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CMS Issues EMTALA Requirements Memo
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a memo on compliance with Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act requirements for hospitals. The memo advises every hospital with an emergency department to provide an appropriate medical screening examination for all individuals with suspected Ebola. Hospitals should be able to provide isolation and treatment to the patient until a diagnosis is determined.

NEW: Preparing for Ebola: What U.S. Hospitals Can Learn From Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center (October 2014)

NEW: C.D.C. Will Offer More Ebola Training to Health Care Workers (October 2014)

NEW: Ebola CDC Investigation Fact Sheet - PDF (October 2014)

NEW: Ebola Treatment (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: Ebola Diagnosis (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: Ebola Prevention (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: Ebola Risk of Exposure (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: Ebola Questions & Answers - Pets (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: Ebola Question & Answers - Transmission (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: Ebola Transmission (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: Ebola Signs and Symptoms (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: Ebola Information for Healthcare Workers and Settings (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: Interim Guidance for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals for Ebola Virus (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: Guidance for Safe Handling of Human Remains of Ebola Patients in U. S. Hospitals and Mortuaries (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: Ebola Medical Waste Management (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: Case Definition for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: Interim Guidance for Specimen Collection, Transport, Testing, and Submission for Persons Under Investigation for Ebola Virus Disease in the United States (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: How U.S. Clinical Laboratories Can Safely Manage Specimens from Persons Under Investigation for Ebola Virus Disease (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: Interim Guidance Regarding Compliance with Select Agent Regulations for Laboratories Handling Patient Specimens that are Known or Suspected to Contain Ebola Virus (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: Interim Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Ebola Virus Disease Exposure (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: Safe Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in U.S. Hospitals (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in the United States (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: Ebola virus disease Information for Clinicians in U.S. Healthcare Settings (CDC) (October 2014)

NEW: C.D.C. Rethinking Methods to Stop Spread of Ebola (October 2014) 

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When tragedy struck my family, without hesitation the EPA staff asked me to concentrate on my family, not on work. They promptly found a physician to cover my emergency department shift. That’s great, and caring, service.

Dr. Clint Mackinney

EPA as a resident is a wonderful experience. It not only helps immensely with improvement in your clinical skills, but is also a great resume' booster. I've had multiple employers tell me that they wanted to hire me because I had experience outside of my residency. The environment is very supportive and the community accepts you with open arms. The local doctors are happy that you're relieving some of their pressure and are always more than willing to help. Overall, EPA is a fantastic experience.

Dr. Harnoor Singh

My name is Jim Jordan and I am a Family practice physician in Ft. Calhoun, Nebraska. I came in contact with EPA shortly after completing my first year of my family practice residency in 2003. They had several moonlighting opportunities in the surrounding Omaha area including Western Iowa and Eastern Nebraska. These opportunities included working in small town Emergency rooms.

I have personally worked in Harlan and Red Oak, Iowa's Emergency rooms and was treated extremely well by all of the staff, nurses and physicians making the time that I spent in their ER's much more tolerable. The EPA staff has been extremely helpful in finding moonlighting hours for me during residency and now while I'm in full practice, they allow me as much or as little time as I want to work with no pressure. This has to be one of the main reasons that I have stayed with EPA over the past few years as a couple of their competitors weren't as understanding and pressued me over and over again with pages, phone calls etc. to get me to cover days that I had already said no to. This has never been the case with EPA.

There has never been a problem with payment of services while working with EPA and they were always helpful with any other financial issues and in helping make the work sites better by always listening to my suggestions.

To conclude, I have been very happy and impressed with EPA and hope to work for them on a part time moonlighting basis for a long time to come....or at least until I get my own kids through college and pay off my own student loans. EPA's moonlighting opportunities make an excellent way to either stipend your own current income or as in my case, allows me to pay off my student loans and my kids college tuition in a timely mannor with little added stress.

Thanks EPA for supporting me over the past 3 years!

Dr. Jim Jordan

I have found moonlighting with EPA to be an essential component of my residency education. I have learned so much by working independently, and the confidence I am developing as a result is wonderful. I feel so much more prepared to step out into the "real world" now that I have practiced medicine without someone looking over my shoulder. In fact, I had a much better experience as a senior resident due to this experience, and felt much more competent to direct the inpatient service. Although the independence can be intimidating, I never felt abandoned, as there were always local physicians a phone call away if I really needed them. I strongly recommend moonlighting to any resident; it will enhance your residency experience, and increase your confidence dramatically.

Scheduling with EPA is almost too easy; they are extremely flexible, and I was able to work all the weekends I wanted. If there were more intense months in my residency program, I was able to let them know that I could not work, and that was just fine. The staff are great to work with; they even send you treats in the mail for holidays!

Dr. Andrea Venteicher