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Risk Management

The wise old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” best describes the philosophy of TDIC’s Risk Management department, which focuses on reducing the frequency and severity of professional claims.

We know that one of the best ways to meet this goal is to improve the quality of dental care through education. To that end, we offer informative presentations and publications designed to educate dentists about ways they can provide optimal care for their patients and also reduce their claims exposure. We are available to speak to component societies, dental conferences and study clubs, all at no charge.

After all, a claim averted is always preferable to a lawsuit won.

Liability Lifeline
Summer 2019

When it comes to referrals, here’s what you need to know. Learn best practices for communication, documentation and follow-up when referring patients and vouching for outside dentists or healthcare providers. Also in this issue, liability considerations when using your website to promote your practice.


Spring 2019

Spring has sprung, and it's time to get your practice in order! See how to conduct a thorough evaluation of all elements of your practice, from revisiting charts to inspecting equipment. Create a positive and efficient environment while helping to mitigate possible liability claims stemming from patient injuries, employment disputes and data breaches.


Risk Management Seminars

Attendance at a risk management seminar every three years is required for all insured dentists. Attendance can also be applied toward the continuing dental education requirements adopted by the Washington and Idaho State Boards.

Upcoming Seminars

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Pediatric Dental Study Club
  • Ivar’s Salmon House, Seattle

Sunday, March 24, 2019

  • 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Topic: RM basics, good documentation, good communication and obtaining informed consent
  • NW Chinese Dentists Association Study Club
  • Conference Room 125
    555 S. Renton Village Place Triton Towers One
    Renton, WA 98057

Saturday, March 30, 2019

  • 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Topic: Business topics pertinent to a dental practice
  • Seattle King County Dental Society Boot Camp
  • Seattle First Baptist Church – meeting hall
  • 1111 Harvard Avenue, Seattle, WA
  • To register, please contact Mallory Gillan at
  • 206.448.6620 or go online to www.skcds.org

Self Study

If you cannot attend one of our risk management seminars in person, check out our self-study option.

Successful completion of the Self-Study Quiz will earn three hours of CE and will also be eligible for our risk management credit.

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Risk Management Manual

The goals of health care risk management are always to improve the quality of patient care and reduce the frequency and severity of claims. Risk Management: A Practical Guide for Dentists provides a basic overview of best practices appropriate for the entire dental team, as well as providing another option for dentists who want to take the online self study quiz.

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