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  • Bill Yurek
  • Avreco-RPS, Chicago

As reinsurance brokers, we spend much of our time discussing the travails of severe obstetric complications. We have witnessed how CRICO’s measurement and analysis of obstetrical medical malpractice incidents empower their ability to engage its insured practitioners in structured interventions to improve practice. As a result, we’ve seen CRICO’s obstetrical case rate decline. CRICO’s approach has greatly improved patient safety, and as a result has lowered the risk of medical malpractice.

  • Tejal Gandhi, MD
  • President NPSF

In the past, patient safety efforts have focused on inpatient areas, such as the operating room. Now,
however, medical procedures are frequently performed in settings outside of the hospital, such as procedural areas and office settings, with an increasing number of adverse events being identified.
These are significant procedures for patients, and we need to translate the lessons learned in hospital
safety to these other settings of care to ensure that procedures are performed as safely as possible.

Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS) Reports

In-depth evaluation of current trends in clinical risk.


Annual Comparative Benchmarking Reports

Description shortcuts: Routine Medical ProceduresEmergency 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 300,000 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, either electronically (PDF) or in hard copy (paper) format via mail. 


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. When a minor procedure, performed hundreds of times without incident, goes awry, we wonder “why this time?” What was different and what didn’t we anticipate or prevent that we normally do? 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.




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.

Note: The PDF is delivered with an alternate link to a Zmags version of the ED Report, which allows you to virtually “flip” pages like an ebook. 




2010: Malpractice Risks in Obstetrics

An analysis of 800 obstetrical medical malpractice cases from varied practice settings that focuses on the three
most prevalent areas of obstetrical risk:

  1. management of pregnancy,
  2. prolonged second stage labor, and
  3. operative vaginal deliveries. 
Malpractice Risks in Obstetrics also highlights examples of Strategies’ partners using CBS data to gain insight and implement solutions to enhance the safety of care delivered in their organizations.





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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