Webinar – Risk-Ethics: Ethical Perspectives in Risk Management Decision-Making

February 17, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am Pacific Time
CHI owner insured hospital and long term care risk managers, patient safety officers, and ethics committee members.


Bioethics and healthcare risk management endeavor to make right and just recommendations within ethical frameworks and legal principles. Though neither the bioethicist nor the clinical risk manager are responsible for direct patient care, their goals of patient-centered care and harm mitigation are often aligned. As such, they are complementary supportive professions who advise providers on issues of patient-centered care and safety, especially in assisting with both clinical and operational decision-making. However, differences in methodologies and insufficient interprofessional collaboration can result in the perception that risk management decisions or recommendations are intended to strongly favor institutional process over compassion to stakeholders (i.e. colleagues and patients). There are significant negative impacts to this perception including a culture of defense instead of transparency, moral distress and burnout, decreased collegiality and accountability, reduced patient advocacy, paternalistic decision-making, and a decreased focus on patient safety. Ultimately, this impact increases the risk of patient harm and liability, as well as contributes to a culture that is permissive of substandard care that is not patient-centered.

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Learning Objectives

At the end of the webinar, the participant should be able to:

  1. Deconstruct the roles and similarities that culture and organizational ethics play in risk management through a working model that structures ethical arguments from a risk management perspective
  2. Critique the role that RM plays in clinical ethics, research ethics, business ethics, and ethics committees
  3. Develop a working model that structures risk management arguments from an ethical perspective that RMs can take with them for future use

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number 12205 for 1 contact hour.



Josh Hyatt is a Manager in the Risk Management and Analytics department at Coverys and is an adjunct professor. He graduated from Harvard Medical School with a Masters in Bioethics and received Doctor of Health Science and Masters of Health Law degrees at Nova Southeastern University. He has worked in health care risk management and bioethics for nearly thirty years in a variety of clinical and regulatory settings. His professional and academic interests are in the relationships between healthcare risk management/patient safety and bioethics, moral distress, and LGBT health. He has published in several peer-reviewed journals, his most recent article was for the AMA Journal of Ethics (November 2020), and is frequent presenter at national conferences.

Web Access

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This event is a webinar, Zoom webinars will send a unique link to each registrant upon registration.