Risk Management

Welcome to American Professional Agency’s Psychiatry Risk Management page.

RISK MANAGEMENT RESOURCES

See below for information on Risk Management Courses, Webinars, Hotline, Newsletters and Articles.

COURSES

For Psychiatrists:

Access Allied World’s Risk Management courses for Psychiatrists by clicking here.

For additional complimentary one credit risk management courses offered to American Psychiatric Association members click here.

Free CME courses

 

 For Other Professions:

Not a Psychiatrist? Access risk management courses for your profession by clicking here.

Allied World Care to Learn program


WEBINARS

Complimentary Risk Management Webinars on current healthcare topics are offered to APA, Inc. Program members. Please email us at RiskManagement@awacservices.com for information on how to register.

Please note:  Attending an Allied World Risk Management webinar will count as 1 premium credit hour towards the 3 hours needed with valid certificate of completion. Except in New York.

HOTLINE

Psychiatrists  855-218-8161
All Other Professions 
800-897-0033


ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS

Newsletters:

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Newsletter for APA Members:
Published in support of the American Professional Agency’s psychiatrist insurance program, exclusively for insured members of the American Psychiatric Association, “In Session” is a quarterly newsletter designed to address legal and risk related issues that are important to psychiatrists. As the new APA-endorsed medical malpractice insurance provider, Allied World is committed to delivering a comprehensive risk management program for APA members.

Click here to see a sample newsletter. 

Newsletter for AACAP Members: 
Published in support of the American Professional Agency’s psychiatrist insurance program, exclusively for insured members of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Association, “In Session” is a quarterly newsletter designed to address legal and risk related issues that are important to psychiatrists.

Click here to see a sample newsletter.

Articles:

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Risk Management Tips in Behavioral Health (NEW)
Although this is not an exhaustive list, here are some important risk management issues to consider in behavioral health. Read this article to learn more about the liability concerns of which to be aware.

Are You Thinking About Going Into Private Practice?
In today’s healthcare environment there are numerous practice settings for psychiatrists to choose from. Although not an exhaustive list this article highlights some of the issues requiring consideration before seeing your first patient. Psychiatrists should consult with an attorney for guidance whether joining an existing practice or establishing a new one. Read this article to learn more about what you can do to help minimize your liability exposure.

What are the important risk management considerations when practicing telepsychiatry? 
Using telepsychiatry does not change the standard of care – it is the same standard used as when the patient is physically present in your office. However, there are additional risk management considerations when practicing telepsychiarty which differ from when the patient is physically in your office. Read this article to learn more about the number of legal and regulatory issues of which to be aware.

Using Electronic Medical Records in Psychiatry
The primary goal of EHR technology is to store and exchange information electronically between providers.
Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are one aspect of electronic health record technology and can be highly beneficial for providers and the overall exchange of information. However, there are some unique risk management considerations when using an EMR as compared to paper records.

Are you protecting your practice?
Are you practicing solo or in a group practice? Or in a collaborative care arrangement or hospital setting?  Are you aware of state laws and regulations impacting your practice? This article is designed to inform you about Risk Management Strategies to Protect Your Career.

Are your records protected? (UPDATED)
The medical record should provide an accurate reflection of the care provided to the patient. It is a legal document scrutinized by both plaintiff and defense attorneys should litigation, a regulatory action or ethics complaint be brought against you. It is important to keep in mind that the patient’s medical record provides a lasting memory of the events and reflects your and the rest of the team’s professional credibility.

Are you being sued?
It is important to recognize that even good doctors get sued. The legal process can be long and arduous. It can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety. The following guidance is provided to assist you if you are sued.

Are your billing practices in your favor?
Like other professionals, psychiatrists can, at times, have difficulty getting paid for their services. It is important that psychiatrists understand their rights and obligations when enacting and implementing payment policies. Although not exhaustive, this article identifies some potential liability issues related to collecting payment for your services.

Are you suddenly hit with a “Repressed/False Memory” lawsuit?
Treating patients with recovered memories of abuse can be challenging. Since some states are now allowing for such lawsuits, in order to minimize risk, psychiatrists should take extra caution in such cases, such as by: utilizing sound documentation principles; practicing within their area of competency; and observing their profession’s ethical principles.

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