Professional & Continuing Studies

Healthcare Risk Management Course

Become your organization’s healthcare risk expert

Health care risk management is a term used for the organization’s culture, processes, and structures that are directed toward identifying and managing its various risks. With patient safety initiatives at the forefront of care, the goal of this program is to help health care professionals to develop the background knowledge and skills necessary for the specialty of risk management.

Faculty will prepare students to respond to potential risk while developing methods to mitigate loss throughout the organization. The Health Care Risk Management course is comprised of five modules addressing key areas of the field. The program begins with an overview of risk management in the health care setting, exploring the role of risk manager. Legal and regulatory issues are covered, including a thorough examination of the role of documentation and patient records. Enterprise risk management, methodologies, state and federal regulations, corporate compliance, and laws also will be discussed. The program will also address risk issues in non-health-care settings, as well as risk financing, insurance, and contracts.

This program aligns with content relevant for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) exam, which is administered by the American Hospital Association (see below for details). The American Society of Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) is a member of AHA.

This 10-week course is offered 100% online in a self-paced format with some scheduled assignments. It aligns with nationally recognized Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) exam content and is relevant for RNs, safety officers, legal nurses (LNCC), and infection prevention professionals, as well as other health practitioners, managers, and administrators.

Influence change through patient safety — The field of health care risk management has grown dramatically over the past few decades, leading professionals to new and exciting roles and responsibilities.

  • Improve your knowledge of the risk management process
  • Learn how to integrate the systems for risk management, quality and patient safety
  • Enter a growing field

Course content

  • Overview of Healthcare Risk Management — Role/scope of a risk manager and a risk management plan. Identifying risk exposures in a healthcare setting, risk management tools, loss prevention and loss control techniques. Patient rights, informed consent, advance directives, patient confidentiality/HIPAA, and communication/healthcare literacy.
  • Standards, Laws, Regulatory Affairs and Patient Safety — Documentation within the medical record. Principles and pitfalls of medical charting, liability surrounding documentation related to falls, wound care, pain management, medication errors, and changes in the patient’s condition. Safety reporting, “never events,” “sentinel events.” Incident analysis and prevention. Joint Commission and National Patient Safety Goals, applicable legislation.
  • Enterprise Risk Management and Corporate Compliance — Analytical process of enterprise risk management (ERM). Solutions and strategies for dealing with organizational risk, corporate compliance standards and procedures. Standards of conduct, laws, regulations, and government agencies.
  • Alternative Healthcare Sites and Employment Risk — Employment-related exposures in healthcare organizations. Employment regulations, workplace safety, and organizational staffing issues. Non-hospital settings, including assisted living, long-term care, home healthcare, emergency services, ancillary services, behavioral health, clinical research, and telemedicine.
  • Risk Financing, Insurance, and Contracts —Techniques of risk retention and risk transfer. Types of insurance coverage, how to purchase and evaluate.

Who should participate — RNs, legal nurses (LNCC), safety officers, other healthcare professionals, quality/utilization review nurses (CPHQ)

Requirements to enroll — Clinical experience: Participants must have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent and have work experience in a healthcare setting or with a provider of services to the healthcare industry. Proficient computer skills as well as strong verbal and written communication skills are required.

Optional textbookRisk Management Handbook for Healthcare Organizations, 6th edition, 3-volume set, Author: Roberta Carroll, American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, hardcover, ISBN: 0470620803

For more information

The Healthcare Risk  Management Course is not currently being offered.

  • Future offerings—To receive updates about future offerings of this program, please send us your contact information.
  • Customized training for your organization — This program can be offered as a customized training program to help your organization achieve its training and employee development goals. Please contact us for more information about customized offerings.

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