Erin Brockovich and Legal Counsel Address Medicare Medical Errors Litigation at Quality Colloquium
  • An Executive Education Course on Patient Safety, Healthcare Quality Enhancement and Medical Errors Reduction for Healthcare Executives, Clinicians and Patient Care Staff
  • Classes Held in Harvard University's Annenberg Hall, Saunders Theatre and Faculty Club, Cambridge, MA
  • Colloquium Hotels: The Inn at Harvard and Harvard Square Hotel
  • August 20 - 23, 2006
Phone: 800-684-4549

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- HEALTHCARE UPDATE NEWS SERVICE(TM) -- JUNE 27, 2006: The Fifth Quality Colloquium,, August 20 - 23, 2006, on the campus of Harvard University today announced that it will feature a presentation by Erin Brockovich-Ellis and attorney Kenneth L. Connor, Esq. will address the recent Medicare medical errors litigation at Quality Colloquium.


Erin Brockovich-Ellis, a real-life consumer advocate made famous in the Julia Roberts movie in 2000, has recently filed lawsuits alleging that numerous hospitals and convalescent homes are billing Medicare for ailments that were caused by their own negligence. Ms. Brockovich-Ellis and her legal counsel Kenneth L. Connor, Esq. will address the basis of this litigation on Tuesday, August 22,2006 at the Quality Colloquium.

Erin Brockovich-Ellis
Consumer Advocate
Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth L. Connor, Esq.
Attorney, Wilkes & McHugh PA
Leesburg, VA

Janet M. Corrigan, MBA, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, National Quality Forum and National Committee for Quality Health Care, Former Senior Board Director for Health Care Services, Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC
Francois de Brantes
Officer and Director, Bridges to Excellence, Fairfield, CT
William M. Dwyer, MBA
Senior Vice President, Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, MO
Senator Kemp Hannon
Chair, Senate Health Committee, New York Senate, Albany, NY
John Iglehart
Founding Editor, Health Affairs, National Correspondent, New England Journal of Medicine, Washington, DC
Paul Keckley, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Evidence-Based Medicine, Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Advisor, HealthGate, Nashville, TN
Senator Karen Keiser
Chair, Senate Health Committee, Washington Senate, Olympia, WA
Cal Ludeman
Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Employee Relations, Chair, Minnesota Health Cabinet, Saint Paul, MN
Harvey Makadon, MD
Vice President, Global Programs, Harvard Medical International, Director, International Clinical Continuing Education, Harvard Medical International, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Senior Physician, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Janet Marchibroda
Chief Executive Officer, eHealth Initiative and Executive Director, Foundation for eHealth Initiative and Connecting for Health, Washington, DC
Robert Margolis, MD
Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer, HealthCare Partners, Chair, URAC, Los Angeles, CA
Stephen R. Mayfield
Senior Vice President, Quality and Performance Improvement, American Hospital Association, Chicago, IL
Arthur Miller, Esq.
Bruce Bromley Professor of Law, Associate Director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
Dennis S. O'Leary, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Chicago, IL
Jane Poulter, RN, MSA
Health Care Specialist, Baldrige National Quality Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gathersberg, MD
Russell Ricci, MD
President Emeritus eHealth Initiative, Chairman Advisory Board, MEDITECH, Westwood, MA
Frank J. Sardone, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer, Bronson Methodist Hospital, Baldrige Award Winner, Kalamazoo, MI
James Sheehan, Esq.
Associate United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


  • Patient Safety Training
  • Advanced Patient Safety Strategies
  • The Role of Crew Management and Team Training in Patient Safety
  • Translating Institutional Goal-Setting and Benchmarking to the Bedside: Dashboards, Clinical Groups and Goal Sheets
  • Taking the Pulse of Health Care Systems: Experiences of Patients with Health Problems in Six Countries
  • Pay for Performance as a Quality Driver
  • Using Behavior Change to Implement Productive P4P Programs for Quality Improvement and Medical Error Reduction
  • Case Study for Successful Statewide Public Release of Physician Performance Information
  • A Systems Approach to Quality Improvement - Six Sigma and Beyond
  • The Role of Health Information Technology in Patient Safety and Quality Enhancement
  • The Role of Evidence Based Medicine and Disease Management in Quality
  • The Role of JCAHO on Healthcare Quality
  • Prosecuting Healthcare Fraud Based on Quality Issues
  • Innovative State Efforts to Enhance the Quality of Healthcare
  • Using Baldrige Criteria to Achieve Performance Excellence
  • Ensuring Quality Through Chaos: Post-Katrina Lessons for Healthcare
Stephanie Alexander
General Manager for Premier Healthcare Informatics, Premier, Inc., Charlotte, NC

Michael Alton, RN, MSN
Assistant Patient Safety Officer, Duke University Health System, Durham, NC

David A. Arena, M.Ed., JD, Psy.D., MBA
Administrator and Assistant Professor, Chestnut Hill College, Center Valley, PA

Vineet Arora, MD, MA
Assistant Dean for Curriculum, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Ognian Asparouhov, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, MEDai, Inc., Orlando, FL

Paul Barach, MD, MPH
Associate Dean, Director, Center for Patient Safety, University of Miami, Miami, FL

Michael Bryant, MD
President, Sandhills Physicians IPA, Fayetteville, NC

Mary Reich Cooper, MD, JD
Vice President and Chief Quality Officer, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY

Mary Cramer, MBB
Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Director of Performance Excellence, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY

Robert Dart, MD
Attending Physician and Director Medical Informatics, Quincy Medical Center, Quincy, MA

Lee Dixon
Director, Health Policy Tracking Service, Falls Church, VA

Douglas D. Dotan, MA, CQIA
President, CRG Medical Inc., Program Chair, American

Tracy Drake-Kirkconnell, MBA
Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Director, Six Sigma, Valley Baptist Health System, Harlingen, TX

Jonathan Seth Einbinder, MD, MBA
Corporate Manager for Quality Data Management, Clinical Informatics Research & Development, Partners HealthCare System, Inc., Wellesley, MA

Adrienne L. Elberfeld
Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Operations Improvement, Virtua Health, Marlton, NJ

Jane Englebright, Ph.D., RN
Vice President, Quality, HCA, Nashville, TN

Alberto R. Ferreres, MD, JD, MPH, FACS
Professor of Surgery, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Glen Fosdick
President and Chief Executive Officer, Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

Carol Gomes
Director, CQI Department, Stony Brook University Hospital, East Setauket, NY

Kenneth P. Green, DMD
Commander, US Navy, Healthcare Analyst, US Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, DC

William H. Greene, MD
Associate Director, Medical and Regulatory Affairs, Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook, NY

Cathy Grossi
Assistant Vice President, Health Policy and Regulation, Illinois Hospital Association, Naperville, IL

Jamie Haeuser
Vice President, Operations, Woman's Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA

Carolyn Hartley
President and Chief Executive Officer, Physicians EHR, LLC, Cary, NC

Lori Edell Herman, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator, Virtua Health, Voorhees, NJ

James N. Hyde
Director, Tufts MS Program in Health Communications, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Julie K. Johnson, MSPH, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago, Director of Research, American Board of Specialties, Chicago, IL

Paul Katz, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, Intelligent Healthcare, Santa Monica, CA

Janice Kishner
Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer, East Jefferson General Hospital, New Orleans, LA

Isaac Kohane, MD
Chair of the Informatics Program at Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

Charles J. Lathram, III, CMPE, CCP
Chairman/CEO, Advanced Physician Solutions, Inc., Florence, AL

Jason Lebsack
Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Manager, Six Sigma, Six Sigma Department, CQI and Organizational Learning Division, The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

Diane Lee
Executive Vice President, MEDai, Inc., Orlando, FL

John A. Logan III, MD
Medical Director, Methodist Hospital, Henderson, KY

Judith R. Logan, MD
Associate Professor, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR

Thomas E. Lubnau, II, Esq.
Partner, Lubnau, Bailey & Dumbrill, PC, Member, Wyoming State Legislature, Gillette, WY

Cal Ludeman
Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Employee Relations and Chair, Minnesota Health Cabinet, Saint Paul, MN

Michael Matthews
Chief Executive Officer, MedVirginia, Richmond, VA Sumit Nagpal, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wellogic, Cambridge, MA

Denni McColm
Chief Information Officer, Citizens Memorial Healthcare, and HIMSS 2006 Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence Recipient, Bolivar, MO

Susan McGann, RN, MBB
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Virtua Health, Marlton, NJ

Christine McMullan
Quality Management Project Manager, Stony Brook University Hospital, East Setauket, NY

Timothy McNamara, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer, HealthGate Data Corporation, and Medical Director, Center for Healthcare Informatics, University of Kansas, School of Medicine, Fairway, KS

Richard P. Miller, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer, Virtua Health, Marlton, NJ

Diane M. Pascu, RPh, MBA
Clinical Pharmacist, Virtua Health, Voorhees, NJ

Frank Pietrantoni
Six Sigma Black Belt, The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

Stephen M. Powell
Principal, Managing Partner, Healthcare Team Training LLC, Peachtree City, GA

Barbra G. Rabson
Executive Director, Massachusetts Health Quality Partners, Watertown, MA

Robert H. Rosenfield, Esq.
Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery, Los Angeles, CA

Glenn Rothman, MD
Chairman Department of Surgery, Banner Desert Medical Center, Mesa, AZ

Benjamin Paul Sachs, MD, BS, DPH, FACOG
Professor and Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beth Israel Deaconess-Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Cathy Schoen
Senior Vice President, Research and Evaluation, Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY

Skye K. Schulte
Director of Quality Improvement, HealthGate Data Corp., Burlington, MA

Leslie Schultz, Ph.D., CPHQ
Director, Rapid Improvement Programs, Safety Institute, Premier Inc., Charlotte, NC

Neil A. Solomon, MD
President, NAS Consulting Services, San Francisco, CA

Steven J. Spear, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Author, Fixing Healthcare from the Inside, Today, in the Harvard Business Review, Cambridge, MA

Harry Spring
Partner, InforMed, Annapolis, MD

Jim G. Springfield
President and Chief Executive Officer, Valley Baptist Health System, Harlingen, TX

Christopher D. Sprowl, MD
President, Integrated Physician Network, Avista, Superior, CO

Becky Steward
Manager, Patient Safety Learning Collaborative, Illinois Hospital Association, Naperville, IL

Rachel Tanner
Policy Analyst, Health Policy Tracking Service, Falls Church, VA

Warner Thomas
President and Chief Operating Officer, Ochsner Health System, New Orleans, LA

Matiana G. Vela, Ed.D., MED, RD
Director of Six Sigma, Certified Master Black Belt, Valley Baptist Medical Center - Brownsville, Brownsville, TX

Scott Ward
Six Sigma Master Black Belt, The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

Michele Weizer, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacy Automation Manager, JFK Medical Center, Atlantis, FL

Tom Williams
Executive Director, Integrated Healthcare Association, Oakland, CA

Janet S Wright, MD, FACC
Co-Chair, Medical Directors' Institute, American College of Cardiology, Chico, CA

J. Robert Wyatt, MD, MBA
Head and Neck Surgeon, Baylor Health Care System, Consultant, Texas Medical Board, Dallas, TX


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians
American College of Medical Quality
American Society for Quality, Health Care Division
Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation
Association of Medical Directors
of Information Systems
Australian Patient Safety Foundation
BioResearch Monitoring Alert
Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Consumers Advancing Patient Safety
Drug Safety
Harvard Health Policy Review
Health Affairs
Health Technology Center
Institute for Safe Medication Practices
International Society for Quality in Health Care
Irish Society for Quality & Safety in Healthcare
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Journal for Healthcare Quality
Journal of Nursing Care Quality
Massachusetts Health Data Consortium
National Association for Healthcare Quality
National Committee for Quality Assurance
National Patient Safety Agency
National Patient Safety Foundation
National Quality Forum
Partnership for Patient Safety (p4ps)
Patient Safety Institute
Safety Institute, Premier Inc.
Six Sigma Book for Healthcare: Improving Outcomes by Reducing Errors
The Quality Letter
(URAC) American Accreditation HealthCare Commission
Medical Education Collaborative


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