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Session Description: This session will present an overview of the tort process as it relates to claims of negligence and other common causes of action involving nursing facilities, including their residents, attending physicians, medical directors and staff. The presenters draw from many years of experience as expert witnesses in nursing facility litigation. Common areas of liability leading to litigation in nursing facilities will be explored in detail, including newer developments impacting liability such as the proliferation of electronic records in the nursing facility. Common pitfalls in the litigation process seen from the perspective of the presenters will be discussed. Cases from the presenter’s files will be presented to illustrate opportunities for those working in nursing facilities to reduce the exposure to common sources of liability in their facilities and long-term care practices. There will be time provided for interactive Q&A regarding issues pertinent to audience members’ facilities.
Describe the main areas of liability commonly encountered in nursing facility litigation, including new areas of potential liability related to electronic health records.
Discuss the ways the medical director can assist the facility to reduce potential areas of liability and to avoid pitfalls in the litigation process.
Recognize the importance of "near miss" events and subsequent implementation of follow-up action to prevent liability with adverse outcomes.
Describe the importance of updated care plans that reflect appropriate goals of care for nursing facility residents to avoid nursing facility litigation.
Speaker(s): Randall D. Huss, MD David Smith, MD, CMD.