Ways to avoid a malpractice suit

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Here is a practical guide to minimize liability claims stemming from communication oversights and misunderstandings at your medical practice.

Even the best physicians face the possibility of a lawsuit on an almost daily basis. However, research shows that many lawsuits today are not about medical errors, but about poor communication and misunderstanding.

Ensuring effective communication should become a systematic and integrated approach into overall efforts to minimize errors, improve outcomes, control med-mal costs, maintain contracts, and manage the reputation of your practice.

Below is a practical guide, based on 28 years of experience working with physicians, to minimize liability claims stemming from communication oversights and misunderstandings.

About the Author

Jeffrey D. Brunken, CPCU, RPLU, is president and chairman of the board of The MGIS Companies, a leading national provider of physician insurance products. With nearly 30 of experience, Brunken is an expert on physician protection.