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Library of Congress Summary
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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.
House Republican Conference Summary
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