Taking Our Fight to the Hill
As a member of OCEP, you support our advocacy on both a local and national level to enact meaningful legislative change. Whether it’s fighting for liability reform, more time with patients or other critical issues, your support helps all of us care better for those in our charge.
Current national-level resolutions
In an effort to help the public and lawmakers understand the unique role of the emergency department team – and to bolster support to overcome the many challenges we face – in 2013 the American College of Emergency Physicians launched a campaign called “Saving Millions.” The campaign includes a series of print ads, radio messages and coordinated editorials in influential communications nationwide.
House Bill 1398 2023 Emergency Medical Services
Regulations on emergency medical services.
Senate Bill 351 2023 Assignment of Benefits
Includes amendments and regulations around insurance companies.
Senate Bill 536 2023 Community Paramedic
Relates to modifying and adding definitions used in the Oklahoma Emergency Response Systems Development Act.
Senate Bill 458 2023 Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice
Provides for independent prescriptive authority and other expanded scope of practice for nurse practitioners.
House Bill 2422 2023
Verification of competency and accountability for EMTs, Paramedics and other EMS personnel.
Model Out-of-Network Legislation
This document, created by Physicians for Fair Coverage, outlines how ideal legislation would be crafted.
Other Legislative Initiatives
Doctor of the Day
The Oklahoma State Medical Association’s “Doctor of the Day” at the Oklahoma State Capitol occurs in the Spring. When you volunteer for this event, you’ll get to spend a day at the Oklahoma State Capitol getting to know your state lawmakers, see lawmaking behind the scenes and get a firsthand experience of the lobbying process.
Board Certification Vigilance
In 2010, Oklahoma ACEP was instrumental in preventing the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure from allowing emergency medicine doctors to advertise as being board-certified if they took a pathway apart from the ABEM and AOBEM process.
Mini Internship Program
It can be difficult for legislators and the media to have a good idea of what life is like inside an emergency department. That’s why OCEP developed a program for lawmakers and media personnel to shadow one of our members in the emergency department for a day.
If you are interested in participating in this program, please email OCEP Executive Director Gabe Graham.
If you represent an emergency department willing to allow a legislator or media personality to shadow in your facility so they can get a firsthand understanding of the challenges emergency medicine faces, please email OCEP Executive Director Gabe Graham.
The first step in joining the Oklahoma Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians is to join ACEP. But before that, why not check out some of the benefits of being a member?
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