The Emergency Department For Healthcare Organizations

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The Emergency Department for most healthcare organizations has been referred to by many as the gateway to the entire hospital. This is largely in part due to the observation that the Emergency Department is often the most frequently visited department of the acute care hospital that many patients will ever receive care from (Falcone, 2013). The Emergency Departments function by its design is to fulfill a healthcare organizations obligation of providing care during episodes of acute, severe injuries or illnesses. This function at times can be one that requires a unique workflow to be present within the department. Adding to the required tasks needed to fulfill this obligation, is also a large patient population who utilizes the emergency departments resources for non-acute and/or chronic medical conditions that are best classified as non-emergent in nature. Nonetheless, the Emergency Departments of healthcare organizations who are participant’s in Medicare and Medicaid, must balance the allocation and utilization of their resources to accommodate both these acute and non-acute patients within the guidelines that have been set forth by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS. In addition to this requirement, other regulations such as the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) stipulate that under certain pre-defined “medical conditions”, Emergency Departments are required to provide a standard of care which can include ensuring that an

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