Consistent Regulations Needed for Freestanding Emergency Departments

From Cardiology Advisor:

There is considerable variation in state policies regarding freestanding emergency departments, according to a report published in Health Affairs.

The researchers found that 21 states had regulations allowing freestanding emergency departments, while 29 states had no regulations that specifically applied to freestanding emergency departments; one state had hospital regulations that precluded such facilities.

There was considerable variation in state policies regarding freestanding emergency departments, with no standard requirements for location, patterns of staffing, or clinical capabilities. The number of freestanding emergency departments per capita was lower in states that required facilities to have a certificate of need, compared to states without such a requirement.

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