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EMTALA Webinar Series – Part 1

June 17, 2020 @ 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


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 One focuses on the basic requirements of EMTALA and resources available to hospitals. The presentation will discuss EMTALA definitions and requirements.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

This webinar is in partnership with the Iowa Hospital Association.