EMTALA Update 2023: Two-Part Webinar Series
(Registration fee covers Part 1 and Part 2)
Part 1: Tuesday, December 05, 2023 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Part 2: Tuesday, December 12, 2023 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Offered Through Partnership with 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.
At the conclusion of this series, participants should be able to:
-Recognize EMTALA as a frequently cited deficiency for hospitals.
-Recall that CMS has a manual on EMTALA that all hospitals that accept Medicare must
-Recite the requirement that hospitals must maintain a central log.
-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.
Chief Medical Officer, Chief Nursing Officer, Compliance Officer, Emergency Department
Personnel, Joint Commission Coordinator, Medical Records, Quality Improvement personnel,
Risk Manager, Legal Counsel.
Laura A. Dixon, BS, JD, RN, CPHRM
Laura A. Dixon 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
This speaker has no real or perceived conflicts of interest that relate to this presentation.