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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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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Medicaid Expansion: Is This a ‘No-Brainer’?
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  Should the states that have thus far turned up their noses at federal subsidies to expand Medicaid coverage to their citizens under Obamacare be praised for upholding conservative principles and fiscal responsibility, or derided for ignoring the needs of … Continue reading

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The Fickle Finger’s Predictions for 2014
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The nice folks at Perspectives on the Acute Care Continuum asked The Fickle Finger to take another shot at gazing into the crystal ball of health care trends and events for 2014.  Looking back at last year’s effort, I think … Continue reading

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Are the Best Physicians and Hospitals Being Excluded from Exchange Networks?
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A recent article in ModernHealthcare.com raised the issue of the link between lower premium costs driving restricted health exchange physician and hospital networks, and how this may impact access to care.  Exactly how these exchange plans (and the regulators that … Continue reading

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