Unfortunately, in medicine, things do not always go as planned. During treatment, patients may experience an unanticipated clinical event. Patients sometimes perceive that the provider did something wrong, resulting in a complaint investigation or lawsuit being filed. In many cases, the healthcare provider experiences anxiety and emotional distress, which may cause personal anguish and hinder their ability to deliver safe, compassionate care after one of these events.
HSG has collaborated with BJC Medical Group to provide education and support to insured healthcare providers after they experience an unanticipated or adverse patient outcome. This program is called CAREs (Compassionate Assistance after a Risk-related Event for support). CAREs is a sister program to the HSG HEALS (Healthcare Event Assistance & Lending Support) program where the same philosophy of provider support is provided. The CAREs support can also be beneficial during a complaint investigation or during malpractice litigation. The program focuses on the healthcare providers’ thoughts, concerns and questions about the events unfolding around them. The reactions that healthcare providers experience during these times are normal reactions to an abnormal and unanticipated patient event or outcome. CAREs is an information-sharing program with its primary objective being to help providers return to peak performance as quickly as possible.
HSG’s Claim Department and the Risk Management & Patient Safety (RM&PS) Department work closely together to deliver the CAREs program to insured clients. CAREs is part of HSG’s claims services. CAREs is managed and controlled by the Claim Department as part of the claims process but delivered by HSG’s RM&PS Department. The information discussed is privileged just like other claims-related information since it is a part of the claims management process.
HSG has also collaborated with BJC Medical Group for a confidential professional psychological referral.
Dr. Lotz is a licensed clinical psychologist who will provide private and confidential consultations for BJC Medical Group providers.
Dr. Lotz’ contact information for direct self-referrals: 855-646-7267
For more information, call 573-353-8764
*CAREs is a sister program to the HSG HEALS (Healthcare Event Assistance & Lending Support) program where the same philosophy of provider support is provided.