The Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA) is a federal law that requires hospitals that accept payments from Medicare to provide emergency healthcare treatment to anyone needing it regardless of citizenship, legal status, or ability to pay. Participating hospitals may not transfer or discharge patients who need emergency treatment, except with the informed consent or stabilization of patients, or when their condition requires transfer to a hospital better equipped to administer the treatment.
The statute defines "participating hospitals" as those that accept payment from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Medicare program. Because most hospitals accept Medicare, the law has widespread recognition in healthcare.
Through panel discussions, expert interviews, video case studies, and mock survey examples, this program focuses on the EMTALA and CMS requirements and provides any updates to help keep you and your organization informed.
After completing this activity, the participant should be able to:
- Discuss EMTALA goals and regulations.
- Identify the critical components of EMTALA in relation to the treatment of Emergency Department (ED) patients.
- Develop an effective ED Risk Management program.
This activity is relevant to all hospital and medical staff, particularly those responsible for life safety-related activities, including safety officers and committees, emergency care providers, engineering staff, performance improvement (PI) staff, and risk managers.
Kathleen DeMarcky, BSN, RN, MPA
Joint Commission Resources
Melissa Hager, BSN, RN
Joint Commission Resources
These presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with corporate organizations that either provide educational grants to this program or may be referenced in this activity. These presenters have also attested that their discussions will not include any unapproved or off-label use of products.
The Joint Commission is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Note: No ACPE credit was provided for this program.
The Joint Commission is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP 6381, for 1 contact hour.
The Joint Commission is authorized to award the listed hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit for this program toward advancement, or recertification, in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program who wish to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit must self-report their participation. To self-report, participants should log into their MyACHE account and select ACHE Qualified Education Credit.
This activity has been approved by the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) for 1.0 Certified Professional Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) credit.
The Joint Commission Enterprise has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
This education offering qualifies for 1.0 Certified Joint Commission Professional (CJCP) credit hours towards CJCP recertification. In order to obtain CJCP credit hours, an individual must first be certified before they start acquiring CJCP credit hours. CJCP credit hours will not be retroactive.
Full attendance at every session is a prerequisite for receiving full continuing education credits. If a participant needs to leave early, his or her continuing education credits will be reduced.
Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following:
- View the presentation and read the accompanying Resource Guide.
- Complete the online Evaluation Form and Post Test.
- A CE certificate/statement of credit can be printed online following successful completion of the Post Test and the Evaluation Form