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Word to the Wise: Misuse of Language in Clinical Communication Causes Harm
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

Misuse of language can have serious clinical consequences. It can also leave patients and families with a bad impression or misunderstandings. We invited two physicians who authored a JAMA Perspective on the topic to explain what worries them and what doesn’t, when it comes to the misuse of words in medicine.

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COVID-19 Threatens Primary Care
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

Many health care practices are under financial duress from the COVID-19 pandemic, and this is affecting access to care. Televisits can’t do it all. A Massachusetts consortium of public and private entities surveyed nearly 400 practices of various sizes and specialties in late spring and early summer 2020. How all hands on deck isn’t necessarily a great patient safety strategy during the pandemic.

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Young Patient, Flawed Test, Fatal Delay in Colon CA Diagnosis
By Melissa DeMayo, CRICO, Tom A. Augello, CRICO

Despite multiple visits to her PCP with similar complaints over years, this young patient did not get a timely diagnosis of colon cancer and died. Dr. Carla Ford looks at the testing, communication among providers, and some diagnostic insights for the next patient.

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Is This Case Likely to Close with a Payment?
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

New research shows a link between the presence of three common factors in malpractice cases and the likelihood they will end up in a payment to the plaintiff. Look out for documentation deficiencies, lack of a protocol or failure to follow one, and patient assessment issues.

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Malpractice Defendants Cool Their Heels During COVID-19
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

Becoming a defendant in a malpractice lawsuit is often a long-term proposition under ordinary times. During this COVID-19 pandemic, the courts are struggling, and prioritizing: criminal trials first, then civil trials in Massachusetts, where a slow return to trials in September.

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“What Else Might This Be?” Might Have Saved PE Patient
By Melissa DeMayo, CRICO, Tom A. Augello, CRICO

A fatal PE misdiagnosis may have gone wrong from the very beginning. With analysis based on closed claims in the Harvard medical system, urgent care specialist Jonathan Einbinder explores ways an ordinary case with a tragic outcome might be prevented in the future.

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Telemedicine in the COVID-19 Era
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

Telehealth, or virtual health care is more popular than ever. The Covid-19 pandemic has seen to that. Two national telemedicine leaders share their expertise on the patient safety and risk management issues related to virtual visits, and how has the pandemic affected all of this.

 

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Health Providers: “What We’re Going Through Now is Not Normal”
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

COVID-19 has dragged thousands of doctors and nurses into front-line wards across the country to pitch in. What is the impact on these providers now and in the future? And does all of this have implications for patient safety?

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New MA Law Gives Health Providers Less to Worry About During COVID-19
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

As the COVID-19 crisis continues for hospitals and providers, the State of Massachusetts passed a new law with some protections from liability. Beth Cushing, CRICO’s SVP of Claims, explains how the Harvard malpractice insurer joined leaders across the state to craft a fair legal response to the public health crisis.

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Harvard MedMal Program Responds to COVID-19: No-Cost Added Coverage, Faster Application
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

A special edition of CRICO’s regular podcast describes how Harvard’s malpractice liability insurance program, CRICO, is giving providers extra coverage without extra premiums during the crisis. Telemedicine, retired volunteers, etc., find a streamlined coverage process online, starting on CRICO’s dedicated COVID-19 page.

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