The Physician On-Call Dilemma: Emerging Solutions

Law360, New York (April 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- It’s a familiar quandary: Your medical staff director calls to report that medical staff members are refusing to provide adequate on-call coverage for emergency services.

Finding a solution is paramount. Not only must you provide quality care to emergent patients, but on-call physician coverage is required under the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) and many states’ licensure laws.

A general hospital that does not comply with EMTALA regulations faces monetary sanctions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Medicare...
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