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Hospital liability claims on rise, analysis says
Modern Healthcare

Liability claims against hospitals have entered a period of modest growth in frequency and severity, according to a new analysis by Aon Risk Solutions. U.S. hospitals are expected to face 44,000 claims involving incidents in 2009, representing the third year the frequency has grown by 1% after falling from 2000 to 2006. The report estimates frequency of claims—expressed as a percentage per hospital bed—to be 1.95% for 2009, compared with 1.93% for 2008 and 1.88% for 2007.