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03.05.20

COVID-19 and EMTALA

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Jane Drummond

General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Affairs

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  • COVID-19
  • Disease Management
  • Legal
  • Regulatory

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As patients with coronavirus-like symptoms and the “worried well” flood emergency departments for testing and treatment, hospitals must ensure compliance with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has been clear that absent an emergency waiver, hospitals must satisfy EMTALA requirements during the COVID-19 outbreak. The agency recently issued guidance for hospitals, including critical access hospitals, on COVID-19 testing and EMTALA.

The guide provides information on alternate test sites, but also makes clear that individuals who come to the ED, as defined under EMTALA, must receive a medical screening exam and stabilizing treatment for any emergency medical condition.

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