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Adoption of EHRs Could Boost Costs for Medical Liability Insurance

Hospitals and physician practices that implement electronic health records could see their costs increase for medical liability insurance, at least over the short term, according to a recent report from Conning Research and Consulting, NextGov’s “Health IT Update” reports. The report notes that underwriters for medical liability insurance are concerned that software failures and medical coding errors could occur more frequently during the early stages of EHR implementation, which could lead to an increase in medical liability claims.