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Emergency Medicine: Risk and Claims (1 credit Monograph)

Hours: 1.00

Target Audience: Emergency medicine physicians. Other interested healthcare professionals are also welcome to participate.

Original Release Date: November 28, 2012
Review Date: April 28, 2017
Expiration Date: April 28, 2020

Description: The 40,000 emergency physicians in the US practice in a system described variously as broken, in crisis, and in critical condition. It is certainly risk-prone environment. Does the medical malpractice experience of emergency physicians correspond to the risk? Are there patterns in emergency medicine claims that can inform physician risk management strategies? This self paced internet monograph will present the comparative claims data for this specialty, review the medical literature, and present the causes and types of diagnostic error in the emergency setting. The causes for three claims of medical malpractice for testicular torsion will be “diagnosed,” suggesting methods for emergency physicians to improve the accuracy of diagnosis.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to
1) Define diagnostic error and its relationship to cognitive bias and systems factors.
2) Give examples of availability bias, premature closure and anchoring in the emergency medicine setting.
3) Describe one or more strategies to counter cognitive biases.
4) Describe one or more strategies for reducing the risk of communication failures in the emergency setting.

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, read the entire monograph online, download to a printer and read, or download and save to your computer. 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, ' . $this->title . ' has met the MOC requirements as a Part II activity by the following ABMS Member Boards:

  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation



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

Disclosure Policy - Read

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

About the Authors - Read Bios
Medical writers: Sara N. Fischer Ph.D. and Ruth Ryan.
Expert Reviewers: Ivan Sherman, MD, FAAEM and Jay De Salvo, MD

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 © 2012

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

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This course is offered through Experix, a wholly owned subsidiary of Physicians Insurance, and is based on more than 30 years' experience in providing continuing medical education. This course is complimentary for Physicians Insurance members.

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