Attorneys Barry Cobb and Jason Newton of downtown Raleigh law firm Yates, McLamb & Weyher (YMW) recently spoke at the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) spring conference. The meeting, which was held in Wilmington May 5 – 7, aimed to offer speakers and current topics in an effort to keep the membership apprised of risk management trends and challenges.
Cobb, a partner at YMW, presented on “Reporting Requirements to External Agencies – Release of Information” and provided risk managers and other conference attendees information about statutes and rules requiring them to report specific events and occurrences to professional licensing boards, such as the North Carolina Medical Board and the North Carolina Board of Nursing. Cobb also covered the circumstances under which these boards might request information from healthcare facilities as part of investigations, the proper scope of such requests, and what privileges might apply.
Also a partner at YMW, Newton presented “Discoverability Laws in North Carolina,” addressing topics of recurrent interest in medical malpractice cases regarding discoverability of certain items from hospitals in civil litigation, including incident reports, peer review documents and risk management files. In addition to presenting at the conference, Newton is a board member of the N.C. ASHRM and serves as the organization’s treasurer.
Established in 1980, the ASHRM is a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association with more than 5,400 members representing healthcare, insurance, law and other related professions. ASHRM promotes effective and innovative risk management strategies and professional leadership through education, recognition, advocacy, publications, networking and interactions with leading healthcare organizations and government agencies. For more information on the North Carolina Chapter of ASHRM, please visit: http://nc-ashrm.org/.