Apr 29, 2021 11:02:22 AM

Learning from ED Medical Malpractice Cases

A hospital emergency department (ED) is typically a busy environment. The variety of patients and injuries that present at the ED, the responsible services involved in delivering care, the numerous diagnostic tests ordered, all present the risk for things to go wrong. 

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Apr 22, 2021 9:47:00 AM

5 Ws of Malpractice Claims: Investigating the Story of Patient Harm

To write a credible and informative article, journalists endeavor to answer the "5 Ws"—Who, What, When, Where, and Why. While this approach to information-gathering is commonly associated with journalism, it is the framework of the Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS)—a database of coded medical malpractice claims that provides insights into patient harm.

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Apr 15, 2021 10:42:00 AM

Telehealth Today and What It May Look Like Post-Pandemic

While telehealth has been available for decades, when the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, an unprecedented demand arose for the remote delivery of safe and reliable assessments and treatment recommendations via computers, smart phones, and tablets (i.e., virtual care).

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Apr 8, 2021 10:27:00 AM

Relationship between Clinical Volume and Malpractice Exposure

The relationship between malpractice risk and important factors, such as physician specialty[1],[2] and prior malpractice history,[3] have been explored in the medical literature. However, little was known about how clinical volume, a fundamental aspect of clinical practice, factors into physicians’ risk of facing malpractice claims.

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Apr 1, 2021 9:43:00 AM

The Hard Market and How Insurers are Fighting the Trend

As the medical malpractice insurance market hardens, business leaders are evaluating their strategies to best position their organizations for success. This might include coverage exclusions or the use of deductibles. But we also hear that they are focusing on improving their breadth and depth of data, and innovating new ways to support their insureds through these uncertain times.

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Mar 25, 2021 10:32:00 AM

Your Medical Malpractice Data Has More Value than You Know

As data and analytics rapidly advance, the common phrase “you don’t know what you don’t know” will simply not make sense anymore. Medical professional liability (MPL) data is a powerful tool that provides practical insights to health care leaders. Leveraging these insights, leaders can identify emerging risks, make data-informed decisions, and direct limited resources to improve patient safety. In other words, you can know what you need to know.

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Mar 18, 2021 9:20:00 AM

Patient Safety Awareness Week 2021

This week marks Patient Safety Awareness Week, a campaign sponsored by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement to encourage learning more about health care safety. While patient safety is on the forefront of our minds everyday, it is helpful to have a week in which we can pause for education to offer—and gain—inspiration from our peers about patient safety efforts.

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Mar 11, 2021 9:37:00 AM

Learning from Embolism Thrombosis MPL Cases

Embolisms and thrombosis may represent a small percentage (2.58%) of all medical malpractice cases in our Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS) but they can be catastrophic for the patient.

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Mar 4, 2021 10:37:00 AM

How Nurse Leaders Can Leverage Medical Malpractice Data Trends

When I was a nurse director responsible for managing a medical surgical unit at an academic medical center, my priority was providing opportunities to develop strategies to mitigate risk. The goal was to create safer environments of care for both our staff and patients. The current health care environment is becoming more challenging due to advancing technologies, throughput and capacity concerns and the increasing overall illness acuity of patients—all which are heightening pressures on staff. Leveraging different data can help nurse leaders make data-informed decisions as they work to mitigate risk.

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Feb 25, 2021 10:07:00 AM

Patient Safety Risks and Opportunities in Obstetrical Care

The natural process of birth is routinely efficient, and the vast majority of labors end with a healthy mother and child. But when things do go wrong in obstetrics, the reasons are often unclear. Understanding the critical decision points and factors that influence such scenarios is the first step in preventing their recurrence.

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