How To Reduce Liability For Advanced Practice Providers

Program Description

Physicians are often mandated by state law to oversee and assist nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other mid-level healthcare professionals.   This On Demand program uses closed claims data from The Doctors Company to identify areas of risk.  It also offers strategies designed to minimize those risks and support safer patient care and better outcomes.


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the liability risks related to mid-level practitioners and physician supervision.
  • Discuss the most frequent risks in malpractice claims involving mid-level providers.
  • Identify three strategies to reduce risks when supervising mid-level provider.


No individual in a position to control or influence the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. No commercial support was provided for this activity. 


Richard F. Cahill, Vice President, Associate General Counsel, The Doctors Company

Michelle Swift, BSN, JD, RN, CPHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Continuing Education Credit

The Doctors Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Doctors Company estimates a quarter of an hour for completion of this course. A passing score of 80 percent or greater is required to successfully complete the activity and earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Course ID#: TDE 16012.0
Issue Date for This Activity: 05/02/2016
Expiration Date for This Activity: 09/30/2019


The information and guidelines contained in this enduring material activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. The faculty recommends that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes only.

Technical Requirements

This activity is best experienced using the most current browser (or one back) of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, or Microsoft Edge.  For all activities featuring audio you must have a sound card and speakers. To view graphic images and references that appear in separate "pop-up" windows, you must have JavaScript and session cookies enabled on your computer.  Adobe Acrobat Reader may be required for certain activities.


Click Here to download a PDF with resources related to this program.

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