Legal Advisor: Understanding Disclosure, Apology and Offer

Legal Advisor: Understanding Disclosure, Apology and Offer


Physicians are often hesitant to apologize, or disclose certain mistakes to their patients because they are afraid that those statements will be used against them in legal proceedings.

They should be transparent and empathetic with patients when there is an unintended consequence resulting from a mistake, but that rarely is the case.  They do not know what parts of their conversations will be admitted in legal proceedings, and need to know how to approach situations where there has been an unfortunate outcome. 

Physicians may still hesitate to apologize for medical complications resulting from a mistake, but the course includes language directly from the Massachusetts statute, which will help them to overcome their fear of litigation.  from the Massachusetts statute, which will help them to overcome their fear of litigation. 

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the requirements of health care providers under Disclosure, Apology & Offer in Massachusetts.
  • Restate the exceptions under Massachusetts General Law c. 233 §79L.
  • Explain the protections of health care providers under Disclosure, Apology & Offer in Massachusetts.
  • Understand the purpose of the Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Innovation  

Faculty

Matthew Mortensen, Content Contributor

Course Fees

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Member: $12.00 
Non-MMS Member: $22.00 
Allied Health Professionals: $9.60

Format

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CME Credit

1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Accreditation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA).

Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 1.00 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Activity Term

Original Released Date: June 15, 2017
Review Date: N/A
Termination Date: June 15, 2020

System Requirements

Desktops/Laptops 
Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8  
Mac OSX 10.6 higher

Most modern browsers including:  
IE8,9,10  
Firefox 18.0+  
Chrome 26+  
Safari 5+  
Flash player is required for some Online CME courses.

Mobile/Tablet
iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)  
Android devices including tablets and phones.  
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported. 


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