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Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA) Resource

Author: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Source: Government (U.S.) | External web site

Publication Date: November 01, 2007

In 1986, Congress enacted the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA) to ensure public access to emergency services regardless of ability to pay. Section 1867 of the Social Security Act imposes specific obligations on Medicare-participating hospitals that offer emergency services to provide a medical screening examination (MSE) when a request is made for examination or treatment for an emergency medical condition (EMC), including active labor, regardless of an individual's ability to pay. Hospitals are then required to provide stabilizing treatment for patients with EMCs. If a hospital is unable to stabilize a patient within its capability, or if the patient requests, an appropriate transfer should be implemented.

Linking Anti-fraud and Legal EHR Functions

Author: Dougherty, Michelle

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2007

The following statement could easily come from any material written on the legal electronic health record: “EHRs and information available through the NHIN [nationwide health information network] must fully comply with applicable federal and state law and meet the requirements of reliability an....

Brailer to HIM: Continue 'Larger, Louder, and Faster'


Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2007

“Do what you are doing larger, louder, and faster,” David Brailer, PhD, MD, told attendees during his general session presentation. Brailer, who served as national coordinator for health information technology in the Department of Health and Human Services from 2004 to 2006, thanked the audienc....

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