Emergency Departments today are the point of entry for more than half of all hospital admissions in the US; 24/7 hubs for lifesaving diagnoses and treatments; and federally mandated to care for walk-ins without regard to their ability to pay.  But despite these roles, they are the forgotten elements in our health care system, receiving until lately little attention from policymakers and funders of research.

The December 2013 issue of Health Affairs aims to turn the spotlight on the ED and further a discussion of how we might ensure a bright future for emergency medicine.

Please join Health Affairs Founding Editor John Iglehart on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, for a Health Affairs briefing at which we will unveil the issue.  The event will feature remarks by Dr. Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
8:30 a.m. – Noon

National Press Club
529 14th Street NW (Metro Center)
Washington, DC


Follow live Tweets from the briefing @HA_Events, and join in the conversation with the hashtag #HA_EmergMed.

Panels will spotlight:

  • Access to Care:  Who Is In The ER?
  • Costs And Payment
  • Disaster Preparedness/Standby Capacity

Among the confirmed speakers are:

  • Nicole Lurie, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Darwin Ang, Director of Research and Quality, USF/HCA Trauma Network, and Trauma Medical Director, Ocala Health
  • Brendan Carr, HHS
  • James Chamberlain, Director, Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center (EMTC), and Principal Investigator, Children’s Research Institute (CRI), Children’s National Medical Center
  • Art Kellermann, Dean, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • Ricardo Martinez, Chief Medical Officer, North Highland Worldwide
  • Parveen Parmar, Medical Advisor, Harvard Medical School
  • Jesse Pines, Director, Center for Health Care Quality and Associate Professor Emergency Medicine and Health Policy, George Washington University School of Public Health & Health Services
  • Maria C. Raven, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
  • Sara Rosenbaum, Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy and Founding Chair, Department of Health Policy, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services
  • Jeremiah Schuur, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

The briefing is made possible by funding support from Hospital Corporation of America, American Hospital Association, American College of Surgeons, Emergency Medicine Action Fund, a consortium sponsored by the American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Emergency Physicians, Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and MEP.