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November 9, 2017 Medical Malpractice and the Hospitalist: Reasons for Optimism

Adam Schaffer, MD of CRICO and Brigham and Women's Hospital and Allen Kachalia, MD of Brigham and Women’s Hospital analyzed medical malpractice data to understand the potential risk for hospitalists of facing a claim.

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October 25, 2017 A Contemporary Medicolegal Analysis of Outpatient Medication Management in Chronic Pain

The goal of this study was to identify patient medical comorbidities and aberrant drug behaviors, as well as prescriber practices associated with patient injury and malpractice claims.

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October 18, 2017 Use of an objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) for early identification of communication skills deficits in interns

Given the importance of physician communication skill, this CRICO-funded study researched whether an objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) during Graduate Medical Education orientation can identify trainee communication deficits before these become evident via clinical performance evaluations.

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Outcomes In Two Massachusetts Hospital Systems Give Reason For Optimism About Communication-And-Resolution Programs

  • October 1, 2017

Researchers with grant support from CRICO examined case outcomes of a program used by two academic medical centers and two of their community hospitals in Massachusetts in the period 2013–15.


The research findings suggest that communication-and-resolution programs will not lead to higher liability costs when hospitals adhere to their commitment to offer compensation proactively.

 

Citation for the Full-text Article

Mello MM, Kachalia A, Roche S, Van Niel M, Buchsbaum L, Dodson S, Folcarelli P, Benjamin EM, Sands KE. Outcomes in two Massachusetts hospital systems give reason for optimism about communication-and-resolution programsHealth Affairs (Millwood). 2017 Oct 1;36(10):1795-1803. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2017.0320.