The purpose of this assignment is to analyze how an organization’s quality and improvement processes contribute to its risk management program.
This assignment builds on the Risk Management Program Analysis – Part One assignment you completed in Topic 1 of this course.
Assume that the sample risk management program you analyzed in Topic 1 was implemented and is now currently in use by your health care employer/organization. Further assume that your supervisor has asked you to create a high‐level summary brief of this new risk management program to share with a group of administrative personnel from a newly created community health organization in your state who has enlisted your organization’s assistance in developing their own risk management policies and procedures.
Compose a 1,250‐1,500 word summary brief that expands upon the elements you first addressed in the Topic 1 assignment. In this summary brief, address the following points regarding your health care organization and its risk management program:
- Explain the role of your organization’s MIPPA-approved accreditation body (e.g., JC, ACR, IAC) in the evaluation of your institution’s quality improvement and risk management processes.
- Describe the roles that different levels of administrative personnel play in healthcare ethics and establishing or sustaining employer/employee-focused organizational risk management strategies and operational policies.
- Illustrate how your organization’s risk management and compliance programs support ethical standards, patient consent, and patient rights and responsibilities.
- Explain the legal and ethical responsibilities health care professionals face in upholding risk management policies and administering safe health care at your organization.
- Relate how your organization’s quality improvement processes support and contribute to its overall journey to excellence.
In addition to your textbook, you are required to support your analysis with a minimum of three peer‐reviewed references.
Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.
This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. A link to the LopesWrite technical support articles is located in Class Resources if you need assistance.
Running Head: RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM 1
RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM 2
Risk Management Program
Grand Canyon University
In addition to diagnosing, prescribing, and planning a patient’s medical treatment, physician assistants have various other duties. A bachelor’s degree, an associate degree, and a master’s degree are necessary for this professional path. As part of their training, physician assistants are expected to put in countless hours of classroom time and many clinical hours. In addition, one must be well-versed in a slew of risk management processes and preventative measures. Many jobs in the healthcare profession need hard work and strict adherence to a slew of laws and regulations. A health care program or organization’s risk management efforts are inconsequential (Snow, 2010). The Association for Protection Management defines risk management as “the forecasting and assessment of financial risks and the development of methods to prevent or mitigate their effect.” Risk analysis and risk management is a process that enables the understanding and proactive management of individual risk occurrences and total risk, optimizing success by limiting risks and increasing opportunities and results. This paper discusses health care organizations’ risk program of being overworked.
Overworked health care employees are protected by the World Health Organization, also known as WHO. The amount of hours a health care provider may work before they are deemed “exhausted” is set by organizations like the WHO. It is not only physician assistants that are affected by fatigue, but all service providers and our patients and visitors. As a student who has had to stay up numerous hours for school, I can tell you from personal experience that not getting enough sleep may have serious health consequences. In addition, many healthcare employees are required to work more hours each day since many hospitals and medical institutions are understaffed (Snow, 2010). This has a detrimental influence on the worker and the patient, which might lead to damage. Another danger is that a tired healthcare practitioner may accidentally disobey HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and hospital privacy laws. If this risk management program is well put in place, there will be a significant improvement in how nurses in our health facilities offer or provide services to the patients.
Exhaustion may lead to several typical errors, including failing to inspect a patient thoroughly, giving the incorrect drug, or mistakenly failing to dispose of a patient’s information correctly. A mistake as straightforward as this would not only have a significant effect in terms of the law and the economy on the healthcare provider or hospital, but it also has the potential to take a patient’s life. Because of their level of weariness, 8.9 percent of American surgeons “expressed fear that they had committed a significant medical mistake in the recent three months,” as stated in a study titled Burnout and Medical Errors among American Surgeons. “Each year, in the United States alone, 7,000 to 9,000 people die due to a medication error. The cost of looking after patients with medication-associated errors exceeds $40 billion annually (American Nurses Association. 2006).”
The World Health Organization’s personnel and departments would be trained to provide the best possible service. The World Health Organization should also provide information, recommend ways to improve patient care and recommend rules, standards, and safety management measures. This risk management program would enhance and improve all healthcare workers’ health and well-being. Physicians and all patients come into close touch with assistants on the front lines. There would be fewer errors and a far better quality of treatment if tiredness were eliminated. Implementing a risk management strategy requires seven phases. This would result in proper departmental feedback. Written policies with proper measurement and indicators for timely action would then be in place. Using this strategy, a hospital or medical facility may monitor its progress and adjust the system as needed. In the case of a tragic consequence, it would be feasible to show that every care and procedure was taken to protect the community from any conceivable danger.
There is a lack of a risk-taking, open culture. Managers must create a work environment that encourages nurses to be open and honest with their superiors (MIPPA Accreditation Countdown: ACR, IAC, or Joint Commission? 2019, January 23). Open discussions regarding concerns, risks, and trade-offs are often lacking if a healthcare facility does not have an effective risk management system.
Upon implementing this program, the possibility of nurse exhaustion shall be eliminated, and thus, fewer or no mistakes happen at the health facility. Additionally, it shall be easier to evaluate because the health care quality shall improve.
Healthcare personnel must keep an eye out for cyber-attacks that might disrupt key operations, such as shutting down critical systems, disconnecting electricity, or gaining access to closed doors. Unfortunately, the intent of another person’s actions can never be known in advance. Therefore it’s better to be ready for everything (American Nurses Association. 2006). Historically, cyber thieves have used various tactics to harm their targets: some demand ransom in exchange for access to crucial systems, while others steal data without detection. In addition to harming your brand and incurring legal expenditures, data breaches and network security flaws may put patients at risk. Step one is to become familiar with the system and learn how to use it, followed by developing incident response plans and becoming certified or accredited.
American Nurses Association. (2006a). Assuring patient safety: Registered nurses’ responsibility in all roles and settings to guard against working when fatigued. Retrieved fromhttp://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/Policy-Advocacy/Positions-andResolutions/ANAPositionStatements/Position-Statements-Alphabetically/Copy-ofAssuringPatientSafety-1.pdf
MIPPA Accreditation Countdown: ACR, IAC, or Joint Commission? (2019, January 23). Retrieved May 10, 2020, from https://www.radiologybusiness.com/topics/businessintelligence/mippa-accreditation-countdown-acr-iac-or-joint-commission
Snow, J. (2010). Developing a Risk Management Plan. Developing a Risk Management Plan United States Agency for International Development). Retrieved from https://www.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/documents/1864/Developing-a-RiskManagement-Plan.pdf