Some health insurance plans deny claims for legitimate emergency department visits based on the patient's final diagnosis, rather than the patient's symptoms (...). If the hospital reviewer determines that the patient does not have an emergency medical condition, the hospital has no further obligation to the patient if the patient is uninsured. If a hospital cannot stabilise a patient within its means, or if the patient requests it, an appropriate transfer must take place. Whenever a patient enters hospital property, including the car park, pavement, driveway or other areas within 250 yards of the hospital's main buildings, and requests emergency treatment, EMTALA requires the hospital to provide such treatment.
Even if a patient on hospital property does not specifically request emergency care, the EMTALA requires the hospital to provide treatment if a prudent layperson would believe, based on the patient's appearance or behavior, that the patient is in need of emergency examination or treatment. But some health professionals have taken a tougher stance on vaccination in an effort to influence patients to get vaccinated amid rising cases and hospitalisations. The biggest obstacle they have faced and continue to face in doing so is staffing shortages, said Arkansas Hospital Association spokeswoman Ashley Warren. Financial assistance can be applied for at any time, even after the hospital or a collection agency has billed you.
For now, southern hospitals will likely continue to allocate scarce resources to treat unvaccinated patients. But to the extent that hospitals believe it can be helpful, prioritising vaccinated people for UCU beds is ethically plausible. A non-profit hospital in Texas is required to disclose its charity care programme and how to apply for it. But, if a patient is not acutely ill, and needs a procedure that can be delayed a bit, then hospitals could wait until the patient is healthy enough to be vaccinated.
The inability of the EMTALA to curb refusal of treatment has been attributed to ambiguous legal provisions, weak enforcement mechanisms and divergent judicial interpretations of legal provisions. This means, for example, that hospital outpatient clinics that are not equipped to deal with medical emergencies are not bound by the EMTALA and can simply refer patients to a nearby emergency department for treatment. Since most hospitals meet these two requirements, the EMTALA covers almost all hospitals in the country. According to EMTALA, the Federal Emergency Medical Treatment Act, hospitals must treat any patient who comes for emergency treatment.
ATLANTA As COVID cases spread and emergency rooms fill up, hospitals have to make difficult decisions about who to admit.