Accreditation The American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation Statement: The American Medical Directors Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AMDCP Credit Designation: This session has been approved for a total of management 1.5 credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).
Session Description: This session presents a basic review of the issues surrounding nursing facility litigation and liability from the perspective of two medical directors with considerable experience as expert witnesses in nursing facility litigation, in both plaintiff and defense cases. Using cases drawn from their files, the presenters will illustrate common areas of liability and frequently encountered pitfalls in such cases, with a focus on the learning points that can be gleaned from them. Emphasis will be placed on ways to avoid liability and minimize the risk of litigation in the nursing facility.
Describe the main areas of litigation and liability commonly encountered in nursing facility lawsuits.
Discuss ways the medical director can assist the facility to reduce the risk of litigation and avoid pitfalls in such litigation.
Explain the importance of recognition of "near miss" events and implement subsequent follow-up action to improve outcomes and avoid liability situations.
Describe the importance of updated care plans that accurately reflect the current status of the resident and appropriate goals of care in lowering the risk of litigation.
Speakers(s): Randall D. Huss, MD, CMD; David A. Smith, MD, CMD
Disclosure(s): Randall D. Huss, MD, CMD has no financial disclosures to report. David A. Smith, MD, CMD has no financial disclosures to report.
References(s): Same as previous program bibliography from 2009 session