More than 80% of states earned poor or near-failing grades for their emergency-care systems in a report card by the American College of Emergency Physicians. No state earned an A or F for an overall grade, and the nation as a whole scored a C-minus. The ACEP graded each state on overall performance and also gave separate grades for access to emergency care, quality and patient safety, public health and injury prevention, and the medical liability environment. The highest scorers, rated B overall, were California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia and Massachusetts. The worst performers, earning D-plus or D, were Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Washington state, and Wyoming. The ACEP called the results "sobering" and urged state and national policymakers to support efforts to improve emergency care. Read the report card. -- by Jessica Zigmond
ACEP gives emergency-care systems poor grades
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