2013 CMS May 23 Enduring - Registration, Evaluation, and Post-Test
Self Study Course Description
EMTALA Update 2013 Part 1
Sue Dill Calloway, RN, MSN, JD, CPHRM, CCMSCP
President, Patient Safety Education and Consulting
Type of Activity: Enduring Event/Web-Based Training
Release Date: May 31, 2013
Expiration Date: May 30, 2014
Estimated Time to Complete Course: 2.0 hours
There is no fee associated with this educational activity.
Target Audience: Physicians, Nurses, Administrators, QM Staff, Risk Managers, and other interested Health Care Providers
Every hospital that has an emergency department and accepts Medicare and Medicaid patients must follow the federal law included in the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). Hospitals without emergency departments must comply with EMTALA if they have specialized capabilities. New interpretive guidelines for EMTALA were issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on May 29, 2009, and contain many changes. It was revised on July 16, 2010 to include the waiver changes. The changes include an expanded section for on-call physicians and outline the shared and community care plan process. Hospitals will need to amend their policies, procedures, and training to comply with the interpretive guidelines.
This program will include discussion of a recent case that will create 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 ends when the hospital admits the patient in good faith. Those states in the 6th Circuit (Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Michigan) must now follow this case as precedent.
Failure to comply and follow the federal EMTALA for all hospitals, including critical access hospitals, could result in loss of Medicare and Medicaid payments. Money fines can be assessed against hospitals and physicians who violate the EMTALA law. The federal EMTALA law and the accompanying regulations are complex. This program is structured to make the requirements understandable with the liberal use of examples.
After completing this activity, the participants will be able to:
1. Describe the hospital's requirements regarding the maintenance and content of a central log.
2. Discuss the hospital's requirement to maintain a list of the specific names of physicians who are on call to evaluate emergency department patients.
3. List the CMS requirements on what must be included in the EMTALA sign.
Criteria for Successful Completion
• Registration is required for verification of attendance.
• Attend the webinar in its entirety.
• Complete the web based Course Evaluation.
• Complete the online Post-Test with a passing score of 75%.
• CSC will send you a CE Certificate upon successful completion. Note: you will be notified to retake the post-test if your score is below 75%.
Accreditation: The Indian Health Service (IHS) Clinical Support Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. The IHS Clinical Support Center designates this enduring educational activity for 2 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for each hour of participation. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Indian Health Service Clinical Support Center is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
This activity is designated 2.0 contact hours for nurses.
Accreditation applies solely to this educational activity and does not imply approval or endorsement of any commercial product, services or processes by the CSC, IHS, the federal government, or the accrediting bodies
Faculty Disclosure Statement: As a provider accredited by ACCME, ANCC, and ACPE, the IHS Clinical Support Center must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in its educational activities. Course directors/coordinators, planning committee members, faculty, and all others who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest related to the subject matter of the educational activity. Safeguards against commercial bias have been put in place. Faculty will also disclose any off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments discussed in their presentation. The course directors/coordinators, planning committee members, and faculty for this activity have completed the disclosure process and have indicated that they do not have any significant financial relationships or affiliations with any manufacturers or commercial products to disclose. There is no commercial or non-commercial company financial support for this educational activity.
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