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Thus, strategic diversions undermine the goal of EMTALA to ensure access to emergency care for all patients, regardless of ability to pay.
Unlike oil or seafood, because of federal laws and regulations such as EMTALA, as well as the significant proportion of public payment for healthcare, the healthcare market must be thought of differently.
Thus, we suggest that policymakers impose a cap on payments for emergency care, defined as care that follows delivery of the patient to the ED via ambulance, as well as screening and stabilizing treatment for an emergency medical condition (as defined in EMTALA).
Office of Inspector General penalties resulting from EMTALA violations involving psychiatric emergencies, Dr.
Providers who aren't obligated to treat a patient under EMTALA could force patients to go to another provider, come back when they have insurance that is accepted at the facility or require payment upfront for services.
(58) See Harris Meyer, Why Patients Still Need EMTALA, MOD.
As a consequence of the tremendous economic pressure resulting from legislation such as the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), "which requires hospitals to provide care to anyone needing emergency healthcare treatment, regardless of citizenship, legal status, or ability to pay" (12), many medical facilities have been forced to "reduce staff, eliminate services, and some have actually gone bankrupt and discontinued service" (13).
Based in Kirkland's New York office, Allon's clients include a health care consulting company and its officers and directors in shareholder class actions and in regulatory and Congressional inquiries regarding HIPAA, EMTALA and FDCPA issues; pharmaceutical companies involved in ongoing products liability litigation; and a competitive energy provider in connection with the successful defense against a hostile tender offer launched by a competitor.
(EMTALA) resonates with that service duty, as do several
The same ED bound by Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) laws to provide a screening exam or face penalties.
A federal law, The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), was established to ensure anyone coming to an emergency department is stabilized and treated, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.
(Szymonowicz notes that the collection process for patients admitted into the ED does not interrupt or impede stabilizing the patient, and adheres to EMTALA, or the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, legislation that ensures the public's access to ED services regardless of the patient's ability to pay.) The hospital's financial representatives who meet with the patients already have information, and the patients are informed about their insurance liability.
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