130.021 Hospital-Based Emergency Department Referral Patterns

130.021

Hospital-Based Emergency Department Referral Patterns: The Texas Medical Association work with the Texas Hospital Association (THA) and the Texas Legislature, if necessary, to (1) develop policy that requires a hospital to make a reasonable attempt to notify a patient’s own physician for direction on further care when that patient is admitted to the hospital via the emergency department; (2) work with THA and the Texas Legislature, if necessary, to develop policy to allow the referring physician, if that physician has privileges in the hospital, to have his or her patient assigned to his or her service or his or her designated proxy in the hospital, as opposed to the patient being preferentially referred to the hospital’s affiliated group; and (3) condemn the practice of steering a patient away from his or her physician to another physician because of affiliation or loyalty to the hospital (Res. 408-A-11).

Last Updated On

October 07, 2016