Off-campus outpatient clinics that don't regularly provide emergency care will be exempt from requirements of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) under final CMS regulations to be published in the Sept. 9 Federal Register. The regulations become effective Nov. 10. In addition, the regulations will require specialty physicians to accept on-call duty if a hospital decides their inclusion is necessary to meet community needs. Besides clarifying the type of facilities subject to EMTALA, the CMS defined hospitals' EMTALA obligations as ending once a patient has been seen and screened. In an earlier proposal, the obligation would have extended to stabilizing the patient. -- by Jeff Tieman
CMS issues final EMTALA regulations
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