October 1, 2020

Risk Management Tip: Promoting Communication Between Referring and Consulting Physicians

Lack of communication between providers may result in poor coordination of care. This may include a delay in diagnosis or treatment, the failure to order diagnostic testing or act upon abnormal test results, or the failure to prescribe appropriate medications. Review this Risk Management Tip from MLMIC to reinforce related policies and protocols within your practice or facility.

September 15, 2020

Risk Management Tip: Using Chaperones During Physical Examinations

Providers must recognize that, at any time, a patient may make a complaint to the Office of Professional Medical Conduct alleging that he or she was the victim of a physician’s sexual misconduct. Having a chaperone present during intimate physical examinations may be beneficial to both the physician and the patient. Review this Risk Management Tip from MLMIC to reinforce related policies and protocols within your practice or facility.

September 1, 2020

Risk Management Tip: Managing Patients with Chronic Pain

The management of chronic pain through the prescription of controlled medication poses challenges and risks to both the patient and the healthcare provider. Review this Risk Management Tip from MLMIC to reinforce related policies and protocols within your practice or facility.

August 15, 2020

Risk Management Tip: Effective Communication with Patients

Effective communication is the cornerstone of the doctor-patient relationship. Patients’ perceptions of physician communication skills may impact the potential for allegations of malpractice. Review this Risk Management Tip from MLMIC to reinforce related policies and protocols within your practice or facility.

August 1, 2020

Risk Management Tip: Management and Documentation of After-hours Telephone Calls from Patients

The failure to properly handle and document after-hours telephone calls can adversely affect patient care and lead to potential liability exposure for the physician. Review this Risk Management Tip from MLMIC to reinforce related policies and protocols within your practice or facility.

July 15, 2020

Risk Management Tip: Safely Caring for Patients of Size in the Office Practice

Physicians’ offices may not be well equipped to accommodate patients of size. Providing a safe environment, while optimizing sensitivity to the needs of this patient population, will enhance patient care and minimize your exposure to claims of negligence. Review this Risk Management Tip from MLMIC to reinforce related policies and protocols within your practice or facility.

July 1, 2020

Risk Management Tip: Managing Medication Samples

Medication samples are widely used in a physician’s office practice. A standard process should be in place for the proper handling, storage, dispensing, and disposal of medication samples. Review this Risk Management Tip from MLMIC to reinforce related policies and protocols within your practice or facility.

June 15, 2020

Risk Management Tip: Follow-up of Missed or Cancelled Appointments

A well-defined process for following up on missed or cancelled appointment will help ensure continuity of care and enhance patient safety. Review this Risk Management Tip from MLMIC to reinforce related policies and protocols within your practice or facility.

June 1, 2020

Risk Management Tip: Management of Medical Equipment for Patient Care

Many procedures are performed in the office setting using physician-owned or leased medical equipment. Failure or malfunction of this equipment may lead to patient, staff or provider injury. Review this Risk Management Tip from MLMIC to reinforce related policies and protocols within your practice or facility.

May 15, 2020

Risk Management Tip: Prescription Medications and Patient Safety

Medication errors result in a significant portion of medical liability claims. Careful attention to detail in prescribing and monitoring the use of medications promotes patient health and safety. Review this Risk Management Tip from MLMIC to reinforce related policies and protocols within your practice or facility.