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Minimizing The Risk of a Medical Malpractice Claim
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Free CLE Conference offered by the Health Care Law Section

When: 4/10/2015
7:30 AM
Where: Providence St. Patrick Hospital's Broadway Building Conference Center
500 West Broadway
Missoula, MT  59802
Contact: Rick Beck

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The Montana Bar’s Health Care Law Section is pleased to present a free, two-hour CLE session at Providence St. Patrick Hospital’s Broadway Building Conference Center located at 500 West Broadway in Missoula at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, April 10th. Free parking is available in the Broadway Building underground parking garage. The session will also be available by webinar for those attorneys who cannot attend in person - Please notify Sara Laney at the University of Montana via e-mail no later than Thursday, April 9th at if you prefer to attend via the webcast. 

This Friday Medical Conference session is open to both attorneys and health care professionals, and is entitled “Minimizing The Risk of a Medical Malpractice Claim.”  The session is pending approval of 2 CLE credits. 

The speaker will be Martha Raymond, Esq.Associate Vice President of Risk, Claims & Insurance for Providence Health & Services.  She has been with Providence for seven years and previously served as its Risk and Claims Director.  Prior to Providence, Martha was a partner in the law firm of Wilson Smith Cochran Dickerson in Seattle.  Her practice focused on the representation of physicians and health care facilities, including Providence, in medical malpractice cases.  She has a Bachelor’s from Stanford University and received her JD from UCLA.  Martha’s passion outside work is soccer which she either watches or plays 3-6 times a week. 


In Martha’s experience, “the deciding factor in many lawsuits and non-litigated settlements has nothing to do with the quality of care provided.  Physicians can reduce the risk of being sued or having to settle a case by improving communication, patient satisfaction, documentation and disclosure.”  Martha will review case studies and share what motivates people to sue their physicians.  Martha will focus on steps health care providers can take to reduce that motivation, and examine ways to record their interactions and thought processes to support a provider’s defense if sued.


What is the law in Montana regarding physician and hospital liability for the care they provide?  How should lawyers and physicians analyze health care events for potential claims and lawsuits?  When is it appropriate to do a disclosure?  What happens when Providence and/or a Providence physician gets sued?  What does available claims data tell us and how does Providence compare nationally?  Martha will examine these and other issues during her two-hour presentation.