9036: Risk Reduction in the Medical Office

Course Description

National and internal data suggest that non-clinical factors contribute to many malpractice lawsuits. This course is designed to assist the physician and advanced practice provider in identifying and reducing these factors using tools, effective communication and best practices.

Target Audience: This course is specifically designed for physicians and advanced practice providers who want practical information on identifying and reducing risk, particularly in the medical practice setting.

Learning Objectives
  1. Recognize the most common risk issues in a medical practice;
  2. Develop effective office systems;
  3. Improve medical record documentation; and
  4. Identify key preventable medication error reduction strategies. 

Credit Awarded

  • 10% Premium Credit for Physician Policyholders
  • 4.0 CME Credits for Physicians
  • Certificate of Completion for Non-Physicians



Course summary
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

This course was developed by SVMIC’s Risk Education and Evaluation Department.

CME Information

Accreditation:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine (UTCOM) and SVMIC. The UTCOM is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation:  The UTCOM designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAFP: This Enduring Material activity, Risk Reduction in the Medical Office, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 4.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins 01/03/2018. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AOA: The American Osteopathic Association has approved this program for four (4) credit hours in Category 2-B of the Continuing Medical Education Program. Physicians will need to submit a letter of completion from the University of Tennessee directly to the AOA to receive CME credits.

Continuing Education for Non-Physicians:  The UTCOM will issue Certificates of Completion to non-physicians for completing this activity and designates it for a maximum of .4 CEUs using the national standard that 1 hour of educational instruction is awarded .1 CEU.

This activity was released on January 1, 2017 and will expire on December 31, 2019.

CME Disclosures

No planners or speakers have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

This course is designed to inform the physician and advanced practice provider of many important legal and practical considerations before entering into a supervisory or collaborative relationship.  Included in this course is a review of the requirements and responsibilities for the supervision of and/or collaboration with APPs. There are numerous specialty population focused certifications for APPs, and this course will generally be referring only to the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner (APRN, NP, Licensed Nurse Practitioner, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner) and the Physician Assistant (PA). This course does not undertake to outline the specialty-specific roles, rules or regulations of certain credentialed APPs such as orthopedic physician assistants, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, or nurse midwives (OPA, CRNA, CNS, CNMW). Physicians and APPs should consult with a healthcare attorney before entering into a supervisory or collaborative arrangement. Additionally, it is recommended that providers consult with any healthcare facilities, hospitals, nursing homes and insurance payers they are credentialed with, as many have additional requirements in bylaws, accreditation agencies or in payer contracts.


Please login to take this course or register for a login.