Risk managers often work closely with either in-house counsel or outside attorneys representing the hospital or health system in a range of legal matters, but those interactions can go awry without a good working relationship. Establishing boundaries and proper expectations can go a long way toward achieving the best results.
A good working relationship between risk managers and attorneys is more important than ever, says Kimberly Castellino Metzger. She works as outside counsel with many healthcare clients.
“We’re in turbulent times. Laws and regulations are changing quickly, especially in the healthcare field,” Metzger says. “The economy is not in good shape, so everyone is concerned about their bottom line and keeping things solvent. All of these things bring to the forefront, particularly in healthcare, how important risk management is.”