Risks surround physicians every single day, ranging from alleged diagnostic errors to inadequate follow-up. This is where risk management comes in and is so crucial to practicing healthcare professionals. Risk management is a series of strategies designed to reduce the likelihood of injury to the patient and also reduces the likelihood that a suit will result if an injury occurs.
Honesty goes a long way in patient-doctor relationships. Not only does this honesty apply to when patients are talking about their health; it also applies to the name doctors use to practice medicine. Doctors must be aware that they are legally required to obtain a Fictitious Name Permit (FNP) if they want to use a name other than what is on their license. The Fictitious Name Permit allows the doctor to practice medicine under a different name.