Because of the nature of the healthcare industry, patients, staff, and organizations as a whole may be exposed to risk on a regular basis. Organizations work with healthcare risk managers to minimize these risks and their potential impacts whenever possible.
Duties of Risk Managers
Healthcare risk managers' duties and requirements are likely to change based on the services that each facility provides. In general, however, the role will include attention to finances, insurance, and claim management as well as event and incident management. Additionally, a risk manager will be responsible for a facility’s emergency preparedness plan, as well as its psychological and human healthcare support services. Through these practices, risk managers can identify potential risks to promote the safety of patients, staff members, and visitors.
Common Methods for Developing Risk Management Plans
It's a health and wellness management professional's responsibility to predict and examine all potential outcomes for patients and staff and to have a plan to address or mitigate any issues that may arise. The methodology may include asking questions such as "What are all possible outcomes?" "How likely is each outcome?" "How severe are the consequences of each outcome?" "Can this outcome be prevented?" and "If not, what's the best way to mitigate consequences of this outcome?" Examining and analyzing the conclusions of each of these questions can help with establishing policies to address potential risks.