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Practice Guidelines and the Standard of Care in Medicine

In an article in JAMA on how to slow health care spending, noted Harvard health economist David Cutler states that a “major direction” for health care reform is “to ensure...
CME credit is no longer available for this conference.

Course Authors

Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Within the past 12 months, Prof. Mehlman reports no commercial conflicts of interest.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, CCME staff and interMDnet staff have nothing to disclose.

Estimated course time: 1 hour(s).

Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center and InterMDnet. Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this Cyberounds®, you should be able to:

  • Understand the practice guidelines safe harbor approach as a means of reducing physicians’ risk of malpractice liability;

  • Discuss the history of safe harbors and current efforts to implement them;

  • Enumerate the strengths and weaknesses of safe harbor approaches.



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