This is a repeating eventjune 15, 2021 12:00 pm
Register Here Part 1 - June 15
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 Interpretive Guidelines on the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA).
Hospitals without emergency departments must comply with EMTALA if they have specialized capabilities. EMTALA can also impact obstetrical patients and behavioral health patients. CMS made changes in to include the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act with an updated the survey memo on the issue.
This program will discuss a recent case against a hospital which was the largest EMTALA settlement of 1.2 million dollars. It is anticipated that healthcare will see larger EMTALA fines and more activity because of the higher fines and the OIG final changes. These changes are not in the CMS CoPs and will be discussed.
This 2-part webinar 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.
This webinar series will include discussion of a case that has created an enormous expansion of hospital and practitioner liability under federal law. The case, Moses v. Providence Hospital and Medical Centers, Inc., No. 07-2111 (6th Cir. April 2009), overruled the CMS regulation that EMTALA obligations ends when the hospital admits the patient in good faith. Those states in the 6th Circuit (Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Michigan) must now follow this case as precedent. Sometimes the result may be different if the patient files a lawsuit as opposed to filing a complaint with CMS. This case illustrates the importance of understanding the role that case law has on the outcome of EMTALA litigation. Patients can complain to CMS and request an investigation, or they have the option of going and directly filing a lawsuit.
- Recognize EMTALA as a frequently cited deficiency for hospitals.
- Recall that CMS has a manual on EMTALA that all hospitals that accept Medicare must follow.
- Describe that the hospital must maintain 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.
- Describe the CMS 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.
Presenter: Laura Dixon
Laura A. Dixon served as the Director, Facility Patient Safety and Risk Management and Operations for COPIC from 2014 to 2020. In her role, Ms. Dixon provided patient safety and risk management consultation and training to facilities, practitioners, and staff in multiple states. Such services included creation of and presentations on risk management topics, assessment of healthcare facilities; and development of programs and compilation of reference materials that complement physician-oriented products.
Ms. Dixon has more than twenty years of clinical experience in acute care facilities, including critical care, coronary care, peri-operative services, and pain management. 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.
As a registered nurse and attorney, Laura holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Regis University, RECEP of Denver, a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Drake University College of Law, Des Moines, Iowa, and a Registered Nurse Diploma from Saint Luke’s School Professional Nursing, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is licensed to practice law in Colorado and California.
Registration for this series is per facility. This allows multiple staff members to participate in the webinars for one fee. Recordings will be available to registrants. The series is $199 for SDAHO member facilities and $299 for non-member facilities.
(Tuesday) 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm