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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.

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

October 3, 2018 - Congress has passed 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. Learn more here.

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.

LAC18 Victory

June 20, 2018 - During LAC18, more than 500 emergency physicians visited Capitol Hill and spoke with their Members of Congress about key issues affecting your ability to provide care for patients in the emergency department, including drug shortages and the opioid epidemic. The advocacy that day by ACEP members has already translated into direct results on these issues in the weeks since--learn more here.

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.

August 22, 2018

  • The latest on the Senate’s “minibus” funding bill – including appropriations for HHS
  • A controversial Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas’s emergency care policy begins in the state
  • ACEP hosts a Sickle Cell Summit with key private and public stakeholders in Washington
  • A big win for ACEP as proposed alternative payment model will be discussed at PTAC
  • The latest from NEMPAC with only weeks to go before the midterm elections


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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