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'Never Events' Responsible for One Out of Six Med Mal Liability Claims, Says Aon
Date:9/29/2008

Four recognized categories of hospital-acquired conditions make up 12.2

percent of total medical professional liability costs

CHICAGO, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hospital-acquired infections, hospital-acquired injuries, objects left in surgery and pressure ulcers account for one out of every six claims, according to the 2008 Hospital Professional Liability and Physician Liability Benchmark Analysis, released today by leading risk management services provider Aon Corporation (NYSE: AOC) in conjunction with the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.

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As of October 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will cease reimbursement for ten specific hospital-acquired conditions -- often referred to as 'never events,' several of which are included in the four categories mentioned above.

"The increased awareness surrounding these non-reimbursable conditions may cause a rise in the frequency of related hospital professional liability claims, not to mention other hospital-acquired conditions not currently addressed by CMS regulations," said Greg Larcher, director and actuary of Aon Global Risk Consulting and author of the analysis. "This study marks the first time these conditions have been benchmarked, and provides a baseline moving forward for this essential piece of the liability picture."

Roberta Carroll, senior vice president of Aon Healthcare, said, "As health care facilities identify areas in need of attention and implement strategies and solutions to improve their current practices, patient safety will improve and the institu
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