EMTALA hospital and on-call physician responsibilities

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On-call physicians serving the HonorHealth Emergency Department have certain responsibilities under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. This CME presentation is intended as a guide for better physician understanding and clarification.  Please follow the instructions below to participate in this learning activity.

Educational objectives:

EMTALA hospital and on-call physician responsibilities

  1. Define certain EMTALA terms including "emergency medical condition" and "stabilization."
  2. Explain enforcement bodies' requirements and the penalties and sanctions for non-compliance.
  3. Identify treatment and services the on-call physician and hospital must provide in order to be in compliance with EMTALA.
  4. Describe Medical Staff responsibilities for on-call physicians including Medical Staff Rules and Regulations.
  5. Practice scenarios and resolutions to common on-call responses to requests for transfers.


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  1. Download and read/review the EMTALA PowerPoint.
  2. Complete the CME Evaluation form.

The CME Evaluation must be completed in order to document participation in this CME activity in physician transcripts.

This CME activity is not supported by any commercial entity or joint partnership. All members of the activity planning committee have no relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose. HonorHealth is accredited by the Arizona Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  HonorHealth designates this activity for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

Release Date: 5/19/2017
Review Date: 5/19/2018
Expiration Date: 5/19/2020