Education event

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

November 14, 2014
10:00 a.m. – Noon, Pacific Time


Whether you are a sending or receiving hospital, many factors must be considered when dealing with a potential EMTALA situation. Knowing the right thing to do isn’t easy, especially in a stressful or 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 and surveyor backgrounds will break down difficult 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.

Recommended for:

All emergency department staff including department managers, medical directors, nurse managers and physicians, in addition to behavioral health managers, business office and admitting managers, risk managers, health care attorneys, social workers, discharge managers, clinic staff and administrators, and compliance officers.


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
  • Obstetric patients in the ED and labor and delivery
  • Patient safety and monitoring, security, elopement
  • Capacity and capability of hospitals
  • Discharging homeless patients and EMTALA confusion

Case analysis from different angles
Learn how to look at the facts from different perspectives to know how to respond properly.

Special Note: Though a CMS representative was originally scheduled to serve as faculty, they will not be able to participate in this webinar. Michael Fitzgerald, executive director for Behavioral Health Services at El Camino Hospital and a 30-year veteran of behavioral health care, has agreed to participate.


Special Note: Though a CMS representative was originally scheduled to serve as faculty, they will not be able to participate in this webinar. Michael Fitzgerald, executive director for Behavioral Health Services at El Camino Hospital and a 30-year veteran of behavioral health care, has agreed to participate and offer the operational perspective on EMTALA and patients with behavioral issues. See detailed bio below.

M. Steven Lipton, JD, is a partner in the San Francisco law office of Hooper Lundy and 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.

Michael Fitzgerald, MS, PMHCNS-BC, has over 30 years of experience in the behavioral health field and currently serves as the executive director for Behavioral Health Services at El Camino Hospital. Mr. Fitzgerald has developed several unique mental health programs including a specialized program for teens and perinatal mothers. He is a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist by training and also lectures and writes on mental health issues. In addition to his work for El Camino, he is also president of Zayante Group Consulting which provides expert consultation to health care organizations regarding areas of risk management and business operations related to special populations.


Members $185 (CHA member hospitals, CHA associate members and government agencies)
Nonmembers $275 (Limited to: Non-hospital health care providers, clinics, post-acute facilities, and consultants, insurance companies, law firms and other entities that serve hospitals.) Education programs and publications are a membership benefit and are not available to non-member California hospitals.

Cancellation Policy/Late Payment: A $50 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation. Cancellations must be made in writing seven or more business days prior to the scheduled session and faxed to (916) 552-7506 or e-mailed to No refunds will be made after these dates. Substitutions are encouraged. Please note: payment is due on or before program. Payments not received by the seminar date will be subject to a 10% late fee. In the unlikely event the program is cancelled, CHA will fully refund paid participants within 30 days.

Special Accommodations or Questions: If you require special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, or have other questions, please call (916) 552-7637.

Continuing Education

Full attendance at the educational session is a prerequisite for receiving professional continuing education (CE) credit. Attendee must complete an online survey, attest to participation and, when required, provide a professional license number. CEs are complimentary for the registrant. If additional participants under the same registration would like to be awarded CEs, a fee of $20 per person will apply. Post-event survey will be sent to the registrant and will provide information on how to apply online for additional CEs. Certificates of attendance will be emailed.

Compliance — The Compliance Certification Board (CCB) has approved this event for up to2.4 CCB CEUs. Continuing Education Units are awarded based on individual attendance records. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of this program content or of the program sponsor.

Health Care Executives — CHA is authorized to award 2 hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education Credit (non-ACHE) for this program toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program wishing to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit should indicate their attendance when submitting application to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification.

Legal — CHA is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This activity has been approved for 2 hours of MCLE credit. Provider number 1980.

Nursing — Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP 11924, for 2.4 Contact Hours.

Risk Manager — This meeting has been approved for a total of 2.0 contact hours of Continuing Education Credit toward fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and towards CPHRM renewal. 


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