Healthcare Risk Management (Vol. 37, No. 5) - May 1, 2015

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Release date: May 2015

Valid through: May 2017

Target Audience

This activity is intended for healthcare risk managers, lawyers, and other managers responsible for reducing liability and improving safety in the healthcare setting.


  • Legal Review and Commentary: Agitation upon awakening from anesthesia leads to brain damage and $17.5 million verdict
  • Legal Review and Commentary: Complications post-thyroid surgery lead to patient death, $1.3 million verdict
  • Costly diagnosis delays can be avoided with good practices
  • Process is key to reducing diagnosis claims
  • PIAA: Most commonly missed or delayed diagnosis: breast cancer
  • Assessment failures lead to diagnostic errors
  • Jury awards $28.2 million for delay in diagnosis
  • Increase in public data could prompt litigation against your healthcare facility
  • Study up on conditions of participation, public data
  • Electronic reporting, anonymity improve reporting
  • Hospital meets Triple Aim goal, improves safety
  • Triple Aim pursues higher quality, lower costs
  • Medical malpractice payout amounts increase
  • Medical malpractice payout amounts increase
  • EHR failures create havoc for hospitals
  • System pays $10M to settle FCA allegations
  • HHS targets opioid-drug related overdose, death


  • Describe legal, clinical, financial, and managerial issues pertinent to risk management;
  • Explain the impact of risk management issues on patients, physicians, nurses, legal counsel, and management;
  • Identify solutions to risk management problems in healthcare for hospital personnel to use in overcoming the challenges they encounter in daily practice

Credit Available


  • 1.25 ANCC Contact Hours


This activity is sponsored by AHC Media.

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AHC Media is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Credit Designation


This activity has been approved for 1.25 nursing contact hours using a 60-minute contact hour. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 14749, for 1.25 Contact Hours. Nurses licensed in California should retain this credit letter for four years.

Faculty Listing


Greg Freeman


AHC Media Executive Editor: Joy Daughtery Dickinson

Director of Continuing Education and Editorial: Lee Landenberger

Nurse Planner:Maureen Archambault

Financial Disclosure

Author Greg Freeman, Executive Editor Joy Daughtery Dickinson, Nurse Planner Maureen Archambault, and Legal Review & Commentary co-authors Damian Capozzola, Jamie Terrence, and Tim Laquer report no consultant, stockholder, speakers’ bureau, research, or other financial relationships with companies have ties to this field of study.

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