One of CARE’s industry partners, SE Healthcare, offers a COVID-19 Malpractice Mitigation Toolkit(1) for hospitals, physicians, and senior care facilities. This toolkit is designed to protect you and your team against the risk of emerging malpractice threats and potential claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even the best-intended immunity laws will not prevent all pandemic-related medical malpractice claims because those laws are often focused on protecting treatment decisions surrounding COVID-19 patients. However, many non-COVID healthcare services and procedures were modified, delayed, or cancelled due to the pandemic. In turn, this crisis has created new legal risks, and the repercussions may place your organization at risk for malpractice suits.
The COVID-19 Malpractice Mitigation Toolkit features four components:
- Brief survey to gauge liability risk
- Dashboard for easy review of survey results
- Education and actionable insights related to potential risks
- Practical tools, templates, and other resources for immediate use
Although resources are stretched thin, NOW is the time to dedicate personnel, resources, and money to establish a contingency plan for when the pandemic fallout emerges. Ask your healthcare staff to provide input on what to include in the plan. Think about areas of risk specific to your health care practice. Potential areas susceptible to future litigation include:
- Delayed diagnosis of other diseases
- Ineffective care due to limited resources
- Failure to appropriately implement telemedicine procedures leading to failed or delayed diagnosis
- Lack of policies or procedures to prevent pandemic shortages
- Failure to adequately create, update, or implement emergency preparedness plans
- Inability to ensure ethical guidelines in place for appropriate allocation of resources
- Failure to appropriately assure competencies for expanded scope of practice
Contact SE Healthcare(2) to learn more about this valuable toolkit. Here at CARE, we can show you other resources and benefits available to CARE members to help your practice navigate ever-changing mandates and policies.