2015 Risk Management Seminar (with Audio)

MLMIC’s 2015 Risk Management Seminar, held in Syracuse, New York, on September 25, included important presentations on relevant topics such as managing diagnostic errors and understanding how to better relate to, and deal with, behavioral health issues in a facility.

Use the links below to access detailed descriptions and audio from each of our four presentations:

Hot Topics in the Defense of Medical Malpractice Cases

Managing Diagnostic Errors in the Emergency Department: A Claims and Risk Management Perspective

Dealing with Behavioral Health Issues in Your Facility

Legal Update 2015

Hot Topics in the Defense of Medical Malpractice Cases

From actual case files, this presentation explores the ways to dispel assumptions made by plaintiffs’ experts and counsel to contain damages in personal injury litigation. It addresses the trajectory of underlying diseases, surgical outcomes, comorbidities, life and work expectancy, and other aspects of projecting the future of an alleged injured party in medical malpractice cases.

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John Lyddane

Presented by:

John Lyddane, Esq.
Partner
Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP

John L A Lyddane, Esq., is a Senior Partner and trial attorney at Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP. He specializes...

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John L A Lyddane, Esq., is a Senior Partner and trial attorney at Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP. He specializes in the defense of technical personal injury and professional liability actions in state and federal trial courts, in addition to medical malpractice and general liability matters. He is admitted to practice before the state and federal trial courts of the State of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, which is their highest rating.

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Managing Diagnostic Errors in the Emergency Department: A Claims and Risk Management Perspective

Using actual MLMIC case files, this collaborative presentation explores the leading causes of diagnostic errors in the Emergency Department and offers risk management strategies to recognize and control risk. The prevalence of malpractice claims involving diagnostic errors occurring in the Emergency Department according to the Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA) Data Sharing Project, and the main factors that contribute to diagnostic error, are reviewed.

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Tom Gray

Presented by:

Tom Gray, Esq.
Vice President, Claims
Donald J. Fager & Associates

Michael Marin

Michael Marin, MD
Risk Management Consultant
MLMIC

Thomas R. Gray, Esq., began his legal career representing defendants in civil litigation and ultimately complex civil litigation including...

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Thomas R. Gray, Esq., began his legal career representing defendants in civil litigation and ultimately complex civil litigation including Labor Law, Products Liability and Medical Malpractice. He has represented his clients through trial to verdict and argued in the Appellate Division. In 2003, he joined the law firm which is now Fager Amsler Keller & Schoppmann, LLP, opening the Latham office to expand legal services to MLMIC and its insureds. While at FAK&S, he represented physicians, dentists, hospitals and other healthcare providers in medical malpractice and professional licensing matters and provided legal counsel on risk management and health law issues.

Mr. Gray’s role in the MLMIC organization changed in 2014 when he joined Donald J. Fager and Associates as Vice President, Upstate Claims, overseeing claims operations in the Latham office.

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Michael Marin, MD, is a member of the Peer Review Committee and Claims Committee of Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company...

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Michael Marin, MD, is a member of the Peer Review Committee and Claims Committee of Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company and a MLMIC Risk Management Consultant. Dr. Marin has reviewed over 700 medical malpractice cases and has been a frequent participant in many risk management educational programs with a focus on high liability exposure cases involving diagnostic errors in the Emergency Department. He has achieved Board Certification in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Marin is currently serving as a Medical Director for Premise Health, a national healthcare company.

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Dealing with Behavioral Health Issues in Your Facility

This presentation asserts the notion that behavioral healthcare integration can no longer be an “afterthought” but rather viewed as a means to control risk, improve patient safety, and enhance quality of care. The external forces that are driving the integration of care related to behavioral health patients are discussed in detail, providing an understanding of the strategies that can be implemented to mitigate these risks and improve patient/staff safety.

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Michael Hogan

Presented by:

Michael Hogan, PhD
Hogan Health Solutions, LLC
Former Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health

Michael Hogan, PhD, served as New York State Commissioner of Mental Health from 2007 to 2012. The New York State...

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Michael Hogan, PhD, served as New York State Commissioner of Mental Health from 2007 to 2012. The New York State Office of Mental Health operated 23 accredited psychiatric hospitals, and oversaw New York’s $5 billion public mental health system serving 650,000 individuals annually. Previously, Dr. Hogan served as director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health (1991 to 2007) and commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health from 1987 to 1991. He chaired the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in 2002-2003. He was appointed as the first behavioral health representative on the board of The Joint Commission in 2007, and as a member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention in 2010. He served (1994-1998) on the National Institute on Mental Health’s National Advisory Mental Health Council, as president of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) (2003-2005), and as board president of NASMHPD’s Research Institute (1989-2000).

He is a graduate of Cornell University, and he earned an MS degree from the State University College in Brockport, New York, and a PhD from Syracuse University. Dr. Hogan is an independent advisor and consultant with Hogan Health Solutions LLC. He serves on the Executive Committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, a public-private partnership advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

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Legal Update 2015

This presentation provides an annual summary of new and changed federal and state laws and regulations affecting the practice of healthcare risk management. Topics covered include recent amendments of the Public Health Law and Social Security Act, changes in the regulations for physician assistants, and specialist assistants and a look at recent medical malpractice cases.

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Presented by:

Nancy May-Skinner, Esq.
Appellate Counsel
Fager Amsler Keller & Schoppmann, LLP

Nancy May-Skinner, Esq., is Appellate Counsel at Fager Amsler Keller & Schoppmann, LLP, a law firm specializing in healthcare law...

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Nancy May-Skinner, Esq., is Appellate Counsel at Fager Amsler Keller & Schoppmann, LLP, a law firm specializing in healthcare law including risk management and professional malpractice defense for physicians, hospitals, dentists and other healthcare professionals. In this capacity, she prepares and argues cases on appeal, performs appellate reviews of medical malpractice verdicts, and analyzes the legal issues that arise in healthcare litigation. Ms. May-Skinner regularly counsels healthcare practitioners and facilities on risk management and health law issues. She has authored numerous articles published in the New York State Bar Association Health Law Journal, MLMIC Dateline and MLMIC Dental Dateline on medical malpractice topics, appellate practice, and risk management. Ms. May-Skinner also regularly lectures throughout the state for the New York State Bar Association, Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company, and various medical organizations and risk management groups in the areas of medical malpractice and risk management.

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