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Archive for October, 2013

Celebrating EMTALA 25 years


Date: October 30th, 2013

Celebrating EMTALA 25 years since enactment The healthcare system in the country and the emergency departments in particular has experienced both the good and bad of EMTALA many years after its implementation. EMTALA has proved beyond unreasonable doubt as being the most transformative kind of legislation in the world of healthcare since the enactment of Medicare.

Why I don’t like medical journalism


Date: October 29th, 2013

The serious effects of overcrowding of ERCNN reported on a heartbreaking, terrible story that was a very terrifying case for me as a professional ER doctor and as a parent. The author has treated this subject very seriously to her credit and without involving a lot of sensationalism; she provides a critical look at the current status of national ER overcrowding crisis and sheds some light on the likely cause.

Patients’ interests must be put first


Date: October 28th, 2013

What people would do about flu vaccination?A recent reader poll asked people what they would do as far as flu vaccination is concerned. As a person without medical expertise, I was really shocked by the answers given by about 25 percent of poll respondents who I presumed to be healthcare professionals.

Suspension of Medicaid ED Coverage Denial Plan


Date: October 27th, 2013

A controversial Medicaid policy stopped by the governorChris Gregoire, Washington governor has stopped the implementation of Medicaid policy, which would have seen emergency department services denied payment where a patient is determined ultimately to have a condition that is non-urgent.

A malpractice verdict that cost a hospital a lot


Date: October 26th, 2013

Useful info about hospital emergency departmentsBefore the man died, he had visited an emergency department at a nearby hospital two days earlier. The attorney of the plaintiff said that at the hospital, the man has classic symptoms and seemed like his neck had a sign saying ‘Aortic Aneurysm.’