10 December 2008

Please have your parents sign and return

In case you weren't paying attention, ACEP released its national report card on the State of Emergency Care in the US today.  The result looks like a lot of my high school report cards -- a lot of C's, a couple of D+'s, and a B here or there.   (Insert joke about the state of the educational system here -- we're a C- nation.)

My state did surprisingly well in Quality/Patient Safety as well as Public Health and Injury Prevention.  However, we rated an F in access to care, which it completely unsurprising.  We rank absolutely last in the number of inpatient beds, and in the number of psychiatric beds, and also in the number of ICU beds.   We also suffer from a shortage of primary care physicians, which exacerbates the fact that our state has half the number of ERs as the national average.   Explains things like this, I guess.

Our state also did poorly (D-) in the liability climate, which was interesting.   We don't have caps, but our average award is less than average by a small amount.   (It would be nice if premiums reflected this, which they most assuredly do not.)

I'll have some more on the national conclusions and recommendations later, when I'm not at work.

5 comments:

  1. Geez, my state has a solid C average, except in the area of psych care. No surprise there.

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  2. I don't find it surprising that an organization that makes money from emergency medicine and is constantly trying to increase its uptake of federal dollars sees so much room for improvement.

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  3. What does it take to get high marks on these sorts of things?

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  4. The result looks like a lot of my high school report cards -- a lot of C's, a couple of D+'s, and a B here or there.

    You're so full of shit.

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  5. It's called "dramatic license."

    Screw you.

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