April 3, 2020

Federal Advocacy: Ensuring Adequate Resource Allocation

The following are talking points to use in conversations, interviews and social media about ACEP’s federal advocacy around COVID-19.

  • As emergency physicians remain on the frontlines of caring for those affected, there is a continued need for policymakers to implement changes to effectively combat COVID-19
  • At a federal level, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is focused on protecting patients’ access to care, securing the health care workforce, and ensuring adequate resource allocation during this growing public health emergency.
  • We urge the federal government to exhaust every option available to rapidly increase PPE production and prioritize distribution to emergency physicians and other frontline health care providers.

Ensuring adequate resource allocation

  • ACEP is taking steps to secure federal and state emergency funding for hospitals and EMS, emergency physicians, and other relevant hospital-based specialty physicians who are not hospital-employed.
  • ACEP is working with CMS and others so that rules and guidance reflect changing situations on the ground. Emergency physicians must be able to treat patients, maintain readiness, and be fully prepared for patient surges.
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