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    Is the Cures Act a Game Changer?
    Patients Now See Clinical Notes

    by Pat Folcarelli, RN, PhD, CRICO | 03/31/2021

    Patients already have access to information through patient portals at most hospitals and other institutions. With the arrival of the Cures Act, clinicians and hospitals may notice that there’s increasing activity on those patient portals. It’s also possible there could be some additional questions of the notes. But it still remains to be seen what impact this will have in terms of patients accessing their notes.

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  • Neurosurgery and Medical Malpractice

    by Carlos Yugar and Adam Schaffer, MD, CRICO | 12/03/2020

    Neurosurgery malpractice cases are responsible for not only some of the largest indemnity payments, but also significant mental health tolls. Learn how data-driven patient safety interventions have already helped.

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    Predicting Case Outcomes: Medmal Analysis Turns to the Dollars

    by Tom Augello, CRICO | 09/22/2020

    It’s time for a spotlight on three factors in medical professional liability cases: a lack of a protocol or failure to follow one, patient assessment shortfalls, and documentation problems

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    “Patient Safety” Wasn’t in Anybody’s Job Title: An Exit Interview with Darrell Ranum

    by Tom Augello, CRICO | 04/30/2020

    When you have a perfect match between a person’s career arc and the movement he worked within, you have an ideal story for a podcast. I recently had the chance to interview 30-year patient safety veteran Darrell Ranum as he prepares to retire this year. He’s a Vice President for Risk Management and Patient Safety at one of the largest medical malpractice insurers in the nation, The Doctors Company.

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    Medical Malpractice in the Time of COVID-19

    by Adam Schaffer, MD, MPH | 03/23/2020

    Under normal circumstances, medical malpractice is a significant concern for physicians. We know this concern influences physician behavior. As a result of COVID-19, hospitalists, emergency medicine physicians, critical care physicians, nurses, and many other clinicians are currently in a period that is anything but normal.

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    Training the Next Generation of Physicians While Protecting the Patients of Today

    by Laura C. Meyers, MD, MPH | 02/07/2020

    Every July, medical school graduates enter onto the hospital wards to become clinically trained. As junior physicians, they have the ability to write prescriptions but are learning how to function within a hospital system to diagnose and manage patients appropriately.

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    CBS Data in Peer Review Studies

    by Katy Schuler | 12/20/2019

    CRICO Strategies national Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS) data are cited by researchers in national publications and used by our CBS members—commercial and captive insurers, hospitals, health care organizations—to identify clinical risks, benchmark against peers, and prioritize patient safety efforts.

     

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    Measuring the ROI of Patient Safety Programs

    by Adam Schaffer, MD, MPH | 05/08/2019

    Analyses of the return on investment (ROI) of patient safety programs are a relative rarity. This is unfortunate, as such analyses would provide patient safety officers with data that could potentially resonate in the C-suite. Although rare, research in this area does exist.

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  • MedMal Case Frequency is Down

    by Gretchen Ruoff | 02/13/2019

    Overall MPL case frequency dropped 27 percent from 2007–2016, with an especially compelling trend for obstetrician-gynecologists. 

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  • Informed Consent & Shared Decision Making

    by Elizabeth Cushing, Esq., and Carol Keohane, MS, RN | 12/04/2018

    Informed consent and shared decision making are similar, but not the same. One is a legal protocol, the other is a conversation in which clinicians and patients work together.

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