Search All Research Studies
AHRQ Research Studies Date
AHRQ Research Studies
Sign up: AHRQ Research Studies Email updates
Research Studies is a monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters.
Results1 to 1 of 1 Research Studies Displayed
Terp S, Wang B, Burner E
Civil monetary penalties resulting from violations of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) involving psychiatric emergencies, 2002 to 2018.
This study analyzed civil monetary penalties resulting from Emergency Medical and Treatment Act (EMTALA) violations involving psychiatric emergencies from 2002 to 2018. Psychiatric treatment settlements are larger with the average settlement being $85,488 compared to $32,004 for non-psychiatric-related cases. Five of six of the largest settlements during the study period were psychiatric-related. The penalties were for failure to provide appropriate medical screening examinations, receive stabilizing treatment, or arrange appropriate transfer. Almost half (41%) occurred in the Southeast Region and 20% in the Central region.
AHRQ-funded; HS022402; HS025281.
Citation: Terp S, Wang B, Burner E . Civil monetary penalties resulting from violations of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) involving psychiatric emergencies, 2002 to 2018. Acad Emerg Med 2019 May;26(5):470-78. doi: 10.1111/acem.13710..
Keywords: Emergency Department, Medical Errors, Medical Liability, Behavioral Health, Quality of Care