CRICO Insights: May 2018

Who Gets Named?

When patients file a medical malpractice claim, they usually accuse—or “name”—their physician, but other members of the care team may be named as well.

N=1,110 medical professional liability cases closed 2013–2017. 1,189 physicians and 320 non-physicians were named in these cases. Medical entities may also be named. Cases often have more than one defendant.


Avoiding Mishandled Referrals that Hurt Patients

Mishandled specialty referrals in ambulatory care can harm patients if a diagnosis is delayed or missed. A new guide from CRICO and IHI aims to make referrals more reliable and reduce mistakes. What can be done?


Communication: Let’s Be Clear About This

Effective communication—whether spoken or written—does not necessarily mean more words or more time. Words matter, so choose wisely...


Who has Access to My Malpractice Claims Info?

CRICO is required to report your claims experience to various government entities. Get the lowdown on who we report to, who can request your information, and under what circumstances. Who Knows?


NP Misses Fatal Illness on Phone with Patient’s Dad

The fact that the patient had had something to drink and had urinated was falsely reassuring to the provider. Fixation error prevented consideration of the bigger picture...

Getting older and wiser soon?

We can help out with the wiser part. As your birthday–and medical license renewal–approaches, we’ll send you a reminder with links to our CME content to help you fulfill the Massachusetts requirement for risk management education.

Latest News from CRICO

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    The Patient Safety Adoption Framework: A Practical Framework to Bridge the Know-Do Gap

    CRICO Grants
    Many patient safety initiatives fail to be adopted and implemented, even when proven effective. This creates the well-recognized know-do gap—which occurs when health care workers know what should be done based on evidence vs. what takes place in practice. To address this issue, CRICO funded the development of a patient safety adoption framework and had it evaluated by leaders in quality and safety. The framework and its findings were published online in the Journal of Patient Safety in April 2023.

    Ambulatory Safety Nets: Protecting Providers and Promoting Safety with Systems to Reduce Delayed Cancer Diagnoses

    CRICO Grants
    Ambulatory safety nets (ASNs) are person-centered programs that provide a highly reliable backup system for following up on abnormal test results when the standard follow-up process fails. Co-authored by CRICO’s Pat Folcarelli RN, MA, PhD, and Luke Sato, MD, this article about ASNs was featured in Inside Medical liability Online.
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