Audio conference clarifies final EMTALA regulations

The final version of the recently proposed changes to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) takes effect Nov. 10.

To provide you with critical information on the updated regulations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Thomson American Health Consultants offers New EMTALA Regulations: Are They Too Good to be True? — an audio conference on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 2:30-3:30 p.m., EST.

While the new rule clarifies many points and is intended to reduce the compliance burden for hospitals and physicians, it’s only good news if you implement it correctly. You still could face violations, hefty fines, confusion, and misinterpretation. Find out the answers to these questions:

  • How do you provide emergency treatment during a national emergency?
  • How does EMTALA apply to inpatients, including those admitted through the emergency department?
  • What should be the procedure regarding on-call lists?
  • What’s the new rule regarding hospital-owned ambulances?
  • How are off-campus clinics affected?

Ensure you and your staff are prepared with straightforward advice from a panel of EMTALA experts.

The program will be presented by James R. Hubler, MD, JD, FACEP, FAAEM, FCLM, attending physician and clinical assistant professor of surgery, department of emergency medicine, OSF Saint Francis Hospital and University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria; and Robert A. Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP, director of risk management and managed care, department of emergency medicine, Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.

Our expert advice will help you steer clear of potential pitfalls. "The new rule could aggravate an existing problem," Bitterman told The New York Times. "Specialists are not accepting on-call duties as frequently as we would like. As a result, hospital emergency departments lack coverage for various specialties like neurosurgery, orthopedics, and ophthalmology. The new rule could make it more difficult for patients to get timely access to those specialists."

Each participant can earn FREE CE or CME for one low facility fee. Invite as many participants as you wish to listen to the audio conference for $249, and each participant will have the opportunity to earn 1 nursing contact hour or 1 AMA Category 1 CME credit.

The conference package also includes handouts, additional reading, a free 48-hour replay of the live conference, and a CD recording of the program.

For more information, or to register, call customer service at (800) 688-2421 or (404) 262-5476, or e-mail customerservice@ahcpub.com. When ordering, reference effort code: 83941.