Companion bills that focus on improving emergency care are now working their way through Congress.
The Access to Emergency Medical Services Act of 2007 (S 1003 [http://thomas.loc.gov]), introduced March 28, would provide additional payments for certain physician services furnished in emergency departments, create a bipartisan commission to examine factors influencing the effective delivery of such services, and require reporting of certain emergency department information as a condition of participating in Medicare. The bill joins HR 882; introduced on February 7.
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