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This seminar is designed for professionals who deal with medical malpractice issues on a daily basis. (see full course description)


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Training Course Syllabus:

This seminar is designed for attorneys, hospital administrators, hospital risk managers, business and office managers, CEOs, health care providers, compliance officers and insurance professionals.

This year the Florida Legislature and Governor Bush addressed the medical malpractice crisis facing the state and enacted major tort reform measures. While it is likely that various provisions of the landmark legislation will be subject to constitutional challenge, the law will be effective for any actions brought on or after September 15, 2003.

This seminar is designed for professionals who deal with medical malpractice issues on a daily basis. The speakers will help answer questions on issues surrounding:

• Caps

• Bad Faith

• Procedural Changes

• Hospital/Practitioner Expectations

• What The Future Holds

Whether one is new to the health care profession or has been dealing with these issues for years, this important and timely program is for anyone interested in medical malpractice in Florida.

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

I. Introductory Remarks

9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

II. Caps? What Effect Will They

Have On Medical Malpractice


A. $500,000 Practitioner Cap

B. $750,000 Non-Practitioner Cap

C. Practitioners Employed By Non-Practitioners – Which Cap Applies?

D. Piercing The Caps

E. Set-Offs

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

III. Emergency Medicine/Good

Samaritan Act

A. Caps For Providers Of Emergency Services And Care

B. Limited Liability – Good Samaritan Act

C. “Reckless” Disregard

D. Student Athletes

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

IV. Hospitals And HMOs/Patient


A. Immunity For Disciplinary Actions Against Medical Staff

B. Code 24 Reporting

C. Notice To Patients If Harmed

D. Quality Assurance

E. Claims Reporting

F. HMO Issues

G. Patient Safety – Patient Safety Officer And Committee

11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


A. Eligibility For Children’s Medical Services

B. Exclusion Of Remedies

C. Claimant Records

D. Death Benefit

E. Hospitals Payment Of Physician Assessments

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch (On Your Own)

1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

VI. Bad Faith/Insurance Reform –

What Impact Will The Bad Faith/

Insurance Reforms Have?

A. Bad Faith Reforms

B. Self-Insurance Funds

C. Medical Malpractice Rates

D. Reporting Requirements

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

VII. What Should Practitioners Know

About Tort Reform?

A. Continuing Education Requirements

B. License Fees And Application

C. Practitioner Profiles

D. Claims Reporting

E. Notice To Patients If Harmed

F. Department Of Health-Claims Investigations

G. Disciplinary Actions

H. Mediation

I. Going Bare

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

VIII. Procedural Issues For The


A. Wrongful Death – Voluntary Binding Arbitration

B. Expert Witnesses

C. Presuit Investigation

D. Settlement Agreements – Standard Language

E. Discovery Of Expert Opinions

F. Itemized Verdicts

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

IX. What Does The Future Hold –

Additional Reform Studies

A. Medical Review Panels

B. Consumer Information

C. Patient Safety Entity

D. NICA Eligibility

E. Practitioner Disciplinary Process

F. Insurance Rate Filing

Seminar Summary:

This seminar is designed for professionals who deal with medical malpractice issues on a daily basis. (see full course description)

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