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Patient Safety Becoming a Family Affair
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

Experts: the need to pull families onto the patient safety team will only grow with ongoing trends of shorter hospital stays, and care moving into ambulatory sites and even into the patient’s home. Family caregivers will be a big part of safety at each stage.

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Exploring the “Allegation” of Medical Malpractice
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

Diving into specifics helps guide remediation.

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Who Gets Sued, Who Knows About It, and more...
By Alison Anderson, Missy Padoll, Wallinda Hutson, CRICO

Insight May 2018: Who gets sued, who knows about it, and more

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What to Expect as a Defendant

Understand phrases such as personal financial exposure, burden of proof, pleadings and tribunal.

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Part II: Harvard Joins IHI to Cut Referral Mistakes
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

Mishandled specialty referrals in ambulatory care can harm patients and lead to litigation if a diagnosis is delayed or missed. Two leading groups hope individual practices and institutions will use the Guide to make their referrals more reliable and reduce mistakes.

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CRICO OB Patient Safety Program

FOR OBSTETRICIANS: this voluntary program entitles CRICO-insured providers to remain in a lower premium underwriting specialty category for each year in which they complete specific risk reduction activities.

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CRICO OB Patient Safety Program

FOR CNMs and FAMILY PRACTITIONERS: this voluntary program for CRICO-insured providers with obstetrics privileges rewards risk reduction activities with a malpractice premium discount.


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The Risk of an Incomplete Patient Assessment
By Jock Hoffman, CRICO

The most common factor in malpractice cases.

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Telemedicine, False-negative Biopsy, Closing the Referral Loop, and more
By Alison Anderson, Missy Padoll, Wallinda Hutson, CRICO

Insight April 2018: Telemedicine, False-negative Biopsy, Closing the Referral Loop, and more

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Part I: Harvard Joins IHI to Cut Referral Mistakes
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

In any complex medical system, malpractice cases can arise from failures in the referral process. Typically these are situations in ambulatory care where the doctor recommends that a patient see a specialist, but it either doesn’t happen or nobody acts on the result. A new tool from The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and CRICO helps guide doctors and practices to prevent these referral errors and the harm from resulting diagnostic failures.

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