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  • EMTALA Covid-19 Waiver

    EMTALA Covid-19 Waiver   CMS Frequently Asked Questions – Coronavirus Robert A. Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP © 2020, ED Quality Solutions, LLC, All Rights Reserved TAKE-HOME:  Most existing emergency department (ED) EMTALA requirements are still in place during the Coronavirus pandemic, including the requirement to screen and stabilize every individual who presents to the ED, […]

  • EMTALA-Coronavirus-COVID-19

    Are Hospital Obligations Under EMTALA Changed by the Coronavirus?   Robert A. Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP © 2020, ED Quality Solutions, LLC, All Rights Reserved Click to see our new EMTALA Update Class! (See May 5, 2020 Update: EMTALA-Coronavirus-COVID-19 ) At the present time the answer is ‘no’; however, in the very near future waiver of […]

  • Emergency Radiology Claims

    According to a recent study in the Journal of the American College of Radiology: 46% of Radiology claims studied were associated with medical care the Emergency Department. Jeffrey D. Robinson, MD, MBA, from the Department of Radiology at the University of Washington in Seattle, and colleagues examined Emergency Radiology malpractice claims from 18 states from […]

  • Non-Opioid Pain Relief in the ED

    New Study Shows Adequate Acute Pain Control Achieved in the ED Without Use of Opioid Medications While an ED opioid prescription is not typically the initial source for most people who become addicted, the fact remains that we see a lot of patients with acute painful conditions and prescribe a lot of opioids. Because of […]

  • Just 3.3% of Visits to the ED are Truly “Avoidable”

    There has been much focus lately over unnecessary ED visits, with insurers in several states refusing to pay for necessary ED care. This type of payment refusal hurts patients that present to the ER for legitimate reasons. Refuting to this assessment, in a recently published study, researchers found that only “3.3%” of visits to the […]