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Negligent Credentialing: Strategies to Protect Your Health Care Entity

August 5, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Overview: Hospitals, as corporate entities, have the ultimate responsibility for the quality of medical care provided in its facilities. This statement can be misleading, however, if one concludes that the hospital is liable for all acts of negligence or malpractice by a physician who practices at the hospital.
In truth, the hospital must take reasonable steps:

  • To select a competent medical staff
  • To ensure that the individual physician on it staff performs only procedures for which he or she is qualified
  • To implement certain quality control measures to verify that only qualified practitioners remain on the staff and that quality care is provided in the institution

We will review the historical relationship between the physician and the hospital and, to see this relationship in the proper context, the roles each plays under the “corporate responsibility doctrine.” We will also review the development of negligent credentialing and examine what actions should be taken to preclude liability for failure to properly credential practitioners.

Why should you attend: In a medical malpractice action, the plaintiff is looking for the defendant with deepest pocket for recovery. There is little question that hospitals have the deepest pocket. You should attend this program to learn how negligent credentialing develops and learn strategies to defend against it.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • A brief history of peer review in hospitals
  • How the doctrine of corporate responsibility developed
  • Responsibility of the hospital for monitoring the care provided by physicians
  • What negligent credentialing is and how it developed
  • A brief review of state lawsuits involving negligent credentialing
  • Strategies that should be taken to preclude liability

Who Will Benefit:

  • Hospital Executives
  • Medical Staff Officers
  • Physicians who serve on peer review committees
  • Medical Staff
  • Support Staff
  • Attorneys representing Medical Staffs

William Mack Copeland MS, JD, PhD, LFACHE, practices health care law in Cincinnati at the firm of Copeland Law, LLC. He is also president of Executive & Managerial Development Group, a consulting entity providing compliance and other fraud and abuse related services. A graduate of Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Bill is a frequent author and speaker on health law topics.



James Ryan

Jim Ryan has spent the past 20 years building global markets for US-based telecommunications and enterprise technology companies. Mr. Ryan exited five startups (2 IPOs, 2 acquisitions, 1 Chapter 11) and now uses his expertise as one of the three founding partners of Farpoint Ventures helping startups from the US quickly build global sales channels and bring in revenues from overseas markets. Mr. Ryan has closed over $1B in export business for startups.

Mr. Ryan holds a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a Master's degree from Osaka University. He is a native speaker of Japanese, and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese and French.

In between meetings, he has climbed Mt. Rainier three times, finished the Boston Marathon and Cape Cod Marathon, climbed Mt. Washington in all four seasons and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 10 times. He holds a Private Pilot license and enjoys flying his Cessna 172 around New England and beyond.


August 5, 2015
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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