Litigation Stress in the Era of COVID-19

Course Description

What should physicians know about litigation risk in the setting of a pandemic? How do new provider protections, such as the adoption of a gross negligence/willful misconduct standard, affect the medical professional liability climate? 

In this webinar, Dr. Pensa will discuss ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic is raising questions about liability and litigation risk. She’ll also examine how physicians can protect themselves so that they can focus on what’s most important during the crisis – caring for their patients, themselves and their families.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe potential stressors and risks associated with medical practice during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Identify how the COVID-19 pandemic can impact medical professional liability claims during this period
  • Summarize the importance of documentation, particularly surrounding care related to COVID-19 
  • List resources for litigation stress support

Target Audience

Physician and clinician policyholders

Disclosure

There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.

CME information

ISMS logo This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Illinois State Medical Society and ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company. The Illinois State Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Illinois State Medical Society designates this internet activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Illinois Nurse Practice Act rules deem CME credit provided by approved sponsors as acceptable to fulfill nursing continuing education requirements for licensure. Nurses may claim one contact hour per unit of CME in the state of Illinois.

Additional information

Estimated time for completion: 
1 hour
Disclaimer: 

The recommendations contained in this resource are not intended to define conduct that is appropriate in every case, should not be considered as establishing any standard of care, and do not constitute legal advice. Physicians, clinicians and healthcare providers should take care to ensure that all care rendered reflects the best clinical judgment and complies with the laws and regulations of the state or location at which the care was provided.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Illinois State Medical Society and ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company. The Illinois State Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Illinois State Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • 1.00 Participation Credit
Course opens: 
06/25/2020
Course expires: 
12/31/2022
Cost:
$75.00
Rating: 
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Gita Pensa, MDDr. Gita Pensa is an associate professor, clinician educator, at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Department of Emergency Medicine. She joined Brown's academic faculty in 2014, after 13 years in community emergency medicine practice. Dr. Pensa is the creator of the open access podcast "Doctors and Litigation: The L Word", a narrative educational series about the psychological and practical preparation for malpractice litigation and the management of litigation stress. She speaks nationally on the topic of malpractice litigation as well. Dr. Pensa herself endured a 12-year litigation battle, prevailing twice at trial. 

Dr. Pensa was named the 2018 EMRA (Emergency Medicine Residents' Association) National Mentor of the Year, and most recently won the ACEP (American College of Emergency Physicians) Rhode Island Chapter's 2019 Special Service Recognition award for "Courageous Public Advocacy of RI Emergency Medicine Colleagues." She is also the creator and faculty editor for Brown Emergency Medicine's educational blog, which now garners over 10,000 visits each month, as well as the Brown EM Podcast series. She created and serves as host/editor of AEM Early Access, a collaborative podcasting project from the Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training journal and the Brown EM residency. Dr. Pensa is Associate Director (Education) of Brown's Emergency Digital Health Innovation program. At the local level, she teaches about podcasting and educational technology, and serves as a longitudinal mentor to over thirty Brown medical students.  

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Illinois State Medical Society and ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company. The Illinois State Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Illinois State Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • 1.00 Participation Credit

Price

Cost:
$75.00
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