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Sylvia L. Rolison, BSN, MPH, CCM, CLNC, CMSP, Owner/Director
Stephanie L. Williamson, BSN, CCRN, CCM, CLNC
PO Box 245
Perkinston MS 39573
USA
phone: 601-310-8744
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Stone Rehabilitation, LLC nurses have over 35 years of nursing experience and over 20 years of Medical Case Management experience. Offering services in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, their mission is to achieve cost effective case management services for clients while maintaining a quality work product.

Company Objectives:
  • Same day informational turn around
  • Creative cost effective measures on a case by case basis
  • Be a positive mediator between the employee, the physician, the carrier and the employer to facilitate return to gainful employment and productivity
  • Encourage the injured worker to be productive by using creative worksite rehabilitation
Consulting Services:
  • Certified Legal Nurse Consulting Services
  • Full Medical Case Management Services
  • Telephonic Medical Case Management Services
  • Onsite Job Analysis
  • Limited Case Management Services
Sylvia Rolison Legal Nurse Consultant Expert PhotoSylvia L. Rolison, BSN, MPH, CCM, CLNC, CMSP, has been providing Legal Nurse Consulting services to attorneys, carriers and nursing homes for both plaintiff and defense issues since 2002. This has included the review of over 400 nursing home files for merit and participation as a nurse expert in 132 mediations.

Ms. Rolison has also given educational in services on Quality Improvement and Documentation issues to Long Term Care and Assisted Living Facilities throughout Mississippi. As a Certified Case Manager, she has provided medical case management services to Worker's Compensation Carriers, Employers and Employees. Ms. Rolison's responsibilities include meeting with the physician to obtain current medical treatment information, relaying/coordinating patient care including medication, radiological studies, physical therapy and equipment with the employee, other physicians, carrier, and the employer, as well as coordinating Independent Medical Evaluations. She is licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Areas of Expertise: Nursing, Care, Long Term Care, Nursing Practice, Nursing Standards of Care, Assisted Living, Quality Nursing Home Care, Worker's Compensation, Occupational Health, Mediation, Certified Case Manager, Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, Elder Care.

Stephanie Williamson Medical Case Manager PhotoStephanie Williamson, BSN, CCRN, CCM, CLNC, provides Medical Case Management services on behalf of employers/Worker's Compensation carriers to employees injured at work. She is also currently employed in a local Level II Trauma Center Emergency Room and practicing as a staff nurse performing tasks include caring for emergency room patients in trauma, cardiac and medical settings.

Ms. Williamson has previous nursing experience as an ICU Coordinator. She performed duties including staff scheduling, performance improvement projects and productivity reports, as well as nursing duties on a 20 bed Intensive Care Unit that included patient assignments, pre-cepting new nurses.

Ms. Williamson has served on several committees to transition the electronic medical record to a newer updated system to meet new national guidelines. She has trained ICU employees on use of the new system. Currently assisting a Nursing Home Carrier with review of nursing home files for merit.

Areas of Expertise: Nursing - ICU, Nursing Emergency Room, Intensive Care, Emergency Room, Nursing Practice, Nursing Standards of Care, CCRN, Neuro-ICU, Worker's Compensation, Occupational Health, Critical Care.

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9001 Wilshire Blvd Suite 200
Beverly Hills CA 90211
USA
phone: 310-274-3444
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Steven M. Simons, MD, FACP, FCCP, is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases. Dr. Simons has been awarded the distinction of Fellowship in both of these disciplines, based on his national reputation, quality of care, teaching and publications. He continues to actively teach and is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine.

Dr. Simons has over 25 years of experience as an expert witness, representing both defense and plaintiffs. He is proud of the fact that his meticulous case evaluations often disclose critical information that was not appreciated prior to his review. He is an articulate, highly credible witness and has successfully testified in many high profile cases.

Dr. Simons is highly experienced at conducting independent medical evaluations. He is an expert in quantitating the degree of impairment resulting from a variety of exposures and injuries; his reports are exemplary. Dr. Simons approaches the patient in a warm, unbiased manner. Perhaps the best evidence of this is the number of claimants who, following such an evaluation, requested that he become their physician despite the fact that his conclusions were not in their favor.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Lung Disease
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Dyspnea
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Cough
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    Kenneth S. Weinberg, MSc, PhD
    20 Thompson Court
    Stoughton MA 02072
    USA
    phone: 781-341-3893
    fax: 781-341-3893
    Kenneth S. Weinberg, PhD is an Industrial Hygienist and serves as the principal consultant at Safdoc Systems. Dr. Weinberg holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Pathology from Boston University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences as well as a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Health and Radiation Health Physics from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. He is also a Certified Toxics Use Reduction Planner in Massachusetts.

    Dr. Weinberg moved from a career in research to environmental science and health and safety. He worked as an industrial hygienist in VA Hospitals prior to serving as the Director of Environmental Health and Safety at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for more than ten years.

    Dr. Weinberg has expertise in Pulmonary Disease and Pulmonary Injury, as well as in the development of lung cancer due to exposure to environmental pollutants. He also has experience in toxicology and DUI evaluation.

    Dr. Weinberg is the author of book entitled: "The Hospital Safety Director's Handbook" , published June, 2002, by Opus Communications. The book has been described as a thorough, yet concise guidebook for hospital safety directors that's easy to reference and understand.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Weinberg provides expert witness services to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. His services include medical record review, written reports, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Laboratory Safety
    • Chemical Safety
    • Hospital Safety
    • Joint Commission for Health Care Accreditation
    • OSHA
    • Hazard Communication
    • EPA
    • Industrial Hygiene
    • Latex Allergy
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Mold
  • Emergency Preparedness / Emergency Response
  • Toxicology
  • Risk Assessment
  • Policy Development
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Mercury
  • Hazardous Waste / Chemical Waste
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    Cynthia (Cyndy) Minnery, RN, BSN
    1733 Birchwood Drive
    San Marcos CA 92069
    USA
    phone: 760-445-4893
    fax: 760-888-0328
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    Cynthia Minnery Elder Abuse Expert PhotoCynthia (Cyndy) Minnery RN, BSN has over 30 years of experience caring for the elderly within Acute Care, Skilled Nursing, and Assisted Living Facilities. Ms. Minnery has worked as a Director of Quality Compliance in Skilled Nursing and Home Health Care. She now owns Residential Care Facilities and is familiar with the Standards of Care expected of caregivers in these settings.

    Ms. Minnery has years of experience and training in care of the elderly and common disorders like Alzheimer’s Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, and other Geriatric Syndromes. She currently serves on the San Diego Dementia Consortium board of directors and Clinical advisory committee.

    Cyndy Minnery has been an expert witness for elder abuse cases within Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE) since 2012. Her reputation for providing exceptional care as an RCFE owner/administrator is well known within San Diego county, caring for residents with the highest level of compassion. Ms. Minnery provides medical record review and other services to attorneys for Plaintiff and Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Residential Care for Elderly
    • Assisted Living
    • Nursing Homes
    • Title 22 Regulatory Compliance
    • Standards of Care
  • Elder Abuse
  • Bedsores
  • Wound Care
  • Falls
  • Medication Management
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    John M. White, CPP, CHPA
    Offices in Ohio and California
    All States (Except TX) USA
    phone: 877-686-5460
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    John M. White, CPP, CHPA is Board Certified in Security Management; Certified Protection Professional (CPP); Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA); and a Published Author.

    Mr. White has been a professional security practitioner, security consultant, and expert witness since 1999. He has over 40 years of experience in Corporate Security Management and Law Enforcement and Security consulting, including physical security, security operations, regulatory compliance, & security training. Prior to forming Protection Management, LLC, Mr. White served a distinguished career in law enforcement, corporate security, and the military.

    As a security consultant, Mr. White has developed and/or assessed security programs involving multi-unit residential properties, hotels/motels, homeless shelters, tourism services, places of worship, retail stores, high rise office/residential buildings, food services, entertainment services, healthcare services, hospitals, long-term care facilities/assisted living, parking facilities, college campuses, lounges, and other commercial properties.

    In 2013, Mr. White was approached by publisher Butterworth-Heinemann and asked to write a book on security risk assessments. That book, titled: Security Risk Assessment – Managing Physical and Operational Security was published in July 2014 and is available online through numerous bookstores.

    Litigation Support - Mr. White has been retained by law firms representing plaintiffs and defendants in negligent security, premises liability, and use of force lawsuits in the field of security. His services include case consultation, document review and analysis, deposition, arbitration and mediation, and trial testimony when necessary.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Crime Prevention
    • Emergency Preparedness
    • Healthcare Security
    • Premises Security Issues
    • Security Risk Assessments
    • Security Audits
  • Security Training
  • Security Management
  • Security Program Development
  • Security Policies
  • Use of Force
  • Workplace Violence
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    This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive resource available on how to conduct a thorough security assessment for any organization. A good security assessment is a fact-finding process that determines an organization’s state of security protection. It exposes vulnerabilities, determines the potential for losses, and devises a plan to address these security concerns. While most security professionals have heard of a security assessment, many do not know how to conduct one, how it’s used, or how to evaluate what they have found. Security Risk Assessment offers security professionals step-by-step guidance for conducting a complete risk assessment. It provides a template draw from, giving security professionals the tools needed to conduct an assessment using the most current approaches, theories, and best practices.
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    Debra L. Phairas
    461 Second St., Ste. 229
    San Francisco CA 94107
    USA
    phone: 415-764-4800
    fax: 415-764-4802
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    Debra L. Phairas founder of a nationally recognized Health Care Practice Management and Risk Management consulting and seminar firm. Her clients include over 1,800 individual and group physician practices of every specialty, malpractice insurance companies, state, local, and national medical/dental associations.

    Ms. Phairas' background includes medical clinic administration and loss prevention management for NORCAL MUTUAL, a physician malpractice insurance carrier in Northern California. Her BS is from Michigan State University and her graduate work at Golden Gate University San Francisco MBA Health Services Administration program. She has presented seminars and lectures nationwide for state and local medical/dental associations, management organizations and specialty societies.

    Litigation Support - Ms. Phairas is certified as an Expert Witness in California, Arizona, and Washington. Her litigation support services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include depositions, arbitration, mediation, and trial testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Medical Practice Management
    • Medical Practice Compensation
    • Medical Practice Shareholder Disputes
    • Hospital / Physician Compensation Disputes
  • Health Care Economics
  • HIPAA
  • Medical Staffing Issues
  • Risk Management
  • Medical Practice Business Valuation
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    Michael F. Arrigo
    620 Newport Center Drive
    Suite 1100
    Newport Beach CA 92662
    USA
    phone: 949-335-5580 x101
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    Michael F. Arrigo, CPHIT, CPEMR, is Managing Partner of No World Borders works with health systems, health IT companies, and health plans and provides opinions in compliance with Rule 702 based on his knowledge, skill, training, education and experience based on facts in the case, and application of testable principle and methods.

    Professional Summary:
    • Expert for work with health system, health IT company, and insurance firm in landmark federal trade commission case
    • Quoted in Wall Street Journal, New York Times; regular speaker, published as expert in the field
    • Clinician, coder, medical billing, claims, E.H.R, practice management software, and regulatory usual, customary and reasonable (UCR) medical and prescription charges experience
    Litigation Support - Mr. Arrigo provides expert opinions in matters at county, state, and federal levels. He has worked on cases regarding individual plaintiffs and defendants, city governments, law enforcement agencies, insurance firms, and hospital systems and physician groups, as well as class action law suits with tens of thousands of members throughout the U.S.

    Mr. Arrigo has the ability to explain complex concepts such as HIPAA EDI, claims, payor-provider contracting and resultant reimbursement, and other processes to lay-persons and the Court in expert reports, depositions and at trial. He has balanced plaintiff / defendant law firm engagement experience.

    Education:

    Currently studying at Stanford Medical School in biomedical informatics, business degree from University of Southern California, studies in economics, computer science and statistics at the University of California Irvine.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • Affordable Care Act
  • Coding & Billing
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Care Finance
  • Health Care Policy & Procedures
  • Health Care Regulations
  • Insurance Laws and Regulations
  • HIPAA Privacy & Security
  • HITECH Act
  • HMO / Managed Care
  • Hospital Records
  • ICD-10
  • Insurance Claims
  • Insurance Compliance
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Medicare
  • Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records
  • Medicaid
  • MRI, CT Scans
  • Medical Records Review
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Online Privacy & Security
  • Usual, Customary & Reasonable (UCR) Medical Costs


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    William C. Mohlenbrock, MD, FACS
    816 C Avenue
    Coronado CA 92118
    USA
    phone: 858-354-0415
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    William (Bill) C. Mohlenbrock, MD, FACS, has practiced General Orthopedics and Trauma Care, including total joint and arthroscopy surgeries and sports medicine and related injuries for many years at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California. He is senior physician in a group of 8 orthopedic surgeons and 2 Physician Assistants.

    In addition to orthopedic experience, Dr. Mohlenbrock is a nationally recognized expert in the objective assessment of hospital medical outcomes, Clinical Quality and Cost Efficiencies for inpatient care. He has consulted for hospitals who have found themselves in potential legal situations where the quality of their clinical care has been called into question.

    Dr. Mohlenbrock received his BS degree from the University of Illinois and his MD from the St. Louis University School of Medicine. He holds fellowships in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Physician Leadership. He is a noted lecturer and has published numerous articles on measuring and improving the quality and cost efficiency of medical care.

    Comprehensive Quality Data used to Defend Hospitals for Med Mal


    Litigation Support - Attorneys wishing to take advantage of Dr. Mohlenbrock's orthopedic and quality assessment experience as well as his communication skills, will receive unbiased, evidence-base opinions. He assists the legal profession whose clients are either plaintiffs or defendants.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Adult Reconstructive Surgery
    • Total Joint Surgery
    • Scoliosis Surgery
    • Arthroscopy Surgeries
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sport-related Injuries
  • Hospital Medical Outcome Assessments
  • Medical Care Efficiency
  • Medical Care Quality
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    The legal strategies for defending hospitals against medical legal liabilities are certainly many and varied. An additional consideration to augment every defense strategy might be contained in each hospital’s own store of big data. Heretofore these data have been underutilized for medical legal purposes...

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    Beth Morgan, CPC, MCS-P
    376 Belden Hill Rd.
    Wilton CT USA
    phone: 203-807-4007
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    Beth Morgan, CPC, MCS-P, President & CEO, has served as a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and Compliance Specialist (MCS-P) since 2004. She has over 25 years of experience in the Medical Billing and Coding field working with various types of providers during this time.

    Ms. Morgan's knowledge and expertise have enabled her to reduce providers' accounts receivables and medical bills by over 50%. She has access to a broad base of insurance company policy information, and is an information contributor to radio and TV shows as well as magazine articles.

    Litigation Support - Ms. Morgan provides expert witness services to insurance companies and attorneys for cases involving Abusive Medical Billing Practices. She offers expertise reviewing medical bills for errors and overcharges and reducing them down to Usual, Reasonable, and Customary Charges. The majority of these reviews are settled using her findings before they go to trial. She also negotiates discounts for the uninsured and underinsured.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • CPT Codes
    • Bill & Coding Review
    • Billing Compliance
    • Accounts Receivable Reduction
    • Personal Injury Bill Reduction
    • Workman Compensation Bill Review
    • Auto Accident Bill Review
  • Fall Accident Bill Review
  • UCR Pricing
  • Concealed Items/ Concealed Services
  • Services / Item Overcharges
  • Undocumented or Cancelled Items
  • Unbundled Code
  • Geographic Area Usual and Customary Charges
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    Mary Wickens, JD, CFE
    2237 Raby Road
    East Lansing MI 48823
    USA
    phone: 248-770-4906
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    Mary Wickens, JD, CFE has over 35 years experience in the Healthcare Insurance, Managed Care, and Compliance Industry. Her experience includes advising and counseling health care providers, insurers, government contractors, and others in compliance, ethics, fraud and abuse, Medicare, Medicaid and Federal Employees Plan, managed care, and other matters.

    Background Experience - Ms. Wickens is a former compliance officer for a major health insurer and former legal and compliance specialist for a CMS Medicare Program Safeguard Contractor. Also a former operations director for government programs (Medicare Part C, Medi-gap, and FEHBP) for a major HMO, she is experienced with government audits and investigations, commercial audits, as well as self-reporting and internal investigations.

    Ms. Wickens has decades of experience as in house counsel to HMOs and health insurers. She has drafted, developed, negotiated, and implemented numerous healthcare provider-payor contracts, and developed and implemented codes of conduct, ethics programs, compliance programs and numerous corrective action plans.

    Litigation Support - Mary Wickens provides litigation support, including skilled expert services, reports and testimony in federal False Claims Act cases, arbitrations, and provider-payer disputes. She is an experienced testifying expert, responsive to the needs of counsel, with excellent report writing skills. Ms. Wickens' services are available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Medicare
    • False Claims Act (FCA)
    • Health Insurance
    • HMO
    • Medicare Advantage
    • Provider / Payor Disputes
    • Claims Audits and Appeals
    • Federal Employees Health Benefits Plans (FEHBP)
  • Medicare Part D
  • Government Audits
  • DME
  • Home Health Care
  • Hospice
  • Managed Care Contracting
  • Anti-Kickback Compliance
  • Self-disclosures
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    4/12/2017 · Healthcare
    Health care fraud and abuse cases are often won or lost on the effective use of expert witnesses. As health care fraud cases have become more complex and technical, the scope and use of expert testimony has proliferated, and the successful use of experts is one of the lawyer's most important jobs. False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, and Stark Law cases all demand various types of experts to assist the trier of fact in understanding the nature of the case, the morass of rules at play, the evidence, and a variety of billing, valuation, contractual, technical, and compliance concepts. Increasingly, expert reports and testimony play a pivotal role in motions for summary judgment, as well as at trial. Experts also are used in "conference room litigation," such as mediations or negotiations between defense counsel and enforcement agencies. This article is the result of interviews with health care fraud litigators and expert witnesses in the field who identified their best practices to produce optimum outcomes for their clients.

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    Lynn M. Shaffer, RN, CLNC
    213 Thelma Road
    Central Square NY 13036
    USA
    phone: 315-676-2157
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    Lynn M. Shaffer, RN, CLNC®, is Registered Nurse with certification in Legal Nurse Consulting and the founder and managing member of Legal Nurse Consultants of CNY, LLC. Ms. Shaffer's 20 years of nursing experience includes clinical practice in hospitals, outpatient clinics and physician offices, and supervisory roles. She has specialized in Long Term Care / Rehabilitation for most of her nursing career.

    Litigation Support - Ms. Shaffer provides consulting and expert witness services for attorneys’ cases including criminal, disability, personal liability, toxic tort, and medical malpractice (specializing in long term care). As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, she assists insurance companies and attorneys with screening cases for merit, locating medical and nursing experts, and analyzing and interpreting medical records for both plaintiff and defense.

    Ms. Shaffer's CLNC® services also include: development of reports, timelines and chronologies to highlight the significant medical events, identify adherences to and deviations from applicable standards of care, and assess injuries and identify causation issues and pre-existing contributing factors. She also attends and reports on Independent Medical Exams in the Central New York areas.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Geriatrics Independent Medical Examinations
    • Long Term Care / Rehabilitation
    • Managed Care Medical Malpractice
    • Medical Records Review
    • Nursing Home Malpractice
    • Nursing Home Medical Malpractice
    • Nursing Home Safety
  • Nursing Home Staffing / Training
  • Nursing Homes Standards of Care
  • Nursing Malpractice
  • Nursing Policy & Procedures
  • Personal Injury
  • Disability
  • Wrongful Death
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    LaTonya Washington, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAP
    2005 Elzey Avenue
    Memphis TN 38104
    USA
    phone: 901-310-8215
    fax: 1-888-859-3997
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    LaTonya Washington, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAP, is physician Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics with clinical experience expertise in Hospital Medicine for both adult and pediatric patients. Her experience also includes pediatric urgent care and emergency care.

    Background - In addition to providing care for hospitalized pediatric and adult patients, Dr. Washington has served as a healthcare executive with experience managing an inpatient facility with a focus on clinical integration and physician alignment.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Washington serves as a medical file review consultant utilizing Interqual and Milliman guidelines. Her expertise is available to attorneys for plaintiff and defendant for medical malpractice and other cases involving Hospitals, Healthcare Systems, Insurers for Peer Review, Risk Management, and Utilization Review. Dr. Washington's services include medical chart review for medical standard of care, objective opinions, deposition, and trial testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Pediatric Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Healthcare Systems
    • Hospital Medicine
    • Hospital Acquired Infections
    • Standard of Care
  • Hospitalist
  • Primary Care Hospital Management
  • Infection Control
  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • Revenue Management
  • Patient Safety
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    Dr. John C. Shershow
    240 Central Park South Suite 2H
    New York NY 10019
    USA
    phone: 800-388-9299
    Dr. John Shershow is a nationally known expert in all aspects of Hospital and Clinic Administration. In his nearly 20 years of experience as a Senior Hospital Executive and Healthcare Consultant, Dr. Shershow has surveyed or consulted to hundreds of hospitals, both as an accreditation surveyor for JCAHO and as a private consultant for hospitals nationwide.

    Dr. Shershow has been Medical Director of two prestigious hospitals and an Associate Dean of a nationally known medical school. He is Board Certified and was educated at Harvard, Yale and the University of Southern California.

    Areas Of Expertise Include:
  • Hospital Administration
  • Staffing
  • Quality of Care
  • JCAHO Accreditation
  • Medical Quality Assessment and Review
  • Medical Staff Affairs
  • Hospital And Ambulatory Standards of Care
  • Patient Rights
  • Health Care Risk Management
  • Medical Quality Assurance
  • Administrative Medicine
  • Peer Review
  • JCAHO Standards
  • Physician Credentialing & Privileging
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    Elliott M. Stein, MD
    Chief of Psychiatry
    302 Silver Ave.
    San Francisco CA 94112
    USA
    phone: 415-672-9352
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    Elliott M. Stein, MD is a Geriatric Psychiatrist with over 40 years of experience caring for the elderly. Dr. Stein is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry (October, 1979), and in Geriatric Psychiatry (April, 1991; Re-Certified, December, 2001, and in April, 2011). He is licensed to practice in California and Florida.

    Dr. Stein is currently the Director of Psychiatry at the Jewish Home of San Francisco, and the Medical Director of their Geriatric Psychiatry Hospital. He treats older individuals from all over the San Francisco Bay area, typically people who have complex combination of psychiatric and medical problems.

    Dr. Stein is a Member of the Task Force on Testamentary Capacity and Undue Influence, for the International PsychoGeriatric Association. He is available to serve as an Expert Witness, do legal and forensic consultation, record review, and assessments concerning Psychiatric issues in older individuals. Dr. Stein offers his services to attorneys for both Plaintiff or Defense.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Contested Wills and Trusts
    • Testamentary Capacity, Undue Influence, Insane Delusions
    • Geriatric Competence
    • Dementia and Delirium, Alzheimer’s Disease
    • Geriatric Psychiatry Evaluation and Treatment, Psychiatric Medication, Psychotherapeutic Issues
    • Depression and Anxiety Disorders
    • Relationship Problems between the Elderly and their Adult Children
    • Aging and Mental Disorders
    • Geriatric Psychiatry issues concerning Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Independent and Assisted Living Facilities
    • Medicare Psychiatric Services Coding and Documentation
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    Dr. Paul Hofmann
    346 Rheem Blvd.
    Suite 101
    Moraga CA 94556
    USA
    phone: 925-247-9700
    fax: 925-247-9702
    Expert Witness: Retained in Washington, D.C., and over 20 states as an expert in hospital administration who could render opinion after assessing medical records, hospital policies and procedures, medical staff bylaws and regulations, JCAHO standards, depositions, etc. Served as Expert Witness for Plaintiff and Defense.

    Consultant: Has assisted hospitals and health systems with accelerating their performance improvement efforts. Speaks, writes and consults on ethical issues in health care.

    Background Highlights:
    • Consultant, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of health system.
    • Executive Director of two academic medical centers: Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, Stanford University Hospital and Clinics at Stanford.
    • Past chairman of the national advisory board for the University of Chicago’s Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.
    • An author of over 175 publications, he has written articles for USA Today, Health Management Quarterly, Trustee, Health Progress, the Journal of Health Administration Education, Frontiers of Health Services Management, Bioethics Forum, Modern Healthcare, the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Stanford Medicine, and Healthcare Executive among others.
    • Co-editor of Management Mistakes in Healthcare: Identification, Correction and Prevention, published by Cambridge University Press in 2005.
    • Co-editor of Managing Ethically: An Executive's Guide, published by Health Administration Press in 2001, and a second edition, Managing Healthcare Ethically: An Executive's Guide was published in 2010.
    • Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a past member of its Leadership Advisory Committee, and a consultant on health care management ethics since 1994.
    • Served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Center for Biomedical Ethics.
    • Recipient of American Hospital Association's Award of Honor in 2009 and an Albert Schweitzer Leadership Award in 2012.
    • Faculty appointments held at Harvard, UCLA, Stanford, Emory, the University of California, and Seton Hall University.
    • Bachelor of Science, Master of Public Health, and Doctor of Public Health degrees are from the University of California, Berkeley.
    In 1989, I agreed for the first time to serve as an expert witness in a case brought by the family of a terminally ill pregnant patient who had a cesarean section performed against her will in a prominent university teaching hospital. Since then, whether retained as a plaintiff or defense expert, I have been surprised and disturbed by the number and types of cases in which hospitals and other health care facilities have been sued.

    Progress has been made on improving patient safety and reducing clinical mistakes, but errors happen and, in spite of everything, patients are still harmed.

    The belated but formal acknowledgement of medical errors and their impact has been well documented.1 Curiously, the topic of management or executive mistakes in healthcare is not raised in professional meetings nor, until recently, addressed by an article in health administration journals

    Paul Hofmann (Editor), Frankie Perry (Editor)
    While increasing attention has been directed recently toward recognizing and reducing medical errors, healthcare organizations have yet to benefit from a similar scrutiny of management mistakes.
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