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In-depth evaluation of current trends in clinical risk.

Annual Comparative Benchmarking System Reports

The Power to Predict | Medical Malpractice in America | Medication Errors | Communication Failures | Diagnostic Process | Routine Medical Procedures | Emergency Medicine | Obstetrics | Surgery

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. Inclusion in this database provides an invaluable resource to organizations seeking to further contextualize their claims experience by comparison with their peers.

Our Benchmarking Reports are available, free of charge, electronically (PDF) or in hard copy format via conferences and occasional mailings. Click any of the buttons to select one or more of these reports in your email.


2020: The Power to Predict: Leveraging Medical Malpractice Data to Reduce Patient Harm and Financial Loss

This study delves deeply into processes clinicians struggle with that contribute to adverse events and can lead to malpractice claims. By understanding the common drivers—or contributing factors—of these claims, hospital leaders and clinical teams can proactively address them with confidence.


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2018: Medical Malpractice in America: a 10-Year Assessment and Insights

Analyzing medical malpractice cases is essential to bringing about the changes necessary to prevent similar injuries. This report, covering 2007–2016, analyzes events that affected 124,000 patients, their families, and the health care providers involved: what failed, why, and changes in vulnerabilities over time. To understand the human and financial costs of medical malpractice—and to identify specific opportunities for protecting assets and improving patient safety—read this report.


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2016: Medication-related Malpractice Risks

Medication-related errors are common, can cause high-severity injury, and can be costly. Many organizations have made reducing these errors top priority, including the recent news that the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a global effort to halve medication-related errors in five years.


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2015: Malpractice Risks in Communication Failures

This CBS Report looks at 7,149 cases in which facts, figures, or findings got lost between the individuals who had that information and those who needed it. With a special focus on General Medicine, Obstetrics, Nursing, and Surgery, this Report shines light on the who, what, when, and where of miscommunication. Consequently, the data and case examples identify specific opportunities to improve skills and systems to bridge those knowledge gaps and keep everyone involved in a patient’s care promptly and fully informed.


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2014: Malpractice Risks in the Diagnostic Process

This report examines more than 4,700 diagnosis-related malpractice cases that demonstrate the pitfalls that put patients at risk of a missed or significantly delayed diagnosis. Most notably, our analysis pinpoints where in the clinician’s thought process mistakes are most likely to occur.


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2013: Malpractice Risks of Routine Medical Procedures

No adverse event is “routine,” but a significant number of malpractice cases hinge on problems that occurred during the routine course of medical treatment. In our fourth Comparative Benchmarking Report, we identify contributing factors and lessons learned based on analysis of 1,500 cases filed during a five-year span related to errors generated from the most common of medical procedures.


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2011: Malpractice Risks in Emergency Medicine

In our analysis of 1,300 medical malpractice cases involving emergency care, we investigate Emergency Medicine’s most pressing risk: missed and delayed diagnoses. This study explores key vulnerabilities that span the entire process of care and provides innovative examples of organizations using data to address their most significant ED challenges.


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2010: Malpractice Risks in Obstetrics

This analysis of 800 obstetrical medical malpractice cases from varied practice settings that focuses on the three most prevalent areas of obstetrical risk. It also highlights examples of Strategies’ national partners using CBS data to gain insight and implement solutions to enhance the safety of care delivered in their organizations.


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2009: Malpractice Risks in Surgery

This in-depth analysis of 3,000 clinically coded surgical claims and suits, from our Comparative Benchmarking System chronicles vulnerabilities throughout the perioperative process and highlights the leading factors contributing to surgical malpractice claims across specialties and care settings.


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