Practice Improvement

Video Nov 15, 2019
Rewarding Doctors: The Tribute Plan
As a company founded and led by doctors, The Doctors Company believes you deserve more than a little gratitude for a career spent practicing good medicine. That’s why we created the Tribute Plan in 2007. It's an unrivaled benefit that rewards you for your loyalty to The Doctors Company and for your commitment to providing outstanding patient care.

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.

Professional Education
HIPAA Fundamentals: 2019-2020 Edition
This program provides details on the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules, such as the type of information that is protected, who must comply with the rules, and how patient information can be used and disclosed. This on-demand program includes many resources useful to staff training.
1.0 credits

Professional Education
Risky Practices: Hidden Liabilities Identified by Medical Office Assessments
The Doctor's Advocate CME
Office practices 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, zeroes 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 INSIGHTs assessments, highlight problem-prone areas, and offer strategies to minimize liability.
1.0 Credits

Professional Education
Advanced Practice Providers Closed Claims: What Can We Learn?
The Doctor's Advocate CME
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 Credits

Aug 13, 2019
Reduce Patient Safety Risks with Vaccinations
Debbie Hill, MBA, RN, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, and Lisa McCorkle, MSN, CPHRM, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager
Whether seeing patients for back-to-school immunizations or preparing adult patients for travel abroad, this article can help doctors assess the vaccine administration protocol in their practice to reduce risks and enhance patient safety.

Jul 18, 2019
How the Medical Malpractice System Influences Care
Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, Chairman and CEO, The Doctors Company
Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, The Doctors Company chairman and CEO, discusses how the medical malpractice system often burdens good physicians with years-long lawsuits—and shows how the cost of defensive medicine affects us all.

Professional Education
Dementia Q&A: What Physicians Ask About Diagnosis and Treatment
The Alzheimer's Project Series
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 18, 2019
Off-Label Use: Patient Safety Implications
Kim Hathaway, MSN, CPHRM, Patient Safety Healthcare Quality and Risk Management Consultant, and Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel
The standard for appropriate off-label use of medications and other products is what other similarly trained physicians would do, not what the manufacturer of the medication or product recommends.

Professional Education
Oral-Maxillofacial Surgery Informed Consent
Informed consent involves more than a patient signing a form. This activity explains how to enact an informed consent process based on best practices in dentistry and oral surgery.
1.0 Credit

Professional Education
Ob/Gyn: Telephone Communications
Claims Corner CME
The most frequent inconsistent practice found in the Practice Risk INSIGHT assessments was telephone communication (22 percent not met). When appropriate and adequate systems are in place, the physician is less at risk for having a suit filed. This case-based study provides insights and risk management techniques to lessen the frequency and severity of such a claim.
0.5 Credits

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

Professional Education
Preventing Adverse Outcomes When Treating Children
The Doctor's Advocate
The Doctors Company studied claims filed on behalf of pediatric patients that closed over a 10-year period from 2008 through 2017. You are provided the most common types of claims and includes expert insights into the specific elements that led to patient injury, and risk mitigation strategies.
1.0 Credit

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.

Jan 28, 2019
Smile! The Doctor Is on Camera: The Pros and Cons of Recording Office Visits and Procedures
Rich Cahill, Vice President and Associate General Counsel
As smartphones have become ubiquitous—giving patients a video and audio recorder that’s always at hand—the question of whether or not these devices should be allowed in the clinic or hospital setting is becoming increasingly more common. The issue of allowing patients to record their appointments requires balancing potential privacy and liability risks with the potential benefits of improved patient recollection of instructions and treatment adherence.

Dec 21, 2018
Integrating Physician Practices into a Hospital-Based Risk Management Program
Amy Wasdin, RN, MBA, Patient Safety Risk Manager II
Overseeing risk management programs for acquired physician practices can be a daunting prospect for even the most seasoned hospital risk manager. This article provides tips for risk managers to identify and assess liability in an office setting.

Professional Education
Medical Error Prevention
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.
2.0 Credits

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

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.

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.

Sep 06, 2018
On Alert: What All Doctors Need to Know About Alzheimer’s Disease
Cynthia Morrison, RN, ARM, CPHRM, CPPS, Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company
As the population ages, Alzheimer’s is becoming a more common cause of death. Early diagnosis of dementia, requiring the expertise of a neuropsychiatric physician who specializes in dementia, is essential to allow for maximum quality of life. Physicians of all specialties should become familiar with the early signs of this disease in order to refer patients with symptoms to a specialist for further testing.

Video Aug 29, 2018
Analyzing Malpractice Claims Improves Patient Safety
The Doctors Company Claims Analysis INSIGHT Service helps physicians figure out what is driving their medical malpractice claims, improve their ability to give better quality of care, and ultimately reduce claims. Pamela Willis, patient safety risk manager at The Doctors Company, and Tony Cardona, director of medical legal affairs for the Scripps Clinic/Scripps Medical Foundation, explain the process.

Aug 08, 2018
How to Train New-Hire Physicians on Practice Culture
Daniel Cassavar, MD, MBA, FACC, and Angela M. Brandt, EMBA
Physicians are increasingly gravitating to careers as employees rather than solo practitioners. It pays to invest in cultural alignment from the outset to promote a stable, longstanding career for physicians within the organization.

Professional Education
Distracted Practice in the Perioperative Area
The invasion of personal electronic devices (PEDs) into certain healthcare environments can put patients at risk. The perioperative area is an environment where distraction from PEDs can lead to patient injury or death. This activity provides tools and information for individuals to become aware of risks, to assess how PEDs impact their environment, and to develop preventive measures to control PED usage.
1.25 Credits

Jun 12, 2018
Digital Medicine and the Future of Healthcare
The digitization of medicine is transforming the entire healthcare system—new technologies like mobile apps and wearables bring both benefits and risks, patient access to healthcare is evolving, EHRs have created new patient safety risks, and artificial intelligence is evolving to play a role in future patient care.

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

Jun 05, 2018
Define Your Core Values, Transform Your Medical Practice
Brandon Betancourt, practice administrator for Salud Pediatrics in Chicago, describes how his practice defined core values to address challenges and provide optimal patient care.

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.

May 03, 2018
Healthcare Technology Risks and Rewards: Faster, Cheaper, Safer
David Chou, Vice President/Chief Information & Digital Officer, Children’s Mercy Kansas City, shares his insights on balancing the cybersecurity risks and patient care improvements of healthcare technology.

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.”

Apr 05, 2018
Big Data, EHRs, and Patient Care: How Healthcare Is Evolving
Shereese Maynard, a healthcare and health IT strategist, discusses how EHRs, cybersecurity, and big data are affecting medical practice management.

Professional Education
Taking the Mal Out of Malpractice: Incident Analysis Leads to Sustained Improvement
Improvements made in clinical care often result by looking beyond what seems to be the obvious cause to find the underlying or root of an actual or potential injury. This activity demonstrates how changes designed to tackle root cause(s) are more likely to produce sustainable improvements in your practice that prevent reoccurrence of an injury, error, or near miss.
1.25 Credit

Mar 12, 2018
Social Media Resources for Physicians
Social media is a powerful tool for physicians, allowing them to engage with patients, grow their online reputation, and make their voice heard. These resources can help doctors get started on social media and expand their online presence.

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.

Jan 24, 2018
Avoid Being Put on the RAC: Be Prepared for a Recovery Audit Contractor Audit
Kathleen Stillwell, MPA, RN, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager
Any medical practice submitting claims to a government program may contend with a Recovery Audit Contractor.

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.

Dec 15, 2017
Frequently Asked Questions: Americans with Disabilities Act
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Senior Director, Patient Safety and Risk Management Education, and Richard F. Cahill, Esq., Vice President and Associate General Counsel
Our experts answer questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which is designed to eliminate discrimination against persons with disabilities and provide enforceable standards to address such discrimination.

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.

Video Aug 19, 2017
How to Build Patient-Centered Relationships
A patient-centered relationship can improve patient outcomes. The first step in developing a patient-centered relationship is starting a dialogue with the patient and exploring the patient's concerns.

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 Aug 14, 2017
Tips for Improving Patient Satisfaction
Physicians who communicate well with their patients have higher patient satisfaction scores and lower liability risks. Self-analysis and coaching can help physicians become better communicators.

Video Aug 05, 2017
Don't Interrupt. Let Your Patient Talk
Diagnostic accuracy is improved when physicians give patients the time and space to tell their story. By allowing patients the time they need to explain the reason for their visit, physicians can reduce "doorknob questions," which occur when the patient brings up what may be the most critical symptom just as the doctor is leaving the exam room.

Jun 14, 2017
How Medical Scribes Are Trained—And Used—Varies Widely
Jeffrey A. Gold, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director of Simulation, Oregon Health and Science University
Though it is the fastest growing medical field, there is little regulation or standardization for training medical scribes.

Dec 14, 2016
The Doctor’s Dilemma
Howard Marcus, MD, FACP
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Feb 18, 2016
Are Decisions Shared?
Robin Diamond, JD, RN, Senior Vice President, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management
There is a growing emphasis on patient-centered care and shared decision making in healthcare.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Jul 08, 2015
Laboratory and Diagnostic Test Tracking in Ambulatory Practice
Dana Faber, RN, BS, Patient Safety Risk Manager.
Inadequate clinical laboratory and diagnostic test tracking is a top factor leading to patient injury.

Dec 20, 2013
Interactive Guide to Patient Safety for Office Practices
This interactive guide is designed to help you uncover areas of potential malpractice exposure in your practice.

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