Class List


CME 0034 Diagnostic Test Tracking

Erin Eldridge, RN, MBA, CPHRM
Vice President, Claims and Loss Prevention
Mercy Health

Deborah Price, RN, MSN, Ph.D.
Director, Risk Services
PPIC®, a Coverys Company

Activity Format: interactive article
Time Commitment: approximately 0.5 hours
CME Credits: PPIC, a Coverys Company designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Course Description: This course has been designed to promote consistently positive patient outcomes through evidenced-based medicine. This will be accomplished by providing valid supporting data regarding test tracking failures and procedures that will mitigate or eliminate test tracking failures. Case studies are used to demonstrate actual test tracking failures and the litigation outcomes.

Course Objectives: At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the current research regarding test tracking across a health system
  • Discuss how the electronic medical record may impact test tracking
  • Compare and contrast case studies
  • Identify strategies designed to reduce risk
  • Implement strategies in your practice designed to reduce risk

Target Audience
Any provider involved with ordering or reviewing diagnostic tests. The primary focus is on office-based practices.

Webcasts and/or Podcasts


CME0043 Preventing Surgical Fires and Burn Injuries in Health Care Settings


Randy Obert, JD
Division Director of Risk Management
HSHS Central Illinois Division

Activity Format: Webcast/Podcast
Time Commitment: Approximately 1.25 hours
CME Credits: PPIC, a Coverys Company designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Course Description: Surgical fires and burn-related injuries continue to occur across the health care continuum. Whether in the surgical setting or the ambulatory care environment, whenever chemicals or heat sources are used, the risk of fire and other burn-related injuries is increased. This course assists in mitigating risk by detailing the three elements of the Fire Triangle, recognizing priority interventions to prevent the unity of the elements, and identifying team member responsibilities. Preventing Surgical Fires and Burn Injuries in Health Care Settings is presented by Randy Obert, a former claims attorney who has handled multiple lawsuits involving operating room fires and burns. Mr. Obert examines the origins of chemical and thermal burns as well as the interventions that can prevent them. Lastly, he discusses response procedures in the event of fire and burn injury. Closed claim studies throughout the course assist learners in identifying and preventing these situations from occurring in their own practice settings.

Course Objectives: At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the mechanics of a surgical fire detailing the Fire Triangle
  • Describe three origins of chemical and thermal burns
  • Apply three prevention techniques to avoid fire and burn injuries
  • Respond using three priority interventions in the event of a health care-related burn injury

Target Audience: Any provider

CME 0038-0042 Health Information Technology (HIT) Series

Activity Format: Five archived webcasts/podcasts
Time Commitment: Approximately 4 hours for the courses in total. The learner may take one, some, or all of the courses in the series.
CME Credits: PPIC, a Coverys Company designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Presenter: Chad P. Brouillard, JD Defense Attorney Foster & Eldridge, LLP Cambridge, Mass

Course Description: Health Information Technology (HIT) is a five-part series designed to promote positive patient outcomes and increase patient and provider satisfaction by increasing provider knowledge of the liability and risks involved with electronic medical record keeping and communication. The series comprises five activities designed to provide the learner with the knowledge necessary to competently analyze and address emerging HIT issues in the healthcare arena. Note: CME0042 Mitigating Risk in the Social Networking Arena is housed in the Virtual Classroom as an individual course outside of the HIT curriculum.

CME0038 eDiscovery: Disclosure of Electronic Data in HIT defines eDiscovery and outlines the basic preparation an organization or practice needs in order to respond to an electronic data disclosure request. Also discussed is the process to preserve information in the case of a potential claim or litigation hold. (0.5 credits)

CME0039 Medical Liability and HIT examines the emerging risks related to the use of electronic medical records. It outlines best practices and patient safety strategies that providers can use to minimize the risk of these common healthcare technology pitfalls. (0.75 CME credits)

CME0040 Cyber Liability in HIT covers data breach laws, including HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, the Omnibus Rule, and the HITECH Act. Also included are the most common security risks and a case law overview. (0.75 CME credits)

CME0041 Electronic Communications in HIT explores the risks and liabilities imposed when using email, texts, and other forms of electronic communication from both the provider and patient viewpoints. It offers best practice guidelines to help providers decrease risk and improve patient safety. (0.5 CME credits)

CME0042 Mitigating Risk in the Social Networking Arena, the latest course in the series, examines social networking platforms that can enhance today’s health care experience, yet also come with great risks. Questionable quality of information, breaches of patient privacy, violation of personal-professional boundaries, damage to professional image, and licensing or legal issues comprise just some of the volatilities inherent in social networking. This course offers guidelines on how to best utilize social networking platforms to enhance health care for the physician’s practice, employees, and patients, including the mitigation of risk. (1.5 CME credits)

Target Audience: Any provider

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Continuing Medical Education Courses

PPIC, a Coverys Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

Our goal is to provide education, consultation, publications and other services that help to prevent, reduce and mitigate adverse patient outcomes. To that end, we offer a variety of courses sanctioned by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to issue CME credit to physicians and medical professionals.

Verification of participation for ACCME-approved activities is required. Courses are organized by those that earn CME credits and those that do not. To earn credits, individual physician participation is verified by course registration and completion of a posttest and survey.

Registration and Group Viewing Information
Register for and take courses through our Virtual Classroom. This is a separate website. Click on the link below to access courses. If it is your first time taking a course with us, you’ll need to create a new user account. Physicians viewing a webcast as a group must sign in at the viewing site and complete an activity survey; the site coordinator then sends the surveys and sign-in sheet to us.

For more information or to arrange a group viewing, click on the link below to access the Virtual Classroom, contact us at 800-441-7742, ext. 3222 or email