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Admitted ED patients are "definitely in a gray zone," according to William C. Gerard, MD, MMM, FACEP, chairman and professional director of emergency services at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, SC. "Fortunately, they are admitted, and that takes your [Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act] risk away. But then you get into the malpractice risks," he says.

Boarded Patients May Be "Out of Sight, Out of Mind"