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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
Government Advantage Group
In this issue:
Balance Billing Draft Legislation Shelved for Rewrites
Bill Allowing Psychologists to Prescribe Draws Opposition from Medical Groups
Advocacy Highlights from the EM Leadership Forum
Bill to Establish MOLST in Ohio Advances in Senate
APRNs Agree to Scope of Practice Bill Changes
Ohio ACEP Signs on to Support CPR Training in Schools
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!
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It's a great way to stay up to date on state government and what your legislators are working on!

From National ACEP

ACEP Urges HHS to Remove Pain Questions From Patient Satisfaction Surveys

ACEP President Dr. Jay Kaplan sent a letter this week to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell, urging that pain questions be removed from their patient satisfaction surveys, as they may have unintended consequences as we work together to deal with the national opioid addiction crisis. Read the letter here.

Balance Billing Draft Legislation Shelved for Rewrites

Ohio ACEP discussions result in delayed introduction of legislation

Ohio ACEP was recently made aware of legislation that an Ohio legislator intended to introduce to put restrictions on balance billing. As a result of conversations Ohio ACEP had with the prospective sponsor’s... [Read more]

Bill Allowing Psychologists to Prescribe Draws Opposition from Medical Groups

Ohio ACEP and other medical societies have urged legislators not to co-sponsor the bill 

Sen. Bill Seitz (R – Cincinnati) recently introduced a bill which would allow certain psychologists to prescribe drugs. Under Senate Bill 300, a psychologist would be eligible to prescribe if they meet... [Read more]

Advocacy Highlights from the Emergency Medicine Leadership Forum

On April 18 and 19 in Columbus, Ohio ACEP held its Emergency Medicine Leadership Forum, which featured some great advocacy components, including: Morning Rounds & Coffee Grounds at the Ohio Statehouse, an opportunity for Ohio’s EM physicians to chat with their legislators; Visits from elected officials, including Attorney General Mike DeWine and State Sen. John Eklund; and we were honored to recognize an outstanding physician advocate whose legislative work has helped to expand naloxone programs in Ohio. 
Chapter President, Dr. Michael McCrea [back row, third from left], represents Ohio ACEP as House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R – Clarksville) signs House Concurrent Resolution 116, Ohio ACEP-supported legislation which encourages the U.S. Congress to remove pain-related questions from patient satisfaction surveys
Ohio ACEP members gearing up to meet their legislators for Morning Rounds & Coffee Grounds at the Ohio Statehouse
Joan Papp, MD, FACEP, accepts the 2016 Emergency Physician Advocacy Award for her legislative efforts to help expand naloxone distribution programs in Ohio; congratulations to Dr. Papp!
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine speaks to Emergency Medicine Leadership Forum attendees about the ongoing opioid abuse epidemic and novel law enforcement approaches to confronting the crisis
Sen. John Eklund (R – Munson Township) addresses the Leadership Forum; Sen. Eklund shared a legislator’s perspective on how to communicate with officials and make a positive difference
Sen. Edna Brown (D – Toledo) meets with Mercy St. Vincent EM physicians [left to right] Drs. Daniel Schwerin, Michael McCrea, and Gregory Hymel at Morning Rounds & Coffee Grounds
For more pictures from the Emergency Medicine Leadership Forum, Like us on Facebook and check out our EM Leadership Forum Photo Album!

Bill to Establish MOLST in Ohio Advances in Senate

Ohio ACEP members and other physicians have testified in support of the legislation

Senate Bill 165, introduced by Sen. Peggy Lehner (R – Kettering), would establish procedures for the use of MOLST (medical orders for life-sustaining treatment) and make changes to laws governing Do Not Resuscitate... [Read more]

APRNs Agree to Scope of Practice Bill Changes

Ohio ACEP and medical societies continue to push for sensible changes to legislation

Thanks to constructive negotiations between legislators, advanced practice nurse practitioners (APRN), and a number of medical societies—including Ohio ACEP—House Bill 216 will be redrafted with significant... [Read more]

Ohio ACEP Signs on to Support CPR Training in Schools

Legislation would make hands-only CPR training a requirement for high school graduation

Ohio ACEP was approached by the American Heart Association (AHA) to support House Bill 113, which would require students to complete training in hands-only CPR on a manikin. The legislation... [Read more]

Policy News & Opinion

Governors Unite in the War Against Opioids
The New York Times editorial board
February 24, 2016

Improve care of mentally ill
The Columbus Dispatch editorial board
February 28, 2016

Congressmen share insights for physician advocates
AMA Wire
February 29, 2016

Rebate program for anti-heroin drug extended
WDTN Dayton
March 1, 2016

Life in Emergistan: The Most Important Patient
By Dr. Edwin Leap, for Emergency Medicine News
March 1, 2016

Let’s fix performance measurement for physicians
March 2, 2016

Telling docs they overprescribe addicting drugs doesn't make them stop
March 7, 2016

Why more than half of hospital bills don’t get paid
USA Today
March 8, 2016

John Kasich Gets All The Credit For Ohio's Failed Obamacare Medicaid Expansion
Forbes Opinion Page
March 8, 2016

Senate passes bill to combat heroin, painkiller abuse
The Washington Post
March 10, 2016    

CDC guidelines aim to curb painkiller prescribing
The Columbus Dispatch
March 15, 2016

CDC: Fentanyl deaths in Ohio on the rise
The Toledo Blade
March 22, 2016

FDA will require warnings on immediate-release painkillers
USA Today
March 22, 2016

Community paramedicine can add followups to EMS service
Cincinnati Enquirer
March 24, 2016

Troubled Kids' Psychiatric Care Often Delayed by Insurance Rules
March 25, 2016

Why patients still need EMTALA
Modern Healthcare
March 26, 2016

Will Kasich's new Ohio Medicaid makeover please conservatives?
Modern Healthcare
April 6, 2016

Emergency Physician, Congressman Joe Heck Sets Sights on U.S. Senate Seat
April 12, 2016

Painkiller critics take aim at hospital surveys, procedures
Associated Press
April 13, 2016

Emergency Visits Are Not Going Down Since ACA Implementation, CDC Says
ACEP Press Release
April 19, 2016

Ohio Medicaid waiver could cost hospitals $2.5 billion
Modern Healthcare
April 22, 2016

How Obamacare Is Fueling America’s Opioid Epidemic
April 23, 2016

[Sen. Sherrod] Brown rips Ohio GOP for Medicaid proposal
The Toledo Blade
April 26, 2016

Americans consume vast majority of the world's opioids
April 27, 2016


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