Example Disclaimer for Psychiatric Consultants
For psychiatrists considering future roles in integrated care systems, it is important to clarify malpractice liability when providing advice about care for patients for whom the psychiatrist may not be the primary prescriber. An example disclaimer regarding EMR reviews is below. Pairing this information with the name and contact information of the psychiatric consultant makes it easy to facilitate communication about recommendations. To the AIMS Center's knowledge, this type of disclaimer has not been tested in a court case.
“The above treatment considerations and suggestions are based on consultations with the patient’s care manager and a review of information available in the care management tracking system. I have not personally examined the patient. All recommendations should be implemented with consideration of the patient’s relevant prior history and current clinical status. Please feel free to call me with any questions about the care of this patient.”
The Resource Document on Risk Management and Liability Issues in Integrated Care Models provides additional information on liability issues.