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Training Name

EMTALA: An Introduction

Training Description

Updated: May 10, 2024

EMTALA: An Introduction training intends to provide information on the public’s rights under EMTALA, which protects individuals’ rights to emergency care. EMTALA: An Introduction training provides information on an individual’s rights to be screened for an emergency medical condition without delay, to be provided necessary stabilizing treatment, and to be transferred safely when necessary, in addition to other rights protected by EMTALA.

Training Objectives: On completion of this training, you will be able to:

  • Identify the general protections provided under EMTALA.

Training Duration: 15 mins

Completion Requirements: N/A

Training CEUs: N/A

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Please Note

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) provides that any individual who presents to a covered hospital’s emergency department and requests examination or treatment will be provided an appropriate medical screening examination to determine if an emergency medical condition exists. If an emergency medical condition is found to exist, the hospital must offer either stabilizing treatment or an appropriate transfer to another hospital that has the capabilities to provide stabilizing treatment. Emergency medical conditions can include reproductive health-related conditions. In circumstances in which the appropriate stabilizing treatment is care that could fall under a definition of abortion, the hospital is required to offer that stabilizing treatment irrespective of any directly conflicting state laws. For additional information, see CMS’ guidance: QSO-22-22-Hospitals, Revised 8/25/2022

Please note, pursuant to the preliminary injunction in Texas v. Becerra, No. 5:22-CV-185-H (N.D. Tex.), HHS may not enforce the following interpretations contained in the July 11, 2022 CMS guidance (and the corresponding letter sent the same day by HHS Secretary Becerra): (1) HHS may not enforce the Guidance and Letter’s interpretation that Texas abortion laws are preempted by EMTALA; and (2) HHS may not enforce the Guidance and Letter’s interpretation of EMTALA — both as to when an abortion is required and EMTALA’s effect on state laws governing abortion — within the State of Texas or against the members of the American Association of Pro Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) and the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA).

Module 1: EMTALA: An Introduction

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