• Assignment 1: Applications of Epidemiology – a Case Study

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Public Health Preparedness Mary Anderson Strayer University Health Policy and Law Basics Professor Dorothy Moore December 15, 2013 Abstract Healthcare is one of the top social and economic problems in America today. The United States is considered by most to be the greatest country to ever grace the face of the planet. It has the largest military, the largest economy, freedom of speech and religion, and one of the first successful democracies and of course, the American dream. Yet, what is the one thing that most people seem to forget? That the United States of America, the most dominant force in the world, is also the only westernized industrial nation without a Universal Healthcare system(Capretta, Moffit,…show more content…
The way we specified the importance of continuing to evaluate patients, as stipulated by the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), during the emergency. Is with the duty to treat that EMTALA imposes on hospitals with emergency rooms that accept Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement which begins when a patient comes to the emergency department seeking help. In addition to the emergency department, EMTALA also applies to other properties owned by a hospital, such as ambulances. To comply with EMTALA, the participating hospitals must provide within its capabilities a non discriminatory medical screening examination (MSE) to determine if the patient has an emergency medical condition. An emergency medical condition is defined as a condition manifesting itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity, such as severe pain, for which the lack of immediate medical attention could reasonably be expected to result in placing the patient in serious jeopardy, serious impairment to bodily functions, or serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part. transfer with the appropriate qualified personnel and transportation equipment must be arranged. Under EMTALA, the receiving hospital cannot refuse a patient in need of further stabilization if it has the capabilities(Rosenbaum & Kamoie,2003).

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