H.R.244 - Physician Availability Act of 2013

To assure that the services of a nonemergency department physician are available to hospital patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week in all non-Federal hospitals with at least 100 licensed beds. view all titles (2)

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  • Official: To assure that the services of a nonemergency department physician are available to hospital patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week in all non-Federal hospitals with at least 100 licensed beds. as introduced.
  • Short: Physician Availability Act of 2013 as introduced.

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Official Summary

Physician Availability Act of 2013 - Requires each covered hospital to have a qualified physician available in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to attend to the needs of the hospital's inpatients. Defines a \"covered hospital\" to: (1) include hospitals participating in

Official Summary

Physician Availability Act of 2013 - Requires each covered hospital to have a qualified physician available in the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to attend to the needs of the hospital's inpatients. Defines a \"covered hospital\" to:
(1) include hospitals participating in Medicare or Medicaid or receiving federal funds, and
(2) exclude hospitals in a federal facility or hospitals that the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) determines have fewer than 100 licensed beds. Considers a physician to be available if:
(1) the physician is physically present in the hospital;
(2) the physician's primary responsibility is to be in attendance to serve the needs of the hospital's inpatients without delay; and
(3) the physician is not physically present in, assigned to, serving in, or expected to cover the hospital's emergency room or emergency department. Sets forth penalties for violations.

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