So, according to Emergency Medicine News, there is a new push (we’ll see how far it goes) in congress to make physicians (primarily ER docs obviously) who provide “EMTALA – related”, federally mandated, uncompensated care in the ER “federal employees” for liability purposes. Since we are mandated to provide such care we would be covered by federal liability (malpractise) insurance for such work. I did not know this but apparently federal employees cannot be sued for punitive damages in civil court – thus our malpractise coverage should become cheaper (in theory) since it would only be used for defence in compensated cases (I wonder how it would work with medicare and medicaid). This sounds wonderful and there is some support for it in congress – I think the main reason for the support is that it would help us (the countries Emergency Rooms) get more specialist coverage as well (since one big reason they don’t want to take call is EMTALA related care that puts them at legal risk). Now, if we could just also deduct our uncompensated, mandated work from our taxes…..