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Better Access to Mental Health, Telemedicine, Topics at 2019 Emergency Physicians Solutions Forum in Washington, D.C.
May 1, 2019

WASHINGTON — Innovations with mental health access and telemedicine, two important topics facing emergency medicine today, will be the topics of discussion at a Solutions Forum, hosted by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), as part of its 2019 Leadership & Advocacy Conference.

The first panel on telemedicine will look at emergency departments around the country are using new technologies to improve patient outcomes such as one at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH/6), a member of the Congressional Telehealth Caucus and an original cosponsor of the CONNECT for Health Act will also speak.  

The second panel will focus on mental health and community-based innovations are making sure mental health patients who go to the emergency department receive the appropriate care in the appropriate setting. One specific program out of Oakland/Alameda County, Calif. features a protocol by which Emergency Medical Services can take patients to a stand-alone, psychiatric ER called an EmPATH Unit, bypassing general hospital emergency departments and greatly reducing overall demand for psychiatric emergency care.

WHEN:               May 8, 2019
                           8:00 a.m. EDT


WHERE:             Grand Hyatt Washington
                           1000 H St. NW
                            Independence Ballroom A2
                           Washington, DC  20001
                            202-582-1234

For more information on the speakers and specific topics, please go to https://acep.org/lac/education/solutions-forum/. 

ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies. 

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For further information: Mike Baldyga | 202-370-9288 | mbaldyga@acep.org |