Medical liability claims against hospitals increased in 2009 for the first time in a decade and are expected to continue rising, according to a study conducted by insurance company Aon Corp. with the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.
Hospitals see rise medical liability claims: study
More than 100 organizations representing about 1,500 facilities contributed data for the analysis, which looks at the frequency, severity and costs of claims, according to a news release. The study attributes the rise in the number of claims to the bad economy and new CMS rules regarding “never events.” About a quarter of claims and liability costs were associated with hospital-acquired infections and injuries, medication errors, objects left in surgical sites and pressure ulcers.
The study—the 10th iteration of the Hospital Professional Liability and Physician Liability Benchmark Analysis—predicts that hospitals should expect liability costs per occupied bed to increase 5%, to $3,170.
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