Practice Management

Oct 20, 2022
Job Shadowing: Observers, Volunteers, and Students in Clinical Settings
Kim Hathaway, MSN, CPHRM, Patient Safety Healthcare Quality and Risk Management Consultant, The Doctors Company
Create guidelines to prevent practice risks, eliminate patient harm, and protect patient privacy.

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.

Sep 19, 2022
Building a Culture of Safety in Healthcare, Part One: Mutual Respect
David L. Feldman, MD, MBA, FACS, Chief Medical Officer, The Doctors Company and TDC Group; Senior Vice President, Healthcare Risk Advisors
Mutual respect is the foundation of patient safety, risk reduction, and professional satisfaction. In the first article of a four-part series, Dr. David Feldman outlines strategies for fostering respect in healthcare.
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Aug 30, 2022
Telephone Triage and Medical Advice Protocols
Debra Kane Hill, MBA, RN, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, and Richard F. Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, The Doctors Company
Telephone triage requires an accurate assessment of the patient’s concerns without the benefit of a face-to-face visit.

Jun 16, 2022
Patient Billing Challenges: Frequently Asked Questions
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.

Professional Education
Understanding and Preventing Adverse Events (HRA)
This enduring activity will explore patient safety and quality through multiple lenses. The initial session addresses the value of understanding adverse events, the second session focuses on engaging the C-suite, and the third covers teaching these topics to students, residents, attending, and other healthcare professionals.
1.3 credits

May 31, 2022
The Role of the Medical Assistant in Your Office Practice
Debra Kane Hill, MBA, RN, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company
A medical assistant (MA) can be a valuable addition to an office practice, but MAs should not perform tasks outside their scope of practice.

Professional Education
Burnout: Spotlight on System Changes
There is a national movement to address the systemic causes of clinician burnout. Read the article "Clinician Burnout: From a Crisis to a Movement" to learn ways that clinicians can create system change in their own work environments.
0.5 credit

Feb 23, 2022
Pediatrics: Addressing Social Determinants of Health and Adverse Childhood Experiences
Marcie Ward, RN, Senior Clinical Consultant, Medical Advantage, and Patti L. Ellis, RN, CPHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, The Doctors Company
The role of the pediatrician, which encompasses the management of a child’s physical, behavioral, and mental health, is critical in preventing and mitigating childhood adversity and trauma.

Dec 15, 2021
Telephone Communication for Healthcare Providers: Safety Strategies
Nicole Franklin, MS, CPHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, The Doctors Company
When casually or carelessly conducted, telephone communications can lead to diagnostic errors and misunderstandings that can culminate in professional malpractice claims

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.

Jun 29, 2021
Pediatrics: Consider Car Window Hammers for Your Office Emergency Response Kit
Patti L. Ellis, RN, CPHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, The Doctors Company
Seconds count if an infant, toddler, or young child is accidentally locked inside a hot vehicle. A car window hammer can be a lifesaving tool to include in an emergency response cart or kit.

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.

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.

Feb 23, 2021
Medical Gas System Safety
Ernest E. Allen, ARM, CHFM, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company
Incidents involving medical gas systems have resulted in patient injuries and deaths. This safety review can help surgery centers, hospitals, and physician offices comply with requirements.

Feb 12, 2021
Rx for Patient Safety: Use Ask Me 3 to Improve Patient Engagement and Communication
Leslie J. Castaneda, BSN, MSHA-HCQA, Patient Safety Healthcare Quality and Risk Management Consultant, The Doctors Company
Although patients commonly nod their heads and indicate they understand, communication issues pose challenges in many practices. Implementing the Ask Me 3 program can improve patient-provider communication.

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.

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.

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 17, 2020
Medical Malpractice and Preparticipation Sports Physicals
Michael C. Koester, MD, Slocum Center for Orthopedic and Sports Medicine
Physicians should be aware of liability risks associated with preparticipation sports physicals.

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.

Feb 18, 2017
Up for Review: Five Keys to Managing Online Criticism
Kevin Pho, MD, Founder and Editor, KevinMD.com
No matter how professional and caring a doctor you may be, eventually you will face criticism on the web. Here are five keys to managing that criticism.

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