Transferring Patients: EMTALA Rule to Apply to Those Needing More Care - ED Legal Letter - Jun 01, 2008

Target Audience:

This activity is intended for emergency physicians and nurses.

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Faculty

Executive Editor
Larry B. Mellick, MD, MS, FAAP, FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
Residency Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta

Nurse Planner
Sue A. Behrens, APRN, BC
Manager, Trauma Services
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
Peoria, IL

Nurse Reviewer
Kay Ball

Contributing Editors
Robert Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP
President, Bitterman Health Law Consulting Group Inc.
Charlotte, NC;
Vice President, Emergency Physicians Insurance Co., Inc.
Auburn, CA

William M. McDonnell, MD, JD

Senior Managing Editor
Suzanne Thatcher
AHC Media

Associate Publisher
Lee Landenberger
AHC Media

Subjects:

  • Transferring Patients: EMTALA Rule to Apply to Those Needing More Care
  • When are you liable for response to "code blues" on other units?
  • Special Report: Liability Risks Vary in Emergency Physicians' Response to Code Blue Alerts
  • Long ED waits for psychiatric patients can lead to lawsuits

Objectives:

  • Identify legal issues relating to emergency medicine practice
  • Explain how these issues affect nurses, physicians, legal counsel, management, and patients
  • Integrate practical solutions to reduce risk into the ED practitioner's daily practices

Financial Disclosure:

The following individuals disclose that they have no consultant, stockholder, speaker’s bureau, research, or other financial relationships with companies having ties to this field of study: Larry Mellick, MD, MS, FAAP, FACEP (executive editor), Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, Department of Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta; Robert Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP, President, Bitterman Health Law Consulting Group, Inc., Charlotte, NC; Vice President, Emergency Physicians Insurance Co., Inc., Auburn, CA (contributing editor); Sue A. Behrens, APRN, BC (nurse planner), Manager Trauma Services, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL; Kay Ball (nurse reviewer); Stacey Kusterbeck (contributing editor); William M. McDonnell, MD, JD, (contributing editor) Suzanne Thatcher (Senior Managing Editor); and Lee Landenberger (Associate Publisher).

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