Denise R. Chamblee, MD; John T. Reese, Esq; Michelle A. Pineda, MBA
OMIC (Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company)
655 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Purpose/Relevance: Medical practitioners can avoid medical malpractice lawsuits but keeping current on laws regarding surgical informed consent, proper medical record documentation and knowledge of regulatory medical reporting requirements.
Target Audience: Ophthalmologists who treat pediatric/minor patients
Current Practice: OMIC’s analysis of medical malpractice lawsuits where consent, documentation or reporting were an issue has shown that ophthalmologists need assistance with understanding how to properly document a medical record, obtain proper informed consent and when and where to report abuse or neglect.
Best Practice: Ophthalmologists need help understanding the elements of good documentation, consent and regulatory reporting. Examples of medical malpractice lawsuits where these issues were raised will be discussed in detail and a legal expert will discuss how the courts, juries and regulators view best practices.
Expected Outcomes: Ophthalmologists will have a better understanding of the legal elements required for proper informed consent and good medical documentation. They will also see examples of poor documentation and what could have been done different to avoid patient harm and ultimately a lawsuit.
Format: Presentation of data from OMIC’s study of lawsuits where documentation, informed consent or regulatory reporting were raised as an issue in the case. Question and answer period.
Summary: Dr. Denise Chamblee will talk about actual OMIC lawsuits that resulting in a lawsuit where documentation, consent or regulatory reporting was an issue.
Jack Reese will discuss actual lawsuits and issues raised at trial where documentation, informed consent or regulatory reporting were criticized.
Michelle Pineda will discuss risk management recommendations regarding documentation, informed consent and regulatory reporting.
References: Actual OMIC lawsuits (names of cases will remain private due to HIPAA). Legal statutes regarding informed consent and regulatory reporting will be presented.