CRICO Insights: April 2020

5 COVID-19 Coverage Changes to Know

Please visit our COVID-19 Resource Page for important updates to Massachusetts law and detailed insurance information.


Broadened our coverage to allow certain providers without insurance to be covered under our medical professional liability policies


Waived premium for providers who join our member institutions exclusively to help respond to the COVID-19 crisis


Revised policy language to ensure that medical malpractice coverage is available under our policies for physicians providing telemedicine services across state lines


Created an abbreviated application for retired physicians and those returning to clinical practice


Eased requirements and shortened turn-around time for applications

CRICO is committed to supporting our insured community in these unusual times. We have made several changes to give our member organizations the flexibility they need to respond to the crisis. These changes apply only to work related to COVID-19 during or in support of the crisis.


Medical Malpractice in the time of COVID-19

Inevitably, some decisions—made under high stress, much uncertainty, and involving a novel disease—will turn out to be wrong. All of the clinicians CRICO insures should know that CRICO has their backs. Dr. Adam Schaffer is on the front lines...


Coping with Emotional Demands

Many defendants cite being sued as one of the most stressful events in their lives. Learning more about the process is one thing that can help. Don’t go it alone...


A Forgotten Stent & Unclear Responsibility for Follow Up

Four days after an uneventful left hepatectomy, the patient was discharged home with a surgical drain in place. What went wrong?


FAQs About Cancer Screening

Dr. Laura Meyers discusses how commonly physician What do you tell patients who are unsatisfied with a negative finding? What documentation practices can help reduce allegations of a failure to diagnose? Get answers to common questions about screening for breast and colorectal cancer...


Who is Responsible for Follow Up?

A mismanaged referral is a contributing factor in 13% of CRICO ambulatory cases alleging a missed or delayed diagnosis. Read a case and assess your practice. Are you safe?

Latest News from CRICO

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    A new report by CRICO and Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence provides the first national estimate of permanent morbidity and mortality resulting from diagnostic errors across all clinical settings. The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) works to raise awareness of the burden of diagnostic error as a major public health issue and calls for collaboration and policy action on the issue.

    Burden of Serious Harms from Diagnostic Error in the USA

    New analysis of national data by a multidisciplinary research team from the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence and CRICO, found that across all clinical settings, an estimated 795,000 Americans die or are permanently disabled by diagnostic error each year.
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