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Diagnostic Error and Claims: Reducing the Risk (1 credit Video)

Hours: 1.00

Best suited for:  Physicians of all specialties. Other interested healthcare practitioners are also welcome to participate.

Original Release Date: April 7, 2011
Review Date: July 20, 2016
Expiration Date: July 31, 2018

Description: Diagnostic Error has been described as the New Frontier in Patient Safety.  Claims data supports this contention.  A large study by the Rand Corporation has demonstrated that patient adverse events and medical malpractice claims go hand in hand … and that reducing one can be expected to reduce the other.  This is important information for stakeholders wishing to reduce adverse events and improve patient safety.  It provides a basis for building bridges between stakeholders.  This interactive mixed-media Internet activity will define diagnostic error and its relation to claims; explain the two main types of diagnostic error and how they interact; and how diagnostic error is manifested in different specialties and disease states.  Systems-based issues are found to be the key multiplier factor for risk. Specific risk management recommendations to reduce preventable diagnostic error will be presented.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to
a) Define diagnostic error from a claims perspective.
b) Describe the two main types of diagnostic error and how they interact.
c) Explain why communications and teamwork errors are associated with more preventable complications and greater claims costs.
d) Define measures for reducing the risk of diagnostic error in your own specialty.

Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 4 out of 5 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit. CME Information - Read

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, view the entire online presentation, complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.0


MOC Approved: Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") and Association of American Colleges' ("AAMC") joint initiative to create a wide array of Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities, ' Diagnostic Error and Claims: Reducing the Risk ' has met the MOC requirements as a Part II activity by the following ABMS Member Boards:

  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • American Board of Radiology
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • American Board of Urology



State Requirements:
Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:
Florida -  This activity includes content in Preventing Medical Errors
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety
Texas - This activity includes content in Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility

Disclosure Policy - Read

Disclosure:  The speaker, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

About the Speaker & Faculty: Katy Caraway, JD & Ruth Ryan, RN, BSN, MSW, CPHRM - Read full bio

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Manager of Risk Management

Editor: Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

Content Advisors/Planning Committee Members - Read

Electronic Hardware and Software Requirements - Read

Web Master Contact Information: For assistance, contact Shea Ivey at 866/398-1038 or help@medicalinteractive.com

Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education.  It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care.  Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient.  The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2011

Bibliography: To view and download a Bibliography for this presentation, please select the References button below.

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