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1/17/2014 1:59:00 PM
Arizona earns grade of D+ in national report on emergency medical care
The quality of emergency room care in the U.S. fell from a grade of C- in 2009 to an ‘alarming’ grade of D+ in a new report card by the American College of Emergency Physicians. Arizona finished in 31st place among states on the report. (Photo by Micheal Jones via flickr/Creative Commons)
The quality of emergency room care in the U.S. fell from a grade of C- in 2009 to an ‘alarming’ grade of D+ in a new report card by the American College of Emergency Physicians. Arizona finished in 31st place among states on the report. (Photo by Micheal Jones via flickr/Creative Commons)
Arizona was one of more than 20 states to get a D on a new national report card on emergency care. The state’s D+ matched the national average, according to the report, which measured states in five areas. (Map courtesy the American College of Emergency Physicians)
Arizona was one of more than 20 states to get a D on a new national report card on emergency care. The state’s D+ matched the national average, according to the report, which measured states in five areas. (Map courtesy the American College of Emergency Physicians)
ABCs of the ER
The American College of Emergency Physicians graded states' emergency medical care in five areas. Arizona's grades and its ranking compared to other states were:

- Access to Emergency Care: F/48th-worst

Measures capacity and physical and financial barriers to care.

- Quality/Patient Safety: B-/14th

Measures state and institutional support for the "emergency care environment.

- Medical Liability: C-/29th

Measures legal liability, insurance availability and tort reform.

- Public Health/Injury Prevention: D+/26th

Measures policies aimed at traffic safety, immunizations and other prevention efforts.

- Disaster Preparedness: C-/24th

Measures capacity, planning, personnel and financial support for disaster response.

- Overall grade/rank: D+/31st


BY WHITNEY OGDEN
Cronkite News Service

WASHINGTON - Arizona got a D+ for the quality of its emergency medical care, but that was the average grade for states on a national report card released Thursday.

Arizona's grade on the American College of Emergency Physicians report was unchanged from the last report in 2009, while the national grade fell from C- to an "alarming" D+.

"Congress and the president must take action and make emergency care a national priority," ACEP President Alex Rosenau said in a conference call Thursday to release the study. "This (report) is an opportunity to improve."

The report rated states in five areas: access to emergency care, quality of care, the medical liability atmosphere, public health initiatives and disaster preparedness.

Arizona did relatively well for the quality of its emergency care, getting a grade of B- and finishing 14th among states. But it got an F for access to care, ranking 48th.

It was not alone: Twenty-one states got an F for their physical and financial access to emergency care.

"This is alarming," said Jon Mark Hirshon, a professor at University of Maryland's School of Medicine, who presented the report. "We want to make sure people have access to care, and if they don't have access to care, then there's a real problem."

Patricia Bayless, president of Arizona College of Emergency Physicians, said the state simply lacks the resources to cope with the demands of a growing population.

"It's kind of like the phrase, 'If you build it, they will come,'" Bayless said. "Except it's the opposite for us. The people are already here."

She said one of the biggest problems is the lack of resources for mental health patients in the state.

"We need to devote more resources to mental health care," Bayless said. "There is a severe shortage in beds ... there are patients who wait literally days to get in."

She said the number of doctors and nurses in the state has not kept pace with its population growth since 2009, which explains the state's stagnant overall grade. With demand growing and resources shrinking, she said, many people are forced to wait days for care.

Bayless noted that while there are more medical students in Arizona today, it will take years before they will be able to treat people.

"The number of medical students in the state has increased exponentially in the last 10 years," she said. "But then you add on four more years of med school, and three more years of training ... and they have all these years of training and they aren't through the pipeline yet."

In the meantime, she said, there needs to be an increase in funding to train those doctors and nurses - a greater number of healthcare providers generally will help relieve pressure on emergency rooms, she said.

Rosenau said that because emergency medical care is such a critical part of the healthcare system, the nation needs to focus on building those resources and improving the opportunity to receive care.

"The nation's emergency departments are being unsupported by government policy," said Rosenau, who said that "lives are at stake."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014
Article comment by: Maybe so, but

at least, according to Jan and Mitt, free ER Medical Care is available to all as the compassionate conservative's recommended Health Care dispensary.

Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014
Article comment by: Mary Heartman

Lovely, and with the PPACA encouraging greater use of ER facilities, these rankings will just get worse in 2014.



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