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Introduction to the Third Edition

Risk Management and Medical Liability

A Manual for Indian Health Service and Tribal Health Care Professionals
(Third Edition)

An initiative began in 2009 at the Indian Health Service (IHS) Headquarters level to more thoroughly review and assess each medical malpractice tort claim that involved care within the IHS or Tribal network of hospitals and clinics.

Now, almost ten years later, many things have changed. The number of claims filed against IHS and Tribal facilities has decreased and the processes by which claims are reviewed have also evolved. The IHS is an active reporting entity to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). This revision of this Manual provides risk management guidance for local programs and health care professionals.

Section 1: Healthcare Risk Management