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EMTALA emergency medical and Labor Act - Part 2

Feb. 16, 2023, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


Hospitals and critical access hospitals have had to comply with Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) regulations for over 35 years. Yet, there are an increasing number of investigations and escalating civil monetary penalties for non-compliance. This two-part series reviews the basic requirements of EMTALA, examines the most problem prone areas including adequacy of medical screening examinations and appropriate transfers, and recent deficiencies and civil monetary penalties nationwide.

Part two outcomes

  • Describes what constitutes an adequate medical screening exam for behavioral health, obstetric and other patients
  • Describe what constitutes an appropriate certification of false labor
  • Illustrate what an appropriate transfer entails for behavioral health, obstetric and other patients
  • Examine the documentation requirements for difficult patient situations
  • Describe the on-call physician rules including when the on-call physician must appear in the emergency department


Nancy Ruzicka, BS, RPh, MBA, MJ, CHC has experience teaching and assisting hospitals and other health care facilities in understanding applicable federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and interpretative guidelines. Her experience also encompasses teaching all levels of healthcare staff in understanding compliance and HIPAA requirements.

Nancy’s previous experiences include director of integrity and compliance and privacy official, director of regulatory compliance and over twenty years of experience with Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. Nancy received her Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) in Health Law, Master of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Drake University, Des Moines. She is certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) and maintains her Iowa pharmacy license.

Recommended to attend

This program is intended for anyone involved with compliance regulations and standards, including, but not limited to, chief executive officers, chief financial officers, chief medical officers, chief nursing officers, physicians, nurses, quality improvement staff, risk managers, pharmacy staff, dieticians, compliance officers and legal counsel, ethics committee members, consumer advocates, The Joint Commission liaisons, safety officers, behavioral health and psychiatric staff, case managers and other interested staff. 

Continuing Education

This program has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for a total of 1.5 contact hours.

Nursing Home Administrators: The content of this conference is being reviewed by the Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators for clock hours. The quantitative value assigned will be indicated on the certificate of attendance awarded to participants who attend sessions. 


  • $45 for MHA member hospital and health systems
  • $45 for MHA associate members
  • $60 per person for nonmembers 

Registration deadline

Please register by noon on the day before the webinar to ensure timely delivery of access instructions.

Approximately four business days before the web conference, you will receive an email containing instructions on connecting. Advance registration is required to ensure the delivery of instructional materials.

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When and Where
  • 2/16/2023 12:00 PM CST
  • 2/16/2023 1:30 PM CST
  • Zoom Webinar