Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service. (2009). Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) Requirements and Options for Hospitals During a Disaster.
This memorandum and associated fact sheet (from 2009) describes EMTALA requirements and flexibility for an appropriate Medical Screening Examination and options for hospitals experiencing an exceptional patient surge. Alternate screening sites on a hospital’s campus, referral to a hospital-controlled off-campus site, and referral to a community screening site are addressed in terms of an EMTALA obligation.