Though claims against hospitals declined for a good part of the last decade, a new analysis from Aon Risk Solutions concludes that the frequency of claims against hospitals is on the way up.
“Keep an eye on your own data; look at your benchmarks,” advised Erik Johnson, leader of Aon’s health care practice and author of the analysis, “Hospital Professional Liability and Physician Liability Benchmark Analysis.”
Mr. Johnson said that tort reform, a focus on patient safety and technology, and overall sympathy toward health care providers drove the drop in frequency, which took some time to realize because of the long-tail nature of the claims.
“Now there has been no new tort reform and existing reforms have eroded,” Mr. Johnson observed.
The story had some data, so I made a chart: