White Papers

ASHRM white papers are developed and peer-reviewed by professionals in the field to provide you with reliable information that is promoting best practices in health care risk management.  As the leader in advancing safe and trusted health care through enterprise risk management, ASHRM strives to deliver content that meets the needs of our members and all those in the risk management field. 



New EMTALA: A Practical Primer for Risk Managers

New Diversity White Paper Series
- Recognizing and Managing Bias in the Ambulatory Health Care/Outpatient Setting (October 2021)



Health Care Risk Management: The Path Forward (PDF) (2014)

Disclosure of Unanticipated Events (PDF) (2013)

Different roles, same goal: Risk and quality management partnering for patient safety (PDF) (June 2007)

Strategies and tips for maximizing Failure Mode Effect Analysis in your organization (PDF) (July 2002)


Clinical/Patient Safety

Behavioral Health Care White Paper Series
- Ambulatory Care/Outpatient Setting (February 2020) 
- Emergency Department Setting (July 2020)
- Inpatient Medical Setting (December 2020)

Serious Safety Events: A Focus on Harm Classification - Deviation in Care as Link Getting to Zero™ White Paper Edition No. 2 (PDF) (October 2014)

Serious Safety Events: Getting to Zero™ White Paper Edition No. 1 (PDF) (October 2012)

Tackling patient safety taxonomy: A must for risk managers (PDF) (February 2008)

Modernization of patient safety event reporting: Surveillance and benchmarking (PDF) (April 2008)

Turning lessons learned into actionable knowledge (PDF) (June 2008)

The growing role of the Patient Safety Officer: Implications for risk managers (PDF) (June 2004)



Enterprise Risk Management: A Framework For Success (PDF) (August 2014)

Value-Driven ERM: Making ERM an Engine for Simultaneous Value Creation and Value Protection (PDF) (October 2010)

Enterprise Risk Management: Defining the Concept; Getting an ERM Program Started; The Role of the Chief Risk Officer (PDF) (February 2006)



Pre-dispute arbitration agreements in provider contracts: What health care risk managers should know (PDF) (March 2008)

The basics of captive insurance programs (PDF) (June 2003)

Building a better submission: How to get the best insurance quotes (PDF) (December 2002)

Perspectives on the state of the insurance market (PDF) (May 2002)


Human Capital

Thought Leader Forum: Workplace Intimidation - Summary of Findings (PDF) (December 2011)


Perspectives in advance directives (PDF) (September 2006)

A call for federal immunity to protect health care employers, and patients (PDF) (April 2005)

Perspectives in advance directives (PDF) (September 2006)

A risk manager’s tour of the ARRA (PDF) (May 2009)

How to use & understand statutes, regulations, guidelines, interpretations & model guidance (PDF) (May 2003)



Telemedicine Risk Management Considerations (PDF) (May 2018)