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5 Things That Get Physicians Sued

Using case studies, this guide will describe five common errors that can increase the risk of a medical malpractice suit and offer risk management techniques to address each of these issues.
 

  1. Communication: failing to listen, communicate, and spend adequate time with patients

  2. Poor documentation: EMR templating issues, failing to document patient interactions

  3. Follow up: failing to order or follow up on tests and consults

  4. Referrals: failure to refer or track referrals

  5. Medication errors: wrong dosage, allergic reactions

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