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Nathan Kottkamp Quoted on EMTALA in ED Legal Letter

August 30, 2016

Richmond partner Nathan Kottkamp recently commented in an ED Legal Letter article discussing legal and regulatory pitfalls emergency physicians face in removing non-emergent patients from an emergency department (ED).

In the article, Kottkamp explained key considerations and steps ED personnel must take to comply with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). Kottkamp noted that EMTALA is an anti-dumping law. “As long as you provide solid documentation that shows you are not dumping this patient, you shouldn’t have a problem,” he said.

Kottkamp is known nationally for speaking and writing on topics including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), EMTALA, and advance directives. He also is the founder of National Healthcare Decisions Day, which highlights the importance of advance healthcare decision-making.

The September 2016 ED Legal Letter article, titled “Remove Non-emergent Patients from the ED with Care,” is available online.