The organizations have proposed several approaches to increasing the availability of hyperbaric centers in emergencies and offered strategies to help incentivize these lifesaving programs. Among the strategies are special consideration of emergency facilities by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers; incentives for military hyperbaric facilities to be available for civilian patients; possible liability limitations for participating facilities; and direct grants. Federal support is critical to ensure these programs not only grow in prevalence but also maintain adequate funding for fellowship education, which ensures there will be future practitioners of hyperbaric medicine.
With this letter, the organizations are seeking to initiate conversations regarding this deficiency in the U.S. health care system and increase visibility of this important topic.
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