COVID-19: Malpractice Claim Allegations and Protections (The Doctor's Advocate CME)


 Malpractice claims related to the pandemic’s early days are now reaching courts. What types of claims will we see related to COVID-19? And will the qualified immunities enacted to protect healthcare professionals withstand challenges? Learn more by reading two articles, "Malpractice Lawsuits and COVID-19: Top Allegations and Protections for Healthcare Professionals" and "The Pandemic’s Impact on Malpractice Claims" and answering the five CME questions.

Course ID #: TDE 231297.0 Issue Date: 06/5/2023 Expiration Date: 06/5/2026

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Research the status of my state's immunity protections from civil liability for care rendered during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Research the status of any changes to licensing or credentialing requirements in my state, particularly as they relate to telehealth.
  • Follow up with my patients who may have missed scheduled screenings, procedures, appointments, or referrals during the pandemic.


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.


The information and guidelines contained in this activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. We recommend that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes and should be used as a reference guide only.

Course Developers

Julie Brightwell, BSN, JD, RN, CPHRM, CPPS, Director, Healthcare Systems Patient Safety, The Doctors Company                                                                                                                                                                                
Johanna Lackner, MPH, MSW, Senior Director, Continuing Professional Development, 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 educational activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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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