In 2003, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently relaxed the EMTALA obligations. In response to concerns over regulatory burdens expressed by physicians and hospitals, and with the advocacy work of groups like the AMA, key requirements for physician on call duties and the definition of an emergency department were clarified. Visit the links below to learn more.
The Regulations (Federal Register, Sept. 9, 2003)
Federation comments to CMS on the Proposed Rule
AMA's comments to CMS on the Proposed Rule
The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 includes key provisions effecting EMTALA.
For more information on EMTALA, contact:
Health Law Division