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  • Darrell Ranum, JD
  • The Doctors Company

It’s the leverage that gets the ball rolling. When I take data to physicians, there’s a credibility we’ve never had before. The data are so much more valuable than opinions.

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How Does Your Organization Compare?

Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS)

Data reveals areas for improvement in patient safety. Contribute to the ever-growing national database of malpractice claims.



The ability to access robust, relevant, comparative patient safety data to inform leaders, drive change, and improve safety has never been needed more than it is now. Those seeking this kind of impactful data will be reassured to know that CRICO’s Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS) has been uncovering themes, guiding resource allocation, and improving safety for patients and providers for more than 15 years.

CRICO Strategies’ Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS) is a robust repository of approximately 30 percent of U.S. malpractice cases. This HIPAA-compliant database of unique risk indicators currently holds nearly 400,000 medical malpractice cases from 400 hospitals, including more than 30 academic and teaching hospitals covered by both captive and commercial insurers.  Participants in the CBS database include a growing list of national institutions, such as, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, MMIC Group, Princeton Insurance, The Doctors Company, UCLA, and many community hospitals.

Participation in CBS provides unparalleled opportunities for benchmarking performance with peers from across the country, enabling participants to capture compelling snapshots of where their institution, or group of institutions, may be at higher risk for certain types of preventable outcomes. Aggregated analysis and peer comparisons enable you to proactively identify indicators of risk, sharpen the focus of your patient safety efforts, and develop targeted interventions to address the vulnerabilities that lead to medical error and financial loss in your organization. 

The ability to compare across multiple peer groups, to query by service and allegation, and to be a part of a community of health care organizations driven to learn from their mistakes and committed to preventing them from happening again, is a unique opportunity. CBS provides the necessary launch pad for those of us who strive to make care safer for our patients and who are committed to caring for them. 

Our data can help save lives.