Office Practice Risk Management

  • John S. Rinehart


Risk management can be viewed as preventative, and medical malpractice can be viewed as compensatory once an adverse event has occurred. Unfortunately, risk management has come to mean an attempt to avoid medical malpractice lawsuits. That is an unrealistic goal on its face and misses the real value of risk management. Risk management and medical malpractice center on undesired outcomes in the delivery of healthcare. Some undesired outcomes occur by the very nature of chance and illness, which make them unavoidable. Other undesired outcomes result from preventable causes. Risk management focuses on limiting the occurrence of preventable undesired outcomes. Medical malpractice, while ostensibly existing to compensate monetarily for negligent outcomes, acts as a means of attempting to derive compensation for both avoidable and unavoidable undesired outcomes. A more equitable system could be achieved if there was a means of compensating injured parties where the injury was from unavoidable undesired outcomes and medical malpractice was reserved for those situations where true negligence exists. That seems highly unlike to occur anytime soon, if ever, so today’s physician must deal with the system as it exists today.


Office medicolegal liability Risk reduction Mandatory reporting requirements Office practice risk management Medical malpractice Medical errors 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyNorthShore University HealthSystemEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Section of Reproductive Endocrinology and InfertilityPritzker School of Medicine, University of ChicagoEvanstonUSA

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