Description: Return to onsite work may raise new risks of cognitive and mental health issues in the workforce, requiring greater scrutiny of adverse behaviors and evaluation of Fitness for Duty. The webinar will offer an interactive discussion of how to recognize emerging risks to employees, staff, or patients due to these issues, how to properly categorize them, triggers for referral to evaluation, and how to reintegrate the employee safely and legally back into the workforce.

Key Take-Aways from the program:

  • What is a Fitness for Duty exam and who is responsible for recognizing the need for referral?
  • COVID contributors – increased substance use issues, COVID studies on increased cognitive impairments, and increased severity of mental health issues leading to potentially greater risk to the employee or others.
  • Responsibilities of employer and red flags for potential referral to an exam, including emerging issues v. rapid onset high-risk behavior and risks to employee, other staff, and patients.
  • The legal and clinical pathway to referral for a Fitness for Duty exam.
  • Clinical evaluation process and medical privacy.
  • Clinical recommendations on medical accommodations and return to work.
  • Legal considerations on reintegration into the workforce, and workplace accommodations.

#RiskManagement: Social Media Risks and Benefits for Your Practice

Social media is everywhere. Discussions with practice management professionals reveal that social media remains a source of interest and concern. Using case scenarios, this workshop will explore the benefits social media engagement can bring to medical practices and review the techniques that can minimize potential professional liability risks. This program is designed for practices with all levels of experience and desire to incorporate it. Whether you want to, already are, or even if you have no interest in using social media, this program can support your risk management efforts. Participants will leave the program with an outline for developing a social media presence, a checklist of elements to consider in social media policies, and templates for addressing online information.  


This presentation will look at digital health as a presence in today’s healthcare world, ever-expanding and disrupting how healthcare is and will be delivered.

Healthcare leaders need to understand the impact of digital health on healthcare and what risk mitigation strategies should be considered for the modern healthcare system.

  Learning Objectives:

  1. Background and quick review of current state of digital health in healthcare.
  2. Discussion of why and organizational risk plan is important.
  3. Discussion of big data as an output of digital health.
  4. Discuss digital health and how it is the future of healthcare.

Ending the Physician-Patient Relationship: Ensure the Patient is Safe and your Practice is Protected

One of the most frequent issues brought to MPIE’s risk management hotline is how to discharge a patient safely from a medical practice. This program will walkthrough examples based on real-world scenarios and how to apply effective risk management strategies. Examples and templates will be emphasized as ways to standardize the process. Participants will leave with a better understanding of why it needs to be done and how to do it with risk management in mind. 

Many physicians feel that circumstances and risks surrounding professional liability or medical malpractice claims are beyond their control. This belief can be terrifying and devastating. We are going to analyze a difficult fact pattern to identify issues affecting patient safety and their professional liability implications. Preventing medical liability claims hinges upon numerous factors, but many of them, as we will see, are within a physician’s control or influence. Using expert legal insights, we will explore how sound risk management principles empower providers and protect them from the vagaries of professional liability claims.

AI, telehealth, and wearable technologies are rapidly gaining traction in healthcare delivery. ECRI will conduct a series of short conversations with their technology experts to describe the status and the problems/risks that ECRI is finding with these technologies.

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