Course: Risk Management Rounds: Orthopaedics Plus, Volume II
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: 9/1/2013
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
HIPAA and federal compliance issues for orthopaedists.

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Risk Management Rounds
Orthopaedics Plus, Volume II


The purpose of this course is to explain the reasoning behind various federal guidelines and what they are intended to accomplish. Developing an understanding of such matters can help you remain compliant with the spirit of the law even if you do commit occasional technical violations. That’s important because the regulators are able to sort out very quickly who’s making an honest effort to be compliant, who’s trying to push the limits of the rules without actually violating them, and who’s deliberately violating or ignoring them.


Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

1.  Understand your duties and obligations under the HIPAA Omnibus Rule.
2. Outline the steps necessary to develop a Medicare compliance program, and the importance of doing so.
3.  Consider the major issues to be considered in prescribing opioids, antibiotics, and bisphosphonates.
4.  Discuss the Joint Commission’s policy on disruptive behavior, and why it is important to conform to it.

Target Audience
This course is designed for orthopaedists who want to understand and comply with federal regulations affecting the practice of medicine.


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.


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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