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    Structured Patient Handoffs Can Help Avoid Malpractice Cases

    by Alison Anderson | 04/12/2022

    Using Candello data, researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital have demonstrated a link between patient handoff failures and malpractice cases. Further, they showed that, among cases involving a communication error, 77 percent of them could have been prevented by use of a structured handoff.

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    2022 CRICO Grant Recipients

    by Jeff Timperi, CRICO | 04/11/2022

    More than 57 CRICO-insured researchers will be principal investigators of projects being funded by CRICO in 2022. At the forefront of topics being studied are telemedicine, health care equity, and emergency medicine interventions.

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    Criminal Prosecution of Health Care Providers Rare

    by Beth Cushing, Senior Vice President, Claims | 03/30/2022

    Criminal prosecution of health care providers for conduct undertaken in the scope of their professions is exceedingly rare in Massachusetts, and, indeed, in the United States. This post represents CRICO's response to a recently publicized case out of Tennessee that is raising concerns about this risk.

     

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    2000 Days

    by Melissa A. DeMayo, MSN, RN, LNC | 02/08/2022

    In 2013, the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center Post-Anesthesia Care Unit saw an increase in safety event reporting related to lab specimen labeling errors. As a result of their response, they recently marked 2000 days without this same error.

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    The Power of Collaboration to Advance Patient Safety

    by Mark E. Reynolds | 12/23/2021

    One of CRICO’s unique values as a captive insurance program is our ability to convene decision-makers from across the Harvard medical community whose positions enable them to improve the practice of medicine on a systemic level.

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    Patient Safety and “Off-hours” Clinical Care

    by Adam Schaffer, MD, MPH | 11/30/2021

    Practicing as a hospitalist at a large academic medical center, I recognize that one of the (many) ways in which I am fortunate is that I have access to on-site specialists any time, day or night.

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    Back To Court after COVID: Malpractice Cases Take a Back Seat

    by Tom Augello | 09/30/2021

    A lingering pandemic and the powerful need to re-open courtrooms are bumping up against each other at the start of Autumn 2021. After a further opening and lifting of most restrictions during the summer, where do things stand? CRICO caught up with one of the top defense attorneys in Boston’s medmal world for an interview on our “Safety Net” podcast.

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    Safety Salute: Brigham and Women’s Hospitalist Recognized for Inter-hospital Transfer Research

    by Reed Stiller, Jeff Timperi | 08/14/2021

    The transfer of patients between acute care hospitals (known as inter-hospital transfer, or IHT) occurs regularly: over 100,000 hospitalized Medicare patients undergo IHT yearly, with greater frequency among patients who require specialized care. While often necessary, IHT practices vary and can expose patients to gaps in the continuity of care – which can lead to poor and/or incomplete communication regarding care of the patient during transfer.

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    Tracking the Experience of Residency Leaders

    by Missy Padoll | 06/28/2021

    For the past year, residency leaders across the nation have faced the extraordinary experience of coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Several of them took the opportunity to document their experiences, challenges, and lessons learned. As we launch the new academic year, it seems fitting to revisit these experiences and invite others to contribute their own reflections.

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    Addressing Race-based Algorithms in Medical Care

    by Marcus Boggis | 05/27/2021

    As a bi-racial person, this article in Becker’s Health IT really resonated with me. The article raises important issues of how race is addressed in medical care through the use of algorithms. These algorithms factor race into medical decisions, however they tend to look at race as a social factor rather a biological one.

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