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Abstract Freestanding EDs must look and act exactly like the ED in the main facility to meet Medicare requirements. Facilities must be open 24 hours a day with trained nursing and matching physician credentials. Specialty on-call panel must include the same physicians as the one used by main ED. Moving patients into your main hospital is a direct admit, not an Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act-covered transfer.
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