Legislation targets patient rights

Despite ample attention from the media and widespread public support, patient rights legislation still has not passed, reports John Moorhead, MD, FACEP, president of the Dallas-based American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

"Patients should be able to access emergency care whenever and wherever they need it," he says. "We urge Congress to pass meaningful patient protection legislation this year."

Partisan fighting has brought efforts to pass such legislation to a standstill, notes Charlotte Yeh, MD, FACEP. "It’s really a shame to have politics driving the situation rather than patient care needs," she says. "It also reflects the fact that the insurance industry has a huge-dollar war chest that they are drawing on to get support."