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Running head: FAILURE TO TREAT PATIENTS IN A TIMELY MANNER 1Failure to Treat Patients in a Timely MannerNameInstitution
FAILURE TO TREAT PATIENTS IN A TIMELY MANNER 2Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act(EMTALA)Health care provision is essential for every citizen in a state. It is the role of the medical practitioners to ensure that they provide the services in a timely manner. Timeliness factors in all the procedures that are to be followed in the dispensation of the services. The state has to ensure that there are laws that are governing the operations in the medical institution. EMTALA act which started being operational in 1986 steers the topic of the paper where patients are supposed to be given timely health care. The law stipulates that medical providers should provide treatment to their clients until they stabilize. This is in the case of an injury or birth incidences which require immediate health care actions. After gaining stability, other factors related to the provision of the health services are considered such as payments. The law also directs the health providers to refer or transfer the patient to facilities that are capable of providing the healthcare services in case they are unable to attend to the patient (Assid,2007). The Federal act ensures thatpatients receive timely treatment by doing away with inhibiting factors.Health Care Organization’s Obligations to meet Patients’ Legal RightsThe act calls for the health department primarily the emergency sector that receives payment for services such as MSE to provide the services to any patient without considering the ability to pay, the legal status of an individual or the citizenship. Congress passed this law as partof the COBRA Act in 1986. Therefore, it is a federal law that any state that is a member of the United States of America should abide by. This law is only applicable to “participating hospitals” which are the health facilities that receive payments from the Health and Human Services department and the CMS which ran by the Medicare sector. Since few health care
FAILURE TO TREAT PATIENTS IN A TIMELY MANNER 3providers accept the program, the law has been made universal with the aim of covering all hospitals (Assid,2007).The EMTALA Act stipulates that the patients must go through the Medical Screening Examination aimed at determining if an emergency exists. If the phenomena exist, the participating health care provider is supposed not to delay treatment where a delay is brought about by inquiry on the means of payment or the terms and conditions of the insurer. According

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