EMTALA Challenges – Psychiatric

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EMTALA Challenges - Psychiatric Patients in the ED


EMTALA Challenges:  Psychiatric Patients in the ED

For Physicians – Nurses – APPs

APPROVED for 1.5 Hours of Nursing CE, and 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™


This class, EMTALA Challenges – Psychiatric Patients in the ED, addresses one of the most mission-critical areas affecting EDs across the country today. Unless you are one of the few sites lucky enough to have immediate placement for ED Behavioral Health patients, you need this class to stay in compliance with the complex (and evolving) EMTALA regulations. This is an advanced class which assumes a basic understanding of EMTALA. We drill down on the regulatory minefield that has been created for ED Psychiatric Care. Emphasis is placed on key problematic areas,  such as:

  • Who can screen psychiatric patients?
  • When is a psychiatric patient stable?
  • Issues with “boarding” psychiatric patients
  • Enforcement Issues your facility needs to address
  • When hospitals must accept a psychiatric patient in transfer

This EMTALA Psychiatric class is presented by Robert Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP, a nationally-recognized healthcare attorney who has authored many articles on the subject as well as the comprehensive EMTALA textbook published by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Robert A. Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP - EMTALA Training
Robert Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP

The Medicare regulations received a major update recently.

Penalties for non-compliance are now almost $120,000 per violation with possible loss of Medicare certification.  And one complaint can produce multiple violations for each affected patient!  Protect yourself and your institution.  Sign up for this EMTALA training course today! Emphasis is placed on key problematic areas using real-world examples.

CMS requires that hospitals periodically educate all ED staff on their duties related to the screening, stabilization and transfer of ED patients:

“…all persons working in emergency departments should be periodically trained and reminded of the hospital’s EMTALA obligations and hospital policies and procedures designed to ensure that such obligations are met.”

Your ED Physicians, Nurses and Key Nursing and Administrative Staff Need This Important Class Focusing on Behavioral Health Patients in the ED!


Our course allows you to learn at your own pace, with all new content and extensive enrichment resources.


This EMTALA training class is recommended for Psych Professionals, ED Physicians, APPs, RNs and Nursing Leadership or Healthcare Administrative personnel with ED oversight responsibilities.



Approved for Nursing Continuing Education
Approved for Nursing Continuing Education

This program is approved for 0.15 CEUs (1.5 clock hours) of continuing education by Mid-Carolina AHEC, Inc., and meets the SC AHEC Best Practice Standards. Participants must attend 90% of the program in order to receive a certificate of attendance. No partial credit will be given.

Mid-Carolina AHEC is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by South Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This class is fully ANCC-accredited and accepted by all 50 states for CE licensure requirements.

This class is APPROVED for a maximum of 1.5 hours of EMTALA Class - Physician - CMEAMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ by the American Osteopathic Association. The American Osteopathic Association is an ACCME Accredited provider. AMA PRA Category I Credits™ are approved for both MDs and DOs.

What’s Included
Clinical + Legal

The EMTALA Psychiatric class focuses on recognizing the key legal and regulatory pitfalls with regard to care of psych patients in the ED. It covers the specific actions needed when caring for patients subject to these important regulations. Graduates will be able to properly assess available options while providing the best possible care.

Risk Mitigation

Adding the EMTALA – ED Psychiatric training program will streamline your healthcare facility’s EMTALA response, mitigating risk for the institution and all providers involved. This course focuses on the recent regulatory changes and the various new court opinions to help you avoid the legal traps that are so prevalent with these complex regulations.

Who Should Take It
All ED Physicians

This EMTALA Psychiatric training class is perfect for those personnel who have familiarity with EMTALA and want to focus on the important Behavioral Health issues. Every ED physician and all ED staff dealing with Behavioral Health patients should take this class. Nursing Leadership and Hospital Administrative staff may also benefit from taking this important class. Take it now and update your skills to better navigate the EMTALA regulations!


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Purchase 2 EMTALA classes for a 10% discount.
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