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Principles of Risk Management and Patient Safety

Author(s): Barbara J. Youngberg, JD, BSN, MSW, FASHRM, Visiting Professor of Health Law and Policy, Loyola University Chicago College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
  • ISBN-13: 9780763774059
  • Paperback    504 pages      © 2011
Price: $159.95 US List
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Principles of Risk Management and Patient Safety identifies changes in the industry and describes how these changes have influenced the functions of risk management in all aspects of healthcare.

The book is divided into four sections. The first section describes the current state of the healthcare industry and looks at the importance of risk management and the emergence of patient safety. It also explores the importance of working with other sectors of the health care industry such as the pharmaceutical and device manufacturers.

The last three sections focus on the three main components of the risk manager’s responsibility: claims management, risk financing and proactive loss control. The final section touches on solutions for seamless integration between risk management and patient safety functions. 

Using an integrative approach Principles of Risk Management and Patient Safety offers a comprehensive review of the current issues which formulate the basis of a risk management program and provide the knowledge that a risk manager would be expected to have.


  Chapter  1  Risk Management and Patient Safety: The Synergy and the Tension
  Chapter  2  Integrating Risk Management, Quality Management, and Patient Safety into the Organization
  Chapter  3  Benchmarking in Risk Management
  Chapter  4  Risk Management Strategic Planning for a Changing Health Care Delivery System
  Chapter  5  Setting Up a Risk Management Department
  Chapter  6  Legislative and Regulatory Issues Impacting Risk Management and Patient Safety
  Chapter  7  Using Never Events to Reduce Risk and Advance Patient Safety
  Chapter  8  The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act: Tension between Improving Quality of Care and Acknowledging Responsibility for Error
  Chapter  9  Governance and Board Responsibility to Assure Safety in Health Care Organizations
  Chapter  10  The Culture of Medicine, Legal Opportunism and Patient Safety
  Chapter  11  Enterprise Risk Management
  Chapter  12  Developing an RFP and Selecting and Working with Insurance Service Providers
  Chapter  13  Premium Allocation
  Chapter  14  Managing the Risks Associated with Workplace Injury
  Chapter  15  Guidelines for In-House Claims Management
  Chapter  16  Principles for Strategic Discovery
  Chapter  17  The Mandate for Disclosure Following Medical Error
  Chapter  18  Disclosure Programs that Work: Case Studies from Three Risk Management Programs
  Chapter  19  Early Offer Program–What To Do After Disclosure
  Chapter  20  Criminalization of Health Care Negligence
  Chapter  21  Preparing For and Limiting Potential Liability for Medical Care Provided During Disaster Events
  Chapter  22  Creating Systemic Mindfulness by Anticipating, Assessing and Reducing Risks of Healthcare
  Chapter  23  Risk Management in Selected High Risk Hospital Departments
  Chapter  24  Engineering Reliability: A Conceptual Framework to Improve Risk Manager Performance and Enhance Patient Safety
  Chapter  25  Use of Simulation in Risk Management to Advance Patient Safety
  Chapter  26  Creating a Mindfulness of Patient Safety Among Physicians Through Education
  Chapter  27  Managing Expectations through Informed Consent
  Chapter  28  Improving Health Care Literacy to Advance Patient Safety
  Chapter  29  The Impact of Fatigue on Patient Safety and Risk Management
  Chapter  30  Managing the Failures of Communication in Health Care Settings
  Chapter  31  Improving Hand-Off Procedures in Health Care to Reduce Risk and Errors
  Chapter  32  The Risks and Benefits of Use Email to Facilitate Communication between Providers – Patients
  Chapter  33  Managing the Risks of Clinical Research

Barbara J. Youngberg, JD, BSN, MSW, FASHRM-Visiting Professor of Health Law and Policy, Loyola University Chicago College of Law, Chicago, Illinois

Barbara Youngberg, JD, BSN, MSW, FASHRM has over 25 years experience helping academic medical centers and other complex healthcare organizations restructure quality, risk management, and patient safety programs to meet current needs and challenges.  During her 25 year career at University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) she analyzed malpractice data and trends, quality and patient safety data, and best practice information to assist members in finding creative solutions to difficult risk and patient safety problems. As the Vice President of Insurance, Risk, Quality and Legal Services and co-lead of UHC’s Patient Safety Net (PSN), Ms. Youngberg helped to develop a Web-based reporting tool utilizing standardized language to allow of analysis of events and their root causes and worked to help members integrate patient-safety activities into existing quality and risk-management structures.  Often these efforts including helping members understand the way in which the legal climate could help or hinder them in their efforts.

Ms. Youngberg is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law (JD), University of Illinois–Jane Addams School of Social Work (MSW) and Illinois Wesleyan University (BSN).  She is presently a Visiting Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago, Beazley Health Law Institute and helps to develop online curriculum for online health law MJ and LL.M degrees.  She is also a professor of Law for Concord Kaplan University School of Law and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Patient Safety Foundation.  She is the author of numerous articles and textbooks on quality management, risk management, and patient safety. 

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  • "A good combination of materials in risk and safety."

    --Curtis Nolan, Department of Clinical Practice Management, Texas Tech University

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ISBN-13: 9780763774059

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