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Ohio ACEP Government Affairs:

Bradley Raetzke, MD, FACEP

Co-Chair, Ohio ACEP Government Affairs

Matthew Sanders, DO, FACEP

Co-Chair, Ohio ACEP Government Affairs

Amanda Sines

Ohio ACEP Lobbyist
Capitol Action Team

In this issue:

Physician-Led Teams Work: Legislators Should Oppose HB 216!
Ohio ACEP Members Attend Reception for Ohio Congressman
Ohio ACEP Meets With Bill Sponsor on Medicaid Prior Authorization Proposal
Ohio ACEP Neutral on State Trauma Board Bill
State Announces OARRS Software Integration Initiative
Ohio Physicians Oppose Bill to Require Cultural Competency Training
From National ACEP

Policy News & Opinion

Retooled two-midnight rule gets mixed reviews
Modern Healthcare
September 1, 2015

The time for medical liability reform is now. Here’s why.
September 4, 2015

Healthcare workplace violence efforts should be improved
Healthcare Dive
September 16, 2015 

Ohio hospitals seek federal help to fight prescription drug addiction
Cleveland Plain Dealer
September 17, 2015

Are physicians really to blame for the opioid addiction epidemic?
September 19, 2015

ERs Often 'Safety Net' Care for People With Schizophrenia: CDC
September 23, 2015

Why ER Visits for Non-Emergencies Aren’t Going Away
By EM physician, Dr. Paul Auerbach, for The Wall Street Journal
September 25, 2015

New medical codes that only Kafka could love: Column
By Dr. Marc Siegel, for USA Today
October 7, 2015

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown presses for action on bill to lower drug prices
Cleveland Plain Dealer
October 13, 2015

Ohio Governor John Kasich's Medicaid Expansion: Successful Governance Is Very Hard Work
October 14, 2015

Two thirds of uninsured Ohioans are eligible for Medicaid or subsidized coverage, study says
Cleveland Plain Dealer
October 14, 2015

Obamacare Delivers. Just Not Very Much.
Bloomberg View
October 16, 2015

Politicians are invading our medical exam rooms
The Washington Post 
October 19, 2015

Medicaid expansion has been good for Ohioans and their wallets
Cleveland Plain Dealer Editorial Board
October 21, 2015

Senate eyes November votes on Obamacare repeal, Planned Parenthood
October 28, 2015

House Approves Budget, Providing ‘Clean’ Exit That John Boehner Sought
The New York Times
October 29, 2015

Physician-Led Teams Work: Legislators Should Oppose HB 216!

We want to help our members make the case to their state legislators that they should oppose House Bill 216, which would allow APRNs to practice independently without a collaborating physician. Here's how you can help us stop this bill!
eAdvocacy Poll

We want your input—Tell us what you think about physician-led, team-based care!

Which of the following statements best describes your position on APRN scope of practice?

Ohio ACEP Members Attend Reception for Ohio Congressman

On September 2, Jack Palmer, MD, MS, and Matthew Roberts, MD, attended a fundraising reception for Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R – OH, 2nd District).
Dr. Jack Palmer [left], a member of the 2015-2016 Leadership Development Academy, and Dr. Matthew Roberts [right] meet with Congressman Brad Wenstrup [center]
Congressman Andy Barr from Kentucky’s 6th District [center] meets with Drs. Jack Palmer and Matthew Roberts
Thanks to Drs. Palmer and Roberts for representing their EM colleagues at the event!

Ohio ACEP Meets With Bill Sponsor on Medicaid Prior Authorization Proposal

Legislation requiring prior authorization for controlled substances in the ED at odds with state and federal law

In August, Ohio ACEP informed our members about House Bill 250, introduced by Reps. Denise Driehaus (D – Cincinnati) and Robert Sprague (R – Findlay). The legislation would require Medicaid patients to obtain prior... [Read more]

Ohio ACEP Neutral on State Trauma Board Bill

Chapter has worked with bill sponsors to ensure EM physicians are represented on proposed Board

In June, Reps. Cheryl Grossman (R – Grove City) and Steve Huffman (R – Tipp City), introduced legislation to establish a State Trauma Board in the Ohio Department of Health. House Bill 261 would also require facilities that provide... [Read more]

State Announces OARRS Software Integration Initiative

New plan will allow providers to view OARRS reports within existing software systems

On October 26, Gov. John Kasich announced a $1.5 million a year investment to integrate the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) into electronic medical records and pharmacy dispensing systems across Ohio. The integration... [Read more]

Ohio Physicians Oppose Bill to Require Cultural Competency Training

Despite recognizing the need to address health disparities, physicians oppose mandatory training

Earlier this year, Sen. Charleta Tavares (D – Columbus) introduced a bill to require certain healthcare professionals to complete instruction in cultural competency. Senate Bill 33 would mandate this training in order to receive or renew... [Read more]

From National ACEP

EMTALA Liability Bill Garners More Support in the House
One of ACEP's top legislative priorities, the "Health Care Safety Net Enhancement Act" (H.R. 836/S. 884) continues to garner Congressional support. Several Members of Congress have been added to the House bill bringing the overall total co-sponsorship in the House to 89 and six in the Senate. The most recent additions include: Reps. Chuck Fleischmann (R – TN), Gus Bilirakis (R – FL), Renee Ellmers (R – NC), Tim Walberg (R – MI), and David Young (R – IA).

Have You Joined the 911 Network?
More than 1,900 ACEP and EMRA members are participating in the 911 Legislative Network, acting as resources and healthcare issue experts for federal legislators to maximize the voice of emergency medicine in the federal legislative process. Are you part of the Network? Sign up to add your voice to the nation’s emergency physicians!


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