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Capitol Health Call
May 9, 2007

First Aid for First Aid

JAMA. 2007;297(18):1970. doi:10.1001/jama.297.18.1970-c

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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