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.

If you have any questions about the COI disclosure process, please email shvcoi@lsuhsc.edu.

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 required within 30 days of discovery or acquisition.

Resources and Guidelines

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. 

CONTACT US

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