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EMTALA applies to "participating hospitals." The statute defines "participating hospitals" as those that accept payment from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Medicare program. However, in practical terms, EMTALA applies to virtually all hospitals in the U.S., with the exception of the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Indian Health Service hospitals, and Veterans Affairs hospitals. The combined payments of Medicare and Medicaid, $602 billion in 2004, or roughly 44% of all medical expenditures in the U.S., make not participating in EMTALA impractical for nearly all hospitals. EMTALA's provisions apply to all patients, and not just to Medicare patients.
The uncompensated or non-reimbursed amounts are written off as bad debt thus becoming a tax write off and the unpaid bills are also sold to third party collection agencies for an average of 20 cents per dollar. However, health insurance reimbursements for services provided have continually been reduced by the health insurance companies. Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements for services have also been reduced
. However, EMTALA is independent of the payers, EMTALA is not similar to bad debt or charity care that MANY not-for-profit hospitals enjoy.
Patients cannot face criminal prosecution for failure to pay, even if the patient came to the hospital aware of inability to pay. Hospitals and third-party agents may not threaten patients with prosecution as a means of scaring the patient into making payment. Patient can be prosecuted under existing federal, state, or local laws for providing false name, address, or other information to avoid payment, receiving bills, or to hide fugitive status.
Medicaid is a government funded health insurance benefit program created in 1965 and designed to provide health insurance to certain low-income families and individuals. To qualify for Medicaid, certain financial criteria must be met. A large number of Americans have applied for, and receive these health insurance benefits. Many other people have no health insurance and live in dread of a medical emergency.
Hospitals are required to provide treatment to patients who have acute medical emergencies. For the individual without health insurance, this can be a stressful situation. However, in certain situations, millions of American may be entitled to Emergency Medicaid benefits.
Emergency Medicaid cannot be applied for ahead of time. It is designed to meet a sudden, critical medical need. Most people realize that they need this benefit only after an emergency occurs. Hospitals and clinics can often assist with the application process.
Originally posted by Neocrusader
reply to post by Tramadolnights
No today I was down range re-zeroing and havin a shoot with the rest of the teams after transit ( 47 guys )
Lovely day thanks ...............what you been up to today on your school summer holidays ?
Appart from getting people's backs up ?
edit on 25-7-2012 by Neocrusader because: Auto
Originally posted by jhn7537
Talk about some bad luck.... Caleb Medley, was one of the movie patrons who found himself in a theater with a crazed lunatic with a gun (James Holmes). Unfortunately, for him he was struck with a bullet in the eye and is currently in an induced coma. The family reported that he doesnt have medical insurance and the bills could be in excess of $2 million dollars for him... This story is very unfortunate, but I ask, what is there that can be done? Well it looks like some of his friends set up a website that has already raised $70k. I doubt that they will raise the $2 million to cover all his bills...
Anyways, I was wondering... In tragic situations like the one that happened in Aurora, CO, should victims, like Caleb Medley, be held responsible to pay these huge bills? Even if he had insurance there is probably a chance he would have had to pay something, but I tend to feel that anyone who gets put through events like that shouldnt have to foot the bill.. Is there any realistic scenario out there that you can think of where a, Caleb Medley, wouldnt have to pay a bill like this?
Is this situation his fault because he doesnt have medical insurance? Its such a tough topic because so many live their lives without that safety net and before you know it, tragedies like this one happen...
Mods- I ran a search and didnt find anything about this story, if someone already posted it feel free to trash it...edit on 24-7-2012 by jhn7537 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by benrl
I wouldn't worry,
When ever their is evil good will rise to meet it.
Watch Donations will take care of this, from around the world.
Its the one bright point in these tragedies the rush to help after.
Well, it's OK if you are lucky enough to atract what's known as an 'angel'...but it's a crappy basis for a health care system.