[ Monday, September 29, 2003 ]
As you might know, the rules relating to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) were recently revised. EMTALA generally requires hospital emergency rooms to stabilize a patient who presents at the ER either in active labor or with an emergent medical condition before sending the patient elsewhere. It is generally designed to prevent "patient dumping," where an emergency room sends someone away to a different hospital, usually because the patient won't be able to pay for their treatment.
HealthLeaders has a pretty good article outlining the recent changes. You can view it online here
Jeff [11:19 AM]
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