Risk Management

ROP Safety Net: Materials for Creating a Hospital Safety Net / ROP: Materials for Creating an Office Safety Net

OMIC ROP Safety Net: Revised in 2018

OMIC introduced our “ROP Safety Net” materials in 2006, and revised all of the materials in 2018. The protocols are now shorter and easier to navigate, and incorporate lessons learned from recent ROP lawsuits on how to better coordinate transfers of care from one ophthalmologist to another.

The toolkits have always included procedures for discharge from the hospital. After reports from our policyholders of problems managing infants examined in the office who need treatment, the toolkits now address the need for hospitals that can admit neonates from the outpatient setting and provide treatment within 72 hours.

ROP Risk Analysis discusses our claims experience, and highlights the unique challenges posed by this disease and process of care.

ROP conditions of coverage  summarizes the conditions that OMIC policyholders must meet for coverage of ROP care.

Anti-VEGF for ROP  addresses the safety and liability risks of this off-label treatment. The medications appear to change the natural history of the disease, ophthalmologists must remain extremely vigilant in their follow up. This document discusses conditions of coverage pertaining to follow up, and informed consent issues.

The Hospital Toolkit contains procedures, consent forms, and letters to parents about ROP in both English and Spanish:

The Office Toolkit has additional procedures, forms, and letters needed for outpatient care:

The following consent forms and letters are in the toolkits and procedures, but can also be accessed directly:

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