Date Published: 14 November 2006

AMA issues recommendations to improve the emergency care system

Health News from the United States of America (USA).

Recognizing that access to emergency and trauma care system in this country is approaching a crisis point, the American Medical Association (AMA) today issued recommendations to meet this problem head on.

" The AMA is committed to ensuring all patients have access to emergency services,” said Peter W. Carmel, MD, AMA Board Member.

These recommendations will increase patients' access to emergency care physicians and improve the quality of care provided."

The recommendations involve multiple strategies to advance emergency and trauma care and include:

  • Advocating for the creation and funding of additional residency training positions in specialties that provide emergency and trauma care to increase the physician workforce;
  • Working to ensure payment to physicians from insurers for providing emergency care regardless of in-network or out-of-network patient status;
  • Securing bonus payments for physicians providing emergency services in physician shortage areas, and advocating for federal and state liability protection for emergency physicians;
  • Improving the efficiency of emergency care by identifying best practices for the staffing, delivery and financing of emergency services.

According to a 2006 report from the Institute of Medicine, the increased demand for emergency care — up about 18 percent between 1995 and 2003 — has resulted from increasing numbers of patients with limited access to health care providers, including the uninsured and Medicare beneficiaries.

The recommendations were adopted today during the AMA’s policy-making meeting in Las Vegas. They are based on an in-depth analysis of the current state of emergency care by the American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Society for Vascular Surgery and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

 

Source: American Medical Association (AMA).

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