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.

Zur Institute Continuing Education

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.

Please note:  If you are a policyholder located in Texas please contact RiskManagement@awacservices.com for additional information on how to access risk management courses.


WEBINARS

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

Please note:  Attending the live presentation of 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.
Also, recorded playbacks do not apply toward the credit.

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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These Five Actions Minimize Professional Liability Risk for Behavioral Health Workers in the Fight Against School Violence…(NEW)
Behavioral specialists can’t predict or prevent every incident. Here are five critical risk management steps psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors and social workers should take now to mitigate liability exposure.

Consider This…(NEW)
Text messaging is ubiquitous in society now, and in the United States, smartphone users send/receive nearly five times as many texts as they do phone calls.1 Text messaging’s role in healthcare delivery, however, can be confusing and worrisome.

Consider This…(NEW)
Psychiatrists have an important role in the assessment and treatment of at risk youth. While there is no stereotype or profile of the violent youth offender, there are specific areas for heightened concentration when assessing and attempting to determine the potential violent action a young patient may take.

Your patients Gender Identity Matters (NEW)
There are unique considerations when treating LGBTQ patients. It is important that all patients are treated equally regardless of their sex or gender identity, or sexual orientation. For more information on the topic of gender identity please read the full version of Your Patients  Gender Identity Matters.

The Opioid Epidemic: The Impact on Psychiatrists
Millions of Americans suffer from opioid use disorders involving prescription pain medications. According to the latest CDC data, more than six in ten overdose deaths involve an opioid and deaths from prescription opioids including oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone have more than quadrupled since 1999. As such, drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, with more than 115 people dying every day from an opioid overdose. The impact of the opioid epidemic on the healthcare delivery system has been significant and no healthcare provider or organization is immune from the effects of this crisis. Read this article to learn more.

What should you know about completing forms and writing letters?
In this age of electronic healthcare and telepsychiatry, you may think that patients would no longer ask for forms to be filled out or letters to be written on their behalf. In reality, psychiatrists are often asked by patients to fill out forms and/or to write letters. This article asks you to consider certain points before completing a form or writing a letter that is requested by a patient or their representative.

Risk Management Tips in Behavioral Health 
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.

Notice of Investigation Information
The practice of therapy is regulated in all states. The simplest regulation has to do with the fact that only licensed therapists can use that term in conjunction with their name. With the license comes oversite to protect the public from unprofessional practices.

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