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AAEM Position Statement on Follow-Up Care

Position Statement: Emergency Physicians are Not Responsible for Providing Routine Follow-Up Care and Screening

It is the position of The American Academy of Emergency Medicine that follow-up care is beyond the scope of practice of emergency physicians and that care in the Emergency Department should encompass diagnosis and treatment and stabilization of acute emergency medical conditions. Therefore:

  1. Emergency Physicians are not responsible for providing routine follow-up care of patients treated in the emergency department;
  2. Emergency Physicians are not responsible for providing follow-up care as recommended by consultants or other practitioners;
  3. Emergency Physicians are not responsible for providing routine screening for non-emergent conditions;
  4. Emergency Physicians should refer patients to specialists or primary care providers, as appropriate, for provision of the above services.

 

Approved 9/14/2016