Mandating Coverage for Emergency Care
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The federal mandate that hospital emergency departments (EDs) and the physicians who staff these departments provide medical screening and emergency care to all people who present to the ED for care (the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act) ensures … Continue reading

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Kitzhaber Nails Healthcare Cost Reduction
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Dr. John Kitzhaber is an emergency physician who transitioned to politics after 18 years in the ED, and became a two-term Governor in Oregon. Recently, he gave the keynote speech at a Health Policy Conference in Hawaii that outlined perfectly … Continue reading

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Did EMTALA Undermine the Safety Net? Part 2
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This is a follow-up to last week’s post which focused on one of the most significant impacts of the unfunded EMTALA mandate: the closure of hundreds of hospitals and emergency departments across the nation. Part 2 will address some of … Continue reading

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Did EMTALA Undermine the Safety Net? Part 1
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I know that those of you who know about EMTALA will have a bit of trouble understanding the point of this question; but it deserves an answer, nonetheless. EMTALA was a response to some really serious problems with our national … Continue reading

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Surge in Medi-Cal Enrollees Reveals Program Deficiencies
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Trying to put a good face on California’s Medicaid program (Medi-Cal), the newly appointed Director of the Department of Health Care Service, Jennifer Kent, in an interview with the LA Times, danced deftly around a pointed question that hit squarely … Continue reading

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