In February, Governor John Kasich proposed accepting funds from the federal healthcare law to expand Medicaid coverage in Ohio, a move that would result in a net increase of about 275,000 Ohioans enrolled in the program. House Republicans excluded the proposal from their version of the 2012-2014 biennium budget last week, leaving the prospects for Medicaid expansion in serious doubt.
In March, we sent our members a brief survey about their impressions of the Medicaid expansion proposal, and we greatly appreciate those that weighed in. [Read more]
Board Member Spotlight - Dr. Gary Katz
Dr. Gary Katz wasn’t always interested in a career in medicine. There was a time when his greatest dream was piloting aircraft and seeing the world. During his college years, Dr. Katz studied for and earned his pilot’s license and enjoyed a brief period living out his dream of flying. However, Dr. Katz found the prospect of life in the cockpit unfulfilling; so one day while tooling about the clouds, he decided to make a change. Dr. Katz landed the plane and moved on to medicine. [Read more]
Join us June 3 and 4 in Columbus, Ohio for our Emergency Medicine Assembly! We’re thrilled to partner with EMRA to welcome EM physicians, residents, medical students and administrators from the Midwest region to experience this one-of-a-kind event. This year’s outstanding program features:
Registration also includes EMRA/Ohio ACEP Night at the Ballpark on June 3! We have reserved the Bullpen Suite at Huntington Park to watch the Columbus Clippers take on the Indianapolis Indians. (space is limited for this event)
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Ohio ACEP Announces Board of Directors and Councillor Candidates
THREE Board members will be elected by the chapter membership for three year terms at the 2013 annual meeting.
Current Board members with expiring terms are eligible for re-nomination and re-election. Those with terms expiring are: Purva Grover
, MD (Akron); Thomas W. Lukens
, MD, FACEP (Lakewood); and Thomas A. Tallman
, DO, FACEP (Shaker Heights). All three incumbent candidates have indicated their interest in being candidates for the 2013 election to the Board. Nominations will also be taken from the floor at the Annual Meeting, June 4, 2013, 12:00 pm.
Declared incumbent candidates for Councillor are: Eileen F. Baker
, MD, FACEP (Bowling Green); Thomas E. Carter
, DO, FACEP (Portsmouth); Gary R. Katz
, MD, FACEP (Dublin); Catherine Marco
, MD, FACEP (Toledo); Daniel R. Martin
, MD, FACEP (Westerville); and Michael Smith
, MD, FACEP (Brecksville). Saurin Bhatt
, MD, MBA, FACEP is a new candidate for Councillor.
More information about the elections and candidates can be found here
David F. Baehren, MD, FACEP, for his commentaries, “A Little More Conversation” and “The Beautiful Garden,” which appeared in the March and April editions of ACEP News, respectively
Mary Colleen Bhalla, MD, FACEP and Francis Mencl, MD, FACEP, for their educational activity, “Critical Decisions: Therapeutic Hypothermia after Cardiac Arrest,” which was published in the March edition of ACEP News
Jonathan M. Glauser, MD, FACEP, for his article “Metabolic Emergencies in Cancer Patients,” which was published in the April edition of ACEP News
Thomas A. Tallman, DO, FACEP
, for his on-air interview
with WKYC News about preparing for mass casualty events
Finally, ACEP has announced the Board and Council candidates for 2013. They include the following Ohio members: for Board of Directors, Jim Augustine, MD, FACEP
; for Council Speaker, Kevin Klauer, DO, FACEP
; and for Council Vice Speaker, Gary R. Katz, MD, FACEP
If you know of a member that deserves to be congratulated, let us know!
DEA National Drug Take-Back Day
On April 27, the DEA will hold a National Prescription Drug Take-Back day. Across the country, the DEA will partner with local law enforcement to set up collection sites where unused, unwanted or expired drugs can be safely disposed. For more information, including collection site locations, check out the DEA’s National Prescription Take-Back page
National Peds Readiness Project in Ohio
As part of its ongoing quality improvement initiative to ensure emergency departments are fully prepared for pediatric patients, the National Pediatric Readiness Project will be inviting Ohio EDs to participate in the project’s online assessment phase. By participating, EDs will—for the first time—be able to benchmark their readiness against other facilities with similar pediatric patient volumes within their state and the nation.
In May, Emergency Departments across Ohio will receive invitations to participate in the web-based assessment. For more information about the National Pediatric Readiness Project, including how you can get involved, visit www.PediatricReadiness.org
Prescribing Guidelines Webinar
On April 16, the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership hosted a webinar—Lessons Learned: Implementing Prescribing Guidelines in the ED—which was presented by Ohio ACEP member Dr. Dawn Prall. The webinar was archived and can be viewed on YouTube.
Florida Group Releases 2012 Violence in Hospitals Survey
In response to increasing levels of violence against health care workers, the Florida Hospital Association assembled a taskforce of stakeholder organizations—including the Florida College of Emergency Physicians—to address the growing problem. As part of their work, the Workplace Violence Task Force (WPVTF) conducted and released a survey which collected data about violence in hospital settings.
Last December here in Ohio, the General Assembly passed a bill which increased penalties against those who commit violence against health care workers, including emergency physicians. House Bill 62, which was signed by Gov. Kasich in December, takes effect this month.