Sunday, October 2, 2022
Home Webinar Regulatory EMTALA Part I



Presenter: Laura A. Dixon, BS, JD, RN, CPHRM

CE’s: Certificate of Attendance

2 hour session



Overview: The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) remains a hot topic with CMS and OIG and should now be on the radar screen for every hospital. There have been a recent increased number of deficiencies and increased CMS and OIG activity. As such, it is important for hospitals to be prepared should a CMS surveyor walked into your hospital today to investigate an EMTALA complaint. This session will cover: OIG changes, common deficiencies, OCR memo and EMTALA investigations, compliance program, TJC standards, EMTALA sign requirements, among other topics.

This program will cover the following (Part 1 of 2):

  • OIG changes that every hospital should be aware of
  • Two-day visit with immediate jeopardy
  • Common deficiency report by CMS
  • Basic concept of EMTALA
  • Revised manual
  • New survey memos
  • How to locate copy of the EMTALA regulations
  • OCR memo and EMTALA investigations
  • OIG advisory opinions on EMTALA
  • Compliance program
  • CMS Survey memos regarding EMTALA
  • Impact of COVID-19 on EMTALA
  • EMTALA definitions and requirements
  • The Joint Commission standards
  • EMTALA sign requirements
  • To whom EMTALA applies
  • Reasonable registration process
  • Financial questions from patients
  • Patients who sign out AMA
  • Specialized capability
  • Policies and procedures required
  • Hospital recommendations


  • 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