ICEP Members Lobby for Change at ACEP Leadership & Advocacy Conference in DC

ICEP was well represented at ACEP’s Leadership and Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC, with 14 members in attendance to meet with legislators and lobby for change.

ACEP President-Elect Rebecca Parker, MD, FACEP and ICEP Executive Director Ginny Kennedy Palys were joined by: Amit Arwindekar, MD, FACEP, Kassandra Cooper, DO, John Downing, DO, Lydia Edokpayi-Aluyi, MD, FACEP, Rebecka Lopez, MD, Susan Nedza, MD, MBA, FACEP, Charles Nozicka, DO, Alejandro Palma, MD, Chinmay Patel, DO, Peter Samuel, MD, MBA, Willard Sharp, MD, FACEP, and David Trotter, MD.

Drs. Lopez, Cooper and Patel met with Representatives Bustos and Davis, Senators Kirk and Durbin, and staffers with the offices of Representatives LaHood and Shimkus. They told the legislators the stories of their patients and their ERs. They discussed their views of the opioid epidemic and ACEP’s solutions, mental heath reform needs, access to controlled substances for medics and the repeat venture of gaining medical liability for patient visits mandated by EMTALA.

Drs. Cooper and Patel are the recipients of ICEP’s 2016 Leadership Fellowship and will be recounting their experiences at LAC in the next issue of the Illinois EPIC newsletter. Dr. Lopez is an active member of ICEP’s Patient and Physician Advocacy Committee. Thank you to Dr. Lopez for submitting the photos!

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