Distance Learning

The Intersection of Public Health and Healthcare: Exploring Trends in Healthcare Quality and the Law, All Parts - On Demand Recording

In recent years, federal agencies, state legislatures, consumer advocates, and healthcare providers have paid a great deal of attention to defining and characterizing health care quality so that we, as a nation, can work together to improve patient care. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the federal government's leading agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans, defines quality health care as "doing the right thing for the right patient, at the right time, in the right way to achieve the best possible results." The trend toward defining and measuring healthcare quality began about 25 years ago with renewed attention to handwashing and the prevention of healthcare-associated infections. Recently-developed quality improvement policies and laws, including those embodied by the Affordable Care Act, reflect this emphasis and make quality a performance measure for healthcare providers and facilities. Many institutions now participate in healthcare collaboratives and public-private partnerships to improve healthcare and patient safety, fundamentally removing barriers to the effective functioning of the overall healthcare system. This trend can be seen in state and local policies which strive to prevent healthcare acquired infections, establish antibiotic stewardship programs, and improve research ethics.

This webinar series, co-sponsored by the CDC's Public Health Law Program (PHLP) and the American Health Lawyers Association, offers a current overview of trends in healthcare quality and the law, and will highlight federal and state policy as it relates to healthcare-associated infections, healthcare worker vaccinations, antibiotic resistance, research ethics, and the law. In each webinar, speakers will characterize the health care quality issue, and provide perspectives on the legal framework in place to address them.

Level of Difficulty: Fundamental/Intermediate

Please review descriptions of individual sessions for additional information.

 

  • The Intersection of Public Health and Healthcare: Exploring Trends in Healthcare Quality and the Law, Part I: Improving Quality: Healthcare-Associated Infections and the Law - On Demand Recording

    Recorded On: 08/10/2016

    Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are a threat to patient safety, and the prevention and reduction of healthcare-associated infections is a top priority for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This webinar will explore the public health issues associated with healthcare-associated infections and legal and policy responses to address them. Speakers will offer perspectives on state legal frameworks to address healthcare associated infections, trends in healthcare associated infection related litigation, and legal approaches to addressing healthcare associated infections in long-term care facilities.

    Time: 90 minutes
    Format: On Demand Recording

    Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are a threat to patient safety, and the prevention and reduction of healthcare-associated infections is a top priority for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This webinar will explore the public health issues associated with healthcare-associated infections and legal and policy responses to address them. Speakers will offer perspectives on state legal frameworks to address healthcare associated infections, trends in healthcare associated infection related litigation, and legal approaches to addressing healthcare associated infections in long-term care facilities.

    Note: No CLE offered for this course.

    This webinar is presented in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.





    Sponsoring AHLA Group:

    • AHLA Public Interest Committee


    Co-sponsoring AHLA Group:

    • Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group
    • Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group

    Alexa Limeres, JD (Moderator)

    Public Health Analyst

    Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion 
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Atlanta, GA

    Tara Ramanathan, JD, MPH

    Public Health Analyst

    Public Health Law Program
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Atlanta, GA
    Bio

    Max Kennerly, Esq.

    Partner

    Kennerly Loutey, LLC
    Philadelphia, PA

    Demi Haffenreffer, RN, MBA

    Owner

    Haffenreffer and Associates
    Portland, OR
    Bio

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  • The Intersection of Public Health and Healthcare: Exploring Trends in Healthcare Quality and the Law, Part II: Ensuring Safety: Healthcare Worker Vaccinations and the Law - On Demand Recording

    Recorded On: 09/06/2016

    Healthcare facilities across the country are increasingly requiring healthcare workers to be vaccinated for certain vaccine-preventable diseases to reduce the risk of disease outbreaks or transmission. In some instances, facilities establish these requirements under mandates set forth by state statutes or regulations. This webinar will describe how healthcare worker vaccinations can be a legal tool for reducing healthcare associated infections and outline statutory and regulatory strategies states have utilized to improve healthcare worker vaccination rates. Finally, this webinar will discuss barriers for healthcare worker vaccination requirements and considerations for legal counsel.

    Time: 90 minutes
    Format: On Demand Recording

    Healthcare facilities across the country are increasingly requiring healthcare workers to be vaccinated for certain vaccine-preventable diseases to reduce the risk of disease outbreaks or transmission. In some instances, facilities establish these requirements under mandates set forth by state statutes or regulations. This webinar will describe how healthcare worker vaccinations can be a legal tool for reducing healthcare associated infections and outline statutory and regulatory strategies states have utilized to improve healthcare worker vaccination rates. Finally, this webinar will discuss barriers for healthcare worker vaccination requirements and considerations for legal counsel.

    Note: No CLE offered for this course.

    This webinar is presented in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.





    Sponsoring AHLA Group:

    • AHLA Public Interest Committee


    Co-sponsoring AHLA Group:

    • Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group
    • Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group

    Aila Hoss, JD

    Legal Analyst

    Healthcare Worker Vaccination Assessment Project Centers
    Public Health Law Program
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Atlanta, GA

    Priscilla D. Keith, JD

    Assistant General Counsel

    Community Health Network, Inc.
    Indianapolis, IN
    Bio

    ​Dawn Pepin (Moderator)

    Public Health Analyst

    Public Health Law Program
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Atlanta, GA
    Bio

    Tom Talbot, MD, MPH

    Associate Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

    Chief Hospital Epidemiologist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    Nashville, TN

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  • The Intersection of Public Health and Healthcare: Exploring Trends in Healthcare Quality and the Law, Part III: Exploring Trends: Antibiotic Resistance and the Law - On Demand Recording

    Recorded On: 10/04/2016

    Antibiotics and similar drugs, together called antimicrobial agents, have been used for the last 70 years to treat patients who have infectious diseases. However, these drugs have been so widely used and for so long that the infectious organisms the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective. And, each year in the US, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die each year as a result of these infections. This webinar will define and characterize the public health problem associated with antibiotic resistance, and highlight policymakers efforts to respond address the issue. Speakers will highlight the legal framework for addressing antimicrobial resistance, and provide tips for advising health care clients in this area.

    Time: 90 minutes
    Format: Live Webinar

    Antibiotics and similar drugs, together called antimicrobial agents, have been used for the last 70 years to treat patients who have infectious diseases. However, these drugs have been so widely used and for so long that the infectious organisms the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective. And, each year in the US, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die each year as a result of these infections. This webinar will define and characterize the public health problem associated with antibiotic resistance, and highlight policymakers efforts to respond address the issue. Speakers will highlight the legal framework for addressing antimicrobial resistance, and provide tips for advising health care clients in this area.

    Note: No CLE offered for this course.

    This webinar is presented in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.





    Sponsoring AHLA Group:

    • AHLA Public Interest Committee


    Co-sponsoring AHLA Group:

    • Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group
    • Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group

    Tara Ramanathan, JD, MPH (Moderator)

    Public Health Analyst

    Public Health Law Program
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Atlanta, GA
    Bio

    Lauri Hicks, DO

    Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Atlanta, GA

    Kevin Outterson

    Professor of Law

    Boston University School of Law
    Boston, MA
    Bio

    Denise Hill

    Director of Health Law Programs

    Drake University Law School
    Of Counsel- Whitfield & Eddy Law
    Des Moines, IA
    Bio

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  • The Intersection of Public Health and Healthcare: Exploring Trends in Healthcare Quality and the Law, Part IV: Exploring Trends: Bioethics, Healthcare Quality, and the Law - On Demand Recording

    Recorded On: 11/18/2016

    This webinar, which features speakers from the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, will offer a primer on bioethics, research ethics, and the law. Speakers will describe neuroscience studies and the problem of getting consent from patients with mental disorders and discuss strategies and procedures when a research participant is harmed. Lastly, speakers will discuss the relationship between bioethics and healthcare quality, and how the U.S. legal system should address research participant protection laws, and laws surrounding international research practices.

    Time: 90 minutes
    Format: On Demand Recording

    This webinar, which features speakers from the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, will offer a primer on bioethics, research ethics, and the law. Speakers will describe neuroscience studies and the problem of getting consent from patients with mental disorders and discuss strategies and procedures when a research participant is harmed. Lastly, speakers will discuss the relationship between bioethics and healthcare quality, and how the U.S. legal system should address research participant protection laws, and laws surrounding international research practices.

    Note: No CLE offered for this course.

    This webinar is presented in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.





    Sponsoring AHLA Group:

    • AHLA Public Interest Committee


    Co-sponsoring AHLA Group:

    • Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group
    • Post-Acute and Long Term Services Practice Group

    Fahruk Akinleye, MPH (Moderator)

    Workforce Development Coordinator

    Public Health Law Program
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Atlanta, GA

    Elizabeth Pike, J.D., LL.M.

    Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

    Washington, DC

    Nicolle K. Strand, J.D., M.

    Bioethics

    Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues
    Washington, DC

    Philip L. Pomerance

    COO and General Counsel

    Best Practices Inpatient Care, Ltd.
    Long Grove, IL
    Bio

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  • AHLA Member: $0
  • AHLA Non-Member: $0

This webinar is presented in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.





Sponsoring AHLA Group:

  • AHLA Public Interest Committee


Co-sponsoring AHLA Group:

  • Hospitals and Health Systems Practice Group

Live Webinars

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  • For attorneys licensed in states in which live distance learning programs are approved and AHLA possesses approved provider/sponsor status: AHLA webinars are pre-approved for CLE credit. Certificates of completion are made available immediately following the webinar upon completion of the course evaluation. Those states are: Indiana, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
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