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ACEP Releases 2014 Report Card on U.S. Emergency Care Environment
California ranking improves slightly from previous assessment

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has released its state-by-state report card evaluating America’s support for emergency care, ranking each state in key categories and forecasting how the role of emergency medicine will expand under the Affordable Care Act. In ACEP’s last report card, issued in 2009, the U.S. earned an overall grade of C-. This year, the overall national evaluation fell to a D+. California scored a C-, up slightly from its D+ in 2009.

The report card includes 136 measures in five categories: access to emergency care (30 percent of the grade), quality and patient safety (20 percent), medical liability environment (20 percent), public health and injury prevention (15 percent) and disaster preparedness (15 percent). To view the full report, visit