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Upcoming Health Policy Lecture: Evaluating the Medical Malpractice System and Options for Reform


The Interprofessional Student Council Healthcare Policy Committee and the American Medical Student Association would like to invite you to a lecture by Mr. Charles Key on the current state of medical “malpractice” insurance and ways to improve this system to benefit both the caregiver and the patient. The event will be on Tuesday February 11th from 12-1:00 p.m. in GEB A203.

Synopsis of Lecture:
The public debate over “tort reform” has centered largely on damage caps as a means of containing increases in the cost of medical professional liability (“malpractice”) insurance. A more fundamental conversation is needed, however, about ways in which we can make the delivery of health care services safer, and at the same time make the legal system more efficient and more responsive to the needs of injured patients. This presentation will outline the theory, purpose, and method of medical negligence law, identify serious flaws in the current system for redressing patient injury, and discuss ways in which the system can be improved.

Speaker Biography:

CHARLES M. KEY is a partner in the Memphis office of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP. Mr. Key represents hospitals, physicians, other health care providers, and related organizations in business planning, regulatory compliance, Medicare reimbursement, insurance, risk management, and medical staff relations. He holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Arkansas State University and a law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Mr. Key is an experienced speaker and writer on legal issues in health care, and has served as an adjunct professor in the graduate program in health administration at the University of Memphis. His recent speaking engagements include continuing education sessions on health regulation, health reform, and advance medical directives. He has served as chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Health Law Section, the Tennessee Bar Foundation Board of Trustees, and the editorial boards of the American Bar Association Health Law Section publications, The Health Lawyer and Stark & Anti-Kickback Toolkit. He currently serves on the ABA Standing Committee on Publications Oversight and Health Law Section Governing Council, and is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the State Bar Associations of Missouri and Tennessee.

Evaluating the Medical Malpractice System and Options for Reform
When: Tuesday, February 11, 12-1 PM
Where: GEB A203