Lab, Test, Consult Management

Oct 24, 2022
Why Medical Clearance Is Really a Preoperative Evaluation
Debra Davidson, MJ, CPHRM, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company, and David L. Feldman, MD, MBA, FACS, Chief Medical Officer, The Doctors Company and TDC Group; Senior Vice President, Healthcare Risk Advisors
The goals of the preoperative evaluation are to determine the patient's level of risk and to identify opportunities to mitigate it.

Oct 10, 2022
COVID-19 and Patient Safety in the Medical and Dental Office
Debra Kane Hill, MBA, RN, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company, Part of TDC Group
While COVID restrictions have been lifted in most parts of the country and vaccination efficacy continues to decline, healthcare professionals must continue to monitor SARS-CoV-2 variants circulating within their communities.

Nov 19, 2021
Patient Safety Strategies for Oncology
Lisa M. McCorkle, MSN, MBA, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company
Cancer care is complex and, at times, hazardous work that requires careful attention to maintain safety for both patients and providers. The strategies presented here are essential to enhancing safety and mitigating risk.

Professional Education
Pathologists and Surgeons Can Collaborate to Reduce Diagnostic Error
The Doctors Company has updated the claims filed against pathologists between the years 2015 and 2020. The information provides quantitative and qualitative data that a pathologist and surgeon would find meaningful in reducing diagnostic error. This program provides a breakdown of where patient injuries occur involving pathologists and surgeons and how collaboration between the two disciplines can improve patient outcomes.
1.0 credit

Professional Education
The Need for Close Monitoring in Hyponatremia: Osmotic Demyelination Syndrome
In reviewing closed malpractice claims, The Doctors Company identified mismanagement of sodium levels during correction of severe hyponatremia as a serious problem that can result in catastrophic permanent neurological injury due to osmotic demyelination syndrome (also known as central pontine myelinolysis). This article highlights the importance of close monitoring of sodium levels during correction of severe hyponatremia, with a slow and controlled pace of sodium correction. Contributing factors discussed include clinical judgment with regard to rate of rise of sodium levels, patient monitoring, choice of practice setting, and communication between providers, especially at points of transition in care.
0.5 credit

Video Apr 02, 2021
What Strategies Can Help Physicians Reduce Risk When Using Remote Patient Monitoring?
Chad Anguilm, vice president of In-practice Technology Services for Medical Advantage, part of the TDC Group of Companies, answers how physicians can reduce risk when using remote patient monitoring.

Video Mar 29, 2021
How Can Remote Patient Monitoring Create a Potential Malpractice Risk?
Chad Anguilm, vice president of In-practice Technology Services for Medical Advantage, part of the TDC Group of Companies, explores the potential risk involved in using remote patient monitoring.

Mar 17, 2021
The Pathology Report: Reducing Malpractice Risk
David B. Troxel, MD, Medical Consultant to The Doctors Company
It is essential that the pathology report accurately document everything that a pathologist does with regard to evaluating and diagnosing a specimen—and it is particularly important to document the rationale for critical decision making.

Feb 03, 2021
The Importance of Clinical Health Information at the Point of Radiology Order
Lisa M. McCorkle, MSN, MBA, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company
Having ready access to patients’ clinical information helps radiologists eliminate assumptions and apply their skills and expertise in rendering accurate interpretive reports.

Feb 03, 2021
Curbside Consultations: Patient Safety and Legal Risks
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Senior Director, Patient Safety and Risk Management Education; and Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, The Doctors Company
Physicians should be aware of the potential liability of informal "curbside" consultations, especially if expectations between the physicians are not clearly communicated.

Jan 19, 2021
Requests for Pathology Specimens: Medical and Legal Guidelines
David B. Troxel, MD, Medical Consultant to The Doctors Company
Pathology specimens are irreplaceable materials that may become evidence in a malpractice claim. Knowing how to respond to requests will help you safeguard specimens and minimize your potential liability exposure.

Dec 02, 2020
The Role of Pretest Probability in the Evaluation of Suspected Venous Thromboembolism
Howard Marcus, MD, FACP
The presenting signs and symptoms of venous thromboembolism are often vague and nonspecific, and early diagnosis—often crucial to the patient’s outcome—may be challenging.
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Feb 11, 2020
Laboratory and Diagnostic Test Tracking in Ambulatory Practice
Dana Faber, MS PSL, RN, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager
Inadequate clinical laboratory and diagnostic test tracking is a top factor leading to patient injury.

Professional Education
Saline Overdose Cases
This activity delivers insights from malpractice claims involving severe hyponatremia. The recommendations and strategies outlined here can help physicians avoid adverse outcomes when treating patients with this particularly difficult and complex condition.
0.5 credit

May 14, 2018
Improving Medical Office Communication and Safety
David O. Hester, FASHRM, CPHRM, Director, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management
Develop procedures for your staff to help reduce communication errors with hospitals, labs, and other physicians, as well as communications within the office.

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