Saturday, September 03, 2005

EMTALA, HIPAA and Katrina

Interesting discussion about whether or not claims and potential violations of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) have occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. I haven't looked into the legal aspects of a potential violations under the actual regulations and whether there is an exemption for disaster situations.

Also I received a special Hurricane Katrina Bulletin from CMS that discussed how health care providers can disclose medical and health information in medical emergencies without violating the HIPAA privacy regulations.

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