9107: Collaborative Relationships - Strategies to Enhance Patient Safety

Course Description

This course explores collaborative relationships and risk factors associated with them. By leveraging the growing workforce afforded by advanced practice providers (APPs), the goals of improved efficiency and clinical outcomes, along with greater patient satisfaction and the ability to reach the medically underserved, will be more attainable. There are many opportunities for physicians and APPs working together as part of the care team to provide optimal care and bolster the overall clinical capability. The efficacy of a team-based approach is widely accepted by physicians, patients, and insurance payers. The encouraging news is that risks and the strategies for mitigating risk are very similar for APPs relative to their physician counterparts. Throughout the course, we will examine the top risks identified by claims history, examine the lessons learned from actual cases, and offer strategies to reduce risk.

Learning Objectives
  1. Identify general requirements for collaborative relationships
  2. Recognize risk issues and exposures identified by claims
  3. List easily implemented, practical strategies to reduce risk in today’s medical environment

Credit Awarded

  • 5% Premium Credit for Physician Policyholders
  • 1.0 CME Credit for Physicians
  • Certificate of Participation for Non-Physicians




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Faculty & Authors

This course was developed by SVMIC’s Risk Education and Evaluation Department: Shelly Weatherly, JD, VP; Julie Loomis, RN, JD, AVP, Risk Education; Trish Campbell, BSN, LNCC, Director of Risk Education; and Jeff Woods, JD, Risk and Practice Management Senior Attorney.

CME Information

Accreditation:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine (UTCOM) and State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company. 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 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAFP:  The AAFP has reviewed Collaborative Relationships: Strategies to Enhance Patient Safety and deemed it acceptable for up to 1.00 Enduring Materials, Self-Study AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 01/01/2024 to 12/31/2024. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

***If you are planning to claim AAFP credit for completing this course, you must complete it no later than 12/31/2024. AAFP approval will not be renewed for SVMIC courses completed after that date.

AOA:  This program is eligible for one (1) credit hour in Category 2 of the Continuing Medical Education Program of the American Osteopathic Association. Physicians will need to submit a letter of completion from the University of Tennessee directly to the AOA to receive CME credits, or AOA members may self-report the activity.

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

This activity was reviewed by Michael McAdoo, MD, on October 9, 2023. This activity was released on January 1, 2024 and will expire on December 31, 2026. SVMIC will not process any completions after December 31, 2026.



In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, the University of Tennessee College of Medicine (UTCOM) implemented mechanisms, prior to the planning and implementation of this CME activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of this CME activity.


The following faculty and/or planning committee members have indicated they have no relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients: Shelly Weatherly, JD, VP; Julie Loomis, AVP; Jeff Woods, JD


SVMIC staff, input committee and all content validation reviewers involved with this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

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