In an effort to keep pace with client needs in the evolving health care environment, Marshall Dennehey has launched four new practice groups: Behavioral Health Risk and Liability; Electronic Medical Record and Audit Trail Litigation; Emergency Medical Services; and Telehealth and Telemedicine.

The Behavioral Health Risk and Liability Practice Group is led by co-chairs William L. Banton, Jr. and Paul F. Laughlin. The attorneys in this group counsel and defend behavioral health facilities and associated entities against professional liability claims across the firm’s 20 offices. The focus of representation also includes social workers, nurses, administrators, case managers, technicians, therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals.

Matthew P. Keris, a recognized thought leader and author in the area of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) litigation, chairs the Electronic Medical Record and Audit Trail Litigation Practice Group. The attorneys in this practice assist medical professionals and facilities with the production and preservation of EMR/audit trail documents to reduce litigation costs and standardize discovery. They also provide counsel in dealing with EMR system vendors, plaintiff EMR consultants and other discovery and trial issues associated with EMR litigation.

Led by Brooks R. Foland, the Emergency Medical Services Practice Group defends Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies and their individual providers in all aspects of litigation. Attorneys in this group handle claims involving pre-hospital malpractice cases; emergent and non-emergent stretcher and wheelchair cases; and accidents involving ambulances and first responder vehicles. They also represent EMS clients before various governmental agencies in credentialing and licensing issues.

Mary Kate McGrath chairs the Telehealth and Telemedicine Practice Group, which advises clients on trends and case law developments that impact the standards of care at the intersection of heath care, technology and the law. Attorneys in this group collaborate with medical organizations regarding best practices for new technologies; study proposed legislation; and educate and advocate on behalf of health care clients as laws are developed and implemented.

“Laws are changing, statutes are evolving, more people are seeking behavioral health services, audit trail issues are prevalent and there is an increasing reliance on the use of technology to dispense medical care,” said T. Kevin FitzPatrick, Director of Marshall Dennehey’s Health Care Department. “We are poised to offer clients the specialized legal resources and knowledge they need to navigate these emerging areas of health care litigation.”