< meta name="DC.Date.Valid.End" content="20050825"> Amendment Nine: Claims Decreasing - Aon Study

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Claims Decreasing - Aon Study

According to Aon and the American Society for Healthcare risk, med mal claims next year will decrease by around a 1% while average claim size will increase around 7.5% (the double edged sword of lower volume).
According to the Journal, the estimated decrease in malpractice claims is "encouraging for medical professionals, who have been waging a high-profile battle against the high cost of malpractice insurance for years,"
Well sure. Fewer claims, less to worry about. But here's the part everyone forgets about lower claim totals...
[the study is also] promising for patients, since it could suggest that hospitals are improving the quality of certain high-risk practice area," such as emergency department care and obstetrics.
A summary of the study can be found here.