Compliance liability may be a greater risk than medical malpractice

By David H. Sohn, JD, MD

Most orthopaedic surgeons are well aware of the risks of medical malpractice. But many of those same physicians view compliance regulations as more of a nuisance or hassle than a real concern. They may view hospital compliance officers as trying to make a demanding profession even more onerous and will put off taking mandatory online training modules.

Potential compliance violations, however, abound in the orthopaedic surgeon’s world, often in innocuous situations, as the following scenarios indicate.

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