participate in governmental programs such as Medicaid or Medicare, and they have put up signs in their lobby making that clear.
Laws ERs are to abide by include the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), that requires anyone who goes to an emergency department to be stabilized and treated, regardless of their economic situation.
Freestanding emergency rooms are higher in price than urgent care and primary care clinics, therefore it is required for them to advertise themselves clearly to the public as one.
The doctors have an important duty to deem a patient as emergent or non-emergent.
If one is considered emergent (requiring emergency care), they should stay in the emergency center.
If a patient is non-emergent (requiring non-emergency care), they have more options.
“If you’re non-emergent, we’ll possibly send you to an urgent care facility if you would benefit more from that, but if you want to stay here, that is your option. We refer people to Shannon and Community all the time but it’s just knowing the difference between us and them,” detailed Harmon.
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