Webinar: EMTALA Update

Tuesday, December 05, 2023 - Tuesday, December 12, 2023   iCalendar Eastern Standard Time

This educational activity is jointly provided by AXIS Medical Education and the
North Carolina Healthcare Association.

This webinar is being offered in cooperation with the Georgia Hospital Association

Every hospital that has an emergency department and accepts Medicare and Medicaid payment 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).

Hospitals without emergency departments must comply with EMTALA if they have specialized capabilities. For example, EMTALA can impact obstetrical patients and behavioral health patients. CMS made changes to include the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act with an updated survey memo on the issue.

This two-part webinar will cover the regulations and interpretive guidelines regarding EMTALA. The sessions will cover all 12 sections, tag numbers, and an additional section for on-call physicians and the shared and community care plan process.

The 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 end when the hospital admits the patient in good faith. The case illustrates the importance of understanding the role that case law has in the outcome of EMTALA litigation.

These activities will also discuss a recent case against a hospital which was the largest EMTALA settlement of 1.2 million dollars. It is anticipated that health care will see larger EMTALA fines and more activity because of the higher fines and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) final changes. These changes are not in the CMS CoPs and will be reviewed in these webinars.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this series, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize EMTALA as a frequently cited deficiency for hospitals.
  • Explain the manual on EMTALA that all hospitals that accept Medicare must follow.
  • List the requirement that hospitals must maintain a central log for.
  • 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.
  • Review the hospital's requirements regarding a minor who is brought to the ED by a nonparent for a medical screening exam.
  • Discuss when the hospital must complete a certification of false labor.

Target Audience

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

Registration Information:
Register your organization and receive all webinar details including CE instructions and the webinar join link.

$300 NCHA Member Facilities (Parts 1 and 2)
$400 Non-Members

Once you register for your organization you will receive all webinar communications including the links to join the Zoom sessions. Those individuals interested in viewing the recoding must register in zoom prior to the start of each session. Once registered in Zoom each individual will receive a link to join the webinar. This same link will give them access to the recording. 



Laura A. Dixon, BS, JD, RN, CPHRM served as the director of risk management and patient safety for the Colorado Region of Kaiser Permanente. Prior to joining Kaiser, she served as the director, facility patient safety and risk management and operations for COPIC from 2014 to 2020. In her role, she provided patient safety and risk management consultation and training to facilities, practitioners, and staff in multiple states.
Dixon has more than 20 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 in 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, Dixon 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.