Jun. 11, 2014

EMTALA: Avoiding the Consequesces


Time & Date:
1 - 2:30 p.m. ET, June 26

Online, in the comfort of your home or office

$125 per person
Bulk pricing is available for groups of 10 or more

Timothy Bullard, MD, MBA, FACEP
Bill Bell, Esquire

Program Outline:
I. Welcome & Introductions
II. EMTALA Update & Review
III. EMTALA vs. Florida Law Comparison
IV. Risk of Non-Compliance
V. Review of Case Studies
VI. Q & A Session

Course Description:
It is essential that every hospital, including critical access hospitals, be in compliance with the federal regulations and interpretive guidelines on the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA). EMTALA requires hospitals participating in the Medicare program to screen for emergency conditions and provide stabilizing treatment to all persons presenting to a hospital's emergency department, regardless of their ability to pay. As hospitals seek ways to make patient treatment more efficient and the government continues its aggressive oversight of hospitals, issues of EMTALA compliance often arise, resulting in civil penalties and patient lawsuits.

Listen as our panel of experts explain the obligation EMTALA imposes on hospitals participating in the Medicare program, outline the gray areas for hospitals and physicians in EMTALA compliance, and offers best practices to avoid or minimize government penalties and defend patient lawsuits.More

ClinCon 2014

Register Online Now!

Book Your Hotel Room Now!

Emergency Medicine Conference

Emergency Medicine Conference for the Mid-Level Provider

Registration is now open!

This conference consists of lectures and hands-on skill stations (e.g. slit lamp, wound care etc.) and is designed to enhance the mid-level provider's knowledge and skills in caring for patients in the emergency department and urgent care setting.

Click here to register today!

Date: August 7th-8, 2014

Location: Boca Raton Resort & Club
501 E Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

Cost: $350 for a two day conference
For an additional $175, registrants may participate in Symposium by the Sea, happening simultaneously. For more details about Symposium by the Sea, click here.

Symposium by the Sea


Registration for the Annual Meeting of the
Florida College of Emergency Physicians

Symposium by the Sea 2014
is now open!

Location: Boca Raton Resort and Club
Date: August 7-10

Please take a moment to review the conference brochure to learn about the exciting new events planned for this year's Symposium.

Symposium by the Sea 2014 Brochure

More symposium details can be found on the Symposium by the Sea 2014 Registration webpage:

Symposium by the Sea Registration

Don't forget to book your hotel room!

For reservations, call 888-543-1224; mention Symposium by the Sea
to get the $170 group room rate.


Reserve with group online

Emergency Care of Stroke Patients 2014

Save the date!

Emergency Care of Stroke Patients 2014: Defining the State of the Art and the Science
November 13-14, 2014
Orlando, FL

All providers involved with acute care as well as hospital managers and administrators will benefit from this dynamic program that provides a comprehensive overview of best practices in acute stroke care.More

Call for FCEP Board of Directors Candidates

If you have ever thought to yourself that FCEP should do this or FCEP should do that, then the annual FCEP elections are your opportunity to get involved to help make some of those things happen.

Candidates must meet the following criteria (per FCEP Bylaws):

FCEP has five Board positions open. There will be three incumbents running.

If you are interested in serving on the Board, please submit a letter of interest via email to Beth Brunner at bbrunner@fcep.org no later than June 12, 2014.More

Important FCEP dates

June 26, 2014 Webinar: "EMTALA: Avoiding the Consequences"
July 16, 2014 FCEP Board Conference Call
July 17-20, 2014 ClinCon
Aug. 7-10, 2014 Symposium by the Sea
Aug. 7, 2014 FCEP Board of Directors Meeting
Aug. 7-8, 2014 FCEP Committee Meetings
Aug. 7-8, 2014 Emergency Medicine Conference for Mid-Level Provider

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