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"Hospitals in Oklahoma" was first aired on Sunday November 9th 2003. Our Guests were Karen Rieger, Attorney and Craig Jones, President Oklahoma Hospital Association.

Our topics included:
  1. Oklahoma Hospital Association: membership; mission.
  2. Emergency Room utilization. Why increasing? What to do about it?
  3. What is EMTALA (Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act)? What does it require?
  4. What does all this mean for the average patient?
  5. Why are there so many uninsured Oklahomans?
  6. Consumer hears a lot about patient's privacy: What is HIPAA? What does it require?
  7. Discussion of end of life issues.
  8. Pam Shiavo case in Florida. How does a hospital deal with issues like this?
  9. Treatment decisions for incompetent persons
  10. Power of the spouse, the child, etc., acting on behalf of an adult
  11. What is a living will and why does one need it?
  12. What is a healthcare proxy?
  13. What is the biggest problem facing hospitals today in Oklahoma?

Craig Jones, Kent Meyers, Mick Cornett, Karen Rieger