Best Practices for Balancing Transparency While Avoiding Liability Following the RaDonda Vaught Criminal Verdict

ASHRM Webinar Series
Member: $39.00
Non-Member: $99.00

Speaker: Matt Keris, Attorney at Law - Medical Defense


ASHRM CE Credit: 1.0

This webinar will discuss the implications of the RaDonda Vaught trial and what risk management can do to support individual providers and help eliminate mistakes and workarounds.

In addition to civil, licensing, disciplinary and regulatory concerns, health care organizations and individual providers now must evaluate their potential criminal liability after medical mistakes following the RaDonda Vaught criminal trial. How will this case impact incident reporting, transparency and just culture? What, if anything, is privileged from a criminal investigation? Will civil claims and defense strategy be handled differently now that there are attempts to criminalize medical mistakes? What can risk management do to support individual providers and help eliminate mistakes and workarounds? These issues and more will be covered in this important presentation.


  • • Learn more about the underlying facts, subsequent investigations and events of the RaDonda Vaught criminal trial to understand the context of the verdict and its impact on risk management
  • • Understand best ways to promote self-reporting and conduct privileged investigations while limiting criminal exposure following an incident
  • • Develop strategies that identify safe “workarounds” and eliminate dangerous workplace practices
ASHRM CE Credits 1.0
CNE Credits 0.0

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Speaker Bio

Matt Keris has defended health care providers, large businesses, and device manufacturers for more than two decades. He is a shareholder in the firm's Health Care Department and Chair of the Electronic Medical Record and Audit Trail Practice Group. In July of 2020, Matt had the privilege of trying the first Pennsylvania civil jury trial to verdict during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Matt has developed substantial expertise in electronic medical record (EMR) preservation, production, and discovery matters. He authored a book, Electronic Medical Records and Litigation, for Thomson Reuters, and a peer-reviewed journal article, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Creates Real Risk Management and Litigation Issues, for the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management. Matt has also been interviewed on the subject by national media outlets, including NBC News.

As a resource for clients and the legal community on issues pertaining to the EMR and AI, Matt’s commentary is routinely sought by legal publications including The Legal Intelligencer, Law 360, ED Legal Letter, Risk Review, Litigation Management, Counterpoint, and Becker’s Hospital Review. Matt also serves as an editor of Patient Safety, a journal published by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. Matt’s counsel is routinely sought by health care providers, administrators, risk managers, claims professionals, defense counsel, medical societies, and governmental entities on issues pertaining to legal, ethical, and patient safety matters. He has worked with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Healthcare Trustees, and American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.

Known as a national leader of the defense bar, Matt previously served on the Defense Research Institute's (DRI) Board of Directors as the Atlantic Region Director and is a member of the Steering Committee for its Annual Insurance Roundtable. After his term on the DRI Board ended, Matt was appointed and currently serves as President of the DRI Foundation, the charitable arm of the defense litigation organization. Matt is a former President of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute and continues to serve as the chair of the Medical Professional Liability Committee. He twice served as President of the Pennsylvania Association for Health Care Risk Management and is an active member of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance and American Legal Connections.