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RISK MANAGEMENT

Risk Management Manual

Risk Management and Medical Liability: A Manual for Indian Health Service and Tribal Health Care Professionals lays down procedures for protecting health care providers from malpractice claims and for responding to a claim. Practitioners will learn the attitudes, knowledge, and skills important to the understanding of risk management and medical liability. This manual offers a basic knowledge and details regarding the Federal Tort Claims Act. The manual spells out how federal medical malpractice tort claims are processed, with particular focus on the Indian Health Service's role and the practitioner's responsibilities related to those processes.

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A Manual for Indian Health Service and Tribal Health Care Professionals

(Second Edition)

April 2006

Table of Contents

  1. Healthcare Risk Management
  2. Underlying Influences That Often Lead to Claims of Malpractice
  3. The Patient-provider Relationship
  4. The U.S. Legal System: an Overview
  5. Selected Patient Rights Issues
  6. Informed Consent
  7. The Medical Record
  8. Issues of Provider Competence
  9. IHS-Tribal Malpractice Tort Claim Experience, 1987–2004
  10. The Federal Tort Claims Act
  11. The Malpractice Tort Claim Review Process
  12. The National Practitioner Data Bank
  13. State Licensing Boards and the Federation of State Medical Boards
  14. The Less Said the Better
  15. Giving a Deposition
  16. What to Do If You Are Sued Individually
  17. Risk Management DOs and DON’Ts
  18. Selected Resources
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