Each year brings new challenges for our specialty to face and a new President to lead the charge. Jay A. Kaplan, MD, FACEP, who took over as ACEP President in October, recently shared his views on a few of those challenges with ACEP Now Medical Editor-in-Chief Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP. Here are some excerpts from their conversation.
KK: What do you think the biggest challenges facing emergency physicians are?
JK: I think the biggest challenge for emergency physicians, and for ACEP as well, includes continuing to show our value both to our patients and to those who pay for the care, the federal government and insurers. We continue to be labeled as the most expensive place to receive care. It is very clear that the major driver of health reform is not really quality—it’s cost. I find it very interesting that what used to be called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, is now being called the Affordable Care Act. The greatest challenge is to give great care to our patients with the limited resources that we have. We are going to continue to be asked to do more with less.