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Risk and Claims in Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgery (1 credit Monograph)

Hours: 1.00

Best suited for:  Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgeons. Other interested healthcare providers are also welcome to participate.

Original Release Date: August 21, 2013
Review Date: August 1, 2016
Expiration Date: September 30, 2017

Description: Cardiovascular thoracic surgery as a specialty has a good track record in coronary revascularization: reduced mortality, transparent quality measures, and appropriate indications for the procedure. Nevertheless, cardiac procedures and surgeries are currently subject to scrutiny, investigation and malpractice claims alleging lack of medical necessity. This monograph will address how thoracic surgeons can protect themselves in this environment. It will also provide an overview of cardiothoracic surgery claims data, recommendations regarding surgical risk assessment in the very elderly, patient selection and the informed consent process, and the appropriate role and limitations of clinical practice guidelines in the physician’s decision-making.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to
1. Access enhanced tools for assessing surgical risk in the very elderly.
2. Access clinical practice guidelines for indications for cardiothoracic surgeries.
3. State 3 ways to reduce your risk as a CVT surgeon in the face of increasing scrutiny of the medical necessity of the procedures you perform.
4. Carry out and document shared decision making in the informed consent process.

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


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 authors, expert reviewers, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

About the Authors and Expert Reviewers Read Bios
Sara Fischer, PhD, Ruth Ryan RN, BSN, MSW and R. Scott Thurston, MD, FACS

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

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2013

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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