Practicing in a Pandemic:
Addressing Liability Issues and Maintaining
a Safe Environment of Care
Wednesday, March 17th
Brian W. Felton, Esq.
Fager Amsler Keller & Schoppman, LLP
Joyce A. McCormack, RN, BSN
Risk Management Consultant, MLMIC Services, Inc.
Whether you are a hospital, ambulatory surgery center, or a physician office practice, you have faced the unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenges associated with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
As we address the impact of the second wave of the pandemic, questions arise about the liability risks associated with COVID-19 infections, the vaccination process and how best to protect yourself and your organization from liability.
Join us as an attorney from Fager Amsler Keller & Schoppmann, LLP and a Risk Management Consultant from MLMIC Insurance Company discuss the evolving changes to state and federal law associated with the pandemic, and provide strategies to maintain safe healthcare operations.
At the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:
- Understand the current legal updates associated with COVID-19
- Identify the types of allegations anticipated from the pandemic
- Discuss the use of telehealth and the potential for arising liability claims
- Evaluate the liability risks related to infections occurring in the healthcare setting
- Address the frequently asked questions encountered with the administration of COVID-19 vaccines to your community
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Brian W. Felton is an attorney with Fager Amsler Keller & Schoppmann, LLP. Mr. Felton regularly represents physicians, hospitals, dentists, and other healthcare professionals in courts throughout Upstate New York and provides representation and assistance at all stages of the litigation process. He also regularly counsels healthcare practitioners on risk management issues.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Felton was employed as a prosecutor in the North Country for approximately nine years, working in the Washington and Essex County District Attorney’s Offices. During his time as a prosecutor, he successfully tried multiple felony criminal cases and argued appeals at the state’s midlevel appellate division, as well as the New York State Court of Appeals. Mr. Felton’s background as a former prosecutor has served as a unique resource to our clients.
Mr. Felton graduated from Albany Law School of Union University and received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from the State University of New York at Fredonia.
Mr. Felton is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.
Joyce has been a Risk Management Consultant since 2014. A registered professional nurse with experience in both the clinical and corporate worlds of healthcare, Joyce has a strong clinical background in both acute and intensive care, along with a dedication to staff education, project development and customer service.
Prior to joining MLMIC, Joyce held roles as the Talent Development Coordinator for a 160 bed long term care facility, and as the Director of the Patient Experience for a 360 bed hospital. She also spent many years as both a Nurse Educator, as well as the Chairperson of the Upstate New York chapter of the National Nursing Staff Development Organization. Joyce works out of our Latham office.