June 4, 2007
On April 26, CMS issued a Survey and Certification letter outlining the responsibility of Medicare participating hospitals to provide emergency care. The letter took aim at specialty hospitals and other facilities without emergency departments. The letter emphasized that all hospitals (except critical access hospitals), must be able to evaluate persons with emergencies, provide initial treatment, and refer or transfer these individuals when appropriate. It also stated that a hospital cannot rely upon 911 services as a substitute for the hospital's own capacity to provide emergency services.
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We would like to thank Richard G. Korman, Esquire (Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka, IN) for providing this email alert.