By Robert Hanscom, JD; Maryann Small, MBA; Ann Fiala, RN, BSN, CPHRM, CHC, CHPC; Patricia Bennett, RN, CPC; Barbara Ricci, BS, AIC

This white paper is part of our A Dose of Insight® series.

Healthcare in the United States is incredibly complex and fragmented. Patients are often assessed, treated, and monitored by multiple clinicians in multiple facilities which can result in a rushed and complicated episode of care that includes many players and interactions.

Coverys claims data shows that while care transitions—in and of themselves—are not a major primary allegation in malpractice claims, they are more likely to result in indemnity payments and significant patient harm than many other types of events that trigger claims. And because U.S. healthcare often involves care transitions, it stands to reason that many malpractice claims that allege other primary causes (e.g., medication, diagnostic, or surgical error) might also have a component of risk related to one or more care transitions.

Our goal in sharing this report is to provide clinicians and other healthcare professionals with fresh perspectives, data-driven insights, and more effective strategies to meet the needs of the patients whose care begins, ends, or transitions through their purview. Full report

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