This is the first of the Southern California Association for Healthcare Risk Management’s new pages which will appear in every issue of HRMR monthly. Carole A. Lambert, editor of The Source, the association’s online news bulletin, introduces the column.
The epidemic of patient harm in hospitals needs to be taken seriously if it is to be stopped, and risk management systems are an essential part of the solution, as Brian Stromberg, healthcare sales executive, and David McElroy, director, healthcare practice at Riskonnect, explain to HRMR.
US healthcare is changing rapidly, and for the changes to be handled safely, risk managers need to be at the heart of the action. Judy Klein, president of the Ohio Society for Healthcare Risk Management, explains to HRMR why the risk management voice needs to be heard.
As healthcare organisations consider the Next Generation ACO Model, HRMR examines how provider liability and the use of quality data have developed with the introduction of ACOs—and what might unfold in the future.
A piece of paper which states ‘the patient refused treatment’ is not a substitute for a proper conversation that confirms an understanding of the probable benefits and risks of treatment, says Fay Rozovsky, president of The Rozovsky Group.
Since St Francis Hospital, Columbus, GA, made it mandatory for its physicians to complete Crew Resource Management training, it has proved to be a step worth taking. Angie King, the hospital’s administrative director of patient safety, told HRMR how it was achieved.
How are risk managers faring amid the changes ushered in by healthcare reform? Cheryl Peaslee, president of the Northern New England Society for Healthcare Risk Management, gives her view to HRMR.
Timely and secure access to actionable data via a mobile risk management system is now as important for a healthcare risk manager as it is for a treating physician, say David McElroy and Brian Stromberg of Riskonnect.
Except in the rare instance of criminal negligence or intention, responsibility for harm is not likely to be a black and white issue, and asking whether another person would have done the same thing can shed useful light on the situation, says Dan Cohen of Datix.
Treating patients who come to the ER with behavioural health issues brings its own set of risks. HRMR investigates.