Citations 0
Capitol Health Call
October 8, 2003

Emergency Medical Treatment

JAMA. 2003;290(14):1844. doi:10.1001/jama.290.14.1844-a

The Bush administration has issued rule changes affecting the 1986 Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). While the US Department of Health and Human Services released a statement saying that the rules are simply meant to clarify the law, patients rights advocates worry that the rules will lead to hospitals turning away indigent patients.

EMTALA requires any hospital taking part in Medicare to provide "appropriate medical screening" to anyone who appears at an emergency department and asks for it. On threat of a $50 000 fine and suspension from Medicare, the hospitals also must stabilize the patient or transfer the patient to a clinic or hospital that can do so.

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview