Target Audience


This activity is appropriate for physicians in all specialties.  Content may also be valuable to practice managers, consultants, or other professionals with an interest in trending issues related to U.S. health care.

Goals and Objectives


This session will provide a review of the tort crisis and describe proven legislative and court reforms that have improved access to care. Upon completion of the activity, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Identify tort issues for medicine and ways to address same.
  • Describe future tort hurdles for medicine resulting from payment initiatives, e.g. performance improvement measures and bonuses/withholds.

Course Information


CME Release Date: April 22, 2019
Valid for credit through: April 22, 2020
Course type:  Video lecture

Credits Available 


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Southern Medical Association and Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business.  The Southern Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Healthcare Professionals

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit


To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • View the educational video of the lecture.
  • Study the educational references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. Learners must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and outcomes.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from [email protected] within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

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Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships


As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Donald “Rocky” P. Wilcox, JD, an Air Force veteran, serves as vice president and general counsel for the Texas Medical Association in Austin. Mr. Wilcox has written more than 100 articles for Texas Medicine and other health care publications. He taught at The University of Texas (UT) School of Public Health program at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and at UT Austin as well as the University of Houston MBA Program for Physicians. He has chaired the Health Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and recently received The Distinguished Service Award for Exceptional Leadership from that Section. He is a past chair of the American Society of Medical Association Counsel.

Disclosure:

The following individuals have stated that they have no relevant financial relationships occurring within the past 12 months to disclose.

FACULTY
Donald “Rocky” P. Wilcox, JD

CONTENT REVIEW
Dianne B. Love, PhD
Waldon Garriss, III, MD, MACP

SMA STAFF
Jennifer Price, MA

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