Legal Affairs

The Office of Legal Affairs and Organizational Integrity serves as in-house legal counsel for LSU Health Shreveport.  
The department's mission is to ensure legal interests of the institution, faculty, staff, students, and patients are monitored and protected.

Legal advice related to Medical School operations and specific legal guidance is provided in the following areas:
Conflict of Interest Management, Medical Malpractice, Third Party Liability, Immigration and Contracts.

Conflict of Interest Management

Conflict of Interest Management

Conflicts of interest, whether financial or non-financial, can arise at the intersection of two fundamental missions: to push the boundaries of knowledge and to transfer that knowledge into something meaningful for the benefit of mankind. There may be, e.g., significant personal financial incentives related to patenting and licensing an invention, or to outside consulting or other interests. Considerations of personal financial gain however must not distort objectivity in research, and we must provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, and reporting of research will be free from bias. Legal Affairs can assist you in identifying, managing, or mitigating any conflicts that could interfere with your Institutional responsibilities.

We are committed to helping you, investigator, researcher, and/or faculty member, comply with the LSU Health Shreveport Conflict of Interest in Research (Chancellor's Memorandum-23), and with Conflicts of Interest law (Public Health Service (PHS) regulations on Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which PHS Funding is Sought (42 CFR 50) and Responsible Prospective Contractors (45 CFR 94)).

Who must disclose pursuant to CM-23, SOP LA 101, and the federal law (42 CFR 50/94)?

  • All research personnel, regardless of title or position, who are responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research at the Institution, regardless of funding source;
  • Senior leadership of the Institution;
  • Subcontractors from outside entities engaged in LSU Health Shreveport research (if determined by written contractual agreement); and
  • Any individual indirectly involved in research oversight e.g. including, but not limited to, IRB, IACUC, or COI Committee members.

This procedure does not apply to research personnel when all of the following apply:

  • the services performed do not merit professional recognition or publication privileges;
  • the services are the same provided as those typically performed for non-research purposes; and
  • the institution's employees or agents do not administer any study intervention being tested or evaluated under the protocol.

When to disclose?

  • Annual Disclosure is required at the beginning of each new fiscal year and Updated Disclosures are requried within 30 days of discovery or acquisition.
  • Login to SHIELDS COI Xpress at SHEILDS COI Xpress to complete Annual and Updated Disclosures

Resources and Guidelines

SOP LA101 COI Management  

FAQs COI NIH (18 Oct 2012)

Federal Register Notice (08/25/2011)

NIH Revised Regulation Slide Show

LA Code of Ethics Info Sheet.pdf

Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice Insurance Verification

This section provides information needed to verify medical malpractice insurance coverage to physicians and allied health professionals of LSU Health Shreveport.

From time to time, verification of malpractice insurance and claims histories are requested by outside entities as physicians and allied health professionals perform contract work as LSU Health Shreveport employees or as programs are completed at our facility and verification becomes necessary in seeking employment with another health care facility.  

In keeping with current privacy laws, a release signed by the requesting physician or allied health professional must be provided to our office before we will release confidential malpractice insurance coverage information or malpractice claims information.  

If a form has not been completed as part of the new employee packet at a new health facility, our office has a form shown below that can be printed and provided to our office.  The form may be faxed, scanned and emailed or mailed.  It cannot be completed and submitted online.  Please complete each area of the form including the portion to indicate name address and contact information of the requesting institution. 

Medical Malpractice Verification form

On receipt of a request, our office will then request a claims history from our insurer, the Louisiana Office of Risk Management, in Baton Rouge, LA.  Once a response is received from their office, we will complete the verification process and provide our response to the requesting facility. 

Disclosure of Outside Employment

PM-11: Disclosure of Outside Employment

All full-time employees of the LSU System and all Faculty regardless of FTE status, must complete an outside employment disclosure each fiscal year.  The forms must be completed, even if outside employment does not exist.  Please use the electronic disclosure form located here:  PM 11 Form A.   

Please see below for specific details and FAQs. Thank you for your prompt cooperation! 

Electronic Reporting Method:

All employees subject to PM-11 reporting will be notified via email to submit the annual disclosure.  The email will contain a link to the site where the electronic disclosure form is located.  

If you have no outside employment, indicate "no" on the electronic form and press "save & continue." 

If you have outside employment, complete the electronic form, print and sign.  Forward the signed form to your department chair/head/director.  After review, the department chair/head/director should forward the form to the Office of Legal Affairs and Organizational Integrity.  Blanket approvals will not be granted. 

The Office of Legal Affairs and Organizational Integrity will review the submission and monitor the signature process.  Additional information may be requested from the discloser if required by PM-11. 

To review LSU Health Shreveport Policy on Disclosure of Outside Employment, see Permanent Memorandum 11  PM-11 Policy and the Code of Governmental Ethics   La. R.S. 42:1111-Payment from nonpublic sources,    La. R.S. 42:1112-Transactions,  La. R.S. 42:1113-Contractual Arrangements, and  La. R.S. 42:1115-Gifts. 

Frequently Asked Questions about PM-11: 

1.  Who completes a PM-11 Form A? 

LSUHSC-S Employees, Post-Doctorate Fellows, Classified, Unclassified, Graduate Assistants and Faculty, as well as House Officers,  even if outside employment does not exist.

2. Who does not complete a PM-11 Form A? 

Students, transients and part-time employees. 

3.  What if I fall under the scope of the policy but don't have outside employment? 

Complete PM-11 Form A by checking "no" to outside employment and submit your disclosure.  No further action is required by you.

4. What if I fall under the scope of the policy and I have outside employment? 

Complete the PM-11 Form A and  print. Sign and date the printed form and forward to your Department Director/Chair/ Head. Department Directors/Chairs/Heads must review the form, sign and return originals to the Department of Legal Affairs no later than December 13, 2013 for final signatory authority and approval. 

5.  Where can I obtain a PM-11 Form A? 

The form is available in electronic format at PM-11 Form A.

6.  How do I submit the PM-11 Form A? 

Currently the form may be populated in an electronic format (accessed at the above link), which must then be submitted hardcopy to your department head/chair for signatory approval in the event of any disclosure of outside employment. Signed and completed forms are returned to the Department of Legal Affairs and Organizational Integrity via Campus Mail or U.S. Mail. 

7.  What if I have more than one outside employer? 

You must submit a separate form for each outside event. 

8.   When am I required to submit PM-11 forms? 

Annually upon notification via email, you must indicate if you have outside employment.  Also, if you obtain new or additional outside employment subsequent to your annual disclosure, you must submit a new PM-11 Form A for each new outside employment.

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Department of Legal Affairs and Organizational Integrity
P.O. Box 33932
Shreveport, LA 71130-3932

Telephone:  (318) 675-5406
Fax: (318) 675-4608

Donna Brothers, Paralegal
Telephone: 318.675.5316