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Terp S, Seabury SA, Axeen S
The association between hospital characteristics and Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act citation events.
The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) is a federal law enacted in 1986 prohibiting patient dumping (refusing or transferring patients with emergency medical conditions without appropriate stabilization), and discrimination based upon ability to pay. In this study, the investigators evaluated hospital-level features associated with citation for EMTALA violation. They concluded that for-profit ownership was associated with increased odds of EMTALA citations after adjusting for other characteristics.
Citation: Terp S, Seabury SA, Axeen S . The association between hospital characteristics and Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act citation events. Med Care 2020 Sep;58(9):793-99. doi: 10.1097/mlr.0000000000001360..
Keywords: Emergency Department, Hospitals, Policy, Transitions of Care