Risk Management CME: Medical Malpractice and the PA

This activity outlines the basics of malpractice and the PA, including recent data from the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), common claims against PAs, definition of medical malpractice, the four elements of negligence, anatomy of a lawsuit, and how to avoid malpractice suits. This activity concludes with discussion of six malpractice cases involving PAs.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Understand the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) and be aware of recent data concerning claims made against PAs
  • Discuss common claims against PAs, such as lack of adequate supervision, untimely referral, failure to diagnose, and inadequate examination
  • Define medical malpractice and discuss the four elements of negligence—duty, standard of care, proximate cause, and damages
  • Discuss the anatomy of a lawsuit
  • Provide ten suggestions as to how to avoid a malpractice suit

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