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New Guidelines, Find Joy in Patient Care, & more

By Alison Anderson, Missy Padoll, Wallinda Hutson, CRICO

Related to: Claims, Clinical Guidelines, Emergency Medicine, Primary Care, Insight into Risks of Ambulatory Care, Obstetrics, Other Specialties, Publications

CRICO Insights: February 2018

Top 5 Insights from Our National Malpractice Database

 1.

Patient Type: half of cases involved an ambulatory care patient, but inpatient cases are more costly.

 2.

Case Type: surgery-related allegations are the most common, but cases alleging diagnostic failure represent the greatest financial loss.

 3.

Injury Severity: 38% of cases involve a high-severity injury to the patient (including death).

 4.

Diagnosis: cancers account for more than a quarter of these cases, and lung cancer tops the list.

 5.

Disposition: 31% of cases closed with indemnity payment (3% with payment over $1 million).

Source: National Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS), cases reported or closed 2011–2015. Details available here.
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