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Federal Advocacy Overview

A unified voice for EM

"Emergency Medicine is being attacked from all sides. We need to fight for our patients, friends and family."

Ryan Stanton, MD, FACEP

ACEP is an active force in Washington, D.C., working on important issues that affect emergency medical care. ACEP's federal advocacy efforts revolve around one thing: ensuring that life-saving emergency care is there when it's needed nationwide.

ACEP Offers Proposed Framework for Protecting Patients When Emergency Care is Out-of-Network

Patients can’t choose where and when they will need emergency care – so they should not be punished financially for having emergencies. As legislators on Capitol Hill prepare to address the surprise billing issues that are affecting millions of patients across the country, ACEP has released a framework of proposed solutions to protect emergency patients.

MIPS/MACRA QPP "Promoting Interoperability" Category Exemption Deadline

December 14, 2018 - Most emergency physicians are exempt from this reporting category (formally the “Meaningful Use” program) of the CMS Quality Payment Program's MIPS track because they are “hospital-based” and use their hospital’s EHR. However, if you report as part of a group, you might not be exempt. ACEP has created an action alert to help you understand your options if you are not classified as “hospital-based.” Please review these documents immediately, as there is a deadline of December 31, 2018 to apply to CMS for a category exemption.

To learn more about MIPS and access ACEP resources and tools to check your eligibility with CMS, please visit ACEP's MIPS page

CMS Releases Final Rule on Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, and MACRA/Quality Payment Program

November 1, 2018 - CMS has released its final rule laying out changes to Medicare for 2019 that will impact emergency physicians in a number of ways. Read ACEP's summary of the changes, or see how ACEP weighed in on the original proposed rule on behalf of emergency physicians in our comment letter. 

Two ACEP-developed Bills to Address the Opioid Epidemic from the Emergency Department Pass into Law

October 24, 2018 - President Trump signed a sweeping legislative package of bills to address the nation's growing opioid epidemic. Included in the package are the “Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO) in the Emergency Department Act” and the “Preventing Overdoses While in Emergency Rooms (POWER) Act,” both of which ACEP developed with the sponsoring members of Congress. Read the press release. Read more about ACEP's advocacy initiatives related to opioids

Federal Advisory Committee Recommends ACEP-Proposed Alternative Payment Model to HHS

September 6, 2018 - A key federal advisory committee has voted to recommend an ACEP-developed Alternative Payment Model (APM) to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar for full implementation. The model joins only 4 other models to receive such a vote, out of 26 that have been proposed to date. More information here.

ACEP Takes Legal Action Against Anthem’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia

July 17, 2018 - The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) today filed suit against Anthem’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia in federal court in an effort to compel the insurance giant to rescind its controversial and dangerous emergency care policy that retroactively denies coverage for emergency patients.


ACEP's Capital Minute

This is a video update showing the latest developments coming out of Washington, D.C. that affect emergency physicians and patients.

February 11, 2019

This week, we report on:

  • ACEP presents potential solutions to out-of-network billing in a national audio news conference that was covered by VOX, Modern Healthcare, MSN, Bloomberg and others.
  • The administration released the 2019 National Drug Control Strategy
  • News regarding Medicare Part D
  • ACEP and other medical specialty organizations reaches out to CMS regarding hospital-based groups

Current Advocacy Initatives

Access to EM

Health Care Reform

Liability Reform

Medicare / Medicaid

Mental Health

Physician Reimbursement

Value of EM

Letters to Congress

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