Large Group Physician Practice

Professional Education
Clinical Presentations Cause Delays: Failure to Diagnose Myocardial Infarction
In reviewing closed malpractice claims, The Doctors Company identified missed or delayed diagnosis of myocardial infarction (MI) in the ambulatory internal medicine setting as a reoccurring problem. This course highlights the importance of recognizing the varying clinical presentations of MI and contributing factors associated with failure to diagnose and treat. Assumptions, lack of a thorough history and physical, communication failures, and failure to recognizing atypical signs and symptoms are highlighted in this case study.
0.5 credit

Professional Education
Delayed Diagnosis of Stroke
In reviewing closed malpractice claims, The Doctors Company identified diagnostic failure as a reoccurring problem and one of the top three leading allegations that result in malpractice claims. This failure often leads to a delay in treatment and causes significant harm to patients. The following highlights the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of a stroke.
0.5 credit

Professional Education
Alzheimer's – 4 Addressing Patients' and Families' Needs through the Disease Stages of Dementia
This activity includes seven video lectures and is the fourth in a series of four courses that seek to educate clinicians on standardized screening, evaluation, and disease management of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This fourth course covers life planning through disease stages, assessing and assisting caregivers, improving communications, utilizing community resources, and end of life decision-making. These sensitive conversations with patients. The course finishes with a focus on dementia resources, effective communication strategies, and understanding when it is time to make a referral to a specialist.
1.8 credits

Professional Education
Alzheimer's – 2 Evaluation and Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
This activity includes eight video lectures and is the second in a series of four courses that seek to educate clinicians on standardized screening, evaluation, and disease management of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This second course introduces the Alzheimer’s project evaluation algorithm and evaluation instruments and focuses on differential diagnoses. Finally, the course discusses how to prepare and engage in a sensitive dementia diagnosis disclosure with patients and caregivers.
1.5 credits

Professional Education
Alzheimer's – 3 Addressing and Managing Behavioral and Environmental Symptoms of Dementia
This activity includes eight video lectures and is the third in a series of four courses that seek to educate clinicians on standardized screening, evaluation, and disease management of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This third course focuses on using the DICE method to assess behavioral symptoms of dementia and create and evaluation treatment plans. This course also covers the careful use of medication during disease management as wells as common behavioral issues with dementia patients including tools for management of these behaviors.
1.3 credits

Professional Education
Alzheimer's – 1 Screening for Dementia Among Adults with Cognitive Decline
This activity includes eight video lectures and is the first in a series of four courses that seek to educate clinicians on standardized screening, evaluation, and disease management of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This first course focuses on introducing the Alzheimer’s Project and highlighting the increasingly important role of primary care providers in dementia care. This course also introduces the Alzheimer’s Project cognitive impairment screening algorithm and screening instruments and covers addressing reversible conditions that may present similar symptoms to cognitive impairment.
1.3 credits

Sep 17, 2021
Physician-Owned Carriers Invest to Benefit Those Who Are Insured, not Shareholders
TC Wilson, Chief Investment Officer, The Doctors Company and TDC Group
Physicians should understand the risks of their medical malpractice carrier’s investments and make sure they are covered by an insurer who has their interests at heart and, therefore, takes a prudent and relatively conservative approach to investing.

Sep 08, 2021
Terminating Patient Relationships
Julie Brightwell, JD, RN, Director, Healthcare Systems Patient Safety, and Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, The Doctors Company
If it becomes necessary to end a patient relationship that is no longer therapeutic or appropriate based on patient behaviors, it is critical to end the relationship in a manner that will not lead to claims of discrimination or abandonment.

Professional Education
Patient Relations: Spotlight on Challenging Situations
The Doctors Company’s dedicated patient safety risk managers deliver a wide range of expert services and resources to our members—including personal telephone consultations to help guide members through challenging situations. A recent review of our call data shows that “patient relations” and “patient termination” consistently appear as the top reasons that members request assistance. The following strategies can help prevent challenging patient situations and provide guidance if one occurs.
0.5 credit

Aug 30, 2021
Patient Relations: Anticipate and Address Challenging Situations
Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, The Doctors Company
A review of call data revealed that patient relations and patient terminations are the top reasons that members request help from our patient safety risk managers.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Professional Education
Aducanumab for Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease – Controversy and Appropriate Communications
Panel discussion among neurologists and geriatric psychiatrists to clarify controversial issues surrounding the FDA’s recent approval of Aducanumab for treatment of Alzheimer's disease, and appropriate messaging to patients and family members. Following their presentations, the panel experts will conduct a question-and-answer session.
1.5 credits

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

Aug 11, 2021
Top 10 Tips for Keeping Your Medical Office Safe During COVID-19
Kerin Torpey Bashaw, MPH, RN, Senior Vice President, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, and Debra Kane Hill, MBA, RN, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company, Part of TDC Group
The Delta variant of COVID-19 has caused infection surges in some locations even while others lift restrictions, highlighting how location-specific protocols can shift as the pandemic unfolds. What does not change is that many healthcare providers are concerned about the risks involved in keeping their practices safe during the ongoing pandemic, and that certain medical office practices are consistently prudent.

Aug 02, 2021
COVID-19 and Patient Safety in the Medical Office
Debbie Kane Hill, MBA, RN, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company, Part of TDC Group
COVID-19 infections, driven by the Delta variant, have jumped nearly 60 percent. With communities around the country taking a variety of approaches to restrictions for public health, what are the latest considerations for keeping patients and staff safe within the medical office setting?

Jul 27, 2021
Burnout from COVID-19: How Healthcare Professionals Can Manage Stress
Robert Morton, MAS, CPPS, Assistant Vice President, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company, and Jennifer Perla, RN, LPC-S, Medical Advantage, Part of TDC Group
During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare professionals have shown great courage by adapting to unprecedented conditions and laboring tirelessly to provide patient care. But these extreme circumstances have frequently led to burnout and even more serious consequences, such as suicide.

Professional Education
Patient Safety in Spine Surgery
Spine surgery requires a series of best practice patient safety interventions to reduce the frequency and severity of patient harm while giving the care team the resources to mitigate such harm. Evidence-based clinical methods, pathways, and tools coupled with an evolving culture of patient safety through effective communication, teams, and teamwork has shown to reduce patient harm exponentially. Patient and clinical team experiences are enhanced while ensuring a learning culture is built that approaches surgery from both a technical and nontechnical approach alike.
1.3 credits

Jul 16, 2021
Medical and Dental Record Issues: Frequently Asked Questions
Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, The Doctors Company
We answer questions frequently asked by members about medical and dental records, such as length of retention, how to destroy hard copy paper records, and creating backups of electronic health records.

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

Professional Education
Risky Practices: Hidden Liabilities Identified by Medical Office Assessments
Office practice assessments by The Doctors Company's patient safety risk managers uncover hidden liability risks, often exposing areas where patients can "fall through the cracks" and leave the practice vulnerable to a malpractice claim. Our Practice Risk INSIGHT, an assessment tool customized by specialty, zeros in on problematic areas. The assessments have been completed across a range of practice environments around the country—from small offices to practices that are part of large integrated delivery systems. In this course, we analyze the results of the Practice Risk INSIGHT assessments, highlight problem-prone areas and offer strategies to minimize liability.
1.3 credits

Jun 17, 2021
Deferred, Delayed, Disrupted: Mitigating Risks from Care During COVID-19
Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Doctors Company and TDC Group
The pandemic has disrupted healthcare so thoroughly that in some sense, COVID-19 has affected all of healthcare. The effect on care has been stunning in magnitude. By mid-2020, more than 40 percent of U.S. adults had delayed medical care or avoided it entirely, including care for urgent and emergent complaints.

Video Jun 11, 2021
Why It’s Vital to Choose a Doctor-Owned Medical Malpractice Insurer
Robert E. White Jr., chief operating officer of The Doctors Company and TDC Group, discusses how a doctor-owned company offers benefits that shareholder-owned companies can’t match

Jun 09, 2021
Telehealth Tune-Up: Preparing for Care After COVID-19
Sue Boisvert, BSN, MHSA, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, The Doctors Company
The pandemic prompted many practices to add telehealth services overnight. If your practice did, now is a good time to review the components of that implementation with these strategies for evaluating five key elements.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

May 14, 2021
Managing Healthcare Practice Operations during COVID-19
Debbie Kane Hill, MBA, RN, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise and fall across all regions of the United States, practices must adapt and adjust their operations according to regional mandates, which can transition overnight with the shifting environment. For areas where there is a resurgence of the virus or as new strains of the virus emerge, you will need to be attentive to newly imposed restrictions. If disease transmission slows further, authorities may lift additional restrictions.

Professional Education
Breast Cancer Claims – A Review in Gynecology
Breast cancer medical negligence claims are reviewed over a ten-year period to identify the major case types in which the gynecologist is the responsible party. The factors that contributed to those claims as identified by plaintiff and defense physician experts are discussed through case examples with learner questions. Risk mitigation strategies are identified to guide gynecologists in further providing the safest patient care and thereby improving their risk profile.
1.0 credit

Apr 19, 2021
Why It’s Vital to Choose a Doctor-Owned Medical Malpractice Insurer
Robert E. White Jr., Chief Operating Officer, The Doctors Company, and a Leader of the TDC Group of Companies
Choosing a medical malpractice insurer involves more than just reviewing the cost of premiums—physicians must consider which insurer has their best interests at heart. Consolidation in the industry has led to shareholder-owned companies acquiring doctor-owned companies and vice-versa. When an acquisition brings a doctor-owned company into the hands of shareholders, physicians have a prime opportunity to ask: Is this the type of insurer I want protecting my reputation?

Professional Education
A Deep Dive into Managing Orthopedic Risks (FORPG)
This course identifies the systems and processes that present risks for patient harm and have significant impact on patient outcomes in the orthopedic practice. The course draws from the results of the Orthopedic Office Practice Self-Assessments completed by The Doctors Company, members of the Florida Orthopedic Risk Purchasing Group, and from other orthopedic practices who are members of The Doctors Company.
1.0 credit

Apr 08, 2021
Challenges of Cultural Diversity in Healthcare: Protect Your Patients and Yourself
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Senior Director, Patient Safety and Risk Management Education, The Doctors Company
Physicians often care for a multicultural society complicated by literacy issues. To address cultural diversity in healthcare, physicians must understand how each patient’s sociocultural background affects his or her health beliefs and behavior.

Apr 02, 2021
Pre-Procedural Screening and Testing During COVID-19
Throughout the pandemic, surgeons have faced many challenges in adapting to new situations. Now that facilities have resumed elective surgeries, surgeons are facing additional challenges in evaluating and scheduling patients who have recovered from COVID-19. The strategies highlighted here can help ensure a consistent approach in keeping both patients and providers safe.

Professional Education
Interventional Radiology: Analysis of Closed Malpractice Claims
Studying interventional radiology malpractice claims provides an understanding of drivers of lawsuits and patient injuries that result. By analyzing these claims and identifying the contributing factors involved, risk mitigation strategies can be developed and implemented reducing adverse patient outcomes and increasing patient safety.
0.8 credit

Mar 17, 2021
Virtual Reality for Pain Management: An Alternative to Opioids
Miranda Felde, MHA, CPHRM, Vice President, Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company
Many physicians are exploring virtual reality (VR) technologies as an alternative to opioid prescriptions. VR addresses both attention paid to pain and the patient’s emotional state: The immersive distraction of VR can help a patient mentally transport to another space, such as an underwater seascape, which may also positively affect the patient’s emotional state.

Mar 08, 2021
Are You Prepared for a Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) Audit?
Kathleen Stillwell, MPA/HSA, RN, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company
RAC audits can be triggered by innocent documentation errors. These strategies can help you assess your risk for coding and billing errors and establish compliance and practice standards.

Mar 03, 2021
Universal Masking Calls for More Structured Communication in Healthcare
David L. Feldman, MD, MBA, FACS, Chief Medical Officer, The Doctors Company, and for the TDC Group of Companies
COVID-19 calls for the adoption of structured communication systems across the board. Chief Medical Officer Dr. David L. Feldman highlights steps individuals and institutions can take today.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Mar 03, 2021
Healthcare Cybersecurity During COVID-19 and Beyond: How to Protect Your Practice
Kevin Casey, JD, CIPP/US, Assistant Vice President Claims, TDC Specialty Underwriters, Part of the TDC Group
Throughout the pandemic, cybercriminals have found additional opportunities to target the healthcare industry. Recent developments in ransomware sophistication and tactics are cause for added concern.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Feb 26, 2021
Resources for Elective Procedures During COVID-19
Kim Hathaway, MSN, CPHRM, Patient Safety Healthcare Quality and Risk Management Consultant, and Julie Ritzman, MBA, CPHRM, Vice President, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management
Your patients most likely want to know about the safety of surgery during the pandemic and what occurs if they contract COVID-19 post-procedure. You may have questions about keeping your staff and patients safe, informing patients about new risks the pandemic has created, and potential liability risks you may be facing.

Feb 23, 2021
Safe Handling of Medical Gas Cylinders
Ernest E. Allen, ARM, CHFM, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company
When incorrectly used, handled, or stored, medical gas cylinders can create dangerous physical and chemical hazards for patients and staff. This review of safety standards can help healthcare facilities and physician and dental offices stay in compliance.

Professional Education
TeamSTEPPS® Teamwork Training in the Office Practice
This course provides an overview of the evidence-based TeamSTEPPS® concepts, tools, and strategies based on the four areas of 1) leadership, 2) mutual support, 3) situation monitoring, and 4) communication. TeamSTEPPS training provides teachable/learnable skills that improve communication and teamwork among healthcare professionals in both acute care and ambulatory care environments.
1.5 credits

Feb 08, 2021
Patient Billing Challenges: Frequently Asked Questions
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Senior Director, Patient Safety Education, and Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, The Doctors Company
Our experts answer common billing questions and provide strategies to help your practice address issues proactively.

Jan 29, 2021
Pain Management Closed Claims Study
Jacqueline Ross, RN, PhD, Coding Director, and Michelle Swift, RN, JD, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager
The Doctors Company reviewed medical malpractice claims that closed between 2008 and 2018 and involved pain management physicians as the primary specialty responsible in the claim. That criteria identified 273 claims and lawsuits.

Jan 20, 2021
Implicit Bias Against Obesity: An Opportunity to Improve Patient Safety
Jacqueline Ross, PhD, Coding Director, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company
Many patients with obesity delay seeking medical care because of previous negative experiences with healthcare providers.

Professional Education
Diagnostic Radiology: A Failure to Diagnose
In reviewing closed malpractice claims, The Doctors Company identified delayed diagnosis of a malignancy as a reoccurring problem. The following highlights the importance of recognizing a spinal abnormality and recommending further follow up of a lesion seen on imaging. Contributing factors include misinterpretation of radiologic studies, narrow diagnostic focus, lack of communication and failure to establish a differential diagnosis.
0.5 credit

Professional Education
HIPAA for Managers: The High-Level View
The program explores and defines HIPAA policies and procedures, business associate agreements, security assessment and analysis, training requirements, HIPAA compliance requirements, breach events, and informed consent.
1.0 credit

Dec 16, 2020
Nonadherent and Noncompliant Patients: Overcoming Barriers
Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, The Doctors Company
Nonadherent or noncompliant patient conduct—whether intentional or unintentional—can affect clinical outcomes. Our strategies can help you uncover and address compliance barriers.

Professional Education
Prevention of Diagnostic Error in Primary Care
Diagnostic errors occur often in primary care settings and can impact over 12 million outpatients annually. This is a top patient safety concern and a global burden. Significant patient harm can occur due to treatment delay, testing, or misdiagnosis. This course is an opportunity to promote awareness and visibility by identifying where these errors occur most often in the diagnostic process of care framework.
1.0 credit

Dec 14, 2020
How Medical Scribes Are Trained—And Used—Varies Widely
Jeffrey A. Gold, MD, Professor of Medicine, Vice Chair for Quality and Safety, Department of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University
Though it is the fastest growing medical field, there is little regulation or standardization for training medical scribes.

Professional Education
It's the Little Things: An Introduction to Enhancing Patient Relations and Reducing Risks
It's the Little Things is designed to assist medical practices with improvements in patient interactions by looking at how incorporating hospitality as a focus makes a difference. It has been developed to improve multiple facets of patient interaction.
1.3 credits

Dec 02, 2020
Pediatrics: Decreasing the Impact of Social Determinants of Health and Adverse Childhood Experiences
Marcie Ward, RN, Senior Clinical Consultant, Medical Advantage; and Cynthia Morrison, RN, CPHRM, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company. (TDC Group of Companies)
A pediatrician’s continuity of care is critical to preventing and mitigating childhood adversity and trauma.

Dec 02, 2020
Could COVID-19 Bring More Patient-Centered Care to Your Practice?
David L. Feldman, MD, MBA, FACS, Chief Medical Officer, The Doctors Company, and for the TDC Group of Companies
Our chief medical officer highlights how a patient-centered practice can yield positive outcomes.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Oct 20, 2020
Cybersecurity Insurance for Medical Practices—The Basics
Rachel Patrizzo, VP, Cyber, TDC Specialty Underwriters
More medical practices are purchasing an insurance policy to cover the substantial costs of a data breach. Here is an overview of what your practice can expect from a cybersecurity policy.

Professional Education
Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing – Florida Edition
The Doctors Company recognizes the opioid epidemic in this country. This course provides insights into the risks of opioid usage, as shown by malpractice claims, and how to reduce those risks both for your patient and for your practice. Approved by the Florida Board of Medicine—Controlled Substance Prescribing.
2.0 credits

Professional Education
Prevention of Medical Errors: CME Risk Management Course for Florida Practices
This activity is specific to Florida statutes and reflects regulations effective February 2020. Few medical errors are attributed to faulty medical judgment. More commonly, they are attributed to system failures inherent in healthcare delivery. By drawing on our professional liability closed claims data, we have identified common performance and diagnostic errors that reflect on the most common issues identified by Florida—wrong site surgery, surgery complications, cancer, Ob/Gyn related conditions, gastroenterology conditions, cardiology issues, neurological issues, and adverse drug events—that will serve as the focal point of this patient safety and risk management course.
2.0 credits

Oct 05, 2020
Orthopedics: Informed Consent
Robert Morton, CPHRM, CPPS, Assistant Vice President, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, and Dana Faber, MS PSL, RN, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management
Inadequate informed consent communication between the surgeon and the patient/family is a top factor contributing to claims against orthopedists.

Professional Education
Diagnostic Cardiology Closed Claims Study: An Expert Analysis of Medical Malpractice Allegations
The specialty of cardiology is complex and has underlying vulnerabilities that can put patients at risk of injury and can increase liability for cardiologists and other clinicians who treat heart patients. Understanding common areas of liability and risk exposure are a valuable way to make effective practice improvements.
0.5 credit

Aug 28, 2020
Dispensing Sample Medications: Risk Management Strategies
Debbie Kane Hill, MBA, RN, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager
If not carefully managed, sample medications can create issues that place patients and the practice at risk.

Aug 25, 2020
Disaster Preparedness for Your Medical Practice
Julie Brightwell, JD, RN, Director, Healthcare System Patient Safety, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management
Natural disasters can occur suddenly and without warning, highlighting the importance of advance preparation. Make sure your practice has a plan in place.

Aug 17, 2020
What Lessons Did We Learn from COVID-19
David L. Feldman, MD, MBA, FACS, Chief Medical Officer, The Doctors Company Group, and Laura Kline, CPCU, MBA, Senior Vice President, Business Development, The Doctors Company
Each year, The Doctors Company assembles healthcare leaders to discuss the most pressing issues affecting physicians, practices, and systems across the spectrum of care. The 2020 Executive Advisory Board meeting gathered top healthcare executives for a virtual discussion of shared pandemic experiences and lessons learned that can help healthcare organizations navigate through COVID-19 and beyond.

Aug 04, 2020
Your Patient Is Logging On Now: The Risks and Benefits of Telehealth in the Future of Healthcare
Due to COVID-19, sweeping benefits from telehealth are still emerging—and so are its risks. Reduced infection risk and increased access to care are possible with recognition that telemedicine is not a panacea: Telemedicine is a helpful adjunct to in-person care, when supported by best known practices.

Jul 21, 2020
How Capitation Can Improve Healthcare Value and Reduce Cost
Donald H. Crane, JD
Capitation is when a group of physicians is paid in advance to take care of a population of patients for a period of time. Groups accepting population-based payment are in the forefront of national healthcare reform and represent the care model and payment methodologies adopted by federal legislation for the entire nation.

Jun 15, 2020
Overview of Obesity-Related Malpractice Claims
Paul Nagle, ARM, CPHRM, Director, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management
The Doctors Company continues to see an increase in lawsuits involving patients with obesity.

Jun 03, 2020
Job Shadowing: Observers and Volunteers in Medical and Dental Practices
Kim Hathaway, MSN, CPHRM, Patient Safety Healthcare Quality and Risk Management Consultant, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management
Create guidelines to prevent practice risks, eliminate patient harm, and protect patient privacy.

Professional Education
Physician-Patient Relationship: When Does it Begin and When Does it End?
This enduring program will assist the participant in understanding the principles which form the establishment of a physician-patient relationship, as well as the concerns which may result in the need for the physician to consider terminating the physician-patient relationship. Additionally, the concepts of providing patient centered care will be presented for the learner’s consideration.
1.0 credit

May 13, 2020
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Malpractice Claims: Lessons Learned
Michelle Swift, JD, RN, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management
We analyzed closed physical medicine and rehabilitation claims to better understand what motivates allegations of injury.

May 01, 2020
Informed Consent for COVID-19 Risks: Frequently Asked Questions
To support our members and the entire medical profession during this unprecedented time, the following are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding informed consent for COVID-19 risks.

Apr 09, 2020
Exclusively for Member Practices: Risk Management Fundamentals for the Practice Manager
Our complimentary program is exclusive to all member practice managers, both clinical and nonclinical, who are new to the role or seek further education regarding the application of risk management and patient safety measures (or principles) in an office-based medical or dental practice.

Apr 02, 2020
COVID-19: How to Temporarily Close Your Practice While Minimizing Risks
Richard Cahill, Vice President and Associate General Counsel; Todd Zeiter, Vice President, National Underwriting
During the COVID-19 pandemic, with patients and practices postponing care for nonemergent situations, many physicians are wondering how to temporarily reduce their hours or even close their practices—while minimizing risks.

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.

Jan 01, 2020
The Role of the Medical Assistant in Your Office Practice
Debbie Hill, MBA, RN, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager
A medical assistant (MA) can be a valuable addition to an office practice, but MAs should not perform tasks outside their scope of practice.

Dec 20, 2019
Burnout Can Affect How Patients Communicate
By Robert D. Morton, BA, ARM, CPHRM, CPPS, Assistant Vice President, Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company
If a physician appears burned out, patients may avoid asking questions for fear of adding to the stress.

Professional Education
Internal Medicine: When Personal Relationships Interfere with the Standard of Care
Physicians and dentists are often faced with the decision whether to treat friends and families without realizing the inherent risks in doing so. A review of one case will highlight some common circumstances and risks associated with the treatment of friends and family members.
0.8 credit

Video Dec 16, 2019
Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: Benefits and Risks
A third of U.S. physicians are already using artificial intelligence (AI) in their practices, and many believe there is ample reason to think this advanced technology can help address diagnostic errors—the largest cause of malpractice claims. However, there are still unresolved questions about the risks.

Professional Education
Spotlight on Anesthesia Claims: Moving the Needle
In this course we will show how comorbidities complicated the delivery of good anesthesia care. And we will share how important a thorough history and physical is to identifying potential problems that occur in the administration of anesthesia care.
1.0 credit

Dec 11, 2019
Cultural Diversity Creates Language Barriers: Reducing Claims with Multilingual Patients
Rich Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, and Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Senior Director, Patient Safety Education, The Doctors Company
Clear and unambiguous communication constitutes the key component of the physician-patient relationship. Proactively implementing office procedures to promote optimum communication reduces the risk of disputes.

Professional Education
Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing - Georgia Edition
This three-hour learning activity provides instruction on controlled substance prescribing guidelines, recognizing signs of abuse or misuse of controlled substances, and controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management, as delineated in Georgia Rule 360-15-.01. It also provides tools and resources to assist in educating staff and informing patients.
3.0 credits

Professional Education
Prescribing Opioids Safely
Faced with an opioid-related epidemic that continues to bring addiction and deaths, it is important to define the role of opioids for both acute and chronic pain management. This activity spotlights the epidemic and presents the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, regulations, studies, and emerging solutions to address the epidemic and allow for effective and appropriate use of these drugs.
2.5 credits

Professional Education
Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing - Michigan Edition
This three-hour learning activity provides instruction on controlled substance prescribing guidelines, recognizing signs of abuse or misuse of controlled substances, and requirements delineated in Michigan’s law. It also provides tools and resources to assist in educating staff and informing patients.
3.0 credits

Nov 26, 2019
How Healthcare’s Transformation Affects Physicians and Patients
Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, Chairman and CEO, The Doctors Company
Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, chairman and CEO of The Doctors Company, discusses some of the most pressing issues facing providers today, including rising healthcare spending and hospital mergers.

Nov 12, 2019
Closing or Relocating a Healthcare Practice
Physician practices close for many reasons, including physician illness or death or a decision to sell, practice solo, join another group, relocate, or retire. These patient safety and risk management tips can help make the transition easier.

Nov 05, 2019
When Treating Kids, Learn from the Emergency Department
Phyllis L. Hendry, MD, FAAP, FACEP
To prevent communication gaps when treating kids, all specialties can benefit from lessons learned in the Emergency Department, where conversations are rushed, stakes are high, teams are assembled ad hoc, and physicians seldom have relationships with the patient.

Oct 31, 2019
The Algorithm Will See You Now: How AI’s Healthcare Potential Outweighs Its Risk
A third of U.S. physicians are already using artificial intelligence (AI) in their practices, and many believe there is ample reason to think this advanced technology can help address diagnostic errors—the largest cause of malpractice claims. However, there are still unresolved questions about the risks.

Aug 27, 2019
Electronic Health Records Continue to Lead to Medical Malpractice Suits
Darrell Ranum, JD, Vice President of Patient Safety and Risk Management
We analyzed 216 medical malpractice claims that closed from 2010 to 2018 in which EHRs contributed to patient injury. The pace of these claims grew, from a low of seven cases in 2010 to an average of 22.5 cases per year in 2017 and 2018. As EHRs approach near-universal adoption, they may become a more prevalent source of patient safety risk.

Professional Education
Advanced Practice Providers Closed Claims: What Can We Learn?
A recent study by the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that the U.S. would need an additional 95,900 doctors, 22,700 NPs, and 12,800 PAs immediately if healthcare use patterns were equalized across race, insurance coverage, and geographic location. More understanding of the liability associated with APPs can help provide insight on the current situation and identify strategies that decrease risk, improve patient safety, and advance patient care.
1.0 credit

Professional Education
Dementia Q&A: What Physicians Ask About Diagnosis and Treatment
This course focuses on the common concerns and questions expressed by physicians about dementia and cognitive impairment. This course covers making the initial observation of cognitive decline and beginning a conversation with older adult patients; overcoming common barriers to making a definitive diagnosis of dementia; and managing the ongoing clinical needs of patients experiencing dementia.
1.5 credits

Jun 13, 2019
The Waning of the Physical Examination and Its Impact on Outcomes
Howard Marcus, MD, FACP
The physical exam should remain a central tool for evaluating and managing patients.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Jun 13, 2019
An Analysis of Malpractice Claims by Physician Gender
David B. Troxel, MD, Medical Consultant to The Doctors Company
A gender-specific analysis of 5,897 claims from six medical specialties.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Professional Education
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Evaluation and Diagnosis
The second course introduces The Alzheimer's Project Evaluation Algorithm and Evaluation Instruments, and focuses on differential diagnoses. The course includes ideas for how to prepare and engage in a sensitive dementia diagnosis disclosure with patients and caregivers.
1.5 credits

Professional Education
Dementia Screening Among Adults with Cognitive Decline
The first course introduces The Alzheimer’s Project and highlights the increasingly important role of primary care practitioners in dementia care. It presents The Alzheimer’s Project Cognitive Impairment Screening Algorithm and Screening Instruments, and it addresses reversible conditions that may present similar symptoms to cognitive impairment. The course incorporates four videos, each followed by a series of related questions.
1.3 credits

Professional Education
Neurological Case Study: Management of the Surgical Patient
This Claims Corner examines a neurosurgical case that alleges several failures to assess and treat a patient in a timely manner. It also highlights the importance of communicating with physicians and advanced practice providers involved with post-surgical care.
0.5 credit

Professional Education
Psychiatry: Preventing Adverse Outcomes
The Doctors Company study of closed claims reveals areas of higher risk in outpatient psychiatry practices. Using this as a foundation, the course provides information to evaluate your practice and make changes to improve decisions about treatment, operational processes, reporting, and documentation.
1.5 credits

Feb 08, 2019
Cybersecurity and Data Breaches Report
It’s not a matter of if a data breach will occur in your medical practice—it’s a matter of when. Make sure your practice is prepared with this guide, which covers how to comply with HIPAA rules in the event of a breach, how to thwart ransomware attacks, how to combat password theft, and more.

Feb 06, 2019
7 Critical Questions to Ask When Selecting Your Medical Malpractice Insurer
Whether you're choosing medical malpractice insurance for the first time or managing risk for a multi-state practice, selecting the right insurer is one of the most important decisions you'll make. This guide outlines the questions you should ask when choosing your medical malpractice carrier.

Professional Education
Nursing Liability: Preventing Patient Falls
1.0 credit

Dec 01, 2018
Survey: Doctors Conflicted but Patients Still Top Concern
Bill Fleming, Chief Operating Officer
The Future of Healthcare Survey revealed a complicated picture about the attitudes of physicians towards the state of healthcare.

Nov 20, 2018
Clinician Burnout: Perspectives, Stories, and Solutions
Growing administrative demands and distractions in our complex healthcare system conflict with how clinicians want to provide care—contributing to alarming rates of burnout and potentially leading to more adverse events and compromising patient safety.

Video Oct 31, 2018
Fighting the Opioid Epidemic: Progress Report from Surgeon General
Programs for combatting the opioid epidemic, reducing overdose rates, and addressing other addiction epidemic issues (including heroin and fentanyl) are explored by U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH. His comments were made to attendees at The Doctors Company's 2018 Executive Advisory Board meeting.

Video Oct 31, 2018
Surgeon General's Priority: Partnering for Public Health
Community health and economic prosperity are connected, and healthcare professionals can partner with the business community to improve public health. This priority for public health was shared by U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, with attendees at The Doctors Company's 2018 Executive Advisory Board meeting.

Video Oct 31, 2018
Threat of Global Epidemics: Surgeon General Speaks
There is a growing threat of global epidemics, including Ebola and Zika, and U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, is working to address this threat and promote health through better community partnerships. He made his comments to attendees at The Doctors Company's 2018 Executive Advisory Board meeting.

Video Oct 31, 2018
Surgeon General's 2018-2019 Key Initiatives
U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, outlines his top three key initiatives: the opioid epidemic, demonstrating the link between community health and economic prosperity, and raising awareness about the connection between our nation's health and our national security. His comments were made to attendees at The Doctors Company's 2018 Executive Advisory Board meeting.

Video Oct 31, 2018
Naloxone to Fight the Opioid Epidemic: Surgeon General's Perspective
Co-prescribing naloxone can help turn around opioid overdose rates and is an important first step in fighting the opioid epidemic, says U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH. His comments were made to attendees at The Doctors Company's 2018 Executive Advisory Board meeting.

Video Oct 31, 2018
Surgeon General Addresses E-Cigarettes and Vaping
Vaping and e-cigarettes present a significant healthcare challenge for physicians today. U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, addresses this issue and the fact that young people are susceptible to developmental delays and effects on the brain from vaping and e-cigarettes, which prime them for addiction up to age 26. His comments were made to attendees at The Doctors Company's 2018 Executive Advisory Board meeting.

Video Oct 31, 2018
Healthcare Payment Models: Surgeon General's Perspective
Physicians and patients are now faced with changes in payment models, and doctors can help shape the future of healthcare toward being based on outcomes rather than fighting for reimbursements, individual procedures, or piecemeal parts of the healthcare system, according to U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH. His comments were made to attendees at The Doctors Company's 2018 Executive Advisory Board meeting.

Video Oct 31, 2018
Surgeon General's Strategies for the Opioid Epidemic
U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, detailed some of the strategies, plans, and programs that can be effective in combating today's opioid epidemic when addressing attendees at The Doctors Company's 2018 Executive Advisory Board meeting. Topics include prescription drug monitoring programs, reasonable alternatives to opioids for acute and chronic pain management, medication-assisted treatment for those in recovery, and co-prescribing naloxone for those at risk of opioid overdose.

Oct 30, 2018
U.S. Surgeon General Discusses Public Health Issues
United States Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, discusses how vaping and e-cigarettes present a significant healthcare challenge for physicians, as well as how changes in healthcare payment models are increasing the focus on public health.

Oct 30, 2018
U.S. Surgeon General Discusses the Opioid Epidemic
United States Surgeon General Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, MD, MPH, discusses the opioid epidemic’s huge impact and strategies to combat it, including prescription drug monitoring programs, medication-assisted treatment for those in recovery, and co-prescribing naloxone for those who are at risk of opioid overdose.

Professional Education
Medical Office Assessments Reveal Hidden Liabilities
The Doctors Company’s patient safety risk managers conducted office practice assessments across a range of practice environments around the country. This activity analyzes the results, highlights problem-prone areas, and offers strategies to minimize areas where patients can “fall through the cracks” and leave the practice vulnerable to a malpractice claim.
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Sep 27, 2018
Medical Office Assessments Uncover Hidden Liability Risks
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Senior Director, Patient Safety and Risk Management Education
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Video Sep 27, 2018
Future of Healthcare: Physicians Won't Recommend Their Profession
The Future of Healthcare Survey of over 3,400 doctors shows physicians are disenchanted with practicing medicine, largely because of technologies and payment models they say are interfering with the doctor-patient relationship and their ability to provide quality care. Despite continuing volatility in the industry and resulting dissatisfaction, one of the predominant themes captured in this survey is the concern physicians share for their patients and the quality of the care they receive.

Video Sep 20, 2018
Training New-Hire Physicians on Practice Culture
Daniel Cassavar, MD, president and chief medical officer at ProMedica, explains how ProMedica has been successful in training new-hire physicians on practice culture as well as error prevention and provider burnout, resulting in a 98 percent retention rate.

Video Jul 27, 2018
The Stress Paradigm: Distracting Devices and Patient-Centered Care
The health environment has been invaded by not only medical technology, but by individuals who become too connected to their own devices. Steven Weintraub, MD, interviews Peter J. Papadakos, MD, FCCM, FAARC, on distracting devices and how they contribute to physician stress.

Video Jul 27, 2018
Addiction Indicators: Distracting Devices and Patient-Centered Care
The health environment has been invaded by not only medical technology, but by individuals who become too connected to their own devices. Steven Weintraub, MD, interviews Peter J. Papadakos, MD, FCCM, FAARC, about the potential for a physician to be perceived as addicted to a personal electronic device.

Video Jul 27, 2018
Malpractice Repercussions: Distracting Devices and Patient-Centered Care
The health environment has been invaded by not only medical technology, but by individuals who become too connected to their own devices. Steven Weintraub, MD, interviews Peter J. Papadakos, MD, FCCM, FAARC, about distracting devices in the context of patient-centered care and the malpractice repercussions that occur when practitioners appear to be distracted.

Jun 22, 2018
Sexual Harassment Allegations in Healthcare: Rising Risks
Richard Cahill, JD, vice president and associate general counsel
Healthcare providers are not immune from the growing number of reported incidents of alleged sexual harassment in the workplace. This article provides tips on how to protect physician practices from sexual harassment lawsuits.

Jun 07, 2018
Team Synergy: A Critical Core Competency for Safe Care
Lisa McCorkle, MSN, MBA, Patient Safety Risk Manager, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management
An account of one group’s efforts to create and sustain a team-oriented culture through teamwork training.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Video May 18, 2018
Obstetrics: Innovations in Patient Safety
Jay M. Berman, MD, FACOG, of the Wayne State University Physician Group in Detroit, Michigan, describes changes his practice made to improve patient safety based on the data and recommendations in The Doctors Company’s Obstetrics Closed Claims Study. The study provided a common understanding on which colleagues, hospital administrators, residents, and nursing staff were able to work collaboratively to make changes to reduce the risk of shoulder dystocia and obstetric hemorrhage.

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.

Video Apr 12, 2018
How High Reliability Organizations Aspire to Zero Patient Harm and Tackle Physician Burnout
Robert Morton and Lisa McCorkle of The Doctors Company’s Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management talk with Stephen Beeson, MD, founder of The Clinical Experience Project, after a two-day intensive workshop on “Becoming Valued Advisors of a High Reliability Organization Journey, Data Use, Physician Engagement, and Burnout.”

Mar 26, 2018
Nurse Practitioner Closed Claims: Risk Mitigation Strategies
Strategies to help nurse practitioners and physicians prevent patient injuries.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Video Mar 26, 2018
Nurse Practitioners and the Changing Delivery of Primary Care
Increasingly, the growing need for primary care services will be met with nurse practitioners. The Doctors Company studied nurse practitioner medical malpractice claims over a six-year period and compared them to claims against primary care physicians (family medicine and internal medicine) to identify risk management issues that may be unique to nurse practitioners.

Mar 09, 2018
Nurse Practitioner Closed Claims Study: Top Risks in the Changing Delivery of Primary Care
Our study of nurse practitioner medical malpractice claims, compared against family medicine and internal medicine claims, identifies the top patient safety risks that may lead to adverse events.

Video Feb 27, 2018
A Patient Safety Culture Is Key for Medical Practices
Do your practice's policies and culture promote patient safety or undermine it? Jason W. Miller, MPA, CMPE, chief executive officer at Reiter, Hill, Johnson & Nevin, the largest privately owned OB group in the DC metro area, used The Doctors Company's Practice Safety Culture INSIGHT Service to perform a diagnostic checkup on the practice's culture and its impact on patient safety. This confidential service assesses daily office routines, management practices, policies, procedures, and communication style and benchmarks the results against practices nationwide.

Video Jan 24, 2018
How to Spot Potentially Violent Patients
Healthcare workers face significant risk of job-related violence: 52% of all workplace violence occurs in healthcare. Mitigating the risk of violence includes early identification of high-risk patients.

Video Jan 09, 2018
Finding Hidden Liability Risks in Medical Practices
What risks are you missing? What questions aren't you asking? Ted Abernathy, MD, of Pediatric & Adolescent Health Partners in Virginia, used The Doctors Company's Practice Risk INSIGHT Service to do a full and comprehensive liability evaluation of his practice. The data-driven recommendations from this evaluation helped him find ways to improve safety and reduce his risk, including changes to protocols, policies, and forms, as well as establishing a parent advisory council.

Video Jan 04, 2018
Disaster Preparedness for Your Medical Practice
Recent fires, hurricanes, and floods nationwide have highlighted the importance of planning for disasters. Wildfires in California forced several physicians to quickly relocate their practices―some permanently―and to move scheduled procedures to different facilities. Hurricane and flood damage in Texas and Florida left practices without power for days or even weeks. Is your practice prepared for this type of situation?

Video Nov 10, 2017
Healthcare Billing Risks
All healthcare providers are vulnerable to fines and penalties if they submit bills for reimbursement to the government or private payers. This video presents an overview of the risks to healthcare providers posed by billing errors and omissions.

Video Nov 03, 2017
Your Risks as a Healthcare Employer
With the exception of malpractice lawsuits, employment-related claims present the most severe exposure to a medical practice. This video presents an overview of the risks to medical practices and recommends the steps practices should take to reduce their exposure.

Aug 15, 2017
Objective Review of Potential Risks in a Medical Practice Can Be Beneficial
Ted Abernathy, MD, Managing Partner, Pediatric & Adolescent Health Partners
Ted Abernathy, MD, Managing Partner of Pediatric & Adolescent Health Partners discusses his experience with an assessment service offered by The Doctors Company which provided his practice with a comprehensive checkup of key areas and customized action plan.

Video Jul 24, 2017
The Opioid Epidemic: A Closed Claims Analysis
Opioids play an important role in pain management—both in the acute and chronic settings. Unfortunately, the dramatic increase in opioid use over the past few decades has resulted in an opioid-related epidemic of addiction and death. To take a deeper look at the epidemic, The Doctors Company reviewed 272 malpractice claims in which patient harm involved opioids.

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