Financial implications of medical error disclosure

This evaluation of University of Michigan Health System’s liability claims and cost before and after they implemented a program of full disclosure of medical errors (with patient compensation). They found decreases in the rate of liability claims and decreases in the costs (of total liability, patient compensation, and other legal costs). Not only is full medical error disclosure the appropriate thing to do, it may also be financially advantageous (abstract).

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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