Audio conference clarifies final EMTALA regulations

The final version of the recently proposed changes to the Emergency Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) is expected to become effective on Oct. 1. Issues in the final regulations could include changes to physician on-call requirements, "comes to the emergency department" definitions, later-developed emergencies, non-hospital entities, and prior authorization. With all the confusion surrounding the proposals during the past year, make sure you know what it takes to comply with the final regulations.

To keep you on track, American Health Consul-tants (AHC) offers the EMTALA: Complying with the Final Regulations audio conference, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. ET. The conference will be presented by Charlotte S. Yeh, MD, FACEP, and Nancy J. Brent, RN, MS, JD. Yeh is medical director for Medicare policy at National Heritage Insurance Co. in Hingham, MA. Brent is a Chicago-based attorney, with extensive experience as a speaker on EMTALA and related health care issues. In June of this year, both speakers presented EMTALA Update 2002, one of AHC’s most successful audio conferences.

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 $299, 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 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 When ordering, please reference effort code: 63221.

Legal documents elderly patients should have

  • Living will: A living will is a declaration that you desire to die a natural death. It states that you do not want extraordinary medical treatment or artificial nutrition or hydration used to keep you alive if there is no reasonable hope of recovery. A living will gives your doctor permission or withholds or withdraws life support systems under certain conditions.
  • Health care power of attorney: A document that allows someone else to make medical decisions for you if you cannot make them yourselves. Requirements and laws vary from state to state.
  • Durable power of attorney: This document gives someone the legal authority to act for you. A durable power of attorney is effective even if you are incapacitated. A regular power of attorney ends if you are incompetent of incapacitated.