Arizona Chapter ACEP


810 West Bethany Home Road
Ste 110
Phoenix, AZ 85013-1600

602-336-4599 fax

Michael Sheehy, DO, FACEP,

Stephanie Butler
Executive Director

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Are you concerned about where emergency medicine is going and who is working for your personal and professional concerns? Emergency Physicians face a wide variety of challenges in an era of rapid change. We must be united to protect our specialty and to protect our patients.

Who is AzCEP?  

The AzCEP Board of Directors and leadership represent a very diverse group of practicing emergency physicians-academicians, private practice physicians, large group, small group, individual physicians, hospital-based groups, board certified, non-board certified, rural, urban, residents, medical students, democrats, republicans and independents. Despite the varied backgrounds, they work together for the common goal of furthering the specialty of emergency medicine in Arizona. AzCEP IS YOU!

AzCEP Committees

Work with your colleagues on issues you care about. AzCEP has a diverse group of committees, bringing members together to address the full range of issues facing emergency medicine. All members are encouraged to participate in those of interest to them.

  • Education/ITLS
  • Membership
  • Legislative

Legislative Initiative

One of the important values of AzCEP membership is having your rights and interests represented at the State Capitol. As a strong, unified professional organization we have taken many steps to empower emergency physicians and protect our patients.

AzCEP employs a lobbyist part-time to help us monitor the hundreds of bills introduced each year and to introduce some of our own. He is on the watch for patient safety issues such as helmet laws and bans against texting as well as looking for ways to increase GME funding.

We have had many successes over the years that have produced several thousand dollars of increased reimbursement for every Arizona emergency physician, markedly reduced hassles, resulted in more control of medical practices and better patient care. Some of these successes are listed below:

  • Supported Governor Brewer's Medicaid expansion proposal to benefit Arizona citizens, while decreasing the amount of uncompensated care delivered by our members.
  • Assisted with the writing and testimony in support of the legislation to increase the Burden of Proof for establishing medical liability to clear and convincing for emergency and specialty care delivered under EMTALA.
  • Worked with local groups to continue poison control funding throughout the state.
  • Forwarded a provision in the Prop 204 legislation that allows AHCCCS eligibility enrollment at the first ED visit with retroactive coverage for that care.
  • Assisted with the GAO study on ED crowding and a study on the implications of EMTALA.
  • Forwarded a "Call for Action" on the critical shortage of pediatric services in Maricopa County, which resulted in more than 120 additional beds.
  • Worked with the AG and other groups to help establish the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE) to alleviate EDs of the burden of doing these exams.
  • Supported legislation that provided funding for the Tucson Trauma Centers.
  • Forwarded state legislation that defines how managed care must reimburse hospitals and physicians when a non-contracted member seeks emergency care. 

We're Everywhere...

AzCEP staff and members have worked hard to form relationships throughout the State, resulting in open communication, increased visibility, and inclusion with agencies, organizations, task forces, councils and commissions at every level. We work closely with the Arizona Legislature, the Arizona Governor and executive branch agencies, the Arizona Hospital Association, the Arizona Medical & Osteopathic Medical Associations, the Arizona Emergency Nurses Association and Mental Health America of Arizona, to mention just a few.

AzCEP Mission

The Arizona College of Emergency Physicians (AzCEP) supports the highest quality emergency medical care and serves as an advocate for our patients, our members and our specialty. {adopted by the AzCEP board, 8/2013}

Join AzCEP and ACEP Today...

And rest assured that there is someone taking care of your business so you can get to the business of taking care of people.

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