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EMTALA Regulations Governing On-Call Physicians

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) has regulations that govern the staffing of hospital on-call physicians. It also details the obligations of on-call physicians, who provide medical treatment to stabilize emergency room patients, once they have been screened under EMTALA.

Health Care for Veterans

The Veterans’ Health Care Eligibility Reform Act of 1996 expands, updates, and simplifies the eligibility rules for Veterans Administration (VA) health care. The Act further expands the provision of outpatient care for veterans and makes a health benefits plan available to all enrolled veterans.

HIPAA Privacy Rules

Privacy rules were created in conjunction with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. These rules protect the privacy of patients’ medical and health records and limit the way that those records can be used. The rules apply nationally.

Medicaid Coverage for Family Planning Services

Federal law mandates that all state Medicaid programs cover family planning services and supplies to individuals of childbearing age. States are free to choose what family planning supplies and services to provide as long as they are "sufficient in amount, duration and scope to reasonably achieve their purpose."

Use Of Protected Health Information For Underwriting And Related Purposes

TA health plan that must comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 may use and disclose individuals’ protected health information for underwriting or premium rating purposes. A health plan may also use and disclose the protected health information for other activities that are related to the creation, renewal, or replacement of a health insurance contract or health benefits.

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