Reporting an EMTALA Violation

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Step 1

Contact your local Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) office (formerly known as the Health Care Financing Administration). You can find your local office from the CMS website.

Step 2

Tell the CMS office that you wish to file a EMTALA complaint. Anyone can report a violation anonymously.

Step 3

Give the CMS representative the necessary information. The CMS office needs details to properly investigate your claim. According to a CMS manual, you must give a comprehensive report of the alleged violation. This will likely include the names of individuals involved, location of the hospital and demands for restitution you wish to make. The CMS office will investigate your claim, but no more involvement is likely necessary on your part.

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About the Author

Mike Bell has been writing professionally since 2006. He wrote for and edited the "Independent Florida Alligator," and has also contributed to the "St. Petersburg Times," "Orlando Sentinel" and "Miami Herald." With a Bachelor of Science in journalism, Bell is now a student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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