Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

EMTALA Regulation 3-Part Webinar Series

June 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am MDT


Due to COVID-19, the registration is per hospital and not per connection for this webinar series. Please only select a qty. of “1” under Registration and indicate the number of connections requested (not to exceed 5) when completing the Attendee information.

Medicare-certified hospitals and critical access hospitals with emergency departments must follow the federal law and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations and interpretive guidelines for the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTAL). This three-part series will focus on problematic areas of EMTALA concepts, adequacy of medical screening and on-call physician issues. Fines have more than doubled since 2015 when CMS implemented the inflationary adjustment retroactive to the implementation of the EMTALA guidelines.

Part 1 | June 17; 9:00a – 11:00a MDT – Focuses on the basic requirements of EMTALA and resources available to hospitals. The presentation will discuss EMTALA definitions and requirements.

Part 2 | July 1; 9:00a – 11:00a MDT – Will discuss EMTALA issues such as adequacy of medical screening examinations, certification of false labor, observation, EMTALA signage and appropriate transfers.

Part 3 | July 15; 9:00a – 11:00a MDT – This part will focus on physician involvement with the EMTALA process including on-call physician schedules, on-call physician rules, when an on-call physician must appear in the emergency department and how to deal with risky patient situations such as leaving against medical advice and leaving without being seen. 

Part 1

  • Describe basic requirements of EMTALA.
  • Describe the effect of 1135 waivers on compliance with EMTALA requirements.
  • Describe why EMTALA is the most-frequently cited deficiency.
  • Discuss who and where EMTALA applies in the facility.
  • Provide examples of how the hospital can stay current on changes in regulations.

Part 2

  • Define what language must be on required EMTALA signage and where it must be located.
  • Describe what constitutes an adequate medical screening examination for behavioral health, obstetric and other patients.
  • Describe what constitutes an appropriate certification of false labor.
  • Detail what an appropriate transfer entails and what must be included on the transfer form.

Part 3

  • Describe on-call physician rules including schedules and when the on-call physician must appear in the emergency department.
  • Describe the Office of Inspector General role and recent deficiencies and fines concerning on-call physicians.
  • Describe the Quality Improvement Organization role with EMTALA.
  • Detail documentation requirements for challenging patient situations.

This series is for all hospitals including general acute hospitals and critical access hospitals interested in EMTALA regulations and guidelines. Intended audience includes:  Behavioral Health Staff, CEOs, CMOs, CNOs, Compliance Officers, Emergency Medical Staff, Legal Counsel, Nursing Staff, Obstetric Staff, and Risk Managers.

Nancy Ruzicka is a consultant on state and federal rules, regulations and interpretive guidelines. She previously worked as director of integrity and compliance and privacy official at MercyOne Des Moines and director of regulatory compliance at UnityPoint Health-Des Moines. She also has more than 20 years of experience with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. Ruzicka holds master’s degrees in health law and business administration and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, all from Drake University. She is certified in health care compliance and maintains her Iowa pharmacy license. 

June 10; 5:00 p.m. MDT

Access instructions and materials will be emailed to the person completing the order prior to the program date. If you do not receive the instructions at least 24 hours in advance, please contact IHA. 


The numbers below include tickets for this event already in your cart. Clicking "Get Tickets" will allow you to edit any existing attendee information as well as change ticket quantities.
Registration are no longer available


June 17, 2020
9:00 am - 11:00 am MDT
Event Category:
Event Tags: