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2-Part Webinar Series | EMTALA Update 2021 – Part 2

December 14 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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To support social distancing and remote work, a single registration provides unlimited lines for all employees of your facility/hospital. Please register just one person from your facility/hospital and have that person share the access information with others who wish to participate in your hospital. Please do not share throughout system hospitals.

The webinar will be recorded. All registrants will receive the recording and handouts.



Every hospital that has an emergency department and accepts Medicare and Medicaid patients must follow the federal law and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation (CoPs) Interpretive Guidelines on the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). Even hospitals without emergency departments must comply with EMTALA if they have specialized capabilities.

Yet a recent study found that 30% of US hospitals and 34% of Critical Access Hospitals have violated EMTALA in the last decade. Violations were found to most frequently occur in the southeast region and with hospitals with fewer than 100 beds. With more than 5,000 hospitals receiving deficiencies as reported by CMS, EMTALA is the most frequent area of noncompliance. To further complicate matters, the EMTALA CoPs manual was updated in July of 2019, but the Office of Inspector General (OIG) regulations and final changes are not contained in the manual. Penalties have been doubled to nearly $105,000 per violation for hospitals over 100 beds, and it is anticipated that health care will see even larger EMTALA fines and more activity because of the OIG final changes.

This 2-part webinar series will provide clarity on the regulations, interpretive guidelines and final changes, including all 12 sections of the CoPs manual and an expanded section for on-call physicians and the shared and community care plan process. Our speaker will review frequently cited deficiencies, including a recent case against a South Carolina hospital, which resulted in the largest EMTALA settlement to date of $1.2 million.

Don’t miss this important series to ensure that your hospital’s policies, procedures, and training are adequate to maintain compliance with EMTALA.



  • 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
  • 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 hospital must complete a certification of false labor



Chief Medical Officer, Chief Nursing Officer, Compliance Officer, Emergency Department Personnel, Joint Commission Coordinator, Medical Records, Quality Improvement personnel, Risk Manager, Legal Counsel.



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By attending the webinar EMTALA Update 2021 offered by Georgia Hospital Association, participants may earn up to 4 ACHE Qualified Education Hours toward initial certification or recertification of the Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) designation.



Laura Dixon, BS, JD, RN, CPHRM
Healthcare Risk Education and Consulting, LLC