Case Management

Mentor Moment: EMTALA: Extend coverage to inpatients?

Case Management Weekly, March 21, 2012

CMS wants to know what providers think.

It released a proposed rule February 2 designed to clarify the long-debated question on a so-called “anti-dumping rule.”

It’s been more than 25 years since EMTALA was put in place, yet there’s still uncertainty on how to interpret the rule, Jackie Birmingham, RN, MS, vice president, emeritus, of clinical leadership at Curaspan Health Group in Newton, MA, writes in her company’s blog, Curaspan Connections.

Birmingham says the increased focus on EMTALA started in 2010 with the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to rule on a Michigan hospital’s appeal on an issue related to emergency care.

After a patient is admitted, when does the admitting hospital’s EMTALA obligation end?

Read the rest of this post and more on the Case Management Mentor blog.

Most Popular