Case Management

CMW tip of the week: Informing immigration officers about an undocumented alien

Case Management Weekly, October 21, 2009

This week’s tip is an excerpt from the Q&A portion of the HCPro audio conference Caring for Uninsured and Undocumented Patients: Safe and Cost-Effective Discharge Solutions. Matt Boettcher, LCSW, director of case management at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, answered this question.
 
Q: Are hospitals required to inform immigration officials when undocumented aliens seek care?
 
A: There actually are federal public health laws that indicate that hospitals and healthcare entities are exempt from reporting requirements. When you think about it, it makes a certain amount of sense for the larger healthcare concerns of the community. With things like tuberculosis, if people thought they were going to be reported, they wouldn’t seek treatment.
 
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