CAAHCP 2018 Fall Conference
Bob Sullivan, Carlo Coppo, and David Balfour presented at the California Academy of Attorneys for Health Care Professionals (CAAHCP) 2018 Fall Conference in Manhattan Beach, CA on September 30, 2018.
Nossaman presented "The Basics of an MBC Defense: Follow the Yellow Brick Road," where they discussed the disciplinary process for physicians brought before the Medical Board of California for violations of the Medical Practice Act, from accusation through to closing arguments at a hearing. To engage the audience, they used characters and plot points from The Wizard of Oz to offer practical tips for attorneys who must offer defense to physicians who find themselves charged with misconduct.
During "Show and Tell Time for the MBC: The Use of Demonstrative Evidence in Obtaining Favorable Settlements and Winning Cases," Bob drew on over 50 years of experience providing legal counsel to healthcare providers to share best practices for negotiation.
Carlo and David presented "The Anatomy of Hospital Dysfunction: Tulare v. Tulare." Their presentation focused on Tulare v. Tulare, a lawsuit over improper interference in medical staff self-governance rights which reached settlement after more than two years. David and Carlo reviewed the background leading up to the filing of the complaint, the tactics utilized during the dispute and the factors leading to the ultimate resolution. They explored how dysfunction among a hospital governing board, medical staff leadership, the medical staff office, and a hospital management group can imperil patient care through the adverse impact such dysfunction can have on credentialing and peer review, triggering regulatory agencies such as Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the California Department of Public Health to threaten to close the hospital if the dysfunction is not addressed.