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Topics in Risk Management - 7th Edition


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Learn from Risk Management Experts

You'll discover key strategies for protecting both your patients and your practice with this series of in-depth audio discussions focused on important topics in risk management and health care ethics. Led by Richard P. Kidwell, JD, Senior Associate Counsel and Vice President of Risk Management at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, medicolegal experts share their valuable insights on:

  • Opioid prescribing pitfalls
  • Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Preparting for and participating in depositions
  • Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation and arbitration
  • Issues with electronic records
  • Avoiding potential fraud and abuse claims
  • And more…

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Module 1 - Opioid Prescribing

John T. Sly, JD, is a trial attorney and partner at the Baltimore firm, Waranch & Brown. His practice focuses on aggressive defense of physicians in health care facilities throughout Maryland. Sly has successfully tried numerous high-dollar cases and has argued before state and federal appellate courts. He earned the title of "super lawyer" every year from 2009 to 2020. A mere 5% of attorneys in each state are selected to that august group. Sly is also very active on the Maryland Defense Counsel Executive Board, the Defense Research Institute, and the Maryland BC Society for Health Care Risk Management.

Module 2 - Depositions from the Perspective of the Defendant

Neal M. Brown, JD, is founding partner of the Baltimore firm, Waranch & Brown. He has spent his career defending hospitals and doctors in court and before regulatory boards, with more than 75 jury trials in both state and federal courts. Brown is a frequent speaker nationally and locally.

Module 3 - The Mediator’s Perspective

The Honorable Eugene F. Scanlon, Jr., served as a defense lawyer for 25 years, defending hospitals and doctors. He went on to serve as a judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh for nearly 12 years. For the last 12 years, Scanlon has been an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) specialist, serving as an arbitrator, mediator, or early neutral evaluator.

Module 4 - The Americans With Disabilities Act

Ashli Molinero, D.Sc., joined UPMC Community Provider Services as Director of the Disabilities Resource Center in 2015. Her commitment to patient advocacy and the delivery of exceptional care is demonstrated in her extensive history of 23 years in the hospital and health care industry. In her current role at UPMC, Molinero ensures accessible health care for people with disabilities through education and resource development, staff awareness and training, policy development and patient advocacy.

Module 5 - Fraud, Waste and Abuse in Health Care

Douglas A. Heusey, MBA, CHC, is the Corporate Director of Compliance for UPMC. He has more than 30 years of experience in health care with concentrations in revenue cycles and hospital operations. Heusey worked in one of the big four accounting firms' health care division, and at one time, owned his own professional fee billing company. Heusey also has a master’s degree in health care administration, is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association, and serves as adjunct professor in management and accounting at a Pittsburgh college.

Module 6 - The Electronic Medical Record

Matthew P. Keris, JD, has defended doctors, health systems, long-term care providers and medical device manufacturers for more than two decades. He is a shareholder in the Marshall Dennehey law firm's Health Care Department, and Chair of their Electronic Medical Record and Audit Trail Practice Group. Keris has substantial expertise in electronic medical record (EMR) preservation, production and discovery matters, and his counsel is routinely sought by health care providers, administrators, risk managers, claims professionals, defense counsel, medical societies and governmental entities on issues pertaining to legal, ethical and patient safety matters.

Module 7 - Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation, Arbitration, and Early Neutral Evaluation)

The Honorable Eugene F. Scanlon, Jr. (See Module 3 above.)


Coordinating Editor

Richard P. Kidwell, JD

Administrative Editor & CME Course Director

Senior Associate Counsel/Vice President of Risk Management

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Pittsburgh, PA


Neal M. Brown, JD

Managing Partner

Waranch & Brown, LLC

Lutherville, MD

Douglas A. Heusey, MBA, CHC

Corporate Director of Compliance

UPMC Physician Services Division

Pittsburgh, PA

Matthew P. Keris, JD

Shareholder Attorney

Marshall Dennehey

Scranton, PA

Ashli Molinero, D.Sc.

Director, UPMC Disabilities Resource Center

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Pittsburgh, PA

The Honorable Eugene F. Scanlon, Jr.

Judge, Pennsylvania 5th Judicial District (Retired)

Scanlon ADR Services

Pittsburgh, PA

John T. Sly, JD


Waranch & Brown, LLC

Lutherville, MD



Oakstone Publishing is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Oakstone Publishing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Contact Hours: 14


Oakstone Publishing designates this enduring material for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Date of Original Release: July 31, 2020
Date of Credit Expiration: July 31, 2023
Estimated Time to Complete: 14 hours

Learning Objectives

After participating in this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Avoid potential fraud and abuse claims
  • Create electronic records that will cover ongoing patient care and prevent or provide a defense to medical malpractice claims
  • Prepare for and perform confidently when testifying at a deposition
  • Understand the advantages of participating in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) rather than taking the riskier course of letting a lay jury decide a medical malpractice case

Intended Audience

Physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and others interested in the education of risk management.

Quick Facts

Provider: Oakstone CME

Coordinating Editor:

Richard P. Kidwell, JD

Administrative Editor & CME Course Director
Senior Associate Counsel Vice President of Risk Management 
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center 
Pittsburgh, PA

Credits: Earn a maximum of 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits




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