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Working with NPs and PAs: Reducing Liability Risks

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Description

Employment trends indicate an increasing number of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) in healthcare settings. If NPs and/or PAs are part of your practice, it’s important to be aware of the rules and regulations regarding their supervision – and how they can impact your liability.

Amy McLain, BSN, RN, Assistant Vice President, Risk Management and Patient Safety at the Cooperative of American Physicians, will provide insights on medical liability risks concerning NPs and PAs. She will also offer strategies on collaborating with NPs and PAs that can lead to improved patient safety outcomes within your medical practice.

Contributors

  • Amy McLain, RN, BSN

    Amy McLain, RN, BSN has more than 20 years of experience in nursing, quality improvement, and healthcare risk management. She began her career as a clinical nurse and has worked in the surgical, telemetry, home health, and pediatrics fields. Ms. McLain currently serves as CAP’s Assistant Vice President of the Risk Management and Patient Safety department. In addition to supporting the department’s Vice President, Ann Whitehead, she leads a team of senior risk managers who assist member physicians to proactively minimize professional liability risk and improve patient safety through educational presentations, CAP publications, and medical office visits to assess risk and provide risk management support. Ms. McLain is a contributing author for CAPsules, Risk E-Notes, and has published several closed claims focused reviews on topics, such as Medical Assistant Liability, Advance Practice Professionals, and Pediatrics. Furthermore, she is a key asset in the CAP Cares program, helping members manage adverse events when they arise.