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Recent studies demonstrate that about 10% of all emergency department patients present with psychiatric illness. Because of the unique risks associated with psychiatric patients, coordinating their care and admission has proven to be a challenge for emergency physicians. Here we present a case that highlights the risks of boarding patients in the emergency department.

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Physician Onboarding Playbook: 3 Approaches to Physician Integration

As health systems employ or create close relationships with the medical staff, they often take on the responsibility of insuring those practitioners. Do these organizations have a plan for mitigating the new volumes of risk they assume with each newly employed physician? This Physician Integration Playbook outlines how three organizations uniquely approach physician integration with varying levels of maturity.

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Patients Who Leave Against Medical Advice:
Why Not Just Let Them Go?
  euser   Tom Syzek, MD, FACEP 

No matter how hard we try or how fast we work, a few patients will always choose to leave before an evaluation is complete—and against medical advice (AMA). Available data shows that about 1.2% of ED patients leave AMA. Unwise management of the AMA patient results in patient and provider dissatisfaction, can threaten patient safety, and sometimes can result in malpractice litigation.

Join Dr. Tom Syzek as he explains the inherent risks associated with AMA patients. In this video you'll learn:

  • 11 Do's & Don'ts when handling patients leaving AMA
  • Best Practices on "Leaving AMA" Chart documentation
  • How to handle an informed refusal of a procedure.
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Preventing Medical Errors:
7 Things Every Provider Must Know

This article from Dr. Arnold Mackles covers important issues that every clinical practitioner should know and incorporate into daily practice. While some states mandate CME in root cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, and patient safety, these are critical and relevant concepts for providers regardless of location. 

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