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In prior blogs, I reviewed the bare-bones of EMTALA, highlighted recent studies of EMTALA investigations, and summarized recently settled cases of EMTALA violations. In this installment, I outline the requirements of EMTALA as they relate to the role of the on-call physician.
EMTALA was passed to prevent the dumping of “non-paying” patients between hospitals. With the enactment of EMTALA, the dumping problem has diminished. The on-call physician plays a key role in patient management under EMTALA.
The “emergency medical system” depends upon emergency department access, availability of specialist physicians through the on-call roster, hospital bed and staff availability, and a referral system for tertiary or highly specialized care.