'Med Check' Appointments: How to Minimize Your Malpractice Risk

The safety and efficacy of these appointments depend on how they are set up

Ashley H. VanDercar, MD, JD; Monika Pietrzak, MD, JD; Phillip J. Resnick, MD


Curr Psychiatr. 2022;21(8):27-30. 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


Medical malpractice claims can arise in any type of health care setting. The purpose of this article is to discuss the risk of medical malpractice suits in the context of brief "med checks," which are 15- to 20-minute follow-up appointments for psychiatric outpatient medication management. Similar issues arise in brief new patient and transfer visits.