EMTALA Update 2021

EMTALA Update 2021

August 4, 11 and 18
Noon-2 p.m. Central

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act manual was updated in July of 2019. There were seven recent documents or survey memos that have promulgated by CMS related to EMTALA. Although the OIG regulations are not contained in the CMS EMTALA CoP manual, they are important for all hospitals to be aware of those regulations.

EMTALA is a hot topic and should now be on the radar screen for every hospital. There have been a recent increased number of deficiencies and increased CMS and OIG activity. It is important for hospitals to be prepared should a CMS surveyor walked into your hospital today to investigate an EMTALA complaint.

This 3-part webinar series will include the regulations and interpretive guidelines. It will include all 12 sections and an expanded section for on-call physicians and the shared and community care plan process. The federal EMTALA law and the accompanying regulations are complex. This program is structured to make the requirements understandable with the liberal use of examples.


Learning Objectives:

Part 1
  • Discuss that EMTALA is the most frequent cited deficiency for hospitals;
  • Recall that CMS has a manual on EMTALA that all hospitals that accept Medicare must follow.
Part 2
  • Describe that the hospital must maintenance a central log;
  • Discuss the hospital's requirement to maintain a list of the specific names of physicians who are on call to evaluate emergency department patients;
  • Recall that CMS has requirements on what must be in the EMTALA sign.
Part 3
  • Describe the hospital's requirements regarding a minor who is brought to the ED by the babysitter for a medical screening exam;
  • Discuss when the hospitals must complete a certification of false labor.

Target Audience:

Emergency department managers, medical director, ED physicians and nurses and ED education staff; OB managers and nurses; behavioral health director and staff; CNO, nursing supervisors, nurse educators and staff nurses; outpatient directors; compliance officers, legal counsel, and risk manager; directors of hospital-based ambulance services; director of registration and staff; on-call physicians, chief medical officer, chief financial officer, patient safety officer and Joint Commission coordinator.


Laura Dixon, J.D., RN, president, Healthcare Risk Education and Consulting
Laura Dixon, RN, J.D., has more than twenty years of clinical experience in acute care facilities, including critical care, coronary care, peri-operative services and pain management. She previously served as the Director, Facility Patient Safety and Risk Management and Operations for COPIC from 2014 to 2020 where she provided patient safety and risk management consultation and training to facilities, practitioners and staff in multiple states. Prior to joining COPIC, she served as the Director, Western Region, Patient Safety and Risk Management for The Doctors Company, Napa, California. In this capacity, she provided patient safety and risk management consultation to the physicians and staff for the western United States.