We need to protect graduate medical education funding. We need to assist with the American Board of Emergency Medicine/American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine merger so that residency spots are not lost and advocate for increased funding to train the numbers of emergency physicians needed.
We need to be at the forefront of developing alternative payment modalities that demonstrate our value and create gain-sharing agreements so that emergency physicians are compensated for their conservation of resources and care coordination. We need to create win-win-win situations for payers, physicians, and, most important, patients.
We need to educate and engage patients, economists, regulators, the media, and others to appreciate the care we provide so that they advocate and change the perception that emergency medicine is valuable and not expensive and unnecessary.