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Government Relations Committee - Upcoming 2017 ACEP Council Meeting
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We are excited to announce that the ACEP council meeting will be in Washington, D.C., on October 27-28, and promises to be an extremely busy meeting this year. The council meeting always precedes the Scientific Assembly meeting, which will be held October 29-November 1.

Texas has 22 councilors, and is the third largest chapter, surpassed only by California and New York. This year there will be a total of 410 councilors. We have 55 resolutions to consider, which is the largest number of resolutions since 2005, when we also had 55 resolutions that year. Granted, nine of the resolutions are commendation or memorial resolutions, sadly including a memorial resolution from Texas in honor of Dr. Charles Bauer from San Antonio. Additional resolutions are often added if they meet the criteria as "late" or "emergency" resolutions, which means they are pertinent and would not have been possible to be prepared by the usual resolution submission deadline.

Any ACEP member is welcome to review the resolutions and contact any of the councilors if you want to make a comment, and any ACEP member is welcome to attend the reference committees and present to the reference committees, and is welcome to attend the council meeting but cannot present on the floor of the council unless the member is a councilor or alternate councilor (with an occasional exception for a special circumstance). To review the resolutions, you may go to acep.myeventpartner.com and click on "Document Library".

Texas is bringing several resolutions to the council, in addition to the memorial resolution for Dr. Bauer. One of our resolutions involves requesting financial transparency of the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) to the ACEP board, and preferably also to ABEM diplomates. (For instance, TCEP is concerned that ABEM reports a net worth of over $37 million and we are not aware of the need for such massive assets.) Another Texas resolution involves the governance of ABEM, requesting that ABEM diplomates elect at least 1/3 of the ABEM board, and that diplomates elect the president of the board from among the board directors. Another of our resolutions asks that names of organizations other than ACEP be left out of our bylaws and rules regarding membership. In other words, ACEP may only recognize ABEM and AOBEM as board certifying organizations for emergency physicians (and American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) for pediatric emergency physicians), but having these specific organizations mentioned in our bylaws and rules implies a relationship that does not allow other organizations to be considered.

One of our Texas resolutions asks ACEP to study what could be used as evidence of maintenance of competence for board certified emergency physicians that would not involve the high stakes secured expensive every ten-year maintenance of certification Concert exam. Another of our resolutions asks for ACEP to develop policy to prohibit interference from ACEP in state level legislative agendas without expressed formal request by the state chapter. We also have a resolution addressing evaluation and alternative practice options for emergency physicians who are older or at retirement age or who have had an interruption in clinical practice for some reason.

In addition to working on all the resolutions, we have two candidates to run: Dr. Alison Haddock for board of directors and Dr. Andrea Green for Vice-Speaker. We will also be electing a president-elect among four outstanding candidates. This is the second time we have had to choose among so many president-elect candidates.

Feel free to contact me or any of the councilors or alternate councilors as needed. Please remember that we are all doing this on a volunteer basis. We pay our own way to get to the meeting and pay for our rooms. None of your TCEP dues goes toward paying for the councilors or alternate councilors to do this time-consuming activity on your behalf! The councilors for 2017 are Drs. Sara Andrabi, Carrie deMoor, Justin Fairless, Angela Fisher, Diana Fite, Juan Fitz, Andrea Green, Robert Greenberg, Alison Haddock, Justin Hensley, Doug Jeffrey, Heidi Knowles, Laura Medford-Davis, Heather Owen, Dan Peckenpaugh, Lynn Rea, Rick Robinson, Nick Steinour, Gerad Troutman, Hemant Vankawala, Jim Williams, and Sandra Williams. The alternate councilors, which includes most of the 2017 leadership and advocacy fellows, are Drs. Adesina Adedoyin, Bianca Asan, Brendan Divine, Freddie Flo, J.R. Ford, Thiago Halmer, Robert Hancock, Yasin Huque, Ryan Joseph, Ben Karfunkle, A.J. Kirk, Craig Meek, Tom McLaughlin, Jeffrey McWilliams, Mandy Miller, Shehni Nadeem, Anant Patel, Gina Porter, Miles Raizada, and Joshua Strommen. Also Drs. Angela Gardner and Bob Suter will be seated with us as past presidents, and Dr. Arlo Weltge will be seated with us as Past Speaker.

Please feel free to e-mail me (dianafite@mail.com) or call/text me (713-301-3564) if you wish to discuss this report.

Diana Fite, M.D., F.A.C.E.P.
TCEP Delegation Chair

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