EMTALA

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EMTALAEmergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (US federal law governing assessment and transfer of patients seeking emergency care)
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It also has a new case involving Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) preemption, a discussion of medical identity theft and hacking by cyber thieves, the meaningful use standards of the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, a new Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act case, and a new exhibit on various exemptions from the antitrust laws.
The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) requires emergency rooms to (1) properly screen all patients seeking medical assistance and, (2) if the patient has an emergency medical condition, either treat the patient as necessary to stabilize the patient's condition or transfer the patient to another medical facility when such a transfer is relatively safe and medically advisable.
Uninsured people receive medical care in hospital emergency departments under the coercive Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act of 1985 (EMTALA), which obligates hospitals to treat the uninsured but does not pay for that care.
The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) was enacted in 1986 to ensure treatment of indigent or uninsured patients.
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