Corporate Compliance

Tip: How to avoid EMTALA violations

Compliance Monitor, August 13, 2008

Enforcement of The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act of 1986 (EMTALA) is often swift and severe when facilities do not comply with its requirements. The three keys to compliance are
  • Consistency in the application of the facility standards as they relate to individuals presenting to the facility for treatment
  • Initiation and utilization of a compliant system regarding any potential violations of EMTALA
  • Most important, knowledge of the EMTALA requirements and training of staff to enable compliance in this complex area
Knowledge of EMTALA requirements is a powerful tool that, if used properly, can provide protection for both the facility providing emergency care to the public and the individual who seeks that care.

This tip was adapted from A Practical Guide to EMTALA Compliance. For more information about the book or to order your copy click here

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