A Dose of Insight — Maternal/Fetal Risks: Using Claims Analysis to Improve Outcomes

White Paper
by Robert Hanscom, JD; Maryann Small, MBA; Kim Hoppe, RN, LNC, CPHRM; Marlene Icenhower, BSN, JD, CPHRM

This white paper belongs to our series A Dose of Insight®.

Each year in the United States, there are nearly 4 million births, and every birth has a story. This special report is the story of what can go wrong — the real data about maternal/fetal risk, why poor outcomes related to childbirth trigger malpractice claims, and what can be done to improve outcomes and reduce liability.

Read the white paper


COPYRIGHTED
No legal or medical advice intended. This post includes general risk management guidelines. Such materials are for informational purposes only and may not reflect the most current legal or medical developments. These informational materials are not intended, and must not be taken, as legal or medical advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. 

Related Resources:

Red Signal Report — Primary Care

Report
This report provides a unique perspective on the challenges primary care physicians deal with every day. It demonstrates how important risk management focus areas overlap with patient safety metrics (e.g. MACRA and MIPS) and provides risk recommendations that align with quality measures.  Read More »

Behavioral Health Risks in Surgical Environments

Blog - 10/23/2018
Learn how to manage behavioral health issues in surgical environments and some nuances to consider for the surgical process. Read More »

Managing Behavioral Health Risks in the Emergency Department

Blog - 10/15/2018
Psychiatric admissions in EDs have reached an all-time high as the number of beds available for psychiatric inpatient services has dwindled due to changes in reimbursement for these services and other funding cutbacks. Learn how EDs can maximize safety and minimize exposures. Read More »

Red Signal Report — Radiology

Report
This Red Signal Radiology Report reviews five years of Coverys’ closed claims data, highlighting signals of safety vulnerability within radiology practices as well as evidence-based recommendations. Read More »

The ASC Risk Management Best Practices Checklist

7/25/2018
While ASCs have gained popularity as a convenient and cost-effective alternative to hospital admission, they have seen a gradual increase in medical professional liability claims. Is your organization prepared to identify and mitigate potential risks? Use the checklist to assess your level of preparedness. Read More »

A Dose of Insight — Diagnostic Accuracy: Room for Improvement

Report - 3/13/2018
This special report provides insight into the root causes of diagnosis-related claims based on an analysis of 10,618 closed medical professional liability claims at Coverys across a five-year period (2013-2017). Read More »

Seven Common Electronic Health Record Mistakes

Article - 1/10/2018
Improper use of electronic medical records may create a challenge in defending a healthcare provider’s treatment due to a perceived carelessness in documentation. Learn about seven common mistakes and how to avoid them. Read More »

A Dose of Insight — A Data-Driven Review of the State of Medication-related Errors & Liability in American Healthcare

Report - 9/20/2017
This special report provides insight into the root causes of diagnosis-related claims based on an analysis of 10,618 closed medical professional liability claims at Coverys across a five-year period (2013-2017). Read More »

Surgical Claims Data: Inpatient/Outpatient Comparison

Blog - 5/26/2017
Key insights into the risks of inpatient vs. outpatient surgery from Coverys claims data. Read More »

Mitigating Surgical Risks in the Outpatient Setting

Blog - 5/26/2017
Tips to mitigate surgical risks in the outpatient setting, based on Coverys claims data. Read More »

Preventing Infection in the Outpatient Setting

Article - 5/22/2017
Many services traditionally provided in acute care and inpatient settings have moved to outpatient settings, such as surgery centers and physician offices. This article provides insight into what healthcare providers can do to prevent infection and improve patient safety in the outpatient setting. Read More »

Pediatric Lead Testing

Article - 4/4/2017
Tips to help healthcare providers enhance their pediatric lead screening and testing protocols. Read More »

Testing & Screening Tips for Pediatric Lead Poisoning

Blog - 4/4/2017
Lead toxicity among children in the United States has been a public health issue for decades and statistics show the problem is widespread. This article provides tips top help healthcare providers improve their lead screening and testing protocols. Read More »

Fragmented Intelligence Breeds Fragmented Care

News - 3/1/2017
Article highlights the importance of data analytics in uncovering the root causes of medical malpractice claims. Read More »

Medication Errors: The Risks We Must Reduce

Blog - 2/14/2017
A root-cause analysis of 11,000 medication-related claims reveals top areas of concern. Read More »

Legal Concerns Regarding Medical Record Alteration

Article - 12/19/2016
An actual case study is used to illustrate how altering electronic medical records after the fact can damage the defensibility of a malpractice lawsuit. Read More »

Medical Assistant Scope of Practice

Article - 12/5/2016
To help ensure medical assistants are used safely and effectively in your office or organization you must clearly define their scope of practice. This article provides tips on how to do so. Read More »

Pros and Cons of Dispensing Medication Samples

Article - 11/21/2016
Outlines the pros and cons of dispensing medication samples and steps you can take to help ensure patient safety. Read More »

Preventing Healthcare Worker Fatigue

Article - 11/7/2016
Extended work hours bring up concerns of worker fatigue and its effects on patient safety. Learn strategies to help prevent worker fatigue and mitigate risk. Read More »

How to Recognize and Respond to Zika

Blog - 9/2/2016
Tips to help physicians and healthcare providers recognize and respond to the Zika virus. Read More »

Communicating With Patients About Zika

Blog - 9/2/2016
How and what to communicate to patients regarding the Zika virus. Read More »

Reducing Zika Risk for Healthcare Providers

Blog - 9/2/2016
Identify and reduce risks to physicians and healthcare workers who treat patients with the Zika virus. Read More »

Addressing Patient Non-Compliance

Article - 8/18/2016
This article evaluates an actual non-compliance case study to illustrate why patients fail to follow treatment plans and how physicians and healthcare providers can work to promote compliance, improve patient safety, and reduce malpractice risk. Read More »

Exploring the Benefits of Root-Cause Analysis of Medical Professional Liability Claims

Article - 8/18/2016
The analysis of medical professional liability (MPL) data can offer a unique lens into a number of perspectives that are important to physicians and health systems. Most notably, it can provide intelligence to make the delivery of healthcare safer and ultimately reduce malpractice exposure for physicians and hospitals. Read More »