CMS Issues EMTALA Guidance

On March 6th CMS issued revisions to the EMTALA Interpretive Guidelines in response to changes in the regulations which were included in the FY 2009 Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule. A notable feature of those regulations was the addition of a provision that permits hospitals to develop Community Call Plans (“CCP”) as a means of satisfying their emergency department on-call responsibilities. A CCP, that meets six requirements specified by the new regulations, would allow hospitals to designate a specific hospital in a region as the on-call facility for a specified time period, or for a specified service, or both.

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