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Frequency of Hospital Professional Liability Claims Increasing After Years of Declines, Says Aon and ASHRM Study
Date:10/20/2009

CHICAGO, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- After a decade marked by decreases in Hospital Professional Liability claims, the frequency of claims is on the rise and is expected to continue increasing at a one percent annual rate, according to a study released today by Aon Corporation in conjunction with the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.

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The tenth annual Hospital Professional Liability and Physician Liability Benchmark Analysis examines trends in frequency, severity and overall loss costs related to hospital and physician professional liability. More than 100 health care organizations representing over 1,500 facilities ranging from small community hospitals to large multi-state health care systems provided loss and exposure data for the study.

The study attributes the rise in claims to the downturn in the U.S. economy, changes to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rules regarding so called "never-events" or events that should never happen in a hospital and changes in public sympathy toward health
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