The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) also known as the “anti-dumping law” places certain requirements on Medicare-participating hospitals that offer emergency services. Among a hospital’s obligations is its responsibility to provide a medical screening examination when a request is made for examination and treatment for an emergency medical condition (including a pregnant person in labor), regardless of that individual’s insurance status or ability to pay. EMTALA has garnered renewed attention in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and subsequent state law legislation and legal challenges. However, areas of EMTALA enforcement continue to be complex and varied. Failure to comply with EMTALA can result in significant repercussions, such as civil lawsuits, civil monetary penalties, termination of the hospital’s provider agreements, and exclusion from participation in federal healthcare programs. Therefore, proactive compliance policies and procedures, and prompt remedial responses to potential EMTALA violations are essential.

Bass, Berry & Sims healthcare attorneys Anna Grizzle and Brianna Powell will provide an overview of hospitals’ EMTALA obligations and recent developments and trends in EMTALA enforcement. Based on their experience in working with numerous clients in responding to surveys involving EMTALA issues and in making self-reports of potential violations, Anna and Brianna will also offer practical advice on addressing EMTALA issues as they arise.

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Who Should Attend?

  • In-house legal counsel for hospitals and health systems
  • Compliance officers


The webinar is pending approval for 1.5 hours of General Tennessee CLE credit. Certificate of completion and other necessary application forms will be provided for use in other jurisdictions.


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