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AALNC Annual Forum Schedule-at-a-Glance

Participants will have the opportunity to earn 15.5 contact hours of CNE credit and additional types of continuing education contact hours.

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

Pre-Forum  Thursday, April 28

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Registration

12:00 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 CE

Shanna Robert 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.

Session TBD

Speaker TBD
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More information to come.

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 (Tentative) – 1.5 CE 

Lance Leider JD, LLM
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1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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

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1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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

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 CE 

Dawn Espinosa 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. – 6:30 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. – 7:00 p.m.

Registration

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Breakfast and Vendor Session

8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks & Keynote Session: COVID-19 Related Nursing License Complaints: Considerations for LNCs – 1.25 CEs

Hannah Williams RN, BSN, JD
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More information to come.

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 CEs

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 CEs

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, FRSC
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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. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Vendor Session

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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

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: The Seven Different Types of Medical Malpractice Cases – 1.0 CEs

Marjorie Chalfant RN, JD
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More information to come.

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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More information to come.

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Break

4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Getting Involved Session

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 (Chapter Tables, SIGs)

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

General Session: COVID Litigation in Nursing - What Can We Expect – 1.0 CEs

Jonathan Rose Esq.
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More information to come.

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Break

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Breakout Session: Case Study - Failure to Rescue After Outpatient Urologic Surgery – 1.0 CE

Jane Shufro MS, BSN, RN, CPAN, LNCC
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Failure to rescue (FTR) is failing to prevent a clinical deterioration, such as death, resulting from a complication of underlying illness or surgery. It is a concept that has received increased attention especially as a surgical quality indicator. Understanding best practices in perioperative care is critical for the quality and safety of the urologic patient in an outpatient setting. This session will help participants gain an enhanced understanding of current best practices within this area to better be able to identify specialty-specific guidelines and challenges in the outpatient setting.

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: OB Litigation for the LNC – 1.0 CE

Dennis T. McWeeney DO, MS, FACOG
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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. – 11:15 a.m.

Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

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

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.

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch + State of the Association and Business Meeting

1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Exhibit Hall: Passport to Prizes

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.