Education event

Advanced Decision Making for EMTALA Web Seminar
EMTALA principles, case scenario learning, surveyor compliance tips

June 18, 2012
10:00 a.m. – Noon, Pacific Time


The threat of an EMTALA violation is real, persistent and disruptive. Whether you are a sending or receiving hospital, many factors must be considered when dealing with a potential EMTALA situation. The patient’s medical condition, screening exams, capacity and capability, and on-call issues are at the top of the list. Knowing the right thing to do isn’t easy, especially in the often chaotic conditions of a busy emergency department.

Health care professionals are encouraged to attend this advanced session on complex, but common, EMTALA issues. Case scenarios will be used to promote thoughtful analysis of the important decision-making points. Expert faculty from legal, hospital and surveyor backgrounds will break down the toughest problems to help you assess a potential EMTALA situation and make the right decision. Ample Q & A time is planned to address your toughest questions.

Register now to participate.


Building your EMTALA knowledge foundation

  • When EMTALA begins
  • Defining an emergency medical condition
  • Examination and stabilizing treatment
  • Appropriate transfers — sending and receiving

The case scenario approach to learning
Case scenario presentations will provide learning opportunities on the following EMTALA issues:

  • Emergency medical and psychiatric conditions
  • Medical screening exams
  • Stabilization for transfer, transfer decision making and acceptance of transfers
  • Patients on 5150 holds and law enforcement
  • Capacity and capability of hospitals, and on-call physicians

Case analysis from different angles

Learn how to look at the facts from three perspectives — hospital, legal and surveyor — to know how to respond properly


M. Steven Lipton, JD is a partner in the San Francisco office of Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, PC and the author of CHA’s manual, EMTALA — A Guide to Patient Anti-Dumping Laws. A noted expert on patient anti-dumping laws, he has worked extensively with hospitals on EMTALA civil sanction matters and on compliance interpretation, policy development and education.

Kelly Valente, PharmD is pharmacist surveyor and EMTALA lead for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Region IX. As team leader on EMTALA, CDR Valente is responsible for determining hospitals’ compliance with EMTALA, and to that end works closely with state surveyors and CMS’ Quality Improvement Organization. She has served as CMS EMTALA trainer and presented information on EMTALA to associations and state government.

David Perrott, MD, DDS, is senior vice president and chief medical officer for CHA. Dr. Perrott is responsible for all clinical issue areas, including CHME, HQC, the Medication Safety Committee, and the Joint Committee on Accreditation and Licensing. He is actively involved in the California Hospital Patient Safety Organization, and was recently appointed to The Joint Commission (TJC) Board of Commissioners. Prior to joining CHA, Dr. Perrott was senior vice president and chief medical officer at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, a TJC hospital surveyor, and maintained a part-time practice.


Members $185 (per connection)
Nonmembers $275 (per connection)

Multiple staff can gather and participate from one location for one tuition fee. Register online using the button on the right or complete the registration form and fax it to (916) 552-7506. Checks should be made payable to CAHHS/CHA and mailed to:

California Hospital Association
Education Department
1215 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814

Cancellation Policy
A $50 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation. Cancellations must be made in writing seven days prior and e-mailed to, or faxed to (916) 552-7506. No refunds will be made after this date. If the seminar is cancelled paid participants will be fully refunded within 30 days.

Access Info

This web seminar allows you to attend and participate without ever leaving the office. The seminar is produced live, via the Internet and a telephone line. You only need a telephone and a computer with a web browser to participate.

Once you register, a confirmation e-mail will be sent with pertinent program information.

Audio for the seminar is accessed through a toll-free number (U.S. calls only). During the program, you will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers. If multiple people will be listening to the program at your office, only one person needs to register for the group. The slide presentation is accessed on your computer via the web.

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  • Click here to go to the Adobe Connect Enterprise Server Connection test page.
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If your internal security settings block access to Adobe Connect, contact your IT department to grant you access. The web seminar runs on Adobe Connect and you won’t be able to view the program without access.


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