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Doctors Lose Their Own Malpractice Case
By Tom A. Augello, CRICO

The defendant’s role in a successful defense against a claim of malpractice is critical, but it isn’t easy. Clinician have to be able to follow advice from lawyers, cope with their own emotions, which often include anger or fear, and project competence and likability to potential jurors. These things—none of which are taught in medical school—can be a challenge to a medical professional. Sometimes malpractice cases have to be settled because the defendant clinician cannot adapt to the legal system.

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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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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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Patient Safety Discussion Toolkit for System Expansion
By Ariadne Labs in partnership with CRICO/Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions

The Patient Safety Discussion Toolkit for System Expansion has been developed by Ariadne Labs in partnership with CRICO, for use by physicians during the pre-affiliation phase of a merger, acquisition, or affiliation of two organizations that provide clinical care. This discussion toolkit can help clinical leaders identify differences in clinical practice, resources, and culture that are most likely to affect patient safety. grant_icon

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New Guidelines, Find Joy in Patient Care, & more
By Alison Anderson, Missy Padoll, Wallinda Hutson, CRICO

Insight February 2018: New Guidelines, Finding Joy in Patient Care, and more...

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Covering our Volunteers
By Hermen Yee, Esq, and Caren-Elise Titus, CRICO

If you are a member of the Harvard medical community who has registered with the MA Responds program to volunteer in a declared public health emergency, you may have wondered if you are covered by your CRICO professional liability policies. The good news is that generally you are covered! The only caveat is that some of you need to obtain certain written authorizations from your sponsoring institution.

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Med Error Co-morbidities, Suicidal Patients, and more...
By Alison Anderson, Missy Padoll, Wallinda Hutson, CRICO

Insight September 2017: Med Error Co-morbidities, Suicidal Patients, and more

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Patient ID Risks & the Intersection of Electronic Health Records

The AMC PSO recently convened a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders across its membership to review and discuss strategies for safer patient identification.

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