Kenneth C. McCawley RN, BSN, VWCN, CICP, has been a Nurse since 1992, and is a Combat Decorated Military Veteran who was active and served as a “doc” in the field. He is now a retired Major.
Mr. McCawley started the open heart program at CMC hospital in Scranton PA, has worked in trauma and ICU, and has 23 years of experience as a successful Director of Nursing, writing policies and ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations,. He also served as Senior Clinical Specialist for a national healthcare company.
Mr. McCawley is currently the director of nursing for a 120-bed rehab facility in Pennsylvania. He has extensive experience in working in skilled nursing facilities where he deals with pressure ulcers, wound care, and nursing home falls. He has reviewed cases for attorneys on Nursing Home Negligence and has been deposed and/or testified numerous times.
Areas of Expertise:
Pressure Ulcer /Pressure Ulcer Prevention
Nursing Home Falls
Nursing Home Fall Prevention
Certified Infection Control Preventionist through CMS
Education: Diploma Prepared Registered Nurse (RN), Community Medical Center School of Nursing, Scranton PA; Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN), Penn State University; Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN), National Certification; Wound Care Certified, VOHRA National Certification
Raymond P. Mooney, PAC, DFAAPA, is a Physician Assistant with 46 years of experience in Family Practice, Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care, and Correctional Medicine as well as over twenty years of experience in reviewing medico-legal cases. He has extensive experience in deposition as well as trial testimony in state as well as federal court.
Background Experience: He has spent all his professional career after graduating from the University of Detroit Mercy, practicing in Michigan and is Board Certified by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants and a Distinguished Fellow in the American Academy of Physician Assistants. This distinction is awarded to physician assistants who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the physician assistant profession. He is a member of the American College of Correctional Physicians, which complements and promotes his interest in correctional healthcare. For the past twenty-three years, he has been providing medical-legal reviews in family practice, urgent care medicine, emergency medicine as well as correctional healthcare. He has offered deposition testimony in approximately twenty-six states and trial testimony in state as well as federal court. Please feel free to review some of the articles that he has on his web site to assist attorneys in familiarizing themselves with the PA profession and other areas.
Mr. Mooney is also employed part-time as an independent contractor to staff the Emergency Room / Urgent Care Clinic at Dwane Waters Hospital of the Southern Michigan Prison. He is responsible for the evaluation and management of prisoners presenting for emergent as well as minor illnesses including trauma, cardiac events, respiratory distress, AIDS related illnesses, diabetes, etc. His duties also include the triage of calls from the remaining facilities in the Michigan prison system to determine the urgent nature of inmate complaints and appropriate disposition.
Litigation Support: With a diverse background as a Physician Assistant, Mr. Mooney has been providing the legal industry with his expert opinion for over 20 years. He is available to objectively evaluate cases for alleged medical negligence or a deviation in the standard of care on physician assistant practice.
Initial Attorney Conferences (No Charge )
Review / Prepare Affidavits of Merit for Medical Negligence Claims
For several years I have authored articles concerning the Physician Assistant profession. In this opinion/article, I will focus on the concept of physician assistant independent practice. I will only discuss physician assistants and will not speak to other advanced practice providers because I do not have the education, experience, or knowledge that would allow me to offer an opinion.
This is a redacted expert opinion in a complicated correctional medical malpractice and willful indifference case. Attorney requested my review and expert opinions concerning the medical treatment provided by three Physician Assistants (“PA”), PA Whitehead, PA Frederick, and PA Phelps to his client Mr. Harrison.
Suicide is a threat to all persons (inmates as well as staff) involved in corrections. The rates of inmate suicide are far higher than the national averages and even higher still for special populations such as juvenile and LGBTI inmates.
Many States outsource prison healthcare (general medical care, mental health, and dental) to corporations that supply these services. The corporation retained to provide healthcare services to inmates is responsible for hiring the staff to care for the inmate population, which can include physicians, Physician Assistants (PAs), advanced nurse practitioners, and staff nurses.
An affidavit in legal terms is a sworn statement that assures the merit of your claim. In a medical malpractice case it is produced, at the request of the attorney, after the expert provider (physician, physician assistant/nurse practitioner) has reviewed the medical records and believes that the standard of care was breached and it was a cause that contributed to the patients injuries
The Physician Assistant Experts Network™ is a referral resource for attorneys seeking expert medical opinions on the standard of care provided by physician assistants and advanced nurse practitioners. The PA Experts Network™ was founded by Jeffrey G. Nicholson, PA-C, Ph.D., M.Ed., MPAS, an experienced medical-legal consultant and a leader in the physician assistant profession. He will either help you personally or facilitate a physician assistant expert from his network of board certified Physician Assistant Experts in all medical specialties. See his article on this website. Practicing 30 years, a PA Educator, Assistant Professor, and Director of the University of Wisconsin Physician Assistant Program.
Medical Records Review, Deposition, Testimony, Referrals of PAs, NPs, Midwives, CRNAs, and allied health PT, EMT etc.
Education and Certifications:
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, 2008
Master of Education, M.Ed., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1989
Trends in malpractice awards and adverse actions (e.g., revocation of provider license) following an act or omission constituting medical error or negligence were examined. The National Practitioner Data Bank was used to compare rates of malpractice reports and adverse actions for physicians, physician assistants (PAs), and nurse practitioners (NPs). During 2005 through 2014, there ranged from 11.2 to 19.0 malpractice payment reports per 1,000 physicians, 1.4 to 2.4 per 1,000 PAs, and 1.1 to 1.4 per 1,000 NPs. Physician median payments ranged from 1.3 to 2.3 times higher than PAs or NPs. Diagnosis-related malpractice allegations varied by provider type, with physicians having significantly fewer reports (31.9%) than PAs (52.8%) or NPs (40.6%) over the observation period. Trends in malpractice payment reports may reflect policy enactments to decrease liability.
Based on the first seventeen years of data from the National Practitioner Data Bank, nationwide Physician Assistant malpractice demonstrates lower malpractice incidence and average payment amounts over a 17 Year Period Compared to MDs and Advance Practice Nurses
The physician assistant ("PA") expert witness is a board certified and state licensed health care professional who by experience or training is qualified to give an opinion on the standard of care provided by fellow physician assistants. Although formal training is not required, some PA expert witnesses have completed seminars conducted by and for legal nurse consultants.