EMTALA: Sage Words from the Experts

EMTALA: Sage Words from the Experts

Product Code: 303077

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) is a federal law that requires anyone coming to an emergency department to be stabilized and treated, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay, but since its enactment in 1986 has remained an unfunded mandate.

To help us better understand the statute and its implications ACEP has brought together three extraordinary and experienced experts in the field— Todd Taylor, MD, FACEP; Bob Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP; and Dan Sullivan, MD; to create this new online ACEP eCME course.

Faculty Profiles

Topics Included:

  • The Purpose of EMTALA

  • Reporting and Violations

  • EMTALA and Telemedicine 

  • Appropriate Transfers

  • Patients with Behavioral Issues

Member Price: USD $29.00 /Each


Dr. Robert Strauss practices clinically and administratively (asst. chair of EM) at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is TeamHealth’s Corporate Vice President of Program Development. Upon completion of his EM residency training at the University of Chicago, he became a member of the faculty as Program Director and Vice Chair of the Department.

Among his organized medicine leadership positions, he is a past chair of the “Residency Review Committee for Emergency Medicine (RRC-EM), an immediate past member of the ABEM Board of Directors, the director of ACEP’s ED Directors Academy (EDDA), a four-phase ED Directors’ training and certification program. Dr. Strauss is a regular lecturer at EM residency programs and at ACEP’s national conferences. He is chief editor and contributor to McGraw-Hill’s “Strauss and Mayer’s Emergency Department Management.’ He has been honored with several ACEP awards, including the “James D. Mills Outstanding Contribution to EM” (2015), “ACEP’s Outstanding Speaker Award (2008),” “Hero of Emergency Medicine,” and “Outstanding Contribution to Education in Emergency Medicine.”

Dr. Scott Rudkin practices clinically and administratively at the University of California Irvine. He is a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine and is active in emergency medicine training. After completion of his EM residency training at the University of California, Irvine he served as Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine, Dean of Continuing Medical Education, and an Assistant Program Director. He previously served on the CAL/ACEP Board of Directors.

Dr. Rudkin currently serves as the Chief Medical Information Officer of UC Irvine Health and is responsible for all aspects of technology as they pertain to the clinical practice of medicine. He is fellowship trained in Clinical Informatics and is part of the inaugural class of Board-certified Informaticists. Dr. Rudkin has conducted research on EMTALA-related issues in California and published articles on ED Crowding and EMTALA-related call panels. He is serves on the editorial board of the
 Western Journal of Emergency Medicine.


Dr. Robert Bitterman is a physician-attorney consultant specializing in EMTALA compliance issues and emergency medicine risk management. For over 35 years he has been engaged in the private and academic practice of emergency medicine, ED administration and risk management, professional liability insurance, and EMTALA and other legal issues related to hospital-based emergency services.

Dr. Dan Sullivan is the President and CEO of The Sullivan Group, a medical risk management and patient safety organization. Dr. Sullivan is the Chairman of the Board of MEA Management LLC, an emergency medicine staffing organization with over 300 employed emergency physicians. He is a board certified emergency physician and a fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). Dr. Sullivan is a past president of the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians and is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Rush Medical College. Dr. Sullivan obtained a legal degree in 1989, and has used his dual background to study patient safety issues and create programs, services, and solutions to reduce medical errors and reduce risk in the practice of medicine.

Dr. Todd Taylor is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He has 20 years’ experience in academic and private practice emergency medicine at a level one trauma center, including 15 years as Vice-President for Public Affairs for the Arizona ACEP Chapter and serving as national ACEP Council Speaker. Although retired from clinical practice and he remains active in medical education, advocacy, and his passion for areas of expertise, including health information technology, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, and ED business operations. For the last 5 years, he has pursued his passion for information technology as a Physician Executive with Microsoft’s Health Solution Group where he is responsible for helping to develop, market, and promote a variety of healthcare IT solutions.

The American College of Emergency Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American College of Emergency Physicians designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 1.5 hour of ACEP Category I credit.

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