Poor communications kills patients, costs hospitals huge sums

Poor communication between physician practices and hospitals carries a steep price: more than 1,700 deaths and some $1.7 billion in costs, according to an analysis of medical malpractice claims filed between 2009 and 2013 by CRICO Strategies. The miscommunication was directly linked to 37 percent of high-severity injuries involving a medical malpractice claim. The study suggested that perusing malpractice claims alone is probably not nearly enough to reveal the entire scale of miscommunications in the healthcare setting and how they can harm patients. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare