CMA to Unveil Report Detailing Collapse of California's Faltering Emergency Care System and Unveil Legislation

    WHAT:  The California Medical Association will release a detailed report
 documenting the crisis in emergency care.  Emergency rooms and physicians
 provided more than $400 million in uncompensated care in fiscal 1999.
     In conjunction with the release of this report, CMA, with bill authors and
 supporters, will announce legislation that would avert the collapse of the
 emergency care system in California.
     The legislation would end a real threat to the public and preserve life-
 saving patient care by streamlining both the way emergency funds and emergency
 care are distributed.  The CMA report will provide emergency service losses
 broken down by county and individual hospitals so reporters can localize the
 story.  The report will be available Thursday morning at CMA's Sacramento
 office, or on CMA's web site:  www.cmanet.org and at the news conference.
 
     Simultaneous Statewide News Conferences
 
     WHEN:  Thursday, Jan. 18, in Sacramento and Los Angeles with phone-in
     access
 
     WHERE:  Sacramento, State Capital Building, Press Room, Room 1190, at
     10:30 a.m.
 
     AND
 
     WHERE:  UCLA Medical Center, 10 a.m., outside Emergency Room entrance
 
     WHO:  At UCLA -- Marie Kuffner, M.D., president, California Medical Assn.,
 UCLA anesthesiologist; Brian Johnston, M.D., emergency physician (Spanish-
 speaking), and other emergency physicians.
     In Sacramento -- Sen. Joseph Dunn (D-Santa Ana); Michael J. Sexton, M.D.
 emergency physician and vice chair, CMA Board of Trustees; and other
 supporters.
 
     PHONE IN:  Reporters may phone in to the Sacramento news conference at
 10:30 a.m., Jan. 18, by calling 800-366-1797; California Medical Association,
 call leader is Steve Thompson, confirmation number is 712542.
 
     PARKING DIRECTIONS, UCLA:  Media should enter the campus at Le Conte
 Avenue and Tiverton Drive, Westwood.  Media parking passes and directions for
 news van parking area will be available at the two kiosks near that entrance
 to campus.
 
     CONTACT:  Karen Nikos, 213-630-1139, or Peter Warren, 916-444-5532, or
 voice mail, 213-630-1126, both of California Medical Association
 
 

SOURCE California Medical Association

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