Managing Orthopedic Risks FORPG 2018-2020

Program Description

Closed claims data from the Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA) ranked the orthopedic specialty as fifth among all physician specialties in frequency of claims. An analysis of closed orthopedic claims from The Doctors Company and PIAA revealed that most orthopedic claims result from systems error, rather than faulty medical judgment or performance. The analysis identified high risk encounters in orthopedics and the most frequent presenting conditions, procedures, injuries and allegations. The course covers the findings and presents case studies with strategies aimed at preventing, reducing, and mitigating the risks inherent in orthopedics. It helps to identify system errors and the strategies that can prevent errors, improve patient safety and reduce the risk of a malpractice claim.  


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Identify high-risk clinical encounters in my practice.
  • Assess my practice for the most common factors contributing to orthopedic claims.
  • Formulate a patient safety and risk management plan aimed at reducing or preventing errors and improving safety in my orthopedic practice.


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. 

Course Developers

Sandra Strickland,  RN, MSN, LHRM, CPHRM, Assistant Vice President, SE Region,
Department Of Patient Safety and Risk Management Company  

Julie Hopkins, MA, MBA, Director, Continuing Medical Education, 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 educational activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Doctors Company estimates one 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 18018.0
Issue Date for This Activity: 02/26/2018
Expiration Date for This Activity: 02/26/2021


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.

Complies with State Requirements

Please SEE the Federation of State Medical Boards overview of Continuing Medical Education requirements by State. 

Technical Requirements

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Contact Us

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