- Ensure that general surgeons' privileges are based on training, credentials, and competency.
- Enhance technical surgical skills through ongoing performance improvement efforts, such as mentoring, proctoring, and continuing education.
A patient with right upper quadrant pain and gallstones consented to laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The informed consent documentation did not specifically include the risk of biliary injury.
In an attempt to avoid biliary structures, the surgeon initiated a dome dissection but converted to a base dissection upon visualizing inflammation and extensive adhesions at the surgical site.Read more
In both 2014 and 2015, the ECRI Institute listed robotic surgery complications due to insufficient training on its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards list. ECRI noted that robotic surgical systems (RSS) are being used more frequently and more broadly, without thorough consideration of surgical teams' training and proficiency.Read more
Documentation in the medical record fulfills many purposes. It records and memorializes patient care, facilitates communication among caregivers, forms the basis for coding and billing, provides data pertinent to quality improvement, and may provide information that is critical during an audit or legal action.Read more
Healthcare providers and staff have an ethical and legal responsibility to protect patient confidentiality by preventing unauthorized disclosure of patient-identifiable health information.Read more
Healthcare practices generate and maintain many different types of records, including patient health records and business records. These records help practices maintain critical information and deliver quality services and care.Read more
In healthcare, corporate compliance refers to an organization's commitment to (a) detect and prevent violations of state and federal laws, (b) establish expectations for ethical business practices, and (c) set appropriate standards for patient services and care. In a nutshell, corporate compliance is a commitment to do the right thing, both legally and ethically.Read more
A collaborative practice agreement is a written statement that defines the joint practice between a doctor and an advanced practice provider (APP) or other healthcare professional. The purpose of this document is to delineate the parameters of the collaborative practice. Some states require these type of agreements for certain types of APPs and health professionals, while others do not.Read more