In your estimation, is failing to pursue further testing simply a mistake?

Discussion Question 1: Risk Management and Medical Practice Issues

You oversee the insurance program at a local physician’s office. The office has five family practice doctors with four nurses and two office staff. The office is independent, so it must provide full coverage independent of any parent company. The office has a van for transporting supplies, patients to a local medical center, and groups to conferences, etc. Discuss the types of insurance available for the van. Recommend one type and justify your recommendation.

 

Discussion Question 2: Risk Management and Medical Malpractice

The high rates of malpractice suits raise the question, “Should healthcare professionals not be allowed to make any mistakes?” Consider the following case. In your estimation, is failing to pursue further testing simply a mistake? Consider this from the point of view of the risk manager and of the patient’s spouse.

A 38-year-old female was admitted to the emergency room of Goodcare Hospital with symptoms that suggested a gastrointestinal problem. The attending physician performed all the routine tests, and the results were normal. During the time the patient was in the ER, she had uncontrolled diarrhea and grew weaker. The medication given did not help. The patient died, and the autopsy revealed that she was suffering from giardiasis, an intestinal parasitic infection. This infection is not detected by routine parasitic testing. If detected, the infection can be effectively treated with antibiotics. In this case, if the patient had been correctly diagnosed, she would likely have recovered quickly and lived. The attending physician was sued for negligence for failing to diagnose the infection. A jury awarded the woman’s husband $725,000.

 
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Should each department have a manager that reports to the same director?

Discussion Question 1: Strategies to Minimize Risk

Risk can be minimized, but not eliminated. Give an example of a risk management solution being taken too far, and explain how you would judge how far is too far. Give another example of a situation where you must accept a certain level of risk because the risk cannot be controlled for any further.

 

Discussion Question 2: Risk Management and Organizational Structure

Organizations have tried several different approaches for creating an organizational structure that supports collaboration between the risk management and quality management departments. Which structure do you think would be most effective? Should the departments be combined? Should each department have a manager that reports to the same director? Is there a better alternative? Be sure to explain your answer.

 

 
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How might your response plan for an epidemic such as the avian flu differ from your response plan for a natural disaster?

Discussion Question 1: Risk Management and Natural Disasters

What type of disaster is your local hospital likely to face? Has this occurred in the past? Was the hospital prepared to respond appropriately? As a risk manager, what questions might you have about the hospital’s response plan?

 

Discussion Question 2: Risk Management and Epidemic

How might your response plan for an epidemic such as the avian flu differ from your response plan for a natural disaster? Are there resources to plan for that would be different? Are there resources that would be impacted regardless of the type of response plan that is needed?

 
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Are the indicators and their measurements appropriate to the high-risk area?

Part 1:
Write a 2–3 page evaluation of the quality improvement program that you have created. This should be the annual summary of the hypothetical data. Make sure your hypothetical data are credible.

Part 2:
As you may recall from Week 1, your Course Project was to prepare a total quality improvement program, with a focus on one high-risk area. Continuous quality improvement covers many areas. Throughout the course, you have learned about the attributes that constitute a quality improvement team and what questions this team attempts to answer. The assignments toward this project that you completed each week can now be assembled into a single instructional document.

Make necessary adjustments to your document so that each segment flows smoothly into the next. Evaluate your project using the criteria given below.

  1. Are the indicators and their measurements appropriate to the high-risk area? Do the indicators capture the risk?
  2. Are the fictional incidents realistic and plausible?
  3. Is the filled chart consistent with the fictional incident?
  4. Is the plan of correction feasible? Will it prevent the occurrence of the incident in future?
  5. How do you know the plan worked? What measures will you use to identify effectiveness?

Submit it to the W5: Assignment 2 Dropbox by Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

Name your document SUO_HCM4002_W5_A2_LastName_FinalInitial.doc.

On a separate page, cite all sources using the APA format.

 
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