Solutions Forum

Discover innovative solutions on key topics such as opioids and end-of-life issues that demonstrate emergency medicine's value and leadership.

Wednesday, May 23 - Solutions Forum (CME Courses)

7:45 am - 8:15 am Breakfast
8:15 am - 8:25 am Welcome and Introductions
Paul D. Kivela, MD, MBA, FACEP, ACEP President
8:25 am - 8:45 am Opioids - Issue Introduction
Mark S. Rosenberg, DO, MBA, FACEP
8:45 am - 9:30 am Keynote Address*
United States Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H.
9:30 am - 10:10 am Opioids Session I: Putting Prevention into Practice
Learn about innovative approaches being developed in, and used by, emergency departments to reduce patients’ exposure to opioids, identify at-risk patients, and prevent development of opioid use disorders. 
  • Alexis LaPietra, DO, FACEP; Medical Director of Emergency Medicine Pain Management, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center; ALTO Program
  • Sophia Sheikh, MD, FACEP; University of Florida, Jacksonville; PAMI Program
  • Arvind Venkat, MD, FACEP, Vice Chair for Research, Department of Emergency Medicine, Allegheny Health Network; Safe Landing Program 
Moderator: Aisha Liferidge, MD, FACEP
10:10 am - 11:00 am Opioids Session II: Putting Treatment into Practice
ED visits for opioid overdoses increased 30 percent over a 12-month period in 2016-2017. Learn what emergency departments and services are doing to ensure such patients have access to treatment once the overdose is resolved, including ED-initiated Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and other support services. 
  • Reb JH Close, MD, FACEP; Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula; Monterey County Prescribe Safe Initiative with ED-MAT
  • Kathryn Hawk, MD, MHS; Yale University Department of Emergency Medicine 
  • David P. Keseg, MD, FACEP; Medical Director, Columbus Division of Fire
  • Evan Schwarz, MD, FACEP; Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes Jewish Hospital  
Moderator: Howard Mell, MD, MPH, FACEP 
11:00 am - 11:45 am Opioids Session III: Federal Efforts
  • Deb Houry, MD, MPH; Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
11:45 am - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm End-of-Life Session I: Recognizing the Value
Learn about growing efforts to promote advanced care planning and appropriate end-of-life care, such as building in clinical protocols into geriatric emergency care, incorporating payment incentives into value-based payment models, and bringing emergency care and follow-up palliative care to the patient even when away from the hospital. 
  • Kevin Biese, MD, MAT; Board Chair, ACEP Geriatric ED Accreditation Program
  • Susan Nedza, MD; Senior Vice President, Clinical Outcomes; MPA Solutions 
  • Timothy C. Peck, MD; Co-founder & CEO, Call9
Moderator: Gillian Schmitz, MD, FACEP
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm End-of-Life Session II: Advance Care Planning and Ethical Considerations
Learn about different tools and programs for advance care planning being used in emergency departments, and related ethical considerations.
  • Arthur Derse, MD, JD, FACEP; Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Medical College of Wisconsin 
  • Ferdinando L. Mirarchi, DO, FACEP; Chief Medical & Scientific Officer of the Institute on HealthCare Directives; Founder of MIDEO
  • Mark S. Rosenberg, DO, MBA, FACEP; Founder, St. Joseph’s Hospital Life Sustaining Management and Alternatives (LSMA) Program 
  • Charles Sabatino, JD; Director of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, Legal Advisor to the National POLST Paradigm Task Force 
2:30 pm Adjourn

*Keynote Speaker is not part of the CME credit


The American College of Emergency Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Solutions Forum
The American College of Emergency Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Solutions Forum is approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 4.5 hours of ACEP Category I credit.