April 2002 Bulletin

Member experiences with EMTALA needed

Among the highest priorities for the AAOS is addressing the exponential increases in liability premiums, as well as the burdensome "on-call" requirements of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA). As we seek both State and Federal administrative and legislative solutions, the AAOS would welcome information about members’ experience with unreasonable or uneven demands placed on orthopaedic surgeons with regard to "on-call" issues, and also their interactions with insurance carriers with regard to their professional liability coverage.

The AAOS Department of Health Policy, acting under the request of the AAOS Board of Councilors, has already sent out a survey on liability premium increases and will soon send out an additional survey regarding "on-call" issues. 

Members are urged to take the time to fill out these surveys, since they will provide us with valuable information on these issues, which are of paramount concern to the orthopaedic community.  All responses will be held in the strictest confidence. For further information about the EMTALA and liability surveys.

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