Recent EMTALA Enforcement Actions Underscore Hospital Obligations

Published: 05/08/2023

  • Department of Health and Human Services,
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Relevant To:
  • Rural Emergency Hospitals,
  • Critical Access Hospitals,
  • Hospitals

In a recent letter to hospital and provider associations across the country, the Secretary of the U.S. Health and Human Services underscored that it is a health care provider’s professional and legal duty to offer necessary stabilizing medical treatment to a patient who presents to a covered emergency department and is found to have an emergency medical condition (or, if appropriate, to transfer them).

Underscoring the seriousness with which the agency is evaluating potential EMTALA violation

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