Jeffrey Catalano is slated to speak at a March 11 seminar in Washington, D.C. concerning policies designed to enhance patient safety through open communications among health care providers and patients.
Mr. Catalano will address an audience of congressional and executive branch policymakers on how lawyers for injured patients can effectively participate in resolution systems based on early disclosure of adverse medical outcomes, open communications, caregiver apologies, and offers of settlement.
The panel will discuss the rewards and challenges of an emerging model for medical care providers known as "Communication and Response." This approach focuses on investigating adverse events early, telling patients and families what occurred, offering appropriate compensation, and taking corrective action.
The three-hour program – entitled "When There's Harm in the Hospital: Can Transparency Replace 'Deny and Defend'" – is hosted by the National Health Policy Forum. In addition to Mr. Catalano, the panel is comprised medical providers, risk managers, and consumer advocates.
Mr. Catalano, president-elect of the Massachusetts Bar Association, represents victims of catastrophic injuries in medical negligence and other personal injury cases. He serves on the Massachusetts Alliance for Communication and Resolution Following Medical Injury (MACRMI).
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