Patient Safety Data: Preventing Unwanted Disclosures

May 28, 2019
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
 Add to Calendar


Venue website

Quality and outcome improvement in healthcare settings depends in part upon open discussion of process problems, provider errors, adverse events, near misses and other lapses. By candidly sharing information, providers and staff can learn from mistakes and enhance patient safety awareness, while promoting a culture of openness and accountability.

The professional obligation to track and analyze errors involves creating highly sensitive and potentially damaging reports, analyses, data aggregations and other documents. State and federal law provide some degree of protection against disclosure of findings developed under the auspices of peer review, quality improvement and risk management committees. However, data collection and reporting continue to present significant liability exposures for healthcare organizations and providers in the form of discovery challenges during litigation.

This presentation will focus on three major sources of patient safety data-peer review, quality assurance and performance improvement and risk management.   There will be a review of Federal and Florida-specific statutory privileges and ways to protect peer review findings from discovery.  Federal protections and limitations associated with the Health Care Quality Improvement Act (HCQIA) will be discussed.  Risk management considerations will include matters such as attorney-client work product protections, formal protocols for risk management investigations related to regulatory requirements and reporting to external agencies.

CE Broker Tracking #: 20-721554 (Florida Board of Nursing - 1 Hour General CE) 

Presented by:

Patricia Harmon, RN, CPHRM, is a Risk Control Consultant for CNA Insurance. She received her BS in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Management from Cambridge College in Boston, Massachusetts. Drew Graham, partner at Hall Booth Smith, P.C. specializes in the management of high exposure professional liability claims including complex regulatory and reimbursement actions, class actions, and batch claims. 

Drew Graham of Hall Booth Smith, started his practice with Hall Booth Smith in 1992, developing deep expertise in traditional medical and professional negligence. In 1996, Drew created the firm’s Long Term Care Practice Group in response to industry demand for specialist attorneys in the evolving area of long term care litigation. As chair of the LTC Practice Group, Drew is committed to making it the go-to resource for healthcare providers facing the challenges of a complex and highly regulated specialty. The group has grown to include more than 20 attorneys with rich knowledge of the industry.Drew specializes in the management of high exposure professional liability claims, including complex regulatory and reimbursement actions, class actions and batch claims. He has tried more than 40 cases to resolution and has resolved hundreds of professional liability of cases through alternative dispute resolution strategies including arbitration and mediation. He is frequently called to assist local counsel with the management of complex batch claims, complex discovery and trial.

Geoffrey D. Sessions is a Partner at Hall, Both, Smith and he has decades of expertise in litigating and arbitrating all manner of aging services, medical malpractice, professional malpractice and general liability claims.Geoffreyworks with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals as well as hospitals and healthcare facilities to rigorously defend them in claims that arise and other legal endeavors. He is a longtime member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Defense Research Institute, and he holds an A/V rating from Martindale-Hubbell.He has more than 20 years of knowledge and experience in handling a variety of litigation, arbitration and transactional matters across several industries including healthcare, insurance, real estate, transportation, professional liability and hospitality. Previously, he was a shareholder at two other firms in Jacksonville. Geoffrey began his career as a prosecutor in Tallahassee, Florida.



$0.00 Members Registration

$50.00 Non Member Registration