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Trump Executive Order May Increase Healthcare Transparency

Trump Executive Order May Increase Healthcare Transparency

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By Allison G. S. Knox
Contributor, EDM Digest

Accountability and transparency have long been buzzwords in American politics. Many Americans, in fact, wish there was more accountability and transparency within the government system.  Many people applauded when President Trump signed an executive order directing his administration to take steps to improve transparency in healthcare.

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Executive Order Calls for Transparency in Healthcare Costs

President Trump’s executive order requires that patients be informed of healthcare costs prior to being cared for. This new measure will be complicated because it will require a lot of administrative coordination at the local level. Despite this issue, this executive order should help alleviate surprise medical bills, an issue that has been at the forefront of healthcare policy discussions.

Ending surprise medical bills has been gaining momentum nationwide. In emergency medicine, patients have experienced these types of medical bills for using a civilian medevac company for a serious medical or trauma emergency. In some cases, the insurance companies would not pay for the transportation, and the patient would receive an astronomical medical bill as a result.

Complications Associated with Emergency Medicine

While President Trump’s executive order will alleviate some medical bills, it could complicate matters for emergency medical services and emergency medicine in general. When emergencies happen, it’s difficult to estimate the medical care a patient will need.

In some cases, patients will be unconscious while in need of medical care. Attending EMT providers must act based on the notion of implied consent. This may require specific policy measures to account for such situations while working to implement the new order.

Overall, this executive order will promote accountability and transparency in medical care -- a step in the right direction where healthcare policy is concerned.

Allison G. S. Knox Passionate about the issues affecting ambulances and disaster management, Allison focuses on Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services policy. Allison has taught at the undergraduate level since 2010. Prior to teaching, she worked in a level-one trauma center emergency department and for a member of Congress in Washington, D.C. She holds four master’s degrees in Emergency Management, National Security Studies, International Relations, and History; a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Allison is an Emergency Medical Technician, Lifeguard, and Lifeguard Instructor, and is trained in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society as Chancellor of the Southeast Region, Vice Chair of the Tactical Emergency Medical Support Committee with the International Public Safety Association, and serves as the Advocacy Coordinator of Virginia with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. She is also a member of several committees including the Editorial Committee with APCO, the Rescue Task Force Committee with the International Public Safety Association, and the Advocacy Committee with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. She also serves as Chair of the Leadership Development Program for the 2020 Pi Gamma Mu Triennial Convention. Allison has published several book reviews and continues to write about issues affecting ambulances, emergency management, and homeland security.