CMS published new EMTALA guidelines in memo QSO 19-14, issued on June 4, 2019. It details complaint investigation timelines for potential EMTALA violations and restraint related deaths. These timelines are expectations for the state agencies to conduct their investigation. They are not a timeline for hospitals to act. But, they are a signal to be ready should the state come to investigate an EMTALA or restraint death issue.Read more
CMS published a new guidance memo discussing co-located hospitals. The memo, QSO 19-13 dated May 3, 2019 is in draft form and the comment period to CMS is open until July 2, 2019. This draft is especially important for two types of organizations:
- An LTACH inside a full-service acute care hospital.
- A co-located outpatient service with a unique CCN number situated in the same building as the hospital.
If you have such arrangements, share this memo with the other entity. And, discuss potential implications for your arrangement together.Read more
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