Health Care Risk Management & Patient Safety Issues
Risk management and patient safety are central to a healthcare provider's operations and sustainability. Risk management encompasses a wide-variety of concepts such as patient safety initiatives, patient errors, patient complaints, medical malpractice claim reduction, general liability concerns, HIPAA violations and data breaches, incident reporting processes and discipline procedures, risk and quality assessments, and general liability concerns. It includes anything that could negatively impact the operations of the healthcare facility.
Risk management for a healthcare facility is particularly challenging because the laws applicable to healthcare providers are numerous, complex, and always changing. Accordingly, risk management is a continuous and always evolving process. A robust risk management program includes, at a minimum, policies and procedure designed to reduce risk and protect patient safety, compliance with regulatory standards, a risk management plan, regular training and educational opportunities, competency assessment plans, record retention policies and practices, continuous monitoring and auditing and corrective action policies or plans.
The attorneys in MacDonald Illig's healthcare group have expertise in advising healthcare clients of all sizes and types in various risk management and patient safety matters. Our attorneys partner with our clients to develop risk management programs and implement patient safety initiatives that best suit their particular practices. In the event our clients experience a claim or lawsuit, our experienced litigators team up with our healthcare attorneys to provide a knowledgeable and zealous defense.