AAEM Statement on USACS Replacement at Summa Health

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January 5, 2017

 

AAEM Statement on USACS Replacement at Summa Health

 

 

 <http://www.aaem.org/about-aaem/mission-statement> American Academy of
Emergency Medicine

 

 

AAEM Members,

 

By now most of you have heard about Akron-based Summa Emergency Associates
(Akron City Hospital EM Residency) and their sudden termination and
replacement by US Acute Care Solutions at all of the Summa Health System
EDs. This literally overnight transition to a new group of physicians most
of whom, to the best of our understanding, are unfamiliar with the
hospitals, the EDs, their staffs, the EMS systems and the EMR/CPOE, creates
a potential  patient safety issue in the short term. The displaced group is
physician owned and has been in existence for 40 years.

 

As you know it is a major concern of the AAEM to preserve physician owned
practices in EM. The new group, USACS, while having physician ownership,
also has a major private equity partner which creates lay influence over
their operations, something the AAEM is opposed to. Although the state of
Ohio recently nullified its prohibitions on the corporate practice of
medicine, AAEM remains concerned when lay corporations have an ownership
stake in an EM practice. Additionally, this summary termination of over 60
EM physicians clearly violates physician practice rights delineated in the
AAEM, AMA and ACEP policies on due process.

 

The  <http://www.aaem.org/about-aaem/mission-statement> AAEM mission
statement and those of other EM organizations supports residency education
and unfortunately an EM residency is caught up in this business matter. The
Summa Emergency Medicine residency program has lost its leadership and
academic faculty, disrupting established mentoring and teaching
relationships right in the midst of resident recruitment season. This is
distressing to the current residents and this event will impact the future
of this program.

 

AAEM and AAEM-PG have been in contact with the SEA Leadership and are
collaborating on the best options to address this situation. Please let us
know if you have specific ideas or input regarding this distressing state of
affairs.

 

AAEM Board of Directors

AAEM Past-Presidents Council

 <mailto:info at aaem.org> info at aaem.org  

 

 

 

Jeff Wells
Deputy Editor, CAL/AAEM News Service

 

Brian Potts MD, MBA
Managing Editor, CAL/AAEM News Service

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