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slides: See the Grades: MA Emergency Care Report Card

Monday, January 20, 2014

 

Only District of Columbia ranked higher than Massachusetts for their overall emergency medical care system in 2014. The state received a B- in the American College of Emergency Physicians’ (ACEP) state-by-state report card on America’s emergency care environment (“Report Card”).

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“The people of Massachusetts understand better than most that emergencies can happen anywhere at any time, especially following the Boston Marathon bombings and the well-organized medical response to the victims,” said Dr. Nathan MacDonald, president of the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians. “Given the uncertainties of health care reform, emergency care has never been more important than it is right now.”

New England State Rankings

2. Massachusetts

3. Maine

15. Connecticut

18. Rhode Island

28. New Hampshire

33. Vermont

See Massachusetts' grades and highlights in the slides below:

 

Related Slideshow: Massachusetts Emergency Care Report Card

The American College of Emergency Physicians released America's Emergency Care Environment report for 2014 in January, issuing report cards for each state in the U.S. Massachusetts ranked second overall - see the Bay State's report card grades and highlights in the slides below.

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Access to Emergency Care Grades

2014 Grade: B

2014 National Rank: 4

2009 Grade: B

2009 National Rank: 3

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Access to Emergency Care Highlights

* Board-certified emergency physicians per 100,000 population: 14.2

* Emergency physicians per 100,000 population: 19.7

* Neurosurgeons per 100,000 population: 2.6

* Orthopedists and hand surgeon specialists per 100,000 population: 12.7

* Plastic surgeons per 100,000 population: 3.3

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Quality + Patient Safety Environment Grades

2014 Grade: B+

2014 National Rank: 5

2009 Grade: A

2009 National Rank: 6

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Quality + Safety Environment Highlights

* Funding for quality improvement within the EMS system: No

* Funded state EMS medical director: Yes

* Emergency medicine residents per 1 million population: 33.1

* Adverse event reporting required: Yes

* Percent of counties with E-911 capability: 100%

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Medical Liability Grades

2014 Grade: D-

2014 National Rank: 40

2009 Grade: D

2009 National Rank: 33

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Medical Liability Highlights

* Lawyers per 100,000 population: 24.5

* Lawyers per physician: 0.5

* Lawyers per emergency physician: 12.4

* Malpractice award payments per 100,000 population: 1.4

* Average malpractice award payments: $519,991

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Public Health + Injury Prevention Grades

2014 Grade: A

2014 National Rank: 1

2009 Grade: A

2009 National Rank: 1

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Public Health + Injury Prevention Highlights

* Traffic fatalities per 100,000 population: 3.8

* Bicyclist fatalities per 100,000 population: 1.9

* Pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 population: 2.1

* Percent of traffic fatalities alcohol related: 39%

* Front occupant restraint use: 73.2%

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Disaster Preparedness Grades

2014 Grade: C

2014 National Rank: 20

2009 Grade: B

2009 National Rank: 19

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Disaster Preparedness Highlights

* Per capita federal disaster preparedness funds: $6.54

* ESF-8 plan shared with all EMS and essential hospital personnel: Yes

* Emergency physician input into the state planning process: Yes

* Drills, exercises conducted with hospital personnel, equipment, facilities per hospital: 0.2

* Public health and emergency physician input during ESF-8 response: Yes

 
 

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