Corporate Compliance

Q&A: Transfer agreements

Compliance Monitor, October 29, 2008

Q: The hospital to the south of us has a transfer agreement with a hospital seven miles to our north. When the southern hospital tells patients they are being transferred to the hospital to the north, the patients often insist they be brought to our hospital because it is closer. Is there a problem with that?

A: No. Patients have a fundamental right to make their own medical decisions and must be given the opportunity to consent or refuse transfer. In the case of lateral transfers for insurance purposes, this is still a matter of patient choice wherein the patient decides where he or she wishes to be transferred based on personal preference.

This question and answer appear in A Practical Guide to EMTALA Compliance. To learn more about this book or to order your copy visit the HCMarketplace.


1 comments on “Q&A: Transfer agreements

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