New Year's Resolutions

Can’t decide what resolutions to make for 2015? How about making a resolution to improve patient care and reduce liability? We know from our experience in handling more than 20,000 claims and lawsuits against psychiatrists that your highest risk exposures are related to psychopharmacology and treating patients with suicidal behaviors. We also know that there are specific steps ...

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We’re a few days into 2013 and you’ve probably been able to keep your New Year’s resolutions so far. But if you haven’t, or if you haven’t made any and you need some suggestions, you’ve come to the right place. Here are PRMS’ recommendations for 2013 resolutions… 1. I will have an understanding of what is required by the HIPAA regulations, such as the Privacy Rule and the Secu ...

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How’s your new exercise program going? Have you lost five pounds yet? Mine’s going nowhere and I’ve gained weight. More importantly, have you stuck to your resolution to improve your risk management skills? We make it easy for you.  We have short, focused papers on the issues that bedevil psychiatrists in their daily practices: – Do I have to release this patient’s record to ...

A Guest Blog by Donna Vanderpool, MBA, JD, Vice-President of Risk Management It’s the start of a new year, so I just cannot resist offering one resolution to consider for 2012. Here it is: try to document your patients’ treatment records so that someone else can read the record and understand what happened in your treatment and why. The “someone else” could be another clinici ...

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