Finance and Operations

Risk Management

Risk management is a system of policies designed to reduce liability with “structured common sense.” This approach to risk management can apply to everything a health center does, from its daily operations to managing medical malpractice exposure and more.

Having a Risk Management Mindset

The most workable approach often is to keep it simple.

Risk management should be a broad-based effort and involve everyone, particularly administration, supervisory staff and the health center’s physicians.

Responsibilities should be clear. Everyone should be educated about the risk management process and its application to their jobs.

Effective performance should be rewarded and inadequate performance should be identified and corrected and even sanctioned if necessary.

The management team should regularly report to the health center’s Board of Directors concerning risk management issues.

Consider taking the IPHCA Community Health Center Risk Management Survey to determine opportunities to improve your organization’s risk management.

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