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Risk Matters: 2022 Risk Wrap Up

Most loyal readers of the Sentinel are familiar with the Risk Education department because of the monthly “Risk Matters” column.  You may also know the department as the arm of your company that produces live seminars and develops many of our online courses.  However, some of you may not be aware that we are SVMIC’s version of a risk management department.  We answer policyholder questions related to risk/potential liability as well as other legal issues that arise in the practice setting.  Many of the topics of the Risk Matters articles are taken from questions we received from physicians, advanced practice practitioners, and practice executives.  We believe that if one policyholder has a question about a particular subject, so do others.  In case you missed one, here is a list of this year’s topics:

COVID-19 Vaccines

New Course on Litigation

Physician Health & Well-being

Sample Medication Management

Tracking Referrals & Consultations


Tracking Procedures

Avoid Using Disclaimers for Dictation, Voice Recognition Software, Electronic Health Records

Supervision and Delegation of Advanced Practice Practitioners

Requirements for Patient Accessing & Posting Results

If you have a question you would like to discuss with one of the attorneys in the Risk Education department, you can contact us by phone at (800) 342-2239 and asking to speak to a Risk Education attorney, by email at, or through the Vantage® portal.  Of course, you can also talk to one of our Claims Attorneys in the Claims Department.  The abundance of legal resources available to our policyholders is one of the key factors that distinguishes SVMIC from other professional liability carriers.

About The Author

Jeffrey A. Woods is the Director of Risk Education in the Risk Education and Evaluation Services Department at SVMIC. Jeff received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee Martin and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Following graduation, he practiced law in Knoxville for almost 15 years, advising physicians and healthcare providers and defending them in malpractice claims. He is licensed to practice in Tennessee and all Federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association.

Jeff joined SVMIC in 2003 and was a Senior Claims Attorney until 2015 when he transferred to his current position.

The contents of The Sentinel are intended for educational/informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Policyholders are urged to consult with their personal attorney for legal advice, as specific legal requirements may vary from state to state and/or change over time.

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