Healthcare Administration Expert Witness

Healthcare Administration Expert Witness

A Healthcare Administration expert witness is a Hospital Administrator or other healthcare executive who testifies regarding healthcare facility liability. Although physicians and nurses deliver daily healthcare, it is the hospital’s Executive Leadership Team who is ultimately responsible for implementing the policies and procedures that keep patients safe. Most Hospital Administrators have an MBA in Healthcare Administration or a Master in Health Administration (MHA). Some hold additional certification in Healthcare Administration from the American College of Healthcare Executives or the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management. Healthcare Administrators fulfill C-suite roles such as CEOs and CMOs, but also hold key positions as Hospital Administrator, Chief Nursing Officer, Facility Manager, Director of Nursing, and Operations Manager. They build, manage, and lead healthcare programs at freestanding hospitals, major medical centers, outpatient facilities, and large healthcare systems. Although they are typically not physicians, Healthcare Administrators work closely with healthcare professionals to optimize patient care, provide comprehensive treatment resources, and maximize patient safety. This unique role often places the Healthcare Administration team at the competing nexus of corporate interests and patient care.

Since the hospital’s governing board, CEO, Chief Medical Officer, and other key Hospital Administrators have overarching responsibilities for patient safety, they may be targeted in complex litigation. When litigation arises, a Healthcare Administration expert witness is mission critical to success since many medical negligence claims have a separate cause of action based in hospital corporate negligence. Hospital negligence typically results from one or more of the following situations:

  • An employee commits a negligent act that was foreseeable or intentional
  • An employee commits an improper act as a consequence of negligent credentialing
  • Negligent supervision of hospital employees
  • Inadequate staffing to address patient census and overcrowding
  • Failure to comply with state and federal laws, and Joint Commission standards
  • Improper protocols and oversight in determining observation v. admission status

Healthcare Administration Case Matter

Elite Medical Experts reviews all aspects of Healthcare Administration litigation and consultation, including:

  • Regulatory compliance: State, federal, JCAHO (Joint Commission)
  • Patients’ rights: Confidentiality, HIPAA, informed consent, discrimination, equal access
  • Physician credentialing: Negligent credentialing
  • Patient safety:  Medication errors, diagnostic errors, healthcare-associated infections
  • Policies and procedures: Medical/Surgical floor, operation room, emergency department
  • Fraudulent billing: Upcoding, observation/admission status, False Claims Act (Qui tam)
  • Training, supervision, and oversight of physicians, nurses, employees, residents, and students
  • Staffing levels: Nurse to patient ratios, census management, overcrowding, boarding
  • Patient injuries: Falls, operating room injury, assaults
  • Failure to report: Communicable diseases, public health risks
  • Elder abuse
  • Hospital errors

Given the complexity of Healthcare Administration, an experienced Healthcare or Hospital Administrator from a leading medical center will be an invaluable resource in evaluating complex cases. To secure a hand-selected HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATION EXPERT WITNESS who is ready to work with you, please contact Elite Medical Experts and speak with a physician or nurse on Elite’s experienced Case Strategy Team today.

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Dr. Burton Bentley II, the CEO of Elite Medical Experts, is a nationally renowned authority on medical liability, informed consent, and complex issues at the intersections of medicine, law, and business. As a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician and entrepreneur, Dr. Bentley founded Elite Medical Experts in 2010 while overseeing nearly a decade of year-over-year growth. Dr. Bentley also developed and patented a commercial medical device and co-founded Consent Spectrum, a state-of-the-art digital platform for informed consent in aesthetic medical procedures.  Outside of Elite, Dr. Bentley can be found spending time with his family and riding horses in Tucson’s riverbeds and deserts.

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