2016 Risk Management Seminar (with Audio)

MLMIC’s 2016 Risk Management Seminar, held this September in Syracuse, New York, included important presentations on relevant topics such as Telehealth, an update on MOLST and best practices for serving transgender patients. Use the links below to access detailed descriptions and audio from each of our five presentations:

Opening Remarks

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Presented by:

Robert A. Menotti, M.D.
President
Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company

Dr. Robert A. Menotti is the president of Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company and a member of MLMIC’s Patient Safety...

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Dr. Robert A. Menotti is the president of Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company and a member of MLMIC’s Patient Safety & Education Committee. Dr. Menotti was an active member of MLMIC’s Board of Directors for over 20 years, and he has been the president of the company since May 2007.

Dr. Menotti received his medical degree from Columbia College and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomate on both the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Menotti has served on the medical staff of several healthcare facilities in the Utica area and has held many positions within the healthcare community, including the Medical Society of the State of New York, the NYS Department of Health Board of Professional Medical Conduct and the American Medical Association, to name just a few.

Dr. Menotti has a unique and in-depth understanding of the culture of medical care in New York State.

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An Update on MOLST and eMOLST

This presentation outlines national trends on medical orders for life-sustaining treatment (MOLST), examines why there are failures in following MOLST orders and reviews recommendations for improvement, including the implementation of an electronic registry (eMOLST) for 24/7 access to MOLST forms. Additionally, case studies are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of MOLST in various care scenarios.

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Presented by:

Patricia A. Bomba, MD, FACP
V.P. & Medical Director, Geriatrics Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and MedAmerica Insurance Company
Chair, MOLST Statewide Implementation Team and eMOLST Program Director
Chair, National Healthcare Decisions Day NYS Coalition Leader, Community-wide EOL/Palliative Care Initiative

Patricia A. Bomba, MD, FACP, is a nationally recognized palliative care and end-of-life expert who designs and oversees the implementation...

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Patricia A. Bomba, MD, FACP, is a nationally recognized palliative care and end-of-life expert who designs and oversees the implementation of community projects. Dr. Bomba currently serves as the vice president and medical director, Geriatrics for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. She served on the Institute of Medicine’s committee that produced Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life. She is a member of the newly formed National Academy of Medicine Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness.

 

Dr. Bomba chairs the Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) Statewide Implementation Team and the National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) New York State Coalition, and she is a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York Ethics Committee. She serves as eMOLST program director. She envisioned eMOLST when New York’s MOLST program was launched as a means to improve quality and patient safety and as a result, achieve the triple aim. She is a founding member and New York State’s representative on the National POLST Paradigm Task Force, serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the POLST Communications Committee. She currently serves on NCQA’s Geriatric Measurement Advisory Panel. In addition to serving as a New York State delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, she served as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Primary Palliative Care Committee and the Review Committee of the National Quality Forum’s “Framework and Preferred Practices for a Palliative and Hospice Care Quality” project.

 

Dr. Bomba is passionately focused on educating the medical community, and the public at large with a goal of improving the quality of life for seniors and their families. Dr. Bomba attended Immaculata College, the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Rochester. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and spent most of her career in private practice caring for frail elders and their families and caregivers. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester and the State University of New York Upstate Medical University.

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Best Practices for Serving Transgender Patients

This presentation reviews the nature and extent of the problems encountered by the LGBT community within the healthcare environment. New York City and State laws that prohibit discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of sex and/or gender identity are reviewed. Recommendations for the establishment of a nondiscrimination policy and the modification of the Patients’ Bill of Rights are discussed. Transgender issues in areas related to admitting/registration records; protocols for interaction with transgender patients; room assignments; access to restrooms; and the privacy compliance rule are also discussed.

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Presented by:

Sandra Pullman, Esq.
Assistant Attorney General
New York State Office of the Attorney General Civil Rights Bureau

Justin Deabler, Esq.
Assistant Attorney General
New York State Office of the Attorney General Civil Rights Bureau

Sandra Pullman is an assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office....

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Sandra Pullman is an assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office. She prosecutes violations of city, state and federal antidiscrimination law, with a particular focus on gender identity, criminal history, reproductive rights and the school-to-prison pipeline. Ms. Pullman is also an adjunct clinical professor at Brooklyn Law School, where she teaches a civil rights clinic. Prior to joining the OAG, she worked at Outten & Golden LLP, where she represented employees in individual and class action lawsuits and counseled clients about their rights in the workplace. Ms. Pullman is a 2008 graduate of Harvard Law School. After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Susan Oki Mollway, chief judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii. The following year, she served as a Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow, where she drafted amicus briefs urging an expansive interpretation of antidiscrimination law and coordinated advocacy on behalf of pregnant workers.

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Justin Deabler is an assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Office of the...

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Justin Deabler is an assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General, where he conducts affirmative enforcement work. He is a recipient of the Louis J. Lefkowitz Memorial Award for outstanding performance on behalf of the People of the State of New York, in recognition of his work on the Office’s “Report on Arrests Arising from the New York City Police Department’s Stop-and-Frisk Practices.” His docket covers a variety of areas, including employment, public accommodations and education. He has conducted LGBT enforcement and advocacy work in connection with major corporations, the Boy Scouts of America and professional sports leagues. In the educational setting, he has spearheaded an initiative to break down enrollment barriers for unaccompanied minors and other immigrant students and English language learners across New York State.

 

Prior to joining the OAG, he spent over a decade in private practice in New York City, most recently as counsel at the boutique litigation firm Spears & Imes LLP. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Swarthmore College and J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

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Telehealth, Telemedicine and mHealth – An Overview

This presentation provides an overview of telemedicine, telehealth and mHealth, and the laws, rules and regulations that impact their use. Liability risks associated with this technology are also discussed, including: licensure requirements; patient-physician relationships; standard of care; prescribing medications; credentialing and privileges; and reimbursement issues. FDA guidelines on mHealth devices, government mandates and guidance are also reviewed.

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Presented by:

Paul D. Squire, Esq.
Partner
Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP

Paul D. Squire is a member of the Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP Corporate and Healthcare Law practice groups. He handles...

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Paul D. Squire is a member of the Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP Corporate and Healthcare Law practice groups. He handles a broad spectrum of healthcare matters including transactional, compliance, contractual, corporate, regulatory, governance and healthcare information technology issues.

 

Mr. Squire has extensive experience representing healthcare entities in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, financings and other transactions, as well as insurance regulatory, Medicare, managed care and reinsurance issues. He represents a wide range of healthcare entities such as medical practices, hospitals, third-party administrators, healthcare information technology companies, managed care companies, pharmaceutical companies and others in connection with corporate and healthcare issues. He also has extensive experience advising clients in the areas of healthcare information technology, telemedicine and telehealth issues.

 

Prior to joining KBR, he spent four years as associate general counsel at the largest managed care company in the United States. He also spent four years as general counsel to the largest telemedicine company in the nation. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his A.B., cum laude, from Haverford College.

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2016 Healthcare Law Review

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 Statute of Limitation; Public Health Law § 3331(5), amendments to CPLR 3212(b); Department of Health regulations on influenza prevention; spoliation sanctions; third-party liability for medical malpractice; attorney-client privilege; admission of OPMC evidence; the definition of “parent”; HIPAA enforcement proceedings; and “Looking Ahead to 2017: Punitive Damages.”

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Presented by:

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

Nancy E. May-Skinner is appellate counsel at Fager Amsler Keller & Schoppmann, LLP, a law firm specializing in healthcare law,...

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Nancy E. May-Skinner 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. She presents a legislative and case law update on healthcare litigation and liability-related issues at MLMIC’s Annual Risk Management Seminar. She has authored and presented continuing medical education programs addressing social media in healthcare and various risk management issues.

 

Since her admission to practice in the New York State and Federal Courts in 1990, Ms. May-Skinner has represented defendants in professional malpractice, negligence and insurance litigation. She has litigated cases in the trial courts and argued appeals in each of the four departments of the Appellate Division, the New York Court of Appeals and the Second Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals.

 

Ms. May-Skinner is a member of the New York State Bar Association. She is a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Northeastern New York and Advocacy Team chair for JDRF Advocacy – New York. Ms. May-Skinner is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (BA, political science, cum laude, 1985) and Albany Law School of Union University (JD, cum laude, 1989).

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Listen to the 2015 Risk Management Seminar audio here.