In a recent article, we discussed medical error and how it related to medical coding. Yet even with medical coding done perfectly, medical errors can still occur. In the wake of medical error, some people file medical malpractice claims. These claims allow multiple perspectives to be brought in to examine the patient’s medical records. While medical malpractice claims are good for the singular patient, how can medical providers learn from their medical error?
Morbidity and Mortality Conferences
Medical providers often utilize morbidity and mortality conferences (sometimes shortened to M&M) to examine possible medical errors made during a procedure. These conferences are generally mandatory and are used by attending providers to learn from others’ mistakes. These conferences are often held on a schedule such as weekly or monthly, but they can also take place if there is question on a certain patient’s care, often if that patient died during care.
Morbidity and mortality conferences are commonplace most among surgeons but not so with internal medicine. When internal medicine conferences do occur they are often short and unstructured, examining only one or two cases when more should take center stage. It is often internal medicine making diagnoses, rather than surgeons, and is therefore most culpable when it comes to a patient’s care.
Unfortunately these conferences are confidential, meaning that whatever decision medical providers reach regarding a certain patient’s care is not available to the public. In addition, there is no standard process to morbidity and mortality conferences so important topics may slip through the cracks. In a study of 105 anesthesia conferences, one researcher found that 72% of them did not cover any topic related to morbidity or mortality.
I am a Victim of Medical Error
If you believe you suffered from a medical error, make sure you keep track of all your treatment, including the procedure that had the error. A morbidity and mortality conference is unlikely to occur for your specific medical error since medical providers often do not want to take or place blame on any of their physicians.
Hiring an experienced medical error attorney who can look through your medical records and discuss your method of care with similar physicians can help you get compensation for your piling medical bills. The Advocates have taken on multiple medical error claims so don’t hesitate to give us a call today. During your free consultation, we’ll go over everything you need to do to get back to your pre-medical error self!