CMS Never Events and Litigation: A Roadmap to Stopping Never Events.

Program Date: April 2010
Continuing Education Units: Nurse 1.0 Contact Hours, Dietitian 1.0 CPEU
This program covers the history and impact of Serious Reportable Adverse Events, commonly referred to as “Never Events.” Understanding the impact of Never Events and knowing your role in identifying steps to minimize associated risks is critical in today’s healthcare environment.

To present information on the impact and management of Never Events.

Program Objectives:
* Review the history of Never Events.

* Identify the financial impact of Never Events.

* Discuss how Never Events affect litigation.

* Describe the steps to minimize the risks of litigation.

Faculty Name: Courtney Lyder, ND, GNP, FAAN
Dean and Professor, UCLA School of Nursing
Assistant Director for Academic Nursing, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Courtney H. Lyder, ND, GNP, FAAN is the Dean and Professor at the UCLA School of Nursing and Assistant Director for Academic Nursing for the UCLA Hospital System. Prior to assuming the deanship at UCLA on August 1, 2008, he served in progressive leadership positions at Yale University and the University of Virginia. Dr. Lyder holds bachelor degrees from Beloit College (Psychology/Biology) and Rush University (Nursing), and an MS (Geriatric Nursing) and Doctorate in Nursing from Rush University.

Dr. Lyder’s scholarship has focused on the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers in the elderly. He has also researched the wise use of innovative technologies to help elders “age in place”. Dr. Lyder has developed numerous innovative training programs in gerontology. He has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on grants totaling over $15 million. His scholarship has influenced the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to change regulations related to care of the elderly in the nations 16,000 nursing homes and stop payment for hospital-acquired conditions affecting over 7,000 hospitals.

He is the author of over 175 journal articles, books, book chapters and abstracts. A sought after speaker, Dr. Lyder has given over 500 lectures across the U.S. and abroad. The recipient of numerous awards for his leadership in gerontology and nursing, in 2001 he received the Maes-MacInnes Award for Significant Contributions in Nursing from New York University. In 2007, he received the Thomas Stewart Founders Award for Significant Contributions to Pressure Ulcer Care Through Leadership and Public Policy from the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. At age 32, Dr. Lyder was elected to the American Academy of Nursing.

Faculty Name:
Nancy Collins, PhD, RD, LD/N, FAPWCA
Founder and Executive Director of

Dr. Nancy Collins is a registered and licensed dietitian based in South Florida. Dr. Collins is nationally known for her work in the wound care and medical litigation arenas. She has extensively studied the nutritional needs of patients with wounds and the effects of unintended weight loss on healing. She is passionate about educating other health care professionals and has delivered more than 400 professional lectures on these topics. Dr. Collins is also a prolific author and has numerous publications to her credit. Dr. Collins is an editorial advisor to the journal Advances in Skin and Wound Care, a contributing editor for Ostomy-Wound Management, and an editorial advisor for Today’s Diet and Nutrition. She is also a member of many medical advisory boards including the American Professional Wound Care Association, which granted her Fellow status. Her ground breaking work in wound care led to a second specialty in litigation and risk management. Dr. Collins has served as an expert witness in over 400 medical malpractice and wrongful death suits involving the interwoven issues of nutrition, wounds, body weight and the applicable standard of care.

Dr. Collins’ work in wound care highlighted the need for quality, professional resources for health care professionals. This need led Dr. Collins to create and These web sites provide over 2000 free, peer reviewed, downloadable and customizable resources covering a multitude of topics in nutrition and health care. Health care professionals from around the globe turn to Dr. Collins’ sites for patient handouts, slide sets, in-services, policies, and more. In a recent media article, was called the Google of dietetics and nutrition. Dr. Collins also has a long history of service to the profession. She is a past president of the Broward (Fort Lauderdale) Dietetic Association, past president of the Florida Dietetic Association, and past chair of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group. Currently, she is the Florida affiliate delegate to the American Dietetic Association.

Program Date: April 2010

Media Format(s): Video(English)

Continuing Education Units: Nurse 1.0 Contact Hours, Dietitian 1.0 CPEU

*at no charge