• ACEP Nevada

    Nevada ACEP is the local chapter of national ACEP, the American College of Emergency Physicians. Nevada ACEP exists to support the availability of high-quality emergency medical services to all patients within the state of Nevada, and to advocate for our members, our patients and our specialty.

    Founded in Oct. 26, 1973, the chapter actively represents more than 200 emergency physicians, residents and medical students working at hospitals throughout Nevada. The chapter is diverse and democratic organization that promotes and preserves the integrity and independence of emergency medicine. 

    We are actively involved in a wide range of issues that matter to emergency physicians and our patients, including ongoing legislation in Carson City, public health and safety, and disaster preparedness and response.

    Nevada ACEP is actively involved in a number of issues.  We partnered with the Nevada State Medical Association this session.  We feel that this was a beneficial relationship.  Although some of their priorities did not match ours, the strength of NVACEP helped them to see the light.  For example, Fair Payment was a “Level B” priority for them until we got involved; at that point it become a “Top Priority.”  

    Balance Billing/Fair Payment/Network Adequacy.  No movement.  Despite a lot of talk from the last legislature and a lot of talk from this legislature, nothing happened.  This might be a “no news is good news” situation.  While we were hoping that the political change in the legislature would allow us to craft a bill to end this recurring topic, there just didn’t seem to be any political will to do so.  For now, the status quo remains—the insurance companies will try to maximize their profit and the patient will get stuck in the middle.

    Narcotic prescriptions.  Several people have asked if I felt bad that we “lost” on this issue.  To be clear, we would prefer the government not be involved in monitoring how we write prescriptions, but the final law is a huge change for the better from what the Governor’s Office initially wanted.  Some things we were able to change:  1) You won’t be defined as a criminal if you don’t look at the prescription history; 2) CME is required, but at a fraction of what the Gov initially demanded; 3) For ED patients, the hospitals are mandated to look up narcotic info for us; 4) It is supposed to be easier to report naughty patients and pill mills.

    Telemedicine.  There was a lot of talk about this.  We monitored the situation to make sure it didn’t hurt us.

    Graduate medical education funding.  More money for training slots usually means more doctors staying in Nevada.

    KODIN defense.  Believe it or not, the trial attorneys are always trying to get the upper hand.

    These are just a few of the things that NVACEP worked on this session. Tom Hinojosa, MD is Co-Chair for the NSMA Committee of Governmental Affairs; the interests of emergency medicine will be well-served going forward. Dr. Frey also serves on the committee.

    As a member of Nevada ACEP, you are making sure your voice is heard by state lawmakers. You are also learning about issues that affect you and your patients and you are contributing to the advancement of your specialty.