For Immediate Release: November 22, 2016
WASHINGTON — The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) announced a partnership with the Indian Health Service (IHS) to improve the quality of care and management in the 26 emergency departments at IHS’s federal government operated hospitals in Native American communities. The organizations collaborated at a work session that took place at the IHS Omaha-Winnebago Hospital in Nebraska last week.
“Emergency physicians are dedicated to advancing and improving emergency care in rural areas and in large cities,” said Jay Kaplan, MD, FACEP, Immediate Past President of ACEP. “We applaud the leadership of the Indian Health Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and we expect that this is the beginning of a long, valuable partnership between our groups that will benefit patients.”
In an effort to provide the best possible care to American Indian and Alaskan Native communities, physicians with IHS and ACEP shared training resources and knowledge of telehealth and emergency care. The groups also shared best practices, models and policies with Tribes and Urban Indian programs and strengthened partnerships with Tribes, local communities and regional health care systems.
“We are excited to have access to some of the top emergency physicians in the country to share best practices and resources and to help improve the quality and practices at emergency departments at IHS hospitals nationwide,” said IHS Principal Deputy Director Mary L. Smith. “This collaboration with the American College of Emergency Physicians builds upon the aggressive strategy at IHS to improve quality health care for patients we serve and dovetails with the new Quality Framework that provides a roadmap for quality at every level of IHS — from headquarters, to the area offices, and the service units at the front lines of delivering care.”
The IHS, an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.
ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.
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