The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), passed in 2010, has important implications for emergency physicians (EPs). In addition to dramatically reducing the number of uninsured in the United States, this comprehensive health care reform legislation seeks to curb the escalating costs of health care delivery, optimize resource utilization, eliminate waste, and improve the quality of service delivered by the health care system. At the annual Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) meeting on November 5, 2011, an expert panel from public health, emergency medicine, and health services research was convened by the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine (AACEM) and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) to discuss possible future models for the emergency care system and academic emergency medicine in the era of the ACA.
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