavior.”
For the full story from the Times Gazette
, click here
On June 26, Kettering Health Network will present a training for implementing SBIRT in an emergency department setting. SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment)
is a model for early intervention for patients who are at risk for developing addiction and/or substance abuse habits. This training will provide a thorough introduction to the SBIRT method and its implementation.
Important Ohio Department of Health Memo: change in sexual assault kit
The Ohio Department of Health has announced a new sexual assault evidence collection kit, which is designed for ease of use and to streamline the evidence collection process. For additional information, please read the Ohio Department of Health’s memo
announcing the change.
Welcome New Members
Ariel Cohen, DO
Nicholas Constant, MD
Ryan Bernard Dick-Perez, DO
Eric Dirks, DO
Randy Ekins, DO
Charles Joseph Frommelt
Joseph Lally, MD
Bryan Hartland Lassner, MD
Stephen Lyon, DO
Kenneth Martin, DO
Gregory Mathios, DO
David Melia, DO
Margarita Mendoza, MD
Tehas Patel, DO
Erin Robinson, DO
Steven Suggs, MD
Alia Whitman, MD
Tao Zhu, MD
Stephanie Nicole Bailey
Ahmad Amireh, MD
Kindra Collette Engle, DO
Blanca Herrera, MD