OB Patient Safety Credit Program: Frequently Asked Questions

Our voluntary program is open to all qualifying member obstetricians, family practitioners providing obstetrical care, and certified nurse midwives (CNMs) who are actively involved in deliveries.

Phase One offers six continuing education credits for a series of on-demand courses addressing the most common types of obstetrical claims. Qualifying members who successfully meet the requirements can receive a patient safety credit of up to 10 percent applied to their next two policy renewal periods.

Phase Two offers 10 continuing education credits for courses addressing postpartum hemorrhage, cognitive errors in obstetrics and gynecology, and placental pathology. Qualifying members who successfully meet the requirements can receive a patient safety credit of up to 10 percent applied to their next two policy renewal periods.

Phase Three rewards physicians and their CNMs who earn certification in electronic fetal monitoring from the National Certification Corporation or the Perinatal Quality Foundation. Qualifying members who successfully meet the requirements can receive a patient safety credit of up to 10 percent applied to their next three policy renewal periods.

  • How do know if I am eligible?
  • Eligibility is determined by your policy’s underwriter. Your agent, broker, or patient safety risk manager will contact the Underwriting Department on your behalf.
  • Phases One and Two

  • What is the time frame for completing the Phase One or Phase Two courses?
  • Once you begin the first course, you must complete all of the courses in that phase during that calendar year.
  • How long does it take a physician or CNM to complete each online course for Phase One or Two?
  • Most courses can be completed in two hours. The Comprehensive Fetal Heart Monitoring course in Phase One takes longer. A course does not need to be completed all at once. Because the courses are on demand, you have 24/7 access and can log in or out without losing your place.
  • How much do the Phase One and Phase Two courses cost?
  • The coursework provider, The Sullivan Group, extends a discounted rate to members of The Doctors Company. The cost for Phase One is $250; the cost for Phase Two is $210.
  • Phase Three

  • What is the time frame for completing certification for Phase Three?
  • The certification process must be completed within 60 days of policy renewal.
  • How much does the certification program for Phase Three cost?
  • Members can select a program offered by two credentialing organizations, the National Certification Corporation or the Perinatal Quality Foundation. We do not endorse a specific organization.

    The National Certification Corporation program costs $210.

    The Perinatal Quality Foundation program costs $150.

  • Where can I find more information about the programs?
  • Find details on the National Certification Corporation in its registration catalog. The Perinatal Quality Foundation provides details on its General Information page.
  • What if I have already earned electronic fetal monitoring certification from the National Certification Corporation or the Perinatal Quality Foundation?
  • Physicians and CNMs who have already earned certification may submit the certificate to their patient safety risk manager.
  • Can I take courses for all phases consecutively to qualify for seven years of the patient safety credit?
  • No. Phase One must be completed first for two years of credit. If, at the end of the two years covered by the initial credit, you are interested in taking Phase Two, the underwriter must reevaluate the policy for eligibility. It is not an automatic process. When the two years of policy credit for Phase Two are complete, the underwriter will reevaluate the policy for Phase Three eligibility.
  • Once I qualify for the patient safety credit, do I get it every year?
  • The patient safety credit is valid and applied according to the program: two policy years for Phase One, two policy years for Phase Two, and three policy years for Phase Three.

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