EMTALA Revisited

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

In a recent presentation to the Southwest Council of the Alabama Hospital Association, Gilpin Givhan attorney, John Weiss, discussed a number of the more complex issues associated with hospital obligations under EMTALA including acceptance of transfers, inpatient admissions in light of the 2 midnight rule, availability of on-call physicians and diversion. In discussing enforcement of the law, Mr. Weiss noted that 43% of all civil money penalties imposed for EMATLA violations since 2007 have been for violations in Region IV, the CMS region that includes Alabama and other states in the southeast.

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