Improving the Quality of Emergency Medicine

Main Points

  • Emergency physicians are committed to providing the highest quality of care in the most cost-effective and efficient way for the 136 million emergency patients who visit each year.
  • The greatest threats to patient safety and quality in the emergency department are overcrowding and the on-call specialist shortage.
  • ACEP supports the use of technology to improve patient safety and is working with the federal government to develop quality improvement measures that advance patient care.
  • As health care reform evolves, it is critical that neither the government nor insurance companies nor hospitals ration care that, in the emergency physician’s judgment, is in the best interest of patients.

Improving the Quality of Emergency Medicine Fact Sheet 

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