In The Press July 26, 2022

Use CMS Memo on Emergency Abortions To Educate Staff on EMTALA Obligations (Accreditation & Quality Compliance Center)

Use the July 11 CMS memo reminding hospitals of their obligations under the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) as a good opportunity to review policies and to educate doctors, nurses, and other personnel on requirements for caring for emergent patients who are pregnant or experiencing pregnancy loss. The requirements that EMTALA places on providers are not new, and the memo attempts to clarify the interpretations of those requirements for women who present to the emergency department and may need an abortion or related care, notes Goodwin Women’s Health & Wellness partner Delphine O’Rourke. Hospitals “have to follow EMTALA,” says O’Rourke. “They don’t have a choice. EMTALA is federal law.” She warns that if hospitals don’t follow EMTALA, they risk losing their ability to participate in Medicare overall, which is often a large portion of a facility’s income. Read the Accreditation & Quality Compliance Center article here.