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or risk managers, the past year has been characterised by the struggle to fully grasp and implement the changes brought   issues that may result from these changes. That is the view of Lee McMullin, senior risk management & patient safety specialist for the               


F “Everyone’s still struggling to get their brains around exactly how the


 


As hospitals in many states move towards employing multi-specialty


physicians, often buying up multi-specialty physician medical groups and incorporating them into their hospital system as direct employees,   risk issues that are peculiar to physician private medical practices where previously they dealt only with hospital risk management issues.


“A classic example of the type of issue they are faced with is patient


     management and physician practice risk management, and now hospital risk managers need to broaden and become involved with dealing with 


   with a patient’s family members, how to interact with other members of the healthcare team, and elements to capture in the records with respect to the non-disclosure and apology when something goes wrong.


    


           McMullin’s team has a solid understanding of the risk management  practice, to help them be successful in their roles .


NEW CHALLENGES There are other emerging challenges, particularly the change of emphasis towards preventive care, reduced readmissions and shorter hospital stays.


“Where patients used to come in for a few days then go home, they are


 


 from a surgical event on an outpatient basis may be reduced: by sending


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