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Case studies and interviews are aligned with clinical specialties and high risk areas identified in the Harvard system.


Completing the Network Activities Section of the Physician Renewal
By Underwriting

Tutorial for physician renewal network activities.


Fatal Misplaced Tube Casts Light on Supervision, Competence Assessment
By Laura Myers, MD, MPH, CPPS, Tom A. Augello, CRICO

In this case, a 75-year-old female was admitted to the ICU with respiratory failure.  A misplaced feeding tube led to her death. ICU intensivist Dr. Laura Myers discusses lessons from this case about supervision and assessing a provider's competence with a new procedure.



Prostate Perils in Primary Care: Roadmap from an Expert
By Marc B. Garnick, MD

For primary care physicians wanting to better manage the risks around prostate care, Prostate Cancer Screening and Beyond: Genetics, Prevention and Therapy fit the bill. It’s a presentation from internationally renowned prostate expert Marc Garnick, from a day-long course on patient safety and risk management in primary care in October 2018 in Boston. Learn how PSA issues are a leading cause of cancer malpractice claims—and getting worse. Dr. Garnick shares the clinical insights behind the fact that physicians, NPs and institutions are all named as defendants in legal actions by patients.


What’s Up with Cardiac Malpractice Cases?
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

A rise in cardiology malpractice cases goes against general malpractice trends across specialties that show significant declines. Most of the errors in outpatient cardiac cases involve failures in the diagnostic process. Diagnosis errors bedeviled providers in the inpatient setting as well.


Update on Best Medical Practices: Key Areas in Safety and Risk Outside the Hospital
By David W. Bates, MD, MSc

We have learned a lot about risks in inpatient care, but there is still lots to learn about safety outside the hospital.


Doctor’s Focus on Patient Safety an Eye Opener
By Brittany Esty, MD, Tom A. Augello, CRICO

This physician began thinking bigger: How do we see on larger scale? How do we improve the care we provide? Brittany Esty, MD, says her two-year experience in the HMS Patient Safety Fellowship gave her the greatest gift of all time: it taught her how to see.



Defendant Peer Resource Group
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO, Peter McCormack, CRICO

CRICO offers defendants the opportunity to meet with other current and previously sued medical professionals in the setting of a peer support program.


Cracking the Code for Better Rapport Among Generations
By Missy Padoll, CRICO, Tom A. Augello, CRICO

Understanding “generation codes” gives clinicians insight into their patients’ and colleagues’ mindsets and provides a tool for building the rapport needed for a productive healthcare relationship.


Primary Care Docs Try to Up Their Diagnosis Game
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

The idea of missing something, or finding out that follow up on a lab order or specialty consult fell through the cracks, can haunt providers. Nothing represents these concerns better than a claim from a patient or family that you failed to diagnose their cancer. A recent review of professional liability claims from across the United States shows that diagnosis-related claims account for a higher percentage of dollar costs than any other category.

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