Professional Ethics and Risk Management

Avoiding malpractice and complaints; legalities and ethics regarding advertising, fees, billing

and for California practitioners: clarifying the "gray areas" in the Scope-of-Practice

With Instructor Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DAOM, DNBAO, FAIPM

Acupuncture Expert Witness in Malpractice Litigation and Regulatory Investigations

Billed once per year until cancelled

  • Do you know what the new CNT manual (7th ed.) recommends for minimizing pneumothorax risks? Sterilizing cups, gua sha tools? Preventing heat lamp and moxa burns? Medical record-keeping?
  • Do you routinely provide a "best-practices" informed consent before treatment?
  • Do you know what social media marketing techniques are legal vs. illegal, as well as what terms to avoid using on your website?
  • Do you know how to avoid triggering insurance audits for suspected over-billing?
  • Do you know what constitutes "patient abandonment" that risks license suspension?
  • Can you recognize when you're in a "higher-risk" relationship with a patient?
  • What would you do/not do if you were concerned someone was going to file a malpractice suit against you?

If you're unsure, this Class/E-book is for you!

If you took the CNT certification exam prior to 2015, reviewing the 7th ed. of the CNT Manual is critical, as there have been many significant changes that have re-shaped standards of care and essential risk management strategies for the profession. Knowing and following the guidelines of the CNT Manual, 7th ed. minimizes risks for your and your patients!

I invite you to benefit from my experience as an Expert Witness in malpractice litigation, complaints to regulatory boards, and insurance audits to help you manage risks while supporting sustainable practice growth.

--Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DNBAO, DAOM

Topics Include

  • Review of critical recommendations of the Clean Needle Technique Manual, 7th ed. and standards of care regarding frequently-litigated injuries
    • Pneumothorax and other organ punctures
    • Nerve traumas
    • Burns, scarring and infections
    • Slip-and-fall injuries
    • Failure to diagnose, manage and refer
  • Informed consent and documentation: essential risk management strategies
  • Recognizing and managing higher-risk patients and patient relationships, while avoiding discrimination or abandonment
  • Truth in advertising: representation of title, training, prognosis, outcomes
  • Fiduciary duties: fee-setting and -splitting, discounts, insurance billing, product sales
  • California acupuncturists: clarifying the scope of practice "gray areas"