Corporate Compliance

New guidance for emergency department services released

Compliance Monitor, May 2, 2007

On April 26, CMS issued a memorandum to state survey agency directors setting forth the requirements for emergency services that hospitals must meet in order to comply with the Medicare Conditions of Participation. The memorandum emphasizes that all hospitals are required to appraise medical emergencies, provide initial treatment and referral when appropriate, regardless of whether the hospital has an emergency department. Hospitals may not rely on 9-1-1 services as a substitute for the hospital's own ability to provide services. The memorandum applies to all hospitals except critical access hospitals.

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