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PEP-PAC Challenge - A Message from Ronald V. Hall, MD
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM OUR PACEP TREASURER, DR. RONALD V. HALL
(To View Dr. Hall's video message, click here.)
Greetings Fellow PACEP Members!
As your Treasurer and member of Pennsylvania ACEP for 19 years, I am excited to tell you about the kick-off of PEP-PAC Week 2019! I am an academic physician who practices in Philadelphia, PA. It is in this great city that the Founding Fathers envisioned a new government, in which citizens had a voice. Hence, the importance of PEP-PAC giving emergency physicians a voice in the legislative process. PEP-PAC stands for Pennsylvania Emergency Physicians Political Action Committee. Through your contributions to PEP-PAC, you provide monetary resources to help our specialty have an important voice for the practice of emergency medicine and our ability to provide care to millions of Pennsylvanians.
As physicians, it is important for us to be politically involved in the legislative process at the state level to prevent bad legislation from occurring as well as to advocate for affirmative legislation that improves emergency care in the Commonwealth.
As an example, the country is currently grappling with the opioid crisis. Nobody knows this better than those of us who live in Philadelphia, one of the highest rates of deaths from unintentional overdoses among the nation’s largest cities and counties. PACEP was front and center in working with state elected officials to fight the opioid crisis by getting legislation passed that resulted in the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). This legislation dramatically curtailed doctor-shopping for opioids, a major factor in fueling the opioid crisis. The success of this legislation was made possible through your donations to PEP-PAC, and this is just one example of PACEP’s successes in advocacy.
Other areas in which PACEP is working on your behalf are out-of-network balance billing, access to psychiatric care, emergency medical services, hospital regulations, and medical malpractice reform. Your donations are critical to PACEP’s ability to advocate on issues that directly impact our careers as practicing emergency physicians.
Please donate to PEP-PAC today! We ask $125 at the attending level, $250 silver donor, $500 gold donor, and $1,000 platinum donor. Please give as much as you can. For residents, do what you can do with the average ask of $25. By week’s end, residents who donated $25 and above are eligible to win a $100 gift card and attendings who donated $125 or more are eligible to win a $250 gift card.
Ronald V. Hall, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine