Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act

Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA),

(ē-mĕr'jen-sē med'i-kăl trēt'ment lā'bŏr akt),
An act passed by the U.S. Congress establishing the right of any person to present to an emergency department and receive, within the capabilities of the hospital, a medical screening examination and stabilizing care of that person or an unborn child, without regard to the patient's ability to pay.
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A longtime advocate of improved health care in the underserved community, Lebow has a special interest in the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) program, that assures that all patients who present to the nation's emergency departments receive the care they need.
Moorhead said: "ACEP strongly supports inclusion of provisions that would require health maintenance organizations to cover emergency services for beneficiaries based upon the 'prudent layperson' standard, consistent with the definition of 'emergency medical condition' contained in the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act.
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