• Kummerow Broman K, Phillips S, Hayes RM, Ehrenfeld JM, Holzman MD, Sharp K, Kripalani S, Poulose BK. Insurance status influences emergent designation in surgical transfers. The Journal of surgical research. 2015 Aug 20. PMID: 26346526 [PubMed].


There is a perception among surgeons that hospitals disproportionately transfer unfavorably insured patients for emergency surgical care. Emergency medical condition (EMC) designation mandates referral center acceptance of patients for whom transfer is requested. We sought to understand whether unfavorably insured patients are more likely to be designated as EMCs.