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Medicine & the Law

Clearing the EMTALA fog

We can now begin to assess to what degree the regulations met their stated goal of reducing confusion and easing many of the burdens faced by hospital emergency departments, while still ensuring that individuals will receive appropriate screening and emergency treatment, regardless of their ability to pay.

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Disciplining and terminating employees

When necessary, discipline may be implemented, up to and including termination of employment. Implementing uniform practices when managing your employees will likely improve the overall efficiency of your practice, while reducing your legal exposure.

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Some perils of telemedicine

Telemedicine's growth, however successful, has been slowed by payment and other legal concerns, such as limits on services that qualify for insurance coverage, state licensure laws, potential malpractice liability, and privacy and security concerns.

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Opting out of Aetna’s class action settlement

While Aetna’s class action settlement appears beneficial, the financial relief for physicians with substantial claims against Aetna for past reimbursement problems may be less than adequate. If in doubt, a physician will protect his or her options by submitting an opt-out notice by the August 29 deadline.

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