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A practice manager calls a staff meeting to discuss new procedures that will be implemented to minimize danger, hazard, and liability within the practice. What is this meeting about?
A. Assumption of risk
B. Liability insurance
C. Quality improvement
D. Risk management
E. Technical defenses
Answer and Explanation
Taking steps to minimize anticipated dangers, hazards, or liabilities is considered risk management. In health care, risks are evaluated to reduce the likelihood of an injurious event or minimize damages following such an event.
Did you get it right? The correct answer is: D
Incorrect Answer Explanations
Answer A: Assumption of risk refers to a legal defense used in court. With assumption of risk, a defendant is considered not guilty of a negligent act if it can be proven that the plaintiff knew of and accepted any risks involved. An example of assumption of risk is having a patient sign a consent form detailing potential risks of a surgical procedure. A provider could prove that the patient knew of and accepted the risks beforehand.
Answer B: Liability insurance refers to insurance coverage contracted for damages that may be incurred as the result of a negligent act. The purpose of liability insurance is to protect licensed health care professionals from liability in the event of bodily injury, medical expenses, and property damages that are associated with wrongful practices.
Answer C: Quality improvement in health care refers to initiatives taken by providers and practitioners to ensure the quality of patient care. Quality improvement should be continual, with ongoing assessment and correction.
Answer E: Technical defenses are arguments used by defendants to be granted acquittal on the basis of legal technicalities. An example is police seizure of evidence from an individual’s home without first obtaining a warrant to enter and search.
Bottom Line: The purpose of risk management is to anticipate potential issues that can cause harm and to allow for reflection and implementation of process improvements for prior incidents.
For more information, see:
Judson K, Harrison C. Chapter 6: Defenses to liability sSuits. Judson K, Harrison C, eds. Law & Ethics for Health Professions. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education; 2019:147-150.
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