As a ProAssurance insured, you can—at your convenience—take any of a dozen seminars at no additional charge from the convenience of your device screen. Learn about enhancing patient safety and reducing risk while earning CME credit for successful completion of any program not previously taken. And you also may be eligible for a one-time premium credit per seminar up to a defined maximum, depending on the program through which you are insured, and the state in which you practice.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the practice of medicine. As we analyze the new risks that have emerged, we must adjust our protocols and procedures to keep our physicians and their patients safe while optimizing care and hopefully improving outcomes. This two-part, webinar-based online course gathers insights from two years of pandemic pressure and delivers actionable ideas for working safely through the uncertainty.
Widespread violence against physicians and other healthcare professionals continues to rise. Join us as we discuss how an ongoing public health emergency may derail response efforts to prevent or mitigate an active shooter or other violent incident. This seminar will share actual stories and provide practical strategies to potentially prevent and mitigate risks when an assault occurs.
Healthcare providers who prescribe controlled substances find themselves on the front lines of an ongoing epidemic all the while attempting to treat patient’s pain appropriately and according to established guidelines. This course provides a view of the opioid crisis from the eyes of a former DEA agent. Join Mr. Tucker as he provides valuable guidance on how to communicate with patients about opioids, the value of monitoring patient adherence, and how to identify and manage patients who exhibit aberrant behaviors symptomatic of non-compliance.
This program is intended to increase awareness of the various common operational activities and transactions that can make your medical practice vulnerable. Most of these exposures are applicable to many businesses, such as employment practices, contracting and general liability; and some are more uniquely impactful to medical practices, such as vicarious liability for professional services and billing fraud and abuse. This activity will outline these exposures, highlight the regulations that typically govern them, including enforcement, and offer tips to mitigate these risks and enhance patient safety.
This presentation is an overview of the evolving cultural and legal landscape of cannabis and includes the tensions created by current conflicts in federal and state laws governing medical and recreational marijuana. Michelle Hackley will address the practical implications in balancing patient rights under state law and federal prohibitions affecting physicians and other healthcare providers.
This program focuses on the intersection of healthcare and human trafficking. Dr. Jeffrey Barrows presents the frequency with which those trafficked encounter healthcare professionals and indicators of human trafficking within the healthcare setting. He defines human trafficking, its scope, subtypes, and predisposing factors. The presentation concludes with a discussion of how a healthcare organization can prepare to respond when those who are being trafficked enter their facility.
Sign into the secure services portal to take the CME version of this seminar. A complimentary recording of this seminar is available for public access as well.
Antimicrobial Stewardship is defined as the rational and safe use of antimicrobials intended to maximize clinical cure by targeting the most likely pathogens while minimizing unintended adverse reactions and development of bacterial resistance. In January 2017, the Joint Commission approved a new medication management standard requiring hospitals to establish antimicrobial stewardship programs. This program will focus on the implementation of these programs with a focus on overcoming implementation barriers, the importance of physician involvement, examples of successfully implemented antimicrobial stewardship programs, and case studies.
The number of LGBTQIA+ individuals who voluntarily share their gender identity increases every day. As awareness and visibility increases, individuals will continue to reveal their true selves. LGBTQIA+ patients struggle with barriers and fears that physician office practices and healthcare systems are often unaware exist. Many practices and healthcare systems receive little if any training on how to provide the best patient journey and how to minimize the associated risks. This presentation emphasizes the importance of physician and staff education, includes best practices, and discusses ways to mitigate discrimination risks.
This seminar will explore the legal principle of informed consent, including basic elements of the informed consent discussion. We will also examine the scope of the informed consent discussion and documentation strategies used to successfully defend against allegations of lack of informed consent.
Stress and burnout have become a common occurrence in our society, but healthcare providers are at a heightened risk for the negative impact that these conditions can have on an individual. In this seminar, you will learn about the epidemic of stress as well as the process of resilience and the things you can do today to improve your own wellness as well as help your colleagues on their own journeys.
Effective leadership is all about communication. Understanding how to handle the most important management conversations is the key to improving team performance, retaining talent, and increasing team accountability. Physicians will gain insight on how to improve current organizational culture and garner greater employee engagement.
From an ethical and professional perspective, holding a disclosure conversation after an adverse event is the right thing to do. Many physicians remain concerned, however, about having their conversations used against them in a malpractice lawsuit. It is common for physicians to wonder:
This seminar is designed to assist you in answering those questions.
Advances in medical technology can promote good patient care, but navigating laws and rules when delivering care via telemedicine, particularly across state lines, can be daunting. Physicians and other healthcare professionals should endeavor to build a system that makes good business sense and adheres to healthcare industry regulatory requirements while also upholding the standard of care. This session will discuss important considerations that should be taken into account when implementing a telemedicine program.
Physicians increasingly find themselves on the front lines of the opioid crisis. Primary care physicians account for roughly half of all opioid pain medication dispensed in America, with the majority of these prescriptions written to treat chronic pain. In response to this crisis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has proposed twelve recommendations for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. In this presentation, Dr. Furr examines the CDC prescribing recommendations and highlights alternative treatment options available to providers.
In 2009, plaintiff’s attorney Don Keenan—along with trial consultant David Ball—published a book titled Reptile: The 2009 Manual of the Plaintiff’s Revolution. The book was largely a response to the waves of tort reform sweeping the nation. However, it also codified a new aggressive approach used by the plaintiff’s bar against individual and institutional defendants.
“The Reptilian Technique” noted in the book has been employed effectively by plaintiffs’ attorneys in high damage cases (including medical liability litigation).
Based in part on the work of neuroscientist Dr. Paul D. MacLean, this technique employs a fast-paced, aggressive, and adversarial cross-examination of the defendant physician. Not only is this approach designed to elicit an admission of a breach in the standard of care, but also to trigger the danger sensors of the “Reptilian Brain” (or “R-Complex,” in Dr. MacLean’s language).
The “R-Complex” represents the oldest part of our brain, which is shared by both humans and reptiles. It is responsible for many instinctual fear-based reactions, including the “fight or flight” response. In the words of those who use this technique, “When the reptile sees a survival danger, even a small one, she protects her genes by impelling the juror to protect not only the plaintiff, but the juror, his or her family, and their entire community from this danger.”
This program examines “The Reptilian Technique” and its potential impact on medical professional liability claims. It also discusses proven strategies to assist defendant physicians when faced with this approach.