Upcoming Courses

Liability Prevention for Physicians and Other Health Care Professionals

Joshua L. Abrams, JD, Odysseus Argy, MD, Clyde Bergstresser, JD, Ilana Braun, MD, Jerry M. Blaine, MD, Dennis Burke, MD, Linda S. Crawford, JD, David Gould, JD, Thomas G. Gutheil, MD, Mark J. Hauser, MD, James Hilliard, JD, Lawrence E. Lifson, MD, The Honorable Gregg J. Pasquale, Luke Sato, MD, Kenneth Sands, MD

December 4, 2015 | Boston, MA | The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel More Information

You have the option to enroll in just one program. To be assured a seat, early registration is strongly advised. This course focuses on the major risk management areas and legal pitfalls encountered in current everyday clinical practices and the newest principles and practices for risk management. The program teaches risk management principles; current developments in liability prevention; the latest liability prevention data and its implications for medical practice and recommending solution strategies for health care professionals.

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Describe the new essentials of risk management in medical and surgical care;
  • Outline the risks of telemedicine, email communications, and electronic medical records;
  • Understand the implications of evolving law related to the use of medical marijuana;
  • Describe risks related to the Board of Registration in Medicine;
  • Learn strategies for communication, apology, and resolution;
  • Gain strategic tips about liability protection from both plaintiff’s attorney and defense attorney.

Additional Information

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4TH, 2015Liability Prevention for Physicians and Other Health Care Professionals
7:30-8:00 am Registration (Coffee and tea will be available during registration.)
8:00-8:15 am Welcome and Introduction
Odysseus Argy, MD
8:15-9:00 am Current Hot Spots in Risk Management
Odysseus Argy, MD
9:00-9:30 am When Things Go Wrong:
Strategies for Communication, Apology, and Resolution

Kenneth Sands, MD
9:30-10:00 am Coffee Break (Continental breakfast will be served.)
10:00-10:45 am 1. The Risk Greater Than Malpractice:
What You Need To Know About The Rules Of Your Licensing Board;
2. Other Minefields of Risk:
Email and Electronic Medical Record Risks; Prescription Monitoring Program; Telemedicine Risks (including those related to HIPAA)

James T. Hilliard, JD
10:45-11:15 am The View of the Insurer: Learning from Risk Data and Recent Trends
Luke Sato, MD
11:15-11:45 am Documentation Tips: Write Right and Stay Out of Court
Thomas G. Gutheil, MD
11:45 am-12:15 pm Ask Your Questions to the Liability Prevention Experts
Odysseus Argy, MD; Thomas G. Gutheil, MD; James T. Hilliard, JD; Kenneth Sands, MD; Luke Sato, MD
12:15-1:30 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30-2:00 pm Medical Marijuana Certification: Making an Informed Decision
Ilana Braun, MD
2:00-2:30 pm State and Federal Laws for Medical Marijuana
and the Risks They May Pose to Clinicians

Joshua L. Abrams, JD
2:30-3:00 pm Standing Up for Patient Safety – A Surgeon’s Story
Dennis W. Burke, MD
3:00-3:30 pm Expert Panels and Audience Discussion
Ilana Braun, MD; Joshua L. Abrams, JD; Dennis W. Burke, MD; David Gould, JD
3:30-3:45 pm Coffee Break
3:45-4:45 pm Liability Protection
• Strategic Tips from the Plaintiff’s Attorney Clyde Bergstresser, JD
• Strategic Tips From the Defense Attorney David Gould, JD
4:45-5:15 pm Panel Discussion with Questions and Answers
Clyde Bergstresser, JD and David Gould, JD
5:15 pm Adjourn

Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Psychiatry Foundation, Inc./Contact Hours: 7.25


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Liability Prevention for Physicians and Health Care Professionals: A maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canadarecognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society or college as accredited group learning activities.

Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convertAMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMECs®). Information on the process of convertingAMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMECs® can be found at:www.eaccme.eu.

Risk Management Credits: This activity meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for 7.25 credits of Risk Management Study. Please check your individual state licensing board requirements before claiming these credits.

Medical Marijuana Credit: This activity covers topics required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to be included in continuing professional development programs that physicians registered with the state’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program must complete as a condition to issuing written certifications to qualifying patients.

Continuing Education Credits for Psychologists: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, maintains responsibility for the program and content.

Continuing Education Credits for Nurses: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, meets the specifications of the Board of Registration in Nursing in Massachusetts, (244CMR).