Update on Access to Quality Care Act of 1999

ACEP supports the Access to Quality Care Act of 1999, the new managed care reform legislation introduced by Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA). "As emergency physicians, we strongly support provisions in the bill to protect patients from after the fact’ claims denials of emergency care and prior authorization requirements that create barriers to care that can place the health of patients at serious risk," says John Moorhead, MD, FACEP, current president of ACEP. "ACEP is pleased to support this legislation, and we look forward to enactment of meaningful patient protections in the 106th Congress."

If passed, the bill would enact patient protection legislation that provides all Americans with coverage for emergency services consistent with the prudent layperson standard. This was adopted by Congress in 1997 as the standard for Medicare and Medicaid patients.