EMTALA Resources

Dr. Sullivan is a leading national authority on EMTALA. He has provided many educational offerings and has published extensively in this area. TSG offers several courses on EMTALA ranging from a comprehensive offering to a more limited course specifically for physicians on call for the emergency department. Several of the nation's largest health care organizations look to TSG for web-based EMTALA education.

Today more than ever it is critical that medical staff in the emergency department, urgent care facilities, labor and delivery, physicians on call for the emergency department, and hospital administrators understand EMTALA and related issues. The failure to understand this law and its regulations will inevitably result in violations of the law, and expose you to liability. Additionally, the hospital is at risk for substantial fines and loss of participation in the Medicare program.

TSG web-based education is enjoyable, interactive, and provides CME and CE credit. The courses are accredited for CME by The Sullivan Group and for CE by the Ohio Nurses Association.

Interpretive Guidelines - July 16, 2010
Interpretive Guidelines - May 29, 2009
CMS Addresses Swine Flu: August 14, 2009
CMS Final Rule Revisions to EMTALA March 6, 2009
Final Regulation August 2008 (supplements and updates 2003 Regulations)
Proposed New EMTALA Regulations April 30, 2008
CMS Hamilton Memo, March 8, 2008
Summary of Changes, March 8, 2008
Updated Interpretive Guidelines, March 8, 2008 Advance Copy
CMS Mode of Transport Reg 2007
CMS Telecommunications Reg 2007
CMS Definition of Labor Reg 2006
CMS Patients on EMS Stretchers Reg 2006
CMS On-Call Pay Advisory
New 2004 Interpretive Guidelines
Final EMTALA Rules, September 2003. The final rules address prior authorization, hospital owned ambulances, requirements of on-call physicians, EMTALA and off campus facilities, hospital inpatients, etc.
CMS 2004 Interim Guidelines
The EMTALA Statute
The Original Regulations with Comments
Current EMTALA Regulations, Sept. 2003
The Interpretive Guidelines
The CMS / OIG Special Advisory
The April 7, 2000 Regulations.
OIG Report: EMTALA, The Enforcement Process.
CMS Position on On-Call Physicians
CMS Position on Hospital Capacity
CMS Position on Certification of False Labor
CMS Position on On-Call Physician taking Simultaneous Call
CMS Position on Bioterrorism and EMTALA

EMTALA 2016: A Comprehensive Review

TSG’s goal in creating this course was to make medical professionals into independent EMTALA thinkers. The hectic seconds-to-minutes emergency department environment requires medical practitioners, on-call physicians, nurses and hospital administrators to have a working functional knowledge of EMTALA.  

EMTALA Case Reporter

The EMTALA Reporter is a collection of EMTALA lawsuits for your review. As new cases are reported in the legal literature, TSG will add them to this site. You may search the site by general category like “Comes to the Emergency Department” or “Failure to Provide a Medical Screening Examination,” or can simply enter search terms for cases that meet a particular need. The EMTALA Reporter provides an outstanding education in EMTALA law and an interesting look at the federal court system. Some of the cases are mundane, several are absolutely outrageous. Enjoy!  

CMS Reporter

Assist TSG in building The CMS Reporter. TSG will obtain information regarding EMTALA violations through the Freedom of Information Act and will periodically publish those accounts in this Reporter. However, if you have gone through a CMS review and have been sanctioned in some fashion, consider submitting information regarding your experience in order to assist and educate other emergency health professionals.  


Take the EMTALA challenge! This is a short quiz designed to test your EMTALA knowledge base. The EMTALA challenge consists of 15 questions and it must be completed in one sitting. The questions are taken from the TSG Medical Legal Series of web-based courses. Good luck!