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Malpractice Claims Drop 39% Under Perinatal Safety Initiative
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Obstetric units have dramatically decreased adverse events that harm women in labor and their newborns—and the costly malpractice claims that sometimes follow—by consistently using three sets of process bundles, a 14-hospital collaboration has found after studying outcomes in 145,000 births. “The hospitals that decided to do this work together realized that perinatal harm drives up 50% of the liability expense for many hospitals,” said Susan DeVore, President and CEO of Premier, a 2,700-hospital healthcare alliance that set up the collaboration in 2008 based in part on its previous work with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Ascension Health.