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Welcome to American Professional Agency’s Psychiatry Risk Management page.

RISK MANAGEMENT COURSES

Access Allied World’s Risk Management courses for Psychiatrists by clicking here (Course can ONLY be taken once to qualify for Risk Management credit)

Please note: If you are a policyholder in Texas please contact riskmanagement@awacservices.com for additional information on how to access risk management courses for Texas policyholders.

Members of American Psychiatric Association click  here for additional complimentary one credit risk management courses offered.

Free CME courses


WEBINARS

Complimentary Risk Management webinars on current healthcare topics are offered to policyholders in the American Professional Agency, Inc. Psychiatrist Program.  Please email us at RiskManagement@awacservices.com for information on how to register or listen to recorded playback.

Please note:  Attending the live presentation of an Allied World Risk Management webinar will count as 1 premium credit hour towards the 3 hours needed with valid certificate of completion (except in New York).  Also, recorded playbacks do not apply toward the credit.

If you are reporting a Subpoena, Lawsuit or Board complaint please fax or email the information and we will contact you within 24 hours or sooner.
Fax: (631) 598-7249         Email:  claims@americanprofessional.com

For immediate assistance regarding these matters please call (800) 897-0033.

RISK MANAGEMENT CONSULTATION

Would you like to speak with someone concerning a practice related issue?

Hotline for Psychiatrists and Texas Policy holders: 855-218-8161
(Available 24/7 in the event of an emergency)

Helpline for Psychologists: 855-598-8657

Helpline for All Other Professions: 
800-897-0033


ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS

Newsletters:

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Newsletter for Members of American Psychiatric Association:
Published in support of the American Professional Agency’s psychiatrist insurance program, exclusively for insured members of the APA, “In Session” is a quarterly newsletter designed to address legal and risk related issues that are important to psychiatrists. As the APA-endorsed medical malpractice insurance provider, Allied World is committed to delivering a comprehensive risk management program for APA members.

Click here to see a sample newsletter. 

Newsletter for members of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: 
Published in support of the American Professional Agency’s psychiatrist insurance program, exclusively for insured members of the AACAP, “In Session” is a quarterly newsletter designed to address legal and risk related issues that are important to psychiatrists.

Click here to see a sample newsletter.

Articles:

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Consider This…(NEW)
Workplace violence can happen in any setting. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines workplace violence as “the act or threat of violence, ranging from verbal abuse to physical assaults directed toward persons at work or on duty.”
The possibility of being verbally assaulted, stalked, threatened or physically assaulted by a patient is both a concern and reality for psychiatrists, especially with limited resources and unavailability of onsite security in some office practice settings. The following strategies are recommended to improve safety and security in the psychiatry office practice setting and should be tailored to each individual practice.

Consider This…
Imagine that a patient makes an appointment with the psychiatrist. When the patient arrives, the psychiatrist learns that the patient is deaf or hard of hearing or has limited English proficiency (LEP). What does the psychiatrist do?

Consider This…
Detailed documentation in the patient’s medical record is imperative. Documentation in the medical record creates a business record and demonstrates compliance with state and federal regulations, accreditation, professional practice and legal standards.
Maintaining a proper medical record for each patient is mandatory and ethically essential. Failure to do so can lead to license revocation.

Your patients Gender Identity Matters
There are unique considerations when treating LGBTQ patients. It is important that all patients are treated equally regardless of their sex or gender identity, or sexual orientation. For more information on the topic of gender identity please read the full version of Your Patients  Gender Identity Matters.