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December 10, 2019 An Examination of Medical Malpractice Claims Involving Physician Trainees

A CRICO-supported study that sought to “identify patient-, provider- and claim-related factors of medical malpractice claims in which physician trainees were directly involved in the harm events.”

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October 1, 2019 Retrospective Analysis of Perioperative Variables Associated With Postoperative Delirium and Other Adverse Outcomes in Older Patients After Spine Surgery

This CRICO-supported retrospective study aimed to identify perioperative variables predictive of the development of delirium in older surgical patients after spine surgery.

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October 1, 2019 Investigating MPL Vulnerability for the Institutions that Employ and Insure NPs and PAs

CRICO’s CBS data provided Aon/ASHRM’s 2019 Hospital and Physician Professional Liability Benchmark Analysis report a deeper dive into the impact of employing physician assistants and nurse practitioners on medical professional liability costs.

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A Contemporary Medicolegal Analysis of Outpatient Interventional Pain Procedures

  • July 1, 2019

Closed malpractice claim studies allow a review of rare but often severe complications, yielding useful insight into improving patient safety and decreasing practitioner liability.


Researchers set out to explore what insights for patient safety and physician professional liability are revealed through analysis of malpractice claims involving outpatient chronic pain procedures. Findings from an analysis of CRICO Strategies Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS) data demonstrated that epidural steroid injections are among the most commonly performed interventional pain procedures and, while a familiar procedure to pain management practitioners, may result in significant neurological injury.

Researchers recommend that “efforts to minimize practitioner liability and patient harm, like the claims themselves, will be multifactorial. Best outcomes will likely come from continued robust training in procedural skills, attention paid to published best practice recommendations, documentation that includes an inclusive consent discussion, and thoughtful patient selection.”

 

Citation for the Full-text Article

Abrecht CR, Saba R, Greenberg P,  Rathmell JP, Urman RD. A contemporary medicolegal analysis of outpatient interventional pain procedures between 2009 and 2016. Anesthesia & Analgesia. Jul 2019, 129(1):255–262. http://dx.doi.org/10.1213/ANE.0000000000004096

 

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