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EMTALA Webinar Series – Part 3

July 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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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 interpretative guidelines for the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). 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 regulations.

Intended Audience:

This series is for all hospitals including general acute hospitals, critical-access hospitals interested in EMTALA regulations and guidelines. Intended audience includes:

  • Behavioral health staff
  • CEOs
  • Chief medical officers
  • Chief nursing officers
  • Compliance officers
  • Emergency medicine staff
  • Legal counsel
  • Nursing staff
  • Obstetric staff
  • Risk managers

Speaker:

Nancy Ruzicka is a consultant on state and federal rules, regulations and interpretative 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 aintains her Iowa pharmacy license.

Part 3 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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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 webinar is in partnership with the Iowa Hospital Association.

 

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