Expenses to US healthcare organizations and providers can become exorbitant due to the cost of medical malpractice. Arbitration agreements, which are incorporated into the admission process in many healthcare organizations, can reduce this burden by decreasing the number of jury trials and legal defense costs, promoting timely resolutions, eliminating the concern of unpredictable jury verdicts and damage awards, and maintaining disputants’ privacy. If a dispute proceeds to litigation it is beneficial to have a case heard in a reasonable venue, and a choice of forum agreement is valuable to incorporate in the admissions process.Learn more
Each year, approximately 4 million patients miss out on healthcare due to lack of available transportation. Based upon no-show rates for appointments and the volume of visits per year, the cost to the US healthcare system could be as much as $150 billion. During a one-year period pilot of utilization of Lyft for non-emergency patient transport there was a 27% reduction in no-show rates and 297% return on investment. Facilities such as MedStar Health and SCL Health have partnered with ridesharing companies to reduce ambulatory “no-shows" and deliver complimentary, convenient and reliable non-emergency transportation services for patients facing transportation barriers. The panel will discuss emerging trends with healthcare organizations' partnering with transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft, the benefits and exposures these companies create for healthcare providers and how the industry can mitigate those risks as utilization increases.Learn more
To succeed with a medical malpractice case a plaintiff must provide evidence of negligence through establishing four elements: duty, breach, injury and damages. When the provider and a patient establish a professional relationship, the provider has a responsibility to provide a reasonable treatment plan. This is the element of duty. Our expert legal panel will analyze the provider-patient relationship and discuss relevant medical malpractice cases examining the duty to provide care.Learn more
Our panel presented an overview of the current problems and the epidemiology of child abuse including hospital-based estimates and medical care involvement.View
Our panel will present an overview of the current problems and the epidemiology of child abuse including hospital-based estimates and medical care involvement. We will describe decision aids and triggers to improve the quality of care in the emergency department. The panel will also explore enhancements in primary care involvement in child abuse care with Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO).Learn more
By the age of 65, it is estimated that 75% of physicians in low-risk specialties and 99% in high-risk specialties will have experienced a lawsuit. OB/GYNS are among the most likely to be sued among all physicians. Keeping pace with obstetrics patient safety science and risk mitigation strategies is challenging yet essential for promoting the best clinical outcomes.Learn more
It is no surprise that obstetricians have a significant higher likelihood of being sued for medical malpractice as compared to most other medical specialties. By the age of 65, it is estimated that 75% of physicians in low-risk specialties and 99% in high-risk specialties will have experienced a lawsuit. OB/GYNS are among the most likely to be sued among all physicians. Many of these medical malpractice claims focus on allegations of failure to diagnose, delay in timely intervention, failure to rescue and procedure injuries. Keeping pace with obstetrics patient safety science and risk mitigation strategies is challenging yet essential for promoting the best clinical outcomes.View
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Patient suicide is a significant problem for healthcare organizations. Inpatient suicides are devastating for friends and family of the individual, and can be traumatic for both healthcare providers and other patients in the vicinity of the incident. This webinar discussed the history of the 2016 Joint Commission mandate for universal suicide risk screening, as well as current directions related to the recommendation.Learn more
Patient suicide is a significant problem for healthcare organizations. Inpatient suicides are devastating for friends and family of the individual, and can be traumatic for both healthcare providers and other patients in the vicinity of the incident. Hospitals assume a variety of high costs associated with poor suicide risk detection and subsequent completed suicides within 72 hours of hospital discharge.View
Sexual abuse in healthcare is more common than you might think, and healthcare professionals are in a particularly powerful position when treating patients. This presentation will explore the prevalence of sexual abuse committed by healthcare and allied professionals, and the potential liability faced by the facilities that employ such professionals. We will provide risk management strategies for preventing sexual abuse lawsuits and provide tips on how to handle such cases should they occur.View
Sexual abuse in healthcare is more common than you might think, and healthcare professionals are in a particularly powerful position when treating patients. This presentation explored the prevalence of sexual abuse committed by healthcare and allied professionals, and the potential liability faced by the facilities that employ such professionals.Learn more
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Medical Marijuana continues to be a controversial topic in the healthcare industry, with experts and research falling on both sides of the aisle. In this session we will explore the risk management issues surrounding the use of medical marijuana by both patients and staff. We will provide an overview of the therapeutic effects of medical marijuana, current uses, legal issues at the state and federal levels, and suggested risk management strategies for healthcare providers.
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Complying with the HIPAA Privacy Rule can pose unique challenges in the Long Term Care setting. Establishing and maintaining an effective program can be overwhelming as leadership team members make decisions on how to best utilize internal resources. This webinar serves to provide guidance and recommended practices for maintaining a HIPAA Compliance Program as well as recommended strategies specific to the Long Term Care environment.Learn more
Serious safety events in the department of surgery are among the most severe errors that continue to endure in the healthcare industry. Wrong-site, wrong-patient and wrong-procedure errors continue to be the most prevalent sentinel event reported to the Joint Commission.View
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On Monday, March 28, 2016, MedStar Health, the largest health care provider in the Maryland and Washington DC region, experienced the largest & most prolonged healthcare malware event to date. Melanie Osley, Director of Risk Management at MedStar Health/Washington Hospital Center presents lessons learned from the impact of this event on a system that includes 4,700 affiliated physicians, 8,700 nurses, 1,100 medical residents, 31,000 associates, and 10 academic and community hospitals. David Finn, Health IT Officer for Symantec will discuss malware industry trends and comprehensive exposure mitigation strategies.View
Personal electronic devices (PEDs) permeate the modern workplace, and the healthcare industry is no exception. Not only do PEDs make life easier, they can even improve the healthcare system and delivery of care. However they also bring a host of new risks – especially related to security and privacy of protected health information (PHI) – raising concern amongst healthcare providers and institutions alike.View
High reliability in healthcare means consistent quality care for every patient, every time. Yet preventable, adverse patient safety events and quality problems continue to occur in hospitals and healthcare systems nationwide. The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare aims to transform healthcare into a high reliability industry by developing proven, effective, data-driven solutions to healthcare’s most complex problems. Recently released solutions include the Preventing Falls Targeted Solutions Tool® (TST®) and Oro™ 2.0 High Reliability Organizational Assessment and Resource Library.View
Serious safety events in the department of surgery are among the most severe errors that continue to endure in the healthcare industry. Wrong-site, wrong-patient and wrong-procedure errors continue to be the most prevalent sentinel event reported to the Joint Commission.Learn more
Retail healthcare is transforming the US healthcare landscape. "Big box" stores are becoming larger players and offering an increasing breadth of services. Yet this recent trend doesn't necessarily mean further fragmentation of an already complex system. Recent partnerships between retailers and health systems or other organizations have the potential to enhance American healthcare as a whole.View