September 27, 2023

Lou Graff Award for Excellence in Observation Medicine - Michael A. Ross, MD, FACEP

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Dr. Michael A. Ross, MD, FACEP, FACC, is Professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta Georgia. He provides patient care in the emergency departments and observation units at Emory University Hospitals. He is Chief of Service Observation Medicine for Emory Healthcare, with oversight of six protocol driven Emergency Department Observation Units totaling 84 beds, managing 21,702 observation patients annually. He recently launched Emory Emergency Medicine Virtual Care, which includes a novel virtual observation medicine program.

He was a co-founding member and past president of the Society of Chest Pain Centers, has served on the American College of Cardiology’s Accreditation Management Board, served on the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Associations' Chest Pain Guidelines writing committee, and ACEP’s E-QUAL Chest Pain initiative.  

He served a three-year appointment on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Ambulatory Payment Category (APC) Advisory Panel, serving as chair of the panels’ “Observation and Visit Subcommittee” where he advised CMS on policy impacting 27 million annual outpatient visits. On this panel he played a significant role in creating the current CMS hospital payment structure for emergency and observation visits. He has also made significant contributions to the development and refinement of AMA CPT codes for observation services.

He has published and lectured extensively in the areas of observation medicine, cardiovascular emergencies, and health policy. With a recent focus on disparities in care for undocumented hemodialysis patients and novel applications of virtual care for emergency medicine. He has mentored hundreds of emergency physicians and over 50 health systems across the U.S. in the development of observation units.

About This Award

The Lou Graff Award for Excellence in Observation Medicine recognizes emergency physicians who have made a significant contribution to the field of observation medicine within emergency medicine.

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