Hospitals in Kentucky can take a few lessons on avoiding medical errors and lawsuits arising as a result of these errors from the University of Michigan Health System. According to an analysis of the performance of the University of Michigan Health System, it has done an excellent job of responding to medical errors,reducing the risk of medical errors in the future, and dealing with patient injuries that result as a consequence of those errors.
The Michigan Model is based on an approach of “disclose, apologize and offer”, and can improve access to compensation, enhance patient safety and promote transparency. So successful has the system been that the “Michigan Model “is being recommended as a model for hospitals and medical staff across the country. The system that is currently being used across the University of Michigan Health System is not based on rocket science. It contains a number of points that any medical malpractice attorney would be perfectly familiar with.
A new study analyzed the success of this model in preventing medical malpractice lawsuits, and found that:
- The hospitals compensate patients fairly and quickly when there’s an injury as a result of medical errors.
- Lessons are learnt from injuries, so future injuries can be avoided.
- Hospitals support clinical staff when there is evidence to show that the care that was delivered was reasonable.
As a result of the use of these techniques, the number of medical malpractice claims filed against the Health System has dropped. There has also been a decline in liability costs. New claims as well as potential claims are being resolved at a much faster speed, and hospital officials are managing to avoid medical malpractice litigation.