Annie Howard assists hospitals, health systems, and other healthcare providers nationwide in their quality improvement efforts. She frequently works with providers on patient safety issues and implementation of their patient safety organizations. She stays up to date with litigation, regulations, and other guidance concerning the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 and how this affects her clients at a local and national level. As a member of the Patient Safety & PSOs Team, Ms. Howard helps to guide clients through the process of creating an effective PSO that can facilitate efforts to improve patient safety and quality of care in a secure environment. She frequently advises providers on these issues so they can maximize available protections during litigation or regulatory investigations.
In addition, Ms. Howard works with local hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare providers with a variety of litigation, hospital operation, and other needs. Those needs vary as quickly as healthcare changes, so her goal is to allow her clients to continue to focus on patient care when unexpected issues arise. She’s an experienced medical malpractice defense attorney and has handled litigation issues through every stage, up to and including through trial. Ms. Howard also handles a variety of everyday risk management and operation issues for her healthcare clients.
“It’s an honor to work for some of the best healthcare systems in the country, some of which are right in our backyard,” she says. “We make every effort to take care of all the details so our clients can continue to focus on patient care.”
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A.
University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D.
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