Chicago — Recently, CNA insurance companies issued a client bulletin to provide healthcare managers with risk management guidance on responding to serious medical errors or so-called “never events” because they never should have happened, according to the Chicago-based insurer.

Also known as “hospital-acquired conditions” and “serious reportable events,” these medical errors are the subject of recently issued policy statements from the federal government, healthcare and consumer groups and private insurers. Among the issues addressed in these policy statements is the need for no-charge policies, whereby fees are waived when a never event occurs.

The CNA bulletin reviews the position taken in some of the recently issued policy statements. It also provides guidelines for healthcare organizations to review their error—response policies and procedures as part of a sound, enterprisewide risk management strategy.

Source: Business Wire

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