This course describes the 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, this course summarizes how to chart with not only the patient in mind but also with a jury in mind.
- General Member - Free
- Resident-Fellow Member - Free
- Medical Student Member - Free
- Non-Member - $25.00
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- 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.
- 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
Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 60 minutes
Program Start Date: February 1, 2020
Program End Date: February 1, 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
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 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
- Allison M. Funicelli, MPA, CCLA, ARM, Senior Risk Management Consultant, Risk Management Group. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Anne Huben-Kearney, RN, CPHQ, CPHRM, CPPS, DFASHRM, AVP, Risk Management Group, AWAC Services. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, MD, Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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