Three Criteria for ED

The final version of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act says an ED is any department or facility of the hospital, whether situated on or off the main hospital campus, that:

  • is licensed by the state as an emergency room or emergency department;
  • is held out to the public as providing care for emergency medical conditions without requiring an appointment;
  • or during its previous calendar year, provided at least one-third of all its outpatient visits for the treatment of emergency medical conditions on an urgent basis.