Health Policy Committee

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Health Policy Committee (healthpolicyctte@emra.org)
Chair
Joshua Enyart, DO
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Vice Chair
Nathan Vafaie, MD
Baylor College of Medicine

Staff Liaison
Cathey Wise
cwise@emra.org
Board Liaison, Legislative Advisor
Rachel Solnick, MD
legislativeadvisor@emra.org
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We'll post articles monthly and encourage you to keep the discussion going. Visit often and post your comments.

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ACEP's 911 Network keeps you in touch and up-to-date on the latest legislative, political and regulatory issues and activities. Residents need to be involved in shaping health policy. Our perspectives are vital for improving healthcare. But traditionally, residents have been inactive in policy development. Rarely have we been asked to provide input or to sit at the negotiating table. It is time for that to change! The goal of ACEP's 911 Legislative Network, established in 1998, is to develop legislative contact teams of emergency physicians for each of the nation’s 435 congressional districts and for each of the 100 U.S. Senators. So sign up, follow the issues, and chime in!

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EMRA's Advocacy Toolkit

• The Basics of Health Policy
• Advocacy Articles
• Advocacy Lecture Series - powerpoints on various topics; free for you to use to learn and teach 
• America's Emergency Care Environment: A State-by-State Report Card

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Emergency Medicine Advocacy Handbook, 4th Edition (2016)
by Nathaniel R. Schlicher, MD, JD, FACEP, and Alison Haddock, MD, FACEP

Learn how to have a profound impact on your patients, your specialty, and the greater house of medicine by becoming an informed and active health policy advocate. EMRA's Emergency Medicine Advocacy Handbook, 4th edition, walks you through the main policy issues affecting EM in today's legislative and regulatory climate, and it offers simple ways to get involved at every level.

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Featured Articles from the EMRA Health Policy Committee

Possible Cuts in Medicare GME Funding
This seems to be a perennial thing in Washington. Mary Mosquera reports on the latest proposal to cut GME funding:

Possible cuts in Medicare funding for graduate medical education (GME) that could start as soon as next month come at a critical time when the industry is trying to find solutions to a physician shortage that promises to accelerate through 2020.

The nation will be short about 90,000 physicians across a number of specialties by the end of this decade, said Atul Grover, MD, chief public policy officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges, who spoke Tuesday at the American Medical Association National Advocacy Conference. That shortage will be the result of a number of factors, including the expansion of insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act starting in 2014 and the aging and growing boomer population. Continue reading...

Also be sure to read this summary of the basics of GME funding produced by the AAMC.

Spend a Month in Washington DC
It is thrilling and overwhelming at times to be in Washington, DC. I recall vividly being awestruck last year as I crossed the grassy mall to meet with my Senators. I had important information to share with my representatives on the current state of emergency medicine in Massachusetts, but I couldn't help wonder if they wanted to hear from me...

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