Risk Management

Defining the Standard of Care

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Q.  I know my patient care must always meet the standard of care, but how exactly is the standard of care defined and determined?

A.  The exact definition of standard of care varies by state, but generally, it is the degree of skill, care, and diligence exercised by members of the same profession or specialty practicing in light of the present state of medical science.  It is important to keep in mind that the standard of care does not mean optimal care, but includes a range of acceptable treatment options.


Tutorials Offered by PRMS

PRMS has developed a series of short tutorials in an effort to educate psychiatrists and other behavioral healthcare professionals in the areas of insurance, risk management, and claims.

Insurance 101 – Harland Westgate, JD Explains the Basics of Multi Party Litigation - http://youtu.be/Ub9FKPHPofE

Six Things You Can Do Now to Avoid Being Sued LATER with David Cash – http://youtu.be/OQwjNzetxag

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