EMTALA Vulnerabilities: Hospitals with Emergency Departments Should Be Prepared For

Five Measures Hospitals Must Take per the New EMTALA Regulations

Understand the measures that emergency departments (EDs) are required to take to comply with the latest EMTALA regulations.


Congress, in 1986, enacted the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) as a measure to prevent “patient dumping” among hospital emergency departments. Compliance with the myriad regulations under EMTALA has proved to be a daunting task ever since for new business models, such as freestanding emergency departments (EDs).

Healthcare experts at AudioEducator offer this industry report, “EMTALA Vulnerabilities: How Hospital Emergency Departments Can Prepare,” to make it easier for the EDs to understand and comply with the latest EMTALA regulations.


What’s inside?


This report will discuss the five measures that EDs are required to take to comply with the latest EMTALA regulations. These measures include: 

  • Implementing policies and procedures according to the requirements of 42 CFR 489.24
  • Specifying the rights and privileges of people with emergency medical conditions
  • Maintaining medical and other records for the proper amount of time
  • Maintaining a list of on-call physicians 
  • Providing for a proper medical screening examination

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