So emergency physicians are going to be entwined in meetings to develop regional models of care that match local needs and resources and lead to appropriate use of both ambulances and EDs. With subsequent discussions with payers and politicians, there is an opportunity to move the system forward to the benefit of patients and the communities that pay for the 911 system.
Explore This IssueACEP Now: Vol 33 – No 12 – December 2014
James J. Augustine, MD, FACEP, is director of clinical operations at EMP in Canton, Ohio; clinical associate professor of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio; vice president of the Emergency Department Benchmarking Alliance; and on the ACEP Board of Directors.
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