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Reducing the Risk of False Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

August 2019

Recent shocking and highly publicized sexual misconduct by physicians has likely sensitized many patients to sexual boundary issues surrounding the physician-patient relationship. This, and victim empowerment movements such as #MeToo, may result in an increase in patient lawsuits, medical board disciplinary actions, and criminal actions for real or perceived physician sexual misconduct. Public pressure could also result in physicians being held to higher professional boundary standards than they might have been in the past. Now is a good time to assess (or reassess) your practice and put processes in place to reduce the risk of sexual misconduct allegations.

This article includes healthcare ethics content, which may help meet CME credit ethics requirements in some states.

SPECIAL FEATURE
Coverage Exclusions for Sexual Misconduct in the NORCAL Insurance Policy

CASE ONE 
Incidental Touching of the Breasts

CASE TWO 
Treatment of a Familiar Patient

CASE THREE 
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment

CASE FOUR 
Palpation of External Genitalia in an Adolescent Patient

SPECIAL FEATURE
Q & A with NORCAL Risk Management Specialists

Related Topics: Ethics, Chaperones, Sexual Misconduct

August 2019
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