Carroll, a risk management consultant, presents guidance for health care risk managers in this official handbook of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management. This fourth edition is updated to reflect current changes in the health care environment, offering regulatory and legal updates, new insights on areas such as patient safety and bioterrorism, and new treatment of the concept of enterprise risk management, which encourages the evaluation of all risk exposures confronting an organization. Useful for both new and seasoned risk managers, the book takes a practical, user-friendly approach, with much of the material in an informal outline format with bulleted lists and numerous headings and subheadings. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
This book describes the key elements of a risk management program. It is designed for an entry-level risk manager or other health professional seeking information or understanding of a risk management program. The examples in the book are most applicable to the acute care setting, although the concepts could be extrapolated to outpatient and other less traditional patient care settings. This book features examples of the basic tools of a risk management program: job descriptions, board reports, sample policies and procedures, and congratulatory and rejection letters. This book thoroughly covers the basics of a risk management program. The strategies have been proven effective in well-managed programs. In part three, on techniques of risk management, the examples are concise and help the reader actualize the concepts. I was impressed by the expansive list of references. The chapter on data management advances in computer technologies will increasingly change the shape of risk management programs and will be the focal point for the program. Topics of interest to risk managers not covered in this book are computerized documentation systems and compliance with COBRA legislation.