EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES; HEALTH FACILITIES; HOSPITALS;

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE; HOSPITALS;

OLR Research Report


September 29, 2003

 

2003-R-0621

FEDERAL EMERGENCY ROOM REGULATIONS AND STATE LAW

By: Saul Spigel, Chief Analyst

CMS says this definition expands EMTALA’s coverage to include not only what is generally considered to be a hospital’s emergency room, but also other departments, like labor and delivery or psychiatric units, that meet the one-third criteria. CMS also says the definition covers hospital urgent care centers that hold themselves out to the public as places that provide care for emergency medical conditions. It rejected a request to exclude such centers, stating, “We believe it would be very difficult for any individual in need of emergency care to distinguish between a hospital department that provides care for an ‘urgent need’ and one that provides care for an ‘emergency medical condition. ’ ”