The Doctor’s Advocate | Second Quarter 2019

New Claims Corner CME Series

We have introduced Claims Corner, a complimentary new educational series that explores factors that contribute to patient injury in a single claim. Each case in the series is chosen because it represents a situation that might occur in many practices and is relevant across multiple specialties.

The initial activity centers on an obstetrics case with telephone communication as a factor in the care of the patient. Our second case involves neurosurgery and focuses on the challenges of handoffs and understanding roles and responsibilities.

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Claims Corner is published quarterly, and each activity offers CME credits. Look for Claims Corner activities in our Education and CME on-demand catalog at

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