Emergency Department Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act Compliance

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Tuesday, Oct. 1
12:30 - 2 p.m.

Register on or before Wednesday, Sept. 25, to ensure delivery of instructional materials.

MHA members — $225
Nonmembers — $275

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This webinar is being offered at a reduced registration fee to MHA-member hospitals thanks to a generous contribution from the MHA Management Services Corporation.


ED directors and managers; ED physicians and nurses; coding, billing and claims transactions staff; chargemaster coordinators; financial analysts; and compliance personnel

The following program content was provided by the speaker.


A hospital emergency department’s primary focus is to take care of patients. Every effort is made to have the right physicians, supplies, staff and equipment to provide emergent medical care. While there can be long discussions about emergent versus urgent versus clinical presentations, the bottom line is that the ED must be able to accommodate a wide range of care scenarios and must be equipped to provide all necessary services.

During this program, our presenter will discuss compliance concerns related to ED care. First, there is the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act. Second, there are various coding and billing issues that may vary based upon the third-party payer. While the hospital may have a general compliance plan, there is a need for specialized policies and procedures relative to special compliance considerations for the ED. Conducting audits is one way to determine whether there are weaknesses in compliance. Review of auditing documentation is the other.


  • differentiate why coding, billing and reimbursement is different from ED
  • identify special documentation requirements for the ED
  • discuss the need to develop a special ED compliance plan
  • define the current and evolving requirements for EMTALA compliance
  • discuss the definitions and conditions for EMTALA and how these concepts apply to coding and billing
  • compare and contrast EMTALA with the conditions of participation
  • explain the special coding and billing requirements for the ED relative to EMTALA


Duane C. Abbey, Ph.D.
Abbey & Abbey Consultants, Inc.
Ames, Iowa

Dr. Abbey has provided health care consulting services to hospitals, physicians, and medical clinics for more than two decades.

His focus is in the areas of compliance, payment and delivery systems. In addition to consulting, he is an invited presenter for hospital associations, medical societies and other professional groups. Dr. Abbey is an established health care author.