• All radiologists
• Physicians of all specialties with an interest in radiology risk management issues
• Other interested healthcare practitioners
Original Release Date: April 7, 2011
Expiration Date: April 7, 2013
Description: Diagnostic error is becoming a new focus in Patient Safety. This is especially relevant to radiologists because diagnostic error accounts for over half the medical malpractice claims in radiology. This mixed-media Internet activity will examine the sources of diagnostic error and what can be done to reduce error and claims. The sources include 25 years of radiology malpractice claims data, the observations of radiology experts Leonard Berlin and Robert Brenner, and practice guidelines of the American College of Radiology (ACR). The recommendations from all these sources will be shown to be highly complementary. In addition, there will be an update on the topics of teleradiology and informed consent in radiology.
Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion, participants should be able to:
1) Utilize report-tracking strategies, telephone policies and ACR guidelines to reduce the risk of failed communications between radiologist and referring physician by 50%.
2) Provide education to radiology patients about common cancer misconceptions (e.g. that all cancers can be identified through x-rays, finding cancer early saves lives all or most of the time) using evidence-based research.
3) Institute safeguards and best practices to reduce the incidence of missed or delayed diagnosis in the noncompliant patient and the patient with no referring physician by 50%.
4) Implement a policy for selecting and partnering with teleradiology services based on 4 criteria or requirements to reduce risk.
Learning Assessment: There will be a post test for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 4 out of 5 correct answers.
Estimated time to complete activity:1 hour and 30 minutes
Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, view the entire online presentation, complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.
CME Credit: 1.5
Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:
Florida - This activity includes content in Preventing Medical Errors
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety
Texas - This activity includes content in Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility
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Disclosure: The speaker, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
About the Speaker & Radiology Consultants: - Read full bio
Katy Caraway, JD, Caraway LeBlanc, a New Orleans based law firm
John D. Sparks, MD
Chester ("Chet") Coles, MD
Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Manager of Risk Management
Editor: Ruth Ryan RN, BSN, MSW, CPHRM, LAMMICO Risk Management Education Specialist
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Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education. It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care. Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient. The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2011
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