An advisory group mandated by last year's Medicare reform law will counsel the CMS on better ways to ensure hospitals respond effectively to medical emergencies while complying with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, or EMTALA.
The advisory group, to consist of 19 members including four hospital representatives, will meet twice annually to review EMTALA regulations and help the CMS "develop rules that will protect individual rights while minimizing unnecessary burdens on hospitals and physicians," the agency said.
A notice will be published in Friday's Federal Register, and nominations for the group are due July 12. Its first meeting is expected to take place in late fall.
"I have every expectation that this advisory group will have additional ideas for us to further improve the regulations," CMS Administrator Mark McClellan, M.D., said in a news release.