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

Webinar Recorded Live on November 14, 2014


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 listen to this advanced session on complex, but common, EMTALA issues. Case scenarios were used to promote thoughtful analysis of the important decision-making points. Expert faculty from legal and surveyor backgrounds broke down difficult problems to help you assess a potential EMTALA situation and make the right decision.

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.


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.