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AALNC Annual Forum Schedule

Participants will have the opportunity to earn 14.75 contact hours of CNE credit and additional types of continuing education contact hours. If you have questions regarding continuing education, visit our frequently asked questions page. Click here to download the full schedule to reference during the live event.

Please note all times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Pre-Forum  Thursday, April 28

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Registration

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Set-Up

1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Pre-Forum 1: Novice to Skilled - Topics for Growth as an LNC

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1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Templates for Success – 1.5 CEs

Shanna Robert RN, LNC & Cassie Foster RN, LNC
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This is an interactive session focused on designing, revising, report templates to create consistent and specific work product, ultimately increasing comprehension and longevity of contracts. This session is focused on key factors which will enhance consistency and accountability across all reports which are standard to LNC practice. Identifying proper information, standardizing writing and calling attention to specific medical issues relevant to a case will be discussed in detail.

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Break

2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

How to Build and Write a Medical Chronology - 1.5 CEs

John H. Shim, MD, MBA
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This interactive session will focus on building and writing a medical chronology. Discussion will include understanding your client and roll as a LNC; vetting documents and identifying true duplicates; determining the relevance to a concern, nature of the timeline and what is meaningful data; the concept of layering information; what to do when missing records or with conflicting findings; and the evolution of manual processes vs technology-enhanced processes.

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Break

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

What Happens When a Healthcare Provider Fails to Meet the Standard of Care: From Complaint to Litigation – 1.0 CE 

Lance O. Leider JD, LLM
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Litigation involving a health care provider who fails to meet the standard of care follows begins when a plaintiff contacts an attorney. Join attorney Lance Leider as he discusses the process from complaint to litigation and the role of the LNC in each step of the process.

1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Pre-Forum 2: Tell Me Where it Hurts - Personal Injury Litigation

More information to come.

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Anatomy of a Personal Injury Case – Attorney and LNC Team Approach – 1.5 CEs

Robin Axtell RN, BSN, LNCC & David Wolf JD
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The session will provide the basis for how a personal injury case evolves as well as the elements of a personal injury case, and understanding how Florida law applies. This session will discuss how a personal injury case evolves reviewing the components of coverage, insurance liens, no-fault laws, EMC, PIP, permanency requirement, statute of limitations, and medical treatment required. At the end of the session participants will be able to identify the role and value of a LNC working in a team approach with the attorney and legal team.

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Break

2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Injury Case Analysis for the LNC – 1.5 CEs 

Dawn Espinoza MSN, RN, CCM, CDMS, CNLCP, LNCC
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This session will discuss the different types of injury and outline items specific to the analysis of an injury case. Participants will be able to apply the four elements of negligence to an injury case and understand the LNC's role as well as value when analyzing an injury case.

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Break

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Ultimate Manifestation of Psychological Response to Physical Injury. Conversion Disorder: A Case Study – 1.0 CE 

Shanna Robert RN, LNC
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This session will take an in-depth look at mental health as a component of personal injury cases. Participants will learn about mental health effects of an injury through an interactive case study identifying the ultimate psychological response with minimal physical injury.

3:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Welcome and Networking Reception

Forum Day 1 – Friday, April 29

7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Registration

7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Exhibit Hall Set-Up

7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks & Keynote Session: The Role of the Legal Nurse Consultant: A Trial Lawyer's Perspective – 1.25 CE

Richard B. Schwamm Esq, JD
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Join attorney Richard Schwamm for a session looking at the ten best practice tips for the LNC when working with attorneys. The session will include many case examples and lessons learned in litigation to help the LNC improve analysis skills, better understand the LNC role, and learn many tips for working with attorney clients.

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Session: Pandemic + Cancer = NIGHTMARE – 1.0 CE

Sharon K. McQuown MSN, RN, LNCC
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The LNC will go on a journey through a family perspective of the diagnosis of Uveal Melanoma. (Melanoma of the eye) The journey from initial diagnosis through current status will be discussed. The presentation will include the signs and symptoms, testing to diagnose, various treatments based on specific tumor measurements and locations within the eye, and ongoing care required through a case study using medical records.

Breakout Session: Hereditary Cancer and Cancer Genetics - An LNC's Guide to Understanding the Issues – 1.0 CE

Susan Haibeck MS, RN, CLNC
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This session will enable the participants to identify common and critical liabilities surrounding cancer genetics malpractice cases. Implications for the LNC will be discussed regarding the standards of care for cancer genetics, referral for the cancer patient, and its sequelae using case studies identifying hereditary cancer case themes such as failure to refer to appropriate specialist and failure to properly interpret genetic testing results.

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Breakout Session: Unavoidable Pressure Injuries: Red Flags & Roadmaps for  the Legal Nurse – 1.0 CE

Rhonda Sullivan DNP, PhD, MSN, MBA, CWON, LNCC, NE-BC, CSPHA
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Unavoidability is a complex concept and LNCs need current, relevant, and evidence-based guidance to successfully support or counter pressure injury claims. This session will help the LNC to be able to identify aspects of pressure injury care and documentation requisite to claims of unavoidability.

Breakout Session: Wernicke's Encephalopathy: Rising Cause of Brain Injury Litigation – 1.0 CE

Emma J. Patterson MD, FACS, FRCSC
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Learn about Wernicke’s encephalopathy, a devastating acute or subacute neurologic disorder resulting from thiamine deficiency. Diagnosis is often delayed and leads to permanent brain damage. Several cases will be presented, based on actual patients, where the diagnosis of Wernicke’s encephalopathy was missed by emergency room physicians, neurologists, and bariatric surgeons that resulted in patients suffering permanent neurologic deficits.

12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Break

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch and Vendor Session: Blue Bear

1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Break

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Do's and Don'ts of Deposition: A Panel Discussion – 1.0 CE

Mary K. Flanagan, BSN, RN, CNOR (E), LNCC; Panel: Susan Carleo, RN, CAPA, LNCC; Lisa Mancuso, BSN, RN, PCCN, CCRN, CLCP, LNCC; Karen Wilkinson MN, ARNP, LNCC, CNLCP
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There are constant changes and new expectations in LNC practice as well as a wide variety of practice settings which require knowledge and skills which must be learned and developed. LNCs may have significant learning needs regarding LNC practice when participating in depositions. Join Mary Flanagan and others on an experienced LNC panel to hear what they have to share about the dos and the don'ts of deposition based on their experiences.

Breakout Session: The Seven Different Types of Medical Malpractice Cases – 1.0 CE

Marjorie Chalfant RN, JD
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The seven types of cases are: failure to diagnose, failure to test, failure to monitor, failure to treat, failure to communicate, contamination, and failure to properly staff. These are the only seven types of medical malpractice cases that really matter in any case. Learn more about the most common medical errors and how they provide cause for medical malpractice lawsuits.

2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Break

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

General Session: Medical Malpractice Resulting from System Failures – 1.25 CEs

Marjorie Chalfant RN, JD
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Every case of Medical Malpractice is due to a System Failure. Identifying and proving the specific System Failure is essential in every case and applicable to the LNC practice. In this session nurse attorney Marjorie Chalfant will discuss the differences between adverse events, negligence, and system errors and how medical malpractice results from system failures and the application to LNC practice.

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Break

4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Getting Involved with AALNC: Rapid Fire Panel & Networking

Forum Day 2 – Saturday, April 30

7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Registration

7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast 

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

General Session: Heuristics and Medical Malpractice: The Importance of an Alternative Diagnosis – 1.0 CE

Stephen Cohen MD, MBA, FACS, FASCRS
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Heuristics (also called “mental shortcuts” or “rules of thumb") are efficient mental processes that help humans solve problems and learn new concepts. There are three key heuristics that providers use in medical decision making: representativeness, anchoring and adjustment, and availability. Dr. Cohen will use each of these processes to outline a medical legal case and how the provider navigates each case and explain what really happened in each example.

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Break

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Breakout Session: Protective Oversight of Wound Care in a Mega Rule World – 1.0 CE

Martha R. Kelso RN, LNC, HBOT
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The wound care regulations received a major overhaul for the first time in 30 years, what’s known as the Mega Rule updates. These updates created hundreds of pages of change. Although the changes were necessary and needed, it is a lot to absorb. This presentation will cover the changes specific to wound care, designed to keep the LNC up to date on the most recent changes and best practice principles.

Breakout Session: Top 5 Mistakes of an Expert Witness– 1.0 CE

Richard Bays JD, MBA, RN, LNCC
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Anyone who has testified as an expert witness knows that there is a wide range of questions that you may be asked. Attorneys utilize an array of techniques during questioning an expert. While defending and articulating opinions, there are 5 mistakes the LNC should avoid. This session will discuss those mistakes and how to avoid them. Attend this session to learn how to hone your LNC skills in delivering expert testimony.

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Break

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Breakout Session: How to Prepare for the Worst Case Scenario on Labor and Delivery – 1.0 CE

Dennis T. McWeeney DO, MS, FACOG
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Normal deliveries are expected 99% of the time. LNCs have limited use of best practices to draw on to avoid adverse obstetric outcomes and the 1% of the not normal deliveries. Dr. McWeeney will discuss the types of cases he has seen as an expert and how to choose an expert. He will share some labor and delivery cases and identify what LNCs should look for in the medical record to determine where something went wrong.

Breakout Session: Fatal Errors in Expert Reports – 1.0 CE

Richard Bays JD, MBA, RN, LNCC
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Attorneys rely on expert reports written by LNC’s to understand standards of care and various aspects of patient care. Drafting a report that is clear and relevant to the case at bar is essential to a successful LNC practice. This session will review 3 areas that can be fatal to a written expert report. Attendees will be able to identify these report writing errors, learn how to avoid them, and identify what should be in the reports. Attend this session looking at real examples of these fatal errors in recent cases and the consequences of these mistakes.

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Exhibit Hall: Passport to Prizes 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

General Session: Neuroradiology 101 and Nothingburgers: How Non-Radiologists can Evaluate for Legitimate vs Frivolous Claims Based on Imaging – 1.0 CE

Daniel Cousin MD
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You don't always need to hire a radiologist to read an MRI! Learn 8 easy ways for attorneys, LNCs, adjusters, and other industry professionals to evaluate case imaging for merit, without going to medical school. After attending this session the LNC will be able to clarify basic terminology such as bulge vs herniation and better understand degenerative changes and findings vs other traumatic associated findings. Dr. Cousin will present when imaging evidence is best used and when it is best discounted using case examples and tangible analogies that the LNC and jury can understand.

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch + State of the Association and Business Meeting

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Break

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Breakout Session: Evaluating Stroke Cases: Stroke Center Guidelines in the Community Hospital – 1.0 CE

Laura Averette RN, MSN & Samantha Orr MSN, RN, SCRN
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This session will provide an overview of National Stroke Guidelines and potential disparate treatment in the community setting. The session will include discussion of two cases and the application or misapplication of the standard of care in stroke care. After attending this session the LNC will be able to make a distinction between Stroke Center Guidelines and how they impact and drive outcomes in medical legal cases and articulate how to determine if these guidelines were not met or breached in medical negligence cases.

Breakout Session: The Role of the LNC in Medical Billing Fraud and Abuse – 1.0 CE

Rebecca Reier BS, RN, CRNA (Ret.), CCS-P
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This session identifies and explains the relationships between the medical record and the medical bill. Participants will gain knowledge of "red flags" and coding rules to assist the LNC in identifying the ever increasing fraud and abuse in this specific area.