Annual Board Meeting Nov. 1

Mark your calendar: Our annual board meeting will be Nov. 1 in the Glacier Brewhouse conference room at 7 pm.  We will work efficiently through an update of our chapter’s activities and will vote in new leaders and board members.  We will discuss some of the issues facing Emergency Medicine and where we want to focus as an organization. Please reach out to me if you are interested in running for office or for the board.  We especially would like to recruit some new energy into the group so please consider reaching out to me or joining the meeting to get involved.  We are increasingly being invited into state healthcare discussions and we want your voice heard on legislation and regulations that could impact your practice. Contact plp@wsma.org to learn more.

80 Percent Rule and other state info

AK-ACEP engaged with legislators over the last year as healthcare politics have become hot issues.  Last year we supported Rep. Grenn’s bill to eliminate balance billing when the 80th percentile rule was maintained.  This bill did not make it through the process and we expect it as well as competing bills to be introduced the next legislative session.

We have again been invited to the Alaska State Hospital & Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA) Juneau legislative fly-in session, Feb. 26-27, 2019.  This is a great opportunity for us to meet in Juneau, spend time with our legislators and connect with colleagues. You don’t want to miss this!

If you have not already, please make time this summer to connect with your state legislators – meet them for coffee or invite them to tour your ED. Take time to build a personal relationship with your lawmakers before we need their help on healthcare issues. Visit the Alaska State Legislature website for more information.