ACEP's EM Report Card; what it means for Ohio | Less than a month to go to join us in Orlando, FL! | Opioid posters; EMTALA-compliant?
John L. Lyman, MD, FACEP
President, Ohio ACEP

In this issue:

Ohio ACEP EM Leadership Forum
March 4 & 5, 2014
Registration Now Open!
Venue has changed to Renaissance Columbus Downtown!

March 4, 6-9pm
Legacy Reception
Exclusive Film Screening, "24|7|365"

March 5, 7:30am-3:30pm
Leadership Events
Annual Meeting
Annual Awards

Interested in becoming an Ohio ACEP Board Member or Councillor?

Nominate a colleague for an Ohio ACEP award—Deadline extended to Jan. 31!

Reminder—2011 LLSA Test expires March 31, 2014

Our LLSA Fast Track Review course makes it easy to complete 3 LLSA tests in one day!

Winter/Spring 2014 Product & Course Catalog

Midwest Winter Symposium
January 30 - February 2, 2014

Mountain Grand Lodge, Boyne Falls, MI
Registration is now open!

ACEP Awards Nomination Deadline is February 14

Youth Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative

On January 8, Governor John Kasich and Ohio’s First Lady Karen Kasich launched a new statewide initiative aimed at preventing drug abuse among Ohio’s youth. The “Start Talking!” initiative encourages parents and other adults to talk to children about the dangers of abusing drugs and other substances. [Read more]

Welcome New Members!

Stephen M Gardner
Ross E McDermott
Justin L McGee
Luana J Hess, MD, FACEP
President's Message
ACEP’s EM Report Card is a powerful tool to shape public opinion, affect positive change

On Thursday, ACEP issued its 2014 Report Card on America’s Emergency Care Environment. I would anticipate many of you have already read all or portions of it, and most of you have seen or heard it bandied about on the airwaves or in some form of print media. One of the primary reasons for the Report Card—and for actively publicizing it—is that it’s a useful tool in educating the public and policymakers in order to effectively advocate for the changes we need to provide our patients with the best possible care. [Read more]

Leadership Development Academy Member Spotlight—Dr. Andrea Kreiger

In addition to residency education, one of Dr. Andrea Kreiger’s greatest professional interests is in tactical medicine events—she has gone out with the SWAT team and was excited to travel with the Presidential Motorcade when President Obama visited Cleveland. [Read more]

Member Kudos
Eric J. Adkins, MD; David Bahner, MD, FACEP; Matthew Blickendorf, MD; and Creagh Boulger, MD, for their study, “Trained Simulated Ultrasound Patients: Medical Students as Models, Learners, and Teachers,” which was published in the January edition of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine

Howard K. Mell, MD, MPH, FACEP, for earning his Certified Physician Executive credential from the CCMM/ACPE; he is in the first group of emergency physician subspecialty certified in EMS.
If you know of a member that deserves to be congratulated, let us know!

Ohio ACEP Thanks Contributors to 7th Edition of Dr. Rivers' Written Board Review

When we took over production of the Dr. Carol Rivers’ line of board review materials, we knew we had a responsibility to live up to the reputation Dr. Rivers established during her exceptional career. It was that responsibility that drove production of the new 7th edition Dr. Carol Rivers’ Written Board Review, and we’re so grateful for all the outstanding contributors who helped make the new edition a product worthy of its namesake. Thank you all!

Ohio ACEP EM Board Review
February 6-10 in Orlando, Florida!


From February 6-10, 2014, Ohio ACEP and the Florida College of Emergency Physicians are partnering to host the most respected emergency medicine board review course in the nation—in Orlando, Florida!

Register now to see why more than 11,000 physicians have trusted our expert faculty to prepare them for the EM Boards!

The Ohio ACEP EM Board Review will be held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in the heart of Orlando, Florida! 

Members in the News
Eric J. Adkins, MD, who was interviewed for the 10TV Eyewitness News story, “Health Officials Say Flu Is Now Widespread In Ohio

Eric J. Adkins, MD, and Howard K. Mell, MD, MPH, FACEP, who was interviewed for the Columbus Dispatch article, “Report ranks Ohio 7th in nation for emergency medical care

Carol Cunningham, MD, FACEP, who was featured in the Akron Beacon Journal article, “Doctors urge caution as thermometer drops” and was interviewed on ABC 5 Cleveland to speak about public safety and preventative measures for cold exposures 

Rita K. Cydulka, MD, FACEP, and Thomas Tallman, DO, FACEP, who were quoted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer article, “Ohio gets C+ on emergency care policy report card; country gets a D+

Diane Gorgas, MD, whose article, “Emergency Medicine: If you want to save your damaged smile, act fast,” was published in The Columbus Dispatch

Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP, whose articles, “Welcome to ACEP Now" and “Myths in Emergency Medicine,” were published in the inaugural January issue of ACEP Now

Nathanial Mann, MD, whose commentary, “Movements that Matter: Pink Ribbons & Mustaches,” was published in the December-January edition of EM Resident magazine 

Howard K. Mell, MD, MPH, FACEP, who was interviewed on 610 WTVN AM about ACEP’s EM Report Card

Melani Lynne Sherman, MD, who was featured in the Akron Beacon Journal article, “Doctors win race to save fallen fellow athlete during triathlon
Have you seen a news article or commentary written by a member? Or do you know of a member featured or interviewed in a news story? Let us know!

Opiate Prescribing Posters and EMTALA Compliance Issues

Do Posters in Your ED on Prescribing Pain Medication Violate EMTALA? See What CMS Says

ACEP's new publication, ACEP Now, caught up with Dr. Richard Wild, CMS Chief Medical Officer for the Atlanta Regional office (region 4), to talk about posters in the ED related to pain medication prescribing. Dr. Wild and CMS responded to a series of questions from ACEP Now medical editor-in-chief Dr. Kevin Klauer. Read those answers here

OHA Memo Regarding CMS Guidance on ED Opiate Prescribing Guidelines

The Ohio Hospital Association has issued a memo (PDF) regarding the posting of opiate prescribing guidelines and CMS guidance on whether those posters are EMTALA-compliant.

Recent News & Opinion

Amidst the Fraying Safety Net—by Dr. Dennis Hsieh, for the December-January issue of EM Resident magazine

Emergency Visits Seen Increasing With Health LawThe New York Times, January 2

Why Medicaid patients use the emergency department for primary care—by Dr. Kevin Pho, for, January 3

Lessons from a doctor congressman's first yearThe Los Angeles Times, January 6

Why the Oregon Medicaid Study Doesn’t Matter As Much As You Think—by Dr. Angelo Falcone, for The Shift, January 7

What Will Obamacare Mean for Emergency Physicians?ACEP Now, January 8

Emergency Rooms Are Front Line For Enrolling New Obamacare CustomersKaiser Health News, January 14

Congress Is Poised To Change Medicare Payment Policy. What Does That Mean For Patients And Doctors?Kaiser Health News, January 16
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