Drug diversion is defined as the use of prescription drugs for recreational purposes - "diverting" of legally obtainable drugs into illegal channels, or the acquiring or obtaining of a controlled substance by an illegal method. If charged and convicted of such, it comes with a fine from $1,000 to $250,000 and a prison term of one to twenty years.
The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) is a statute that governs when and how a patient may be refused treatment or transferred from one hospital to another when he is an unstable medical condition. The Act was passed as part of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986, and is also known as Section 1867(a) of the Social Security Act.
According to Medicare's Conditions of Participation, a hospital must protect and promote each patient's rights. Part of this federal regulation states that a hospital must establish a process for prompt resolution of patient grievances and must inform each patient whom to contact to file a grievance.
Some say the economy is in recession, others say not. Either way, the daily news across the United States is fraught with talk of layoffs, foreclosures, banking scandals, and housing woes. The unemployment rate is at a two-year high.
Through cooperative problem-solving, collaboration and communication help the healthcare team learn and grow, share different viewpoints, and find common ground. It fosters brainstorming. Teamwork is required if you want to get better results from less work and if you want to accomplish anything of value.
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Liz Di Bernardo