Category Archives: Health Care

Scariest Risks of 2014

Scariest risks 2014

As risk advisors, WillisWire bloggers tend to think less of ghouls and goblins during the Halloween season than of the frightening real risks our clients face. This year they faced more than their share of new ones, with ISIS, Ukraine, … Continue reading →

Ebola Reveals Weaknesses in Provider Preparedness

quarantine travel

The world is in the midst of an officially declared public health emergency with the Ebola outbreak. Unfortunately the world has also discovered that—though we (health care) train and educate and write detailed disaster response plans—to date there have been … Continue reading →

Health Care Professional Liability: New Data

stethoscope charts

Earlier this month at the Willis Health Care Practice’s Annual Forum, representatives from three of the leading malpractice claims databases in the industry shared what their data is telling them. The overlap was striking. Continue reading →

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 →