Pandemic Issues for Medical Staffs: Liability, Compliance and Policies

60 Minutes
Elizabeth A. Snelson
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When COVID-19 began its sweep through the country, hospitals took emergency steps that affected how medicine is practiced and patients are cared for in the hospital.

State and federal regulations were altered in response to the pandemic. Some changes are temporary, others are permanent, some have long-ranging effects-and medical staffs need to be prepared.

Why should you Attend: This webinar will help hospital medical staffs prepare to handle:

  • Additional liability exposure resulting from triage decisions, case prioritization and restricted resources resulting from delays
  • Hospital Discipline related to PPE usage/shortage
  • Appropriate deployment of Temporary and Disaster Privileges to supplement medical staff needs during surgeā€”if needed and appropriate
  • Credentialing changes due to state law executive order and legislation bringing changes to state licensure for physicians and other professionals and changes in scope of practice for advance practice clinicians
  • Meetings, hearings, voting and actions authority and confidentiality if done online

Areas Covered in the Session:
  • COVID 19 Changes in Law and Regulations
  • Physician Practice in Hospitals
  • Joint Commission Standards for Hospitals
  • Medical Staff Bylaws
  • Hospital Accreditation Requirements

Who Will Benefit:
  • Medical Staff President
  • Bylaws Committee Chair Chief Medical Officer Vice President of Medical Affairs Chief of Staff Director of Medical Staff Medical Staff Attorney Hospital Counsel, Medical Staff Manager

Speaker Profile
Elizabeth Snelson works for medical staffs and medical societies across the country. Medical staff bylaws are a primary focus of her practice. She also handles "disruptive practitioner" procedures, peer review problems, and other compliance matters.

A frequent speaker on medical staff legal issues, Elizabeth Snelson presents at medical staff leadership retreats and serves as an expert witness in credentialing and Data Bank cases.She is Past President of the American Society of Medical Association Counsel, and past Vice President of the ABA's Physician Issues Interest Group. She was a member of the Joint Commission's Task Force on medical staff bylaws. Her articles on medical staff legal issues have appeared in various publications. She is the author of The Physicians Guide to Medical Staff Organization Bylaws, published by the American Medical Association.

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