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

Jan 10, 2022
Management of Treatment Complications in Dentistry
When treatment complications occur, it is often how the situation is handled that determines the outcome for both the patient and the healthcare provider. These strategies can help dental professionals enhance safety and mitigate risk.

Nov 19, 2021
Documentation and Scope of Practice Issues in Dentistry
We analyze a case resulting in patient injuries and provide strategies that address documentation and staff protocols.

Sep 22, 2020
Should Dentists in One Office Have One Malpractice Insurer?
Laura Archer, Vice President of Underwriting for The Doctors Company
One often-overlooked strategy for a group practice is having all dental professionals covered by the same malpractice insurer: With a group policy, a practice can keep up with changes, avoid damaging conflicts, maximize chances for desirable outcomes when claims arise—and even potentially realize a positive impact on premium.

Jul 21, 2021
Medical and Dental Record Retention
Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, The Doctors Company
Having access to well-maintained patient records helps medical and dental professionals ensure continuity of care. It can also protect them against any future professional liability claims, licensing board complaints, and peer review inquiries.

Jan 05, 2022
Referral and Negligent Referral in a Dental Practice
We outline actionable strategies to help dental professionals keep patients safe and avoid potential liability when referring patients to specialty providers.

Mar 23, 2021
Prescribing Opioids Safely: How to Have Difficult Patient Conversations
Roneet Lev, MD, Chief of Scripps Mercy Emergency Department, Chair of Prescription Drug Abuse Medical Task Force, and President of Independent Emergency Physicians Consortium
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., and opioids account for over 60 percent of those deaths. Building a strong doctor-patient rapport can help facilitate tough conversations with patients about opioid prescriptions and reduce risks that could lead to malpractice suits.

Jun 14, 2021
Should You Offer Your Services as a Paid Medical or Dental Expert?
Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, The Doctors Company
Consider these key questions before deciding to accept the role of paid expert witness. Functioning as an expert witness is not a role to be entered into lightly.

Jun 09, 2022
Coping With Litigation: Tips for Healthcare Professionals
Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, The Doctors Company
The first step in alleviating the stress and uncertainty created by an allegation of medical or dental malpractice is to understand the litigation process and the defendant’s role during each step.

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.