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Reimagining emergency medicine: How to integrate care for the acutely ill and injured

Past Event

Reimagining emergency medicine: How to integrate care for the acutely ill and injured

Acute, unscheduled care is medical care for the ill and injured that may take place in the emergency department, urgent care centers, or retail clinics. While the U.S.’s acute care system is well-equipped to deliver first-class emergency care for conditions such as trauma, stroke, and heart attack, it often does not lay out a clear path for appropriate follow-up, care management, health maintenance, or social services that may be required long after a hospital discharge. Further, the predominant fee-for-service payment system does not reimburse many services—such as patient education and care coordination—that could support integration of these efforts.

On May 6, the Richard Merkin Initiative on Payment Reform and Clinical Leadership convened medical and health policy experts to examine strategies that reduce these system inefficiencies while preserving the best features of emergency medicine. Panelists explored how the existing acute care system can build and sustain new programs to enhance value, reduce costs, and improve care delivery.

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Welcome and overview

Distinctive Issues and Challenges in Emergency Care


Art Kellermann

Dean - Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

A path to the right care in the right setting: Innovations and interventions


Fermin Barrueto

Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine - Upper Chesapeake Health Systems


Nathan Schlicher

Emergency Physician & Regional Director of Quality, Emergency Department at St. Joseph Medical Center, Washington State - Associate Director, TeamHealth National Patient Safety Organization


Jennifer Wiler

Vice Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado Denver - Adjunct Professor in Health Administration, University of Colorado School of Business

Payment and other policy reform to support integration and acute care transformation


Brendan Carr

Director - Emergency Care Coordination Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


David Marcozzi

Senior Advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Acute Care - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


Jeff Selevan

Senior Advisor, Southern California Permanente Medical Group - Kaiser Permanante

Practical next steps: Implementation, resources, and quality

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