Guide for Assessing Hospital Liability: A Former CEO's Perspective

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Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 165 pages
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This book guides attorneys, hospital executives, or any professionals involved in hospital liability cases, through the intricacies of hospital liability. Attorneys with little exposure to or understanding of the complexities of the hospital industry prior to handling cases arising from care or treatment provided in the hospital setting may feel as though they've wandered into a multifaceted maze. Even hospital owners and administrators may not fully appreciate or fully understand the magnitude of laws, codes, rules, regulations and standards that govern hospitals today, and how they affect them in a liability cases. Guide for Assessing Hospital Liability looks at the legal challenges confronting hospitals, provides insight into basic hospital organization and governance, and recommends practical strategies for comprehensive assessment of hospital liability, risk, vulnerability or responsibility. No other book presents such a straightforward discussion of how hospitals actually work or should work, in a way that could be easily understood, regardless of experience, exposure or expertise. Author Pat Cornelison, a former hospital CEO and currently practicing management and forensic consultant, offers an insider's view, with the knowledge and understanding required to provide effective strategies for those investigation and prosecuting or defending hospital liability cases.

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No, hospitals don't practice medicine, but they like to think they do.

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From Absolute Immunity to MultiDimensional Liability How Did We Get Here?
Hospital Culture What Defines It?
Hospital Regulatory Law Whos the Boss?
Hospital Governance Where Does the Buck Stop?
Hospital Management Whos Who and What Do They Do?
The Organized Medical Staff How Organized Is It?
Medical Staff Bylaws Are They Law?
Physician v Hospital Does the Hospital Always Win?
Hospitals Dont Practice Medicine Do They?
Hospital Communications Will Their Words Come Back to Haunt Them?
Selected Cases Might They Apply to Hospitals?
Assessing Liability Risk Vulnerability and Responsibility in Litigation and Defense Guilty as Charged?
Resources What Should Be In Your Libraries Real and Virtual?
About the Author

Collaborative Hospital Leadership Is It?
Policies Procedures Protocols Rules and Regulations Do They Practice What They Preach?

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Pat Cornelison LT '93, President, Pragmatic Tactics, Inc., has more than 30 years of successful multidisciplinary, multi-level management leadership and consulting experience in Fortune healthcare corporations. She has held the following positions: chief executive officer for acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, independent physician associations and medical office buildings; chief operations officer for acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and medical office buildings; corporate process manager, regional consultant and hospital department director for clinical laboratory services. She has served as consultant to more than 60 hospitals ranging in size from 65–700 beds; attorneys; physicians; physician groups; multi-national organizations; foreign government sponsored projects; and other business entities. Ms. Cornelison has successfully navigated the certificate of need process in three states; is recipient of multiple management achievement awards and consecutive JCAHO Letters of Commendation; is formally trained in mediation; and is an alumnus of the Harvard School of Public Health Advanced Program in Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and the Eisenhower People to People Ambassador Program, Women in Law and Politics, People's Republic of China. Equally comfortable serving as consultant for entities or individuals, plaintiffs or defendants, Ms. Cornelison brings non-conventional, yet highly effective skill sets to validity assessment and strategy development for successful resolution of conflicts arising between hospitals and their various audiences, whether patient, physician, employee, contractor, payer, competitor or community.

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