Course: RiskAware for Physicians, 2nd Edition: EHRs, Defensive Medicine, Social Media and More!
Author: Rosemary Gafner and James Schutte
AMA PRA Category 1 credits: 6
Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 5.50
Estimated Minutes to Complete Test: 30
Course Release Date: 12/1/2015
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Current topics in medical liability, including EHRs, social media, defensive medicine, HIPAA, and "distracted doctoring."

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RiskAware for Physicians, 2nd Edition
EHRs, Defensive Medicine, Social Media and More!


Smartphones, electronic health records, social media and other relatively new tools can make the practice of medicine easier, but can also introduce new sources of liability. Because new risk management issues are constantly emerging, even physicians with a generally solid understanding of medical practice liability stand to benefit from periodic updates on recent changes that might affect their decision-making processes or provide guidance on ways to better manage avoidable risks. This course is designed to address that need by focusing on recent legal and regulatory developments that have an impact on traditional thinking about liability and compliance concerns.


Upon completion of this course, a physician should be able to:

1.  Discuss how smartphones and other devices provide a trail of electronic evidence of your whereabouts and actions.
2.  Describe situations in which HIPAA allows for flexibility in following the Privacy Rule.
3.  Describe a physician’s duties when supervising mid-level practitioners.
4.  Explain how the “cut and paste” function of the EHR can endanger patient safety and lead to problems with Medicare.
5.  Understand the “do’s and don’ts” of professionally appropriate Internet use, particularly concerning social media.
6.  Discuss how using appropriate practice guidelines can reduce liability and the costs of care.

Target Audience
This course is designed for physicians of any specialty who want current information on ways to manage liability associated with technology and changing practice environments.


This is a self-study course consisting of text and CME test.  Physicians should read the course content, answer the test questions and submit the answers for scoring.  Those who complete the course with a score of 80 percent or higher will earn a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.


This course was developed by Rosemary Gafner, Ed.D. and James E. Schutte, Ph.D.  Their CVs are available at

CME Information

Medical Risk Management, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians.  Medical Risk Management, Inc. designates this  enduring material  for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is valid for release January 1, 2019 and expires on December 31, 2021.

Estimated time to complete this activity: 6 hours.

Commercial Support

This activity was developed solely by Medical Risk Management, Inc. without any commercial support.


Neither Dr. Gafner nor Dr. Schutte have anything to disclose.

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