The Doctor’s Advocate | Second Quarter 2017
An Ounce of Prevention
We are constantly looking ahead to offer you more informed patient safety and risk management resources, clinical trends, and patient outcome information. We are pleased to introduce a complimentary new on-demand series that lets you earn CME credit for reading designated articles online and completing a post-test and evaluation.
The first course in our article series, Perspectives on Opioids and Pain Management, is based on the analysis of data from several studies discussed in The Doctor’s Advocate (articles by Dr. Roneet Lev and Dr. David Troxel in the first quarter 2017 issue and the lead article by Dr. Howard Marcus on page 3 of this issue). The course is approved for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.*
To get started, here is a preview of the information covered in Perspectives on Opioids and Pain Management with a sample of the post-test questions. Find the full articles, post-test, and evaluation at thedoctors.com/perspectivesCME.
Physicians in virtually all specialties assess and treat patients who are in discomfort. Pain medication and pain control are the focus of many educational programs aimed at addressing the ongoing epidemic of opioid misuse. We believe The Doctors Company can contribute insights to help doctors better recognize potential issues and manage the medications used to treat pain. By sharing information that we have gleaned from analyzing professional liability claims and other data, we hope to enhance safety and reduce potential medical malpractice liability exposures that may arise from pain management practices.
Find details on this complimentary course and explore our extensive Education and CME options at thedoctors.com/cme. Look for more courses in our article series in upcoming issues of The Doctor’s Advocate.
*The Doctors Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Doctors Company designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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Second Quarter 2017
From the Chairman
2017 Member Dividend Announced
Prescribing Opioids Safely
An Ounce of Prevention
The Doctors Company Introduces a New CME Series
Government Relations Report
Federal Medical Liability Reform: A Historical Perspective
The Doctors Company Foundation Changes Leadership
Innovations in Patient Safety
Data-Driven Insights: Fear to Act in Obstetrics