Courtesy of The Pathology Blawg:
While the error rate in surgical pathology is low, a recent study by Patients for Fair Compensation (PFC) found that when malpractice claims go to trial, pathologists, more often than other physician specialties, have juries rule against them. Pathologists also are more likely to have their cases proceed to trial and less likely to have them dismissed in court.
Pathologists often are held to a higher standard of care. But even the most experienced pathologists can make mistakes. Knowing which areas are most prone to errors—and what steps you can take to avoid them—will make it less likely you’ll find yourself in front of a jury one day.
Poor communication is often at the core of these malpractice claims. Many cases are won or lost based on the quality of the information you provide to clinicians, which is why a carefully written and well documented pathology report can be one of your best defenses against being sued, even if you’ve made a mistake.
So what are the most common types of errors that lead to malpractice claims? How can a Quality Assurance Program help minimize diagnostic errors? And what can you do to ensure your pathology reports are as accurate and thorough as possible?
Get answers to these questions and more when you register to attend a new webinar from PathologyBlawg, “Pathologists and Malpractice: How to Reduce Your Risk of Being Sued” on Thursday, May 23, 2013. Listen as David B. Troxel, MD from The Doctors Company, a nationally known expert on medical malpractice and a practicing pathologist for more than 35 years, provides you with details on the types of errors that lead to malpractice claims. You’ll get extensive data from his analysis of more than 15 years of claims that will alert you to the areas where pathologists make the greatest number of errors, and which ones are most likely to lead to malpractice claims. Find out how to manage these problem areas and what you can do to lower your risk.
You’ll also learn how to improve your communication skills, which can be especially important when preparing your pathology reports. Find out how to communicate diagnostic results to patients and physicians, what data to include in your reports, and even what information you may want to avoid. Good pathology reports can almost singlehandedly make the difference between getting sued or not.
Whether you’re a pathologist, PA, histotechnologist or lab manager —anyone who wants to learn about the most common diagnostic problem areas and how to avoid them—this is one session you can’t afford to miss.
Register today to guarantee your place at this essential learning session. And remember that your entire team can participate when you register.
PathologyBlawg Webinar at a Glance
DATE: Thursday, May 23, 2013
TIME: 2 p.m. EDT; 1 p.m. CDT; 12 p.m. MDT; 11 a.m. PDT
PLACE: Your telephone or speakerphone and computer
COST: $195 per dial-in site (unlimited attendance per site) through 5/17/13, $245 thereafter
TO REGISTER: Click here
For one low price—just $195 (through 5/17/13; $245 thereafter), you and your entire team can take part in this fast-paced, insightful audio conference. Best of all, you’ll be able to connect personally with our speaker when we open up the phone lines for live Q&A.
Here’s just some of what you’ll learn during this in-depth 90-minute conference:
- Analysis of more than 15 years of claims data to understand why most pathologists get sued.
- The most common errors made by pathologists and how to avoid them.
- How most diagnostic errors are likely to be discovered.
- How writing a good pathology report can help reduce your risk of being sued.
- What data to include (and avoid) in your pathology reports that could protect you from liability.
- Useful workarounds you can employ in differential diagnosis situations.
- How to prevent most diagnostic errors.
…and much more!
Your webinar registration includes:
- A site license to attend the conference (invite as many people as you can fit around your speakerphone at no extra charge).
- A downloadable PowerPoint presentations from our speaker.
- The opportunity to connect directly with the speaker during the audience Q&A session.
David B. Troxel, MD is the Medical Director of The Doctors Company, a physician-owned medical malpractice insurance company. He also serves on the board of directors of the iHealth Alliance, which oversees the PDR Drug Alert delivery initiative involving FDA Drug Labeling, Drug Alerts, and REMS notifications.