8th Annual Healthcare Defense Strategies Symposium: Webinar Series


Date & Time:

8:30 am – 9:30 am


It has never been more crucial for healthcare organizations to reduce risk exposure when it comes to litigation. The 8th Annual Healthcare Defense Strategies Symposium features a four session webinar series; each session focused on successful strategies to minimize awards and damages. Providers who have a thorough understanding of strategies used by both sides in the litigation process can assume a stronger risk management stance. Learn directly from the experts, plan to attend one, some, or all sessions.

This series has been submitted (but not yet approved) for Continuing Education for 4 total participant hours from NAB/NCERS. Call Sara Neverman at 608-288-2895 for further information.

Session Two: Litigation and Jury Trials in the COVID and Post-COVID Era

October 19, 2021
8:30 – 9:30 am CT

This presentation will discuss the substantive changes and challenges in litigating cases, including jury trials, in the COVID and post-COVID era. The discussion will focus specifically on medical malpractice and long-term care litigation.

Participants of this session will gain awareness of the following:

  • Prevalence of COVID-19 related claims
  • Jury panels and jury selection issues
  • COVID-19 specific trial presentation issues
  • Juror sentiment toward health care providers and long-term care facilities
  • Trial outcomes

Featured Speaker: Mark Budzinski, Corneille Law Group, LLC

Session Three: The Best Defense is a Good Offense: Risk and Litigation Mitigation Strategies in Managing Surveys, Complaints, and Grievances

October 27, 2021
8:30 – 9:30 am CT

Survey deficiencies and unanswered complaints and grievances can readily lead to lawsuits. In this session, presenters will discuss strategies and risk mitigation techniques in working with the survey and complaint investigation processes and managing resident and family grievances and complaints to minimize litigation exposure.

Participants of this session will gain awareness of the following:

  • Learn best practices in managing grievances and complaints
  • Develop strategies in preparing for state and federal surveys and complaint investigations
  • Create a playbook to use when interacting with surveyors to reduce potential alleged deficiencies
  • Compare and contrast the state reconsideration and IDR appeal processes and federal CMS appeals and when each could be used in disputing deficiencies

Featured Speakers:
Robert Rodé, Voigt, Rodé, Boxeth & Coffin, LLC

Marleah Keuler Grahek, Risk Manager, M3 Insurance

Session Four: Retention of Employee & Patient Records and Use in Litigation

November 2, 2021
8:30 – 9:30 am CT

Healthcare organizations’ internal policies and practices regarding patient and employee record retention and release are an essential part of mitigating risk when it comes to liability claims.

Participants of this session will gain awareness of the following:

  • Recognize how maintaining patient records appropriately per a set policy can mitigate risk during lawsuit
  • Understand the minimum requirements for justifying disciplinary or employment action when maintaining personnel files
  • Acknowledge how plaintiff attorney access to personnel files can play into liability claims

Featured Speakers:
Amy Scholl, Coyne, Schultz, Becker & Bauer, S. C.
Elizabeth Odian, Michael Best

RESCHEDULED Session One: Benefits and Strategies for Effective Arbitration Agreements

November 9, 2021
8:30 – 9:30 am CT

Arbitration is designed to be a cost-effective and time-saving method to resolve private disputes, yet plaintiffs’ attorneys still utilize kitchen-sink defenses to arbitration. Donna will discuss the benefits obtained from a micro case-by-case basis, as well as the macro benefits that arbitration offers all parties.

Participants of this session will gain awareness of the following:

  • Recognize strategies that are effective in getting arbitration agreements enforced in state and federal courts
  • Understand how a delegation clause argument will keep more dollars at the bedside as opposed to being used for litigation tactics
  • Review final outcomes in actual cases that ended in arbitration award

Featured Speaker: Donna Fudge, Fudge Broadwater, P.A.


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