President of the American College of Emergency Physicians
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
"Today’s health care reform vote on Capitol Hill, while high drama, really only signals the beginning of the work that needs to be done by emergency physicians to improve access to emergency care for our patients and future patients...
we are concerned that the combination of health care law reforms and the general delay in producing more primary care physicians could potentially overwhelm America's emergency departments, many of which currently operate at or above capacity on a regular basis. ..
As you know, enactment of health care reform was only the first step. We look forward to working... to ensure the implementation of these laws help our patients receive the best medical care possible, including maintaining access to lifesaving emergency medical services that are so vital to our communities."
Letter to Donald M. Berwick, Administrator of the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, available at www.gardnersgate.blogspot.com, July 19, 2010
Experts Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care; top-level federal government officials significantly involved in health care and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
President and Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
Assistant Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 2006-present
Blog author, Gardner’s Gate
Editorial Board, Annals of Emergency Medicine, 2007-2008
Chair, National Report Card Task Force, 2006
Staff Physician, Medical Center of Plano, Medical Center of Arlington, and Medical Center of Lewisville (Dallas, TX), 2004-2006