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  •  Every ER in your area is at risk of being hit by a (3+ / 0-)
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    similar violation, if they delay necessary care to inquire about payment. Regulations used to imply that hospitals couldn't even mention payment until the patient's care was underway, but that was changed in 2003. Hospitals are required to provide emergency stabilization without regard to ability to pay, under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act or EMTALA. If a hospital implies that payment is required before you can be seen, they can be sanctioned hard. The doctor responsible for a violation is also extremely vulnerable, which is why emergency physicians have to be familiar with the EMTALA law.
          A hospital which negligently violates EMTALA may be subject to a civil money penalty of up to $50,000 per violation. The regulations also provide that a hospital found to be in repeated or particularly aggregious violation may be subject to the "death penalty" by having its Medicare provider agreement revoked. A hospital that can't participate in Medicare can't stay in business.

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    We are men of action; lies do not become us.

    by ER Doc on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 05:24:40 PM PDT

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    •  They get around that by claiming (3+ / 0-)

      they need to "register" the patient and get basic information and emergency contact data.  The payment stuff gets put in at the end just before the "chart" or visit paperwork is prepared.

      They're not demanding payment, just "collecting information".

      I became a public employee RN because I was tired of the wallet biopsy being the first procedure performed.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 08:18:50 PM PDT

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