Category Archives: Health Care

Checkup Time for Health Care Professionals

viewing brain scans

Change in U.S. health care often seems to be moving at the pace of an ambulance with its lights and sirens on. Fast. We hear a lot these days about the changes that health insurance buyers are facing with Obamacare, … Continue reading →

Scariest Risks of 2013

Scariest Risks

Halloween season always puts us in a dark frame of mind here at WillisWire, reflecting not on ghosts and goblins but on all the scary risks we help our clients prepare for.  This year, 18 of our bloggers submitted the … Continue reading →

Misdiagnosis: The Most Common Source of Malpractice Claims–Persistently

Doctor upset

BMJ recently reported "missed diagnoses were the most common source of malpractice claims." Long an issue, misdiagnosis rates may be about to get worse. Continue reading →

Re-Engineering Your Hospital Risk Management Department for a Post Health Care Reform Era

healthcare reform

In the world of decreasing reimbursements, risk managers of not-for-profit hospitals will have to work diligently to show their value to the organization. Continue reading →

Video: Taking the Offensive Against Defensive Medicine

Paul Greve Interviewed by Colleen McCarthy at RIMS 2013

In a WillisTV interview from the floor of RIMS, I spoke to Colleen McCarthy about the progress many of us hope to see in addressing the problem of defensive medicine—and about the issues created by some of the solutions arising … Continue reading →

Our Scariest Health Care Risks – Escalating Verdicts and Settlements in Pediatric Litigation

Scariest Risks

The scariest and most volatile health care professional liability cases to defend involve severely injured children. Some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the U.S. over the last few years have occurred in non-obstetric pediatric cases. In many instances … Continue reading →

Fees for Intervention…Prevention is Always Better Than Cure

Health & Safety Protocols

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the UK are due this week to introduce a fee for the “intervention cost recovery scheme”, known as Fee for Intervention (FFI). Under the auspice of the Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012, the … Continue reading →

Missouri Supreme Court Strikes Down Malpractice Caps–a Trend?

Money Breaking Thru Ceiling

The Supreme Court of Missouri this month struck down the law that paced a $350,000 cap on malpractice awards as unconstitutional. Missouri now joins Illinois and Georgia as the states that in recent years have overturned past legislative efforts at … Continue reading →

How to Mitigate Obstetrical Risk–And Guard Against a Jumbo Verdict

At the RIMS Conference next week, I will be a panelist in the health care industry session, presenting on patient safety in obstetrics—and I thought I’d share a preview of it with you. Continue reading →

Emerging Health Care Risk of 2012

Hospitals and health care systems of all sizes, from critical access facilities to huge non-profit and for-profit organizations, are struggling to deal with the health care professional liability issues raised by the seeming tidal wave of physicians becoming employed by … Continue reading →