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Legal Aspects of Patients Leaving Against Medical Advice

Total Credits: .5 including .5 AOA Category 2-A Credit

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MAOPS - Missouri
Tim Reuschel, JD
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In this lecture, you'll be discussing the legal aspects of patients leaving against medical advice.

Goals & Objectives:
·    Estimate the risk of AMA.
·    Document AMA discussions & situations appropriately.
·    Describe the process of a patient leaving AMA.

Accreditation Statements:
The Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. MAOPS designates this program for a maximum of .5 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician's participation.

Grievance Policy:
All grievances should be in writing and should specify the nature of the grievance.  Initially, all grievances should be directed to MAOPS Executive Director, who will then forward said grievance to the Education & Convention Committee.  All grievances will receive an initial response in writing within 30 days of receipt.  If the participant does not receive a satisfactory response, then they can then submit a complaint in writing to the Council on Continuing Medical Education of the AOA at 142 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611.




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Tim Reuschel is Vice President – General Counsel for Hannibal Regional Healthcare System.  Tim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Truman State University in Kirksville.  He received his legal education at the University of Missouri where he was Senior Note and Comment Editor of the Missouri Law Review and admitted to the Order of the Coif in 2000.  Tim entered private practice in Kirksville and was a partner in various firms until becoming full-time counsel for HRHS in 2013.  He has published articles on many topics, including:  contracts, torts and trying cases in rural venues.  Prior to joining HRHS, Tim was a member of HRHS’s governing board from 2010-2012.  At HRHS, Tim supervises the Risk Management, Contract Management, Facilities, Health Information Management, Compliance and IT Departments as well as providing legal guidance to the CEO, the HRHS Board of Directors and the Medical Staff of Hannibal Regional Hospital.  He is the 2018 Vice President of the Missouri Society of Healthcare Attorneys and will serve as President in 2019.  Tim and his wife, Cara, are the proud parents of four wonderful, but frustrating children.

Mr. Reuschel discloses that he has no relevant financial relationship with any organization producing, marketing, reselling or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients relative to the content of this presentation.


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