Safety Net Hospitals: Optimizing Care Among Scarce Resources

Sunday, May 1, 4:15 - 5:15 pm

CME Credit Hours: 1

Safety-net hospitals are loosely defined as those having a mandate to care for people regardless of ability to pay. These hospitals usually serve a low income or vulnerable population. Taking care of patients in a safety-net setting presents a unique set of challenges. This session is designed to shed light on the challenges of caring for vulnerable patients and present ways to overcome them.


At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:
  1. Describe challenges of rectal cancer and IBD treatment in a safety-net setting
  2. Identify methods of instituting Enhanced Recovery and MIS programs in low resource hospitals
  3. Identify barriers to MIS programs in a low resource setting


Jeffrey Barton, MD, New Orleans, LA

Uma Phatak, MD, Galveston, TX
4:15 pm              
Jeffrey Barton, MD, New Orleans, LA
Uma Phatak, MD, Galveston, TX
4:20 pm              
Access to Care Total Neoadjuvant Therapy in the Safety Net Population
Emily Groves, MD, Morgantown, WV 
 4:30 pm             
"You Added on What? Urgent and Emergency Colectomies in Underserved Populations"  
Kurt G. Davis, MD, New Orleans, LA
4:40 pm              
Enhancing Recovery in a Low Resource Setting
Peter Najjar, MD, MBA, Boston, MA
 4:50 pm              
"The Cost of IBD in the Un- and Underinsured"
Ayana Chase, MD, Atlanta, GA
5:00 pm              
Minimally Invasive Programs/Robotics
Michelle Cowan, MD, Seattle, WA
5:15 pm