Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act

Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act

Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act

Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act

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The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) was passed in 1986 by the US Congress. The purpose of this legislation was to ensure patient access to emergency medical treatment and to prevent the practice of transferring uninsured patients solely for financial reasons. Transfer and stabilization requirements for emergency medical situations as well as medical staff on-call procedures will be reviewed. The course summarizes historical perspectives, discusses legal requirements, and explains penalties and enforcement procedures set forth under EMTALA guidelines. You will also cover medical screening exams and medical tests, conditions and specific instances.

COURSE INFORMATION

Denise Warren, RN, Brian Williams, MBA 30 minValid for 12 monthsCreated 2018-07-19Updated 2020-08-29

Course Objectives

  • Overview of EMTALA.
  • Provide information concerning applicable medical tests, conditions, and specific instances.
  • Discuss hospital duties as they relate to EMTALA. These include transfer and stabilization requirements as well as medical staff on-call procedures.
  • Address enforcement actions related to violations of EMTALA.

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