Inpatient Transfers and Community On-Call Programs: New Rules Finalized - ED Legal Letter - Oct 01, 2008

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This activity is intended for emergency physicians and nurses.

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Faculty

Executive Editor
Larry B. Mellick, MD, MS, FAAP, FACEP
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
Residency Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta

Nurse Planner
Sue A. Behrens, APRN, BC
Manager, Trauma Services
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
Peoria, IL

Nurse Reviewer
Kay Ball

Authors
Geetika Gupta, MD, FACEP
VP Risk Management EPMG, PC
Clinical Faculty at the University of Michigan
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Charles Grassie, MD, MS, JD, FACEP
President and CEO of EPMG
Ann Arbor, MI

Contributing Editors
Robert A. Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP
President, Bitterman Health Law Consulting Group, Inc.
Charlotte, NC
Vice President, Emergency Physicians Insurance Co., Inc.
Auburn, CA

Stacey Kusterbeck

Senior Managing Editor
Suzanne Thatcher
AHC Media

Associate Publisher
Coles McKagen
AHC Media

Subjects:

  • Inpatient Transfers and Community On-Call Programs: New Rules Finalized
  • MRSA: An evolving, high-risk area for the ED
  • Special Report: Common Mistakes in the ED
  • When, if ever, can you divulge your ED patient's HIV status?

Objectives:

  • Identify legal issues relating to emergency medicine practice
  • Explain how these issues affect nurses, physicians, legal counsel, management, and patients
  • Integrate practical solutions to reduce risk into the ED practitioner's daily practices

Financial Disclosure:

The following individuals disclose that they have no consultant, stockholder, speaker’s bureau, research, or other financial relationships with companies having ties to this field of study: Larry Mellick, MD, MS, FAAP, FACEP (executive editor), Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, Department of Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta; Robert A. Bitterman, MD, JD, FACEP, President, Bitterman Health Law Consulting Group, Inc., Charlotte, NC; Vice President, Emergency Physicians Insurance Co., Inc., Auburn, CA (contributing editor); Sue A. Behrens, APRN, BC (nurse planner), Manager Trauma Services, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL; Kay Ball (nurse reviewer); Stacey Kusterbeck (contributing editor); Suzanne Thatcher (Senior Managing Editor); and Coles McKagen (Associate Publisher). Charles Grassie, MD, MS, JD, FACEP, reports that he is a stockholder in EPMG. Geetika Gupta, MD, FACEP, reports that she is a consultant for Medical Practice Risk Assessment.

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