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I’ll Take Some Cranberries and a Helping of Family History, Please
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

Thanksgiving is also National Family History Day, so encourage patients to capture information that may be vital to their own lives: a relative’s recent medical diagnosis.

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Hospitalists Face Worsening Malpractice Climate
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

Dr. Adam Schaffer is a hospitalist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and was the lead author of a study on the topic, which was published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine in June 2021. Dr. Schaffer is also Senior Clinical Analytics Specialist at CRICO. He joins us now to talk about this research.

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5 Ways to Strengthen Your Notes for Breast Care Management, Risk Assessment Podcast, Consequences of Copy and Paste Documentation Case Study, and More
By Alison Anderson, Missy Padoll, Wallinda Hutson, CRICO

Insights October 2021. 5 Ways to Strengthen Your Notes for Breast Care Management, Risk Assessment Podcast, Consequences of Copy and Paste Documentation Case Study, and More

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Diagnostic Errors Are Everyone's Problem
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

Missed diagnosis occur across all services.

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Harvard Hospitals Turn to Trusted Friend to Find Vulnerabilities
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

Understanding its own risks and patient care vulnerabilities is vital to a health organization, but gaining that understanding is hard. Hospital leaders in the Harvard system are enthusiastic about outside risk assessments from CRICO, because the recommendations that come out are tangible, with no punitive component.

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5 Ways to Strengthen Discharge Instructions to Avoid Harm, Sepsis Podcast, Case Study, and More
By Alison Anderson, Missy Padoll, Wallinda Hutson, CRICO

Insights September 2021. 5 Ways to Strengthen Discharge Instructions to Avoid Harm and Med Mal Risks, Sepsis Podcast, Missed Opportunities Case Study, and More

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An Increasing MPL Cohort
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

Of 71,339 MPL cases closed from 2010–2019, patients age 70 and above account for 13%.

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Back To Court after COVID-19: Uncertainty and a Back Seat for Malpractice Cases
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the legal system since the pandemic interrupted normal operations in Spring of 2020. In Massachusetts, trials were suspended, and all non-emergency court business stopped. Long-time medical malpractice defense attorney Richard Riley of Murphy & Riley, PC in Boston explains the uncertainty of the litigation landscape as courts try to reopen for trial in the Bay State. Hint: medical malpractice cases have lower priority than their criminal counterparts.

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Post Visit/Follow Up Tips for Safer Virtual Care, Colorectal Cancer Screening Podcast, Patient Consent Case Study, and More
By Alison Anderson, Missy Padoll, Wallinda Hutson, CRICO

Insights August 2021. Post Visit/Follow Up Tips for Safer Virtual Care, Colorectal Cancer Screening Podcast, Patient Consent Case Study, and More

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Surgery Change Needed Better Consent
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO, Jennifer Vuu Sanchez, CRICO

The goal was to treat uncontrolled pain from tumors but the patient was left with unexpected hearing loss. The patient sued when she claimed the surgeon changed the side of the operation without consulting her. For ideas that might help prevent these negative outcomes, we talk with Douglas Smink, MD, MPH, an associate medical director for CRICO and the Chief of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital.

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