Clinical Documentation with a Jury in Mind
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Availability
On-Demand
Cost
Member: $0.00
Non-Member: $25.00
Medical Student: $0.00
Resident Fellow Member: $0.00
Credit Offered
No Credit Offered

This online module describes common claims against psychiatrists and how a complete and well documented medical record becomes vital for defense against a claim or lawsuit. Through case examples, identification of best practices for documentation, and review of documentation practices to avoid, the webinar summarizes how to chart with not only the patient in mind but also with the jury in mind.

Course References

  • Committee on Quality of Health Care in America, Institute of Medicine (US) . Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century. Washington, DC: National Academies Press (US); 2001.
  • Mangalmurti SS, Murtagh L, & Mello MM. Medical malpractice liability in the age of electronic health records. N Engl J Med. 2010 Nov 18;363(21):2060-7.

Educational Objectives

  • Discuss common types of claims against psychiatrists and how documentation can make or break a defense
  • Describe common legal pitfalls in clinical documentation and how it could impact whether a patient files a lawsuit following an adverse outcome
  • Recognize sound documentation principles
  • Minimize risk by adopting best practices to avoid professional liability claims

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, Residents/Fellows

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 60 minutes
Program Start Date: February 1, 2023
Program End Date: December 31, 2023

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate showing the date of completion and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by American Psychiatric Association (APA) and American Professional Agency, Inc. APA is jointly accredited by the American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The APA 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.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.

Presenter:

  • Allison M. Funicelli, MPA, CCLA, ARM, Senior Risk Management Consultant, Risk Management Group. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Program Planners:

  • Allison M. Funicelli, MPA, CCLA, ARM, Senior Risk Management Consultant, Risk Management Group. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Vishal Madaan, MD, Chief of Education/ Deputy Medical Director, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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