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Photo in EMTALA story wouldn't happen today

In the March 28 cover story (“Why patients still need EMTALA,”) it was refreshing to see the photo of former President Ronald Reagan signing the EMTALA legislation, including three Republican and four ... read more

Journalism Shouldn’t Be a Safeguard Against Unreasonably High Health Care Bills

A federal law, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, or EMTALA, may partly be contributing ... there are many complex reasons why they still do, which means patients may find themselve... read more

Losing Laura

Laura was still ... Maybe that is why she didn’t comprehend the instructions posted on that sliding door, in simple white lettering, explaining that it was for ambulance access only. To enter the emer... read more

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Doctors and hospitals ask patients to pay up before treatments

"If I need medical care ... at the time of service." Still, experts say that trying to pin patients down for payment in more acute settings, such as the emergency department, may cross a line. Related ... read more

The Health Mandate Romney Still Supports

He is the author of “The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform – Why We Need It ... room under Emtala is not held until cured, only stabilized until she can be sent home or to a public hospital or other ... read more

Corrections and Clarifications

In the article “Why patients still need EMTALA”, the photo cutline should have identified the law President Ronald Reagan signed that included EMTALA as the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation ... read more

Do You Still Use a STAT List?

If you can do it, why not? For ED patients, a STAT list may violate EMTALA (the Federal Emergency Medical Treatment ... My guess is these labs don’t have a need for a STAT list. They may even have les... read more

Fewer U.S. hospitals breaking emergency treatment rules

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA ... all patients access to emergency services and to prevent "patient dumping," the practice of refusing or transferring disadvantaged patients wi... read more

Emergency Or Not? Ky. Medicaid Changes Will Penalize For Unnecessary ER Visits

Maurer understands that Kentucky’s new policy is supposed to discourage unnecessary ER visits but she worries it will deter patients who truly need to come ... The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labo... read more

Why Undocumented Immigrants Should Have Access To Taxpayer-Funded Health Care

Under the auspices of the Reagan-era Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), hospital emergency rooms can’t turn away patients based on their ... and women who use the emergency roo... read more

Can an emergency room refuse to treat you?

Because at the emergency room, they're obligated to give you urgent care should you need it ... Transferred, you say? Why can't those in an emergency just be kept at the hospital they walked into? Bec... read more

I Watched My Patients Die of Treatable Diseases Because They Were Poor

The myth is based on a 1986 federal law called the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), which states that ... It’s a volunteer position. I love my patients, and I love being able to hel... read more

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