Pathology Closed Claim Trends

Program Description

This seminar will discuss how a pathology malpractice claim is initiated. The attendee will learn of events that may place the physician at risk for a claim and patient safety measures that may reduce the frequency and severity of claims specifically for the pathology specialty. In addition, this program will assist the physician in understanding what motivates a patient to pursue a claim through the presentation The Doctors Company closed claims.



After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Identify top two allegations in pathology claims
  • Describe most common patient injuries
  • Review the importance of communication when reporting abnormal findings to the referring provider
  • Implement methods to improve the communication of results and recommendations to the referring provider



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



Kimberly Hathaway MSN, MHA, CPHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager, SE Region, 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 one (1) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only those credit(s) commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Course ID#:    TDS16113_0
Issue Date for This Activity: 09/30/2016
Expiration Date for This Activity: 04/13/2017



The information and guidelines contained in this 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 and should be used as a reference guide only.



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