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EMTALA - What Physicians Need to Know (1 credit Monograph)

Hours: 1.00

Target Audience: Physicians of all specialties who may treat patients in the emergency department setting.

Original Release Date: March 27, 2013
Review Date: November 18, 2015
Expiration Date: November 11, 2018

Description: This Internet activity will provide data and analysis of actual claims of EMTALA violations, showing what factors caused the patient claim to win and the hospital to lose. It will also show the array of penalties that may be levied against the hospitals and physicians for EMTALA violations. The speaker will present Best Practices for Emergency Departments to reduce the risk of adverse events and claims from EMTALA violations, including the difficult situations of psychiatric patients in crisis, non-English speaking patients and laboring patients without prior obstetrical care.

Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion, participants should be able to
1) Cite the 3 main causes of adverse events and claims for EMTALA violations.
2) Describe the full range of penalties possible against physicians for EMTALA violations.
3) Design and Implement 3 ED Best Practices to reduce the risk of violations.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 4 out of 5 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit. CME Information - Read

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, read the entire monograph online, download to a printer and read, or download and save to your computer. Complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.0


State Requirements:
Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety
Texas - This activity includes content in Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility

Disclosure Policy - Read

Disclosure:  The author, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

About the Speaker: Normand F. Pizza, JD - Read Bio

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Manager of Risk Management

Editor: Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

Content Advisors/Planning Committee Members - Read

Electronic Hardware and Software Requirements - Read

Web Master Contact Information: For assistance, contact Shea Ivey at 866/398-1038 or help@medicalinteractive.com

Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education.  It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care.  Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient.  The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2013

Bibliography: To view and download a Bibliography for this presentation, please select the References button below.

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This course is offered through Experix, a wholly owned subsidiary of Physicians Insurance, and is based on more than 30 years' experience in providing continuing medical education. This course is complimentary for Physicians Insurance members.

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