Sunday, March 25, 2007

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.......
A commenter to this post takes issue with my description of EMTALA as an "unfunded mandate".
Doctor, Respectfully, you don't know what you're tal(k)ing about. EMTALA is not an unfunded mandate. It only applies to hospitals that accept medicare/medicaid. Don't like the federal rules, don't take federal money.

Let's take a look at the definition of "unfunded mandate":
An unfunded mandate is a statute that requires government or private parties to carry out specific actions, but does not appropriate any funds for that purpose.

The kind folks at Wikipedia even offer EMTALA as an example. The fact that EMTALA compliance is limited to hospitals that accept Medicare and Medicaid does not eliminate the fact that it is an unfunded mandate.

As an aside, anyone know of any full service hospitals that don't take Medicare or Medicaid? Let me know.
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