Emergency Department Assaults – MCEP is helping push SB 33, sponsored by Senator Ken Horn of Saginaw, which makes assaulting health care professionals in the emergency department a felony punishable by up to 15 years and a major fine for injuries causing severe bodily harm to those professionals trying to fulfill their duties. There are several other increased penalties in the bill but the main deterrent is the ability for prosecutors to pursue felony charges against individuals assaulting health care professionals. The bill is currently on the Senate floor and MCEP is pushing for passage this spring.
Opioid Crisis – MCEP has been monitoring and following legislative proposals pertaining to the epidemic griping our state in recent years. MCEP was invited to testify at the House Health Policy Committee on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. This day coincided with the College’s Leadership Development Program Day in Lansing event. There were eight cohorts of the LDP class in attendance for the day and they got to witness first hand Dr. Rami Khoury, Dr. Jake Manteuffel, and Dr. Melissa Barton speaking before the committee.
Dr. Khoury led the discussion by introducing the College to the legislature and talking about the history of emergency medicine in the state. He spent thirty minutes walking through the College’s feelings on various opioid proposals and the MAPS system. He talked about the potential unintended consequences of mandating all physicians to check MAPS and warned of the potential of driving more patients to the ED setting. A link to Dr. Khoury’s presentation is on the homepage of MCEP website (www.mcep.org) and I would suggest all MCEP members use the powerpoint when talking to your state representative or state senator.
Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Rami Khoury, Chair of MCEP’s Legislative Committee, or Bret Marr with any questions you may have on state legislative or regulatory issues.