A doctor’s insurance risk manager is concerned that a procedure performed by his client, a cosmetic surgeon, had resulted in a patient’s death at home the day after a procedure. He later discovers that the more likely cause of death was an overdose of the prescribed painkillers.
The doctor suspected that his patient had a problem with opioid abuse yet he still sent her home with powerful painkillers following a breast augmentation and tummy tuck.
In this video, OmniSure Consulting Group President, Michelle Foster Earle, provides a risk management perspective and outlines strategies for reducing physician liability when prescribing pain medication.
For more information reducing risk related to the prescription drug-abuse epidemic:
- “Reduce Physician Liability in Patient-Addiction Cases“, Physicians Practice, July 26, 2015
- “Risky prescriptions” Healthcare Risk Management Review, April 8th, 2014