National Clinical Advocacy
As an organization that believes in investment into our practice, we take an active role in advocating for our acute care physicians. Below are just a few of the ways we work to affect both regulatory and legislative efforts for the benefit of our clinicians and the patients they serve.
The Emergency Department Practice Management Association (EDPMA) was formed in 1997 and is one of the nation’s largest trade associations supporting the delivery of emergency medical care to all Americans. There are currently about 100 member organizations including ED physician groups of all sizes, as well as those who provide supporting services such as billing and coding, documentation, EHR/EMR services, scribe companies and more.
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is the largest national organization of emergency physicians in the U.S. ACEP supports quality emergency care and is the leading advocate for emergency physicians and their patients. Many of our physicians have represented their colleagues as Councillors and Alternate Councillors at ACEP Council meetings.
The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) is a national organization that supports high-quality emergency care, promotes and protects the interests of osteopathic emergency physicians, ensures the highest standards of postgraduate education, and provides leadership in research.
The American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) is the specialty society of emergency medicine and advocates for every individual to have unencumbered access to emergency medicine by a specialist in emergency medicine. Today, many of our physicians maintain active memberships in the national organization and state chapter.
The Emergency Medicine Action Fund (EMAF) was created in 2011 to generate additional financial support for existing advocacy efforts in Washington, DC. Notably, the EMAF is also funding groundbreaking research to quantify the value of emergency medicine, which will help to support emergency medicine’s position with regulators.
In addition to our national affiliations, we also support local and regional groups in each of our hospital locations. Contact USACS to learn more about our advocacy efforts.