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AMDA's 32nd Annual Symposium


B27 - Point-Counterpoint: A Plaintiff and Defense Attorney Discuss Cases of Alleged Negligence and Malpractice


Mar 6, 2009 3:30pm ‐ Mar 6, 2009 5:00pm

Standard: $24.00

Description

AMDCP Credit Designation:

This session has been approved for a total of 1.5 Management credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).

The American Medical Directors Association designates this educational activity fora maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Presenter(s): Jeffrey M. Levine, MD, CMD; Matthew T. Corso, JD; Roy D. Turner, JD

Disclosure(s):
Jeffrey M. Levine, MD, CMD is owner of Senior Health Consulting.

Allother presenters reported they had no relevant financial relationships todisclose.

Session Description:
This session proposes several cases each of which is discussed by a plaintiff and defense attorney, highlighting the differences in point-of-view and highlighting areas for risk-management and quality improvement. Other related issues are debated, such as whether litigation is responsible for increased insurance premiums. Audience participation is encouraged during the discussion.

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss how plaintiff and defense attorneys present cases ofpotential negligence and malpractice to juries
  • Identify major risk-management issues that confront medical directorsand physicians working in long term care
  • Describe how to proactively prevent lawsuits in your facility, andminimize loss once one occurs
  • Discuss how care even in the best of circumstances can sometimesresult in a lawsuit

References:
Two Types of Communication Errors Often Make Patients BecomePlaintiffs. Matthew T. Corso, JD. Caring for the Ages V 9, Issue 2, p 9(February 2008).
Don't Wait to Be Named in a Lawsuit. Matthew T. Corso JD.Caring for the Ages V 8, Issue 10, p 12 (October 2007.
Risk Management for Pressure Ulcers: When the Family Shows Upwith a Camera. JM Levine, F Savino, M Peterson, C Reinach-Wolf, Esq. JAMDA (inpress).
Clinical areas of liability in Long-term care: Riskmanagement concerns. AD Weinberg, JM Levine. Annals of Long-Term Care 13: 1, p26-32, 2005.

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