You think being a great doctor is enough to ensure you won’t get sued? Alas, we wish it were so. You need to take steps to protect yourself.
Take heed, good doctors, having world-class training and clinical skills is not always enough to fend off potential legal action. For today’s physicians, the threat of a malpractice suit is ever lurking on the horizon. Protect yourself from such legal entanglements by involving everyone in your practice. You’ll need effective risk-management strategies to deal with all those trigger points surrounding patient care.
Here’s what you can do to reduce your potential risk:
Make sure these protocols are included in your risk management plan for the practice. This plan should become a tool for training new physicians and staff and holding everyone accountable. Common-sense risk management plays an important role in reducing risk exposure, so make it a priority in your office.
Judy Capko, based in Thousand Oaks, Calif., is a healthcare consultant with more than 20 years experience. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article originally appeared in the October 2009 issue of Physicians Practice.