CMS Won't Change Emergency Care Rules For Inpatients

Law360, New York (February 2, 2012, 4:48 PM EST) -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services indicated Thursday that regulations requiring hospitals to provide emergency care to the uninsured would not be broadened to cover hospital inpatients, a proposed expansion that was opposed by hospitals and doctors but championed by nurses.

CMS regulations currently say that the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act applies only to patients who come to a hospital's emergency room with an emergency medical condition. The law states that hospitals must treat and stabilize the patient, regardless of his or her...
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