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Healthcare Professionals and Medical Malpractice: A Case Study with Risk Management Strategies

Medical malpractice claims can be asserted against any healthcare provider. Although there may be a perception that physicians are held responsible for the majority of lawsuits, the reality is that healthcare professionals, including physical therapists, pharmacists and counselors are more frequently finding themselves defending the care they provide.

Physical Therapist Edition | Pharmacist Edition | Counselor Edition
 

 Physical Therapist Edition

Case Study: Engaging in fraud or material deceptions in the delivery of professional services, including reimbursement​​


From 2010 through 2014 our insured PT was employed by a home health agency. During his employment he received several corrective disciplinary actions from his supervisors; most due to poor work ethic and inappropriate statements regarding patients. During the last year of his employment he began a habit of being late to work and failing to complete patient healthcare records and billing documentation. His employment ended in termination and the cause was documented as substandard care provided to patients. Supportive documentation for the termination included statements from patients’ family members and co-workers.  Read the Full Case with Risk Management Recommendations​

 
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 Pharmacist Edition


The plaintiff, a 40 year-old male, was a pain patient at a pain clinic owned by the insured pharmacist (defendant). The physicians at the medical center wrote him several prescriptions, and the patient filled them at our insured’s pharmacy, which was located next door to the medical center. As a condition of treatment at the pain clinic, patients were required to sign an “Opioid Contract” that required them to elect a pharmacy that would fill the prescriptions. The plaintiff signed this contract and elected the insured’s pharmacy as the pharmacy that would be filling his prescriptions.  Read the Full Case with Risk Management Recommendations
 
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 ​Counselor Edition


The plaintiff was a woman who began seeing the defendant counselor when she and her husband sought treatment for marital difficulties, while the plaintiff also suffered from trauma and co-dependency issues related to having been raised in an alcoholic home. The counselor treated the husband and wife both together and as individuals.  Read the Full Case with Risk Management Recommendations
 
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