NCMS FAQ of the Week: EMTALA Guidelines for On-Call Physicians

Due to a high volume of questions coming in through the Member Resource Center, the NCMS features a Frequently-Asked-Question (FAQ) for its members each week to share information about current medical and health care issues that their colleagues are having.

Q: Where can I find resources for on-call physicians pertaining to EMTALA obligations?

A: The American Medical Association (AMA) offers a quick reference guide to assist on-call physicians understand their responsibilities in an emergency setting according to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA).  The guide provides an overview and highlights penalties of violating EMTALA.

CMS also offers interpretive guidelines focusing on the expectations of Medicare participating hospitals in emergency cases. Click here to view the guidelines.

Have a question? Contact the NCMS Member Resource Center at (919) 833-3836 or [email protected].


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