Upcoming Courses

Risk Management Update for Physicians and Other Healthcare Professionals

Odysseus Argy, MD, Sigall Bell, MD, David Brooks, MD, Clyde Bergstresser, JD, Jerry M. Blaine, 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, Edgar L. Ross, MD, Luke Sato, MD

December 2, 2016 – December 3, 2016 | Boston, MA | The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel More Information

Liability Prevention for Physicians and Other Health Care Professionals

December 2, 2016

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 managing these risks. The program teaches risk management principles; current developments in liability prevention; and the latest liability prevention data and its implications for medical practice as well as solution strategies for health care professionals. Current concepts in malpractice prevention and “hot spots” in risk management are emphasized. The course will instruct about the risks incurred from the use of the electronic medical record and increased usage of email communications and their implications for practitioners. Particular emphasis will be given to the increasing role of telemedicine in clinical practice and the liability risks associated with its practice as well as the risks associated with the Electronic Health Records. Issues facing clinicians in regard to the opioid crisis under both State and Federal Laws will be discussed as will be how to terminate with troublesome patients. Risks other than malpractice (Board of Registration of Medicine) will be emphasized and legal responsibilities regarding the new Prescription Monitoring Program will be explained. Strategies for communication when adverse events occur will be reviewed. Unique features of this course include vantage points of practicing clinicians, insurers, plaintiff and defense attorneys. The format incorporates time for lecture, panel discussions and Q & A with the faculty.

  • Preventing malpractice suits
  • Malpractice “hot spots”
  • Email communication risks
  • Electronic medical record risks
  • Telemedicine Risks
  • Terminating with troublesome patients
  • Opioid crisis effects on prescribers
  • Board of Registration of Medicine risks
  • Prescription Monitoring Program
  • Strategies for communication, apology, and resolution
  • Plaintiff and defense attorneys’ tips

 

Physicians And Health Care Professionals In Court: A Survival Guide

December 3, 2016

It is increasingly common for a practicing clinician to be deposed or appear in the courtroom in one capacity or another. This often engenders anxiety and uncertainty, especially in the role of the defendant. This course teaches the clinician the tactics and tips to be most successful while giving a deposition or being on the witness stand. Clinicians participating in this program learn how to effectively and positively influence the jury. This courses also enables the clinician to benefit from suggestions and recommendations offered by plaintiff and defense attorneys as how you prevail in preparing for the courtroom and being on the witness stand.

A unique feature of this course is the mock trial demonstration, during which the faculty will illustrate the critical components of survival in the courtroom. The course format incorporates time for lecture, panel discussions and Q & A with the faculty.

  • Strategies if sued
  • Deposition tactics
  • Testifying in court
  • Witness stand perils
  • Witness stand opportunities
  • Positively influencing the jury
  • Courtroom survival
  • Plaintiff and defense attorneys’ tips
  • Mock trail demonstration
  • Judge’s comments
This course is designed so that participants will be able to:

Friday, December 2, 2016

  • Describe the new essentials of risk management in medical, surgical and, psychiatric practices.
  • Outline the risks of telemedicine, email communications, and electronic medical records;
  • Review risks associated with termination of troublesome patients;
  • Assess the implications of evolving law related to the opioid crisis;
  • Describe risks related to the Board of Registration in Medicine;
  • Discuss liability issues pertaining to the Prescription Monitoring Program;
  • Review strategies for improved communication when things go wrong;
  • Discuss strategic tips about liability protection from plaintiff’s attorney and defense attorney and practicing clinician.

Satruday, December 3, 2016

  • Develop strategies to reduce the likelihood of appearing in court and how to prevail if sued;
  • Evaluate survival techniques for giving depositions and taking the witness stand;
  • Demonstrate how to testify in court and effectively and positively influence the jury;
  • Understand the role of personal counsel;
  • Collaborate effectively with attorneys as treating physicians, expert witnesses, or defendants;
  • Apply new skills to master courtroom challenges, and be more prepared to work with both plaintiff and defense attorney.

Additional Information

Friday, December 2, 2016

7:30 am – 8:00 am Registration
8:00 am – 8:15 am Welcome and Introduction
Odysseus Argy, MD
8:15 am – 9:00 am Current Essentials in Risk Avoidance
Odysseus Argy, MD
9:00 am – 9:45 am When Things Go Wrong: Strategies for Communication, Apology, and Resolution 
Sigall Bell, MD
9:45 am – 10:15 am Coffee Break
10:15 am – 11:00 am 1. Terminating with Troublesome Patients
2. Telemedicine and Email Risks
James T. Hilliard, JD
11:00am – 11:30 am Risks Other than Malpractice: Issues and Risks Related to Your Licensing Board 
David Gould, JD
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Ask Your Questions to the Liability Prevention Experts
Odysseus Argy, MD, Sigall Bell, MD, James Hilliard, JD, David Gould, JD
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm – 1:45 pm Pixels and Paper: The Minefield of Risks Associated with the
Electronic Health Record and Charts

Thomas G. Gutheil, MD
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm Understanding Risk Data from the Insurer in Order to Prevent Malpractice Claims
Luke Sato, MD
2:15 pm – 2:45 pm The Opioid Crisis, A Provider’s Dilemma
Edgar L. Ross, MD
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Coffee Break
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Risk Avoidance from a Surgeon’s Perspective
David Brooks, MD
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Expert Panels and Audience Discussion
Thomas Gutheil, MD, Luke Sato, MD, Edgar L. Ross, MD and David Brooks, MD
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm Malpractice Prevention:
Strategic Tips from the Plaintiff’s Attorney

Clyde Bergstresser, JD
Strategic Tips From the Defense Attorney
David Gould, JD
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm Panel Discussion with Questions and Answers
Clyde Bergstresser, JD and David Gould, JD
5:15 pm Adjourn

Saturday, December 3, 2016

7:30 am – 8:00 am Registration
8:00 am – 8:15 am Welcome and Introduction
David Gould, JD
8:15 am – 9:45 am Surviving Your Deposition:
Tactics and Tips
 The Perspective of the Plaintiff’s Attorney
The Perspective of the Defense Attorney
David Gould, JD
The Perspective of the Deponent
Thomas G. Gutheil, MD
9:45 am – 10:15 am Coffee Break
10:15 am – 11:45 am The Defendant on the Witness Stand: Staying Cool on the Hot Seat:
The Perspective of the Plaintiff’s Attorney
Clyde Bergstresser, JD
The Perspective of the Defense Attorney
David Gould, JD
The Perspective of the
11:45 am – 12:00 pm Faculty and Audience Discussion
David Gould, JD, Clyde Bergstresser, JD, Thomas G. Gutheil, MD
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm – 1:45 pm The Role of a Personal Attorney
Clyde Bergstressor, JD and David Gould, JD
1:45 pm – 2:30 pm Ways In Which the Doctor Can Positively Influence the Jury: Research Findings
Linda Crawford, JDD
2:30 pm – 2:40 pm Read “Anatomy of Case”
Clyde Bergstresser, JD
2:40 pm – 3:45 pm Mock Trial Demonstration
Defendant Jerry M. Blaine, MD
Plaintiff’s Attorney Clyde Bergstresser, JD
Defendant Attorney David Gould, JD
Presiding Judge The Honorable Gregg J. Pasquale
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Coffee Break
4:00 pm – 4:15 pm Mock Trail Demonstration Wrap-up
Jerry M. Blaine, MD , Clyde Bergstresser, JD,
David Gould, JD
The Honorable Gregg J. Pasquale
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm The Clinician in Court: A View from the Bench
The Honorable Gregg J. Pasquale
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Panel Discussion with Questions and Answers
Jerry M. Blaine, MD
Clyde Bergstresser, JD
David Gould, JD
The Honorable Gregg J. Pasquale
5:00 pm Adjourn

 Program changes/substitutions may be made without notice.

Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Psychiatry Foundation, Inc./Contact Hours: Liability Prevention for Physicians and Health Care Professionals: A maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians and Health Care Professionals in Court: A Survival Guide: A maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Accreditation:

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™.
  • Physicians and Health Care Professionals in Court: A Survival Guide: A maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes 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 convert AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMECs®). Information on the process of converting AMA 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 14.25 Risk Management Study. This includes .75 credits in Opioid Education and Pain Management training and .75 credits in Electronic Health Records training. Please check your individual state licensing board requirements before claiming these credits.

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).