January 2017 ACEP Board of Directors Meeting Summary

The Board approved the following items by consent:

  1. Minutes:
  • Board Meeting October 13, 2016
  • Board Meeting October 19, 2016
  • Board Executive Session October 13, 2016
  • Board Executive Session October 19, 2016
  • Special Board Executive Session December 9, 2016
  • Executive Committee Conference Call January 5, 2017
  1. Actions Taken by the Chair of the Board (Fellow Applications)
  2. Establishing a formal liaison with the World Association for Disaster & Emergency Medicine
  3. Alternative Methods to Vascular Access in the ED revised policy statement
  4. Declined to endorse the Consensus Best Practices for the Care of Patients with Obesity
  5. Health Information Standards revised policy statement with revised title “Health Information Technology Standards)
  6. Triage Scale Standardization revised policy statement
  7. Conflict of Interest revised policy statement
  8. Nonbeneficial (“Futile”) Emergency Medical Interventions revised policy statement
  9. Patient Confidentiality revised policy statement with the revised title “Confidentiality of Patient Information”
  10. Revised Compendium of Financial Policies (as approved by the Finance Committee on January 17)
  11. Reaffirmed the policy statement Use of Nurse Implemented Order Sets
  12. FY 2016-17 Chapter Grant Awards – IL grant request was extracted from consent – awards approved for MD, NJ, OH, VA, WI on consent
  13. New Jersey Chapter Public Policy Grant Request
  14. Emergency Ultrasound Section Revised Operational Guidelines
  15. 2017-20 Strategic Plan Goals & Objectives
  16. Disposition of Sunsetting Policies (5 policies reaffirmed and 21 policies referred to committees for revision)
  17. Endorsement of Surviving Sepsis Guidelines


There was consensus for Dean to authorize providing $6,000 to the IL Chapter Grant for their project “Chicago Minority Medical Student Emergency Medicine.” EMRA is also considering providing some funding for this project. (Confirmed on January 23 that EMRA will also provide $6,000.)


The Board also approved:

  • Establishing a Geriatric ED Accreditation Program – changed the word “protocol” to “guideline” in the program document.
  • FY 2016-17 Staff Bonus Award Program (as approved by the Finance Committee January 17) – the Finance Committee may bring an additional recommendation to the Board in April
  • Website Redesign Capital Expenditure (will not affect the current 2016-17 budget)
  • Revised Clinical Policy: Critical Issues in the Diagnosis & Management of the Adult Psychiatric Patient in the ED and rescinded the 2006 clinical policy with the same name
  • Electronic Prescription Monitoring revised policy statement with the revised title “Electronic Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
  • Code of Ethics for Emergency Physicians revised policy statement
  • Recording Devices in the ED revised policy statement
  • Human Resources Concepts Governing Physician Medical Directors of EMS new joint policy statement with NAEMSP and AAEM.
  • Legislative & Regulatory Priorities for the First Session of the 115th Congress – with revisions as noted
  • Creating a Sports Head Injury Prevention Task Force to determine the scientific evidence for prevention of head injury in sports and identify the research gaps that exist.
  • Changes to the Wellness Booth, including renaming it “Wellness & Resiliency Center.” It will be re-evaluated after ACEP17 to determine the effectiveness of the changes.

Dr. Aisha Liferidge gave an overview of the objectives and tactics of the Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. A goal of one of the work groups is to identify gaps in knowledge that may assist EMF in creating and awarding grants related to D&I.

An initial analysis of FAIR Health data for E/M codes was provided by David McKenzie and Adam Krushinskie. Several staff members from FAIR Health, including their president Robin Gelburd, joined the Board by phone to provide additional information and respond to questions regarding FAIR Health. Donna Smith, Executive Director of Business Development, joined the meeting in person.

ACEP member Brian Fengler presented information about EvidenceCare. The Board deliberated in executive session and there was consensus to continue exploring business arrangements/opportunities and to re-evaluate options for ACEP regarding EvidenceCare. Many expressed concerns about ACEP providing extensive development of the product. The Board will be provided a link to a trial offer of EvidenceCare.

There was an extensive presentation about the Member Needs Assessment survey results. Feedback was provided to Michele Byers and Bobby Heard regarding future needs assessment presentations.

Dr. Steve Anderson provided an update on the Collective Medical Technologies/ED Information Exchange program.