Improving Medical Death Certification in Tennessee

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 at 12:00 pm CST


Dr. Adele Lewis                                                                                   Dr. Amy Hawes 
State Chief Medical Examiner                                                          Deputy State Medical Examiner
Discover your role as a physician in ensuring accurate and reliable mortality statistics.  This training will help you better understand best practices in death certification.  We will share why it is important to accurately document the cause of death on the death certificate and how to use your best medical judgment to determine accurate information, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will also discuss what cases should be referred to a medical examiner in Tennessee, how to recognize and accurately certify deaths related to a disaster, and how accurate disaster-related death certification is critical for reliable mortality statistics.


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*The Tennessee Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Tennessee Medical Association designates each of these enduring activities for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Funding for this training has been provided to the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC – 6 NU38OT000303-02-01). NNPHI is collaborating with the Tennessee Office of the State Chief Medical Examiner and the CDC’s National Center for Environmental on this project.  Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC, the US Department of Health & Human Services, and NNPHI.