Peer Review Studies


CBS data is an industry leading MPL data set that is frequently referenced in peer-review studies, industry publications, and the news.

CRICO Strategies national Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS) data are cited by researchers in national publications and used by our CBS members—commercial and captive insurers, hospitals, health care organizations—to identify clinical risks, benchmark against peers, and prioritize patient safety efforts.

American Journal of Gastroenterology | Sep 2020

Do Nontechnical Skills Affect Legal Outcomes After Endoscopic Perforations?

Researchers analyzed malpractice claims from CRICO Strategies Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS) to determine the association of technical and nontechnical skills of endoscopists with indemnity payments to patients after endoscopic perforations. Read more>

Journal of Patient Safety | March 2020

Evidence That Nurses Need to Participate in Diagnosis

Lessons From Malpractice Claims

Researchers analyzed data in the Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS) in order to better understand the contributing factors in diagnosis-related and failure-to-monitor malpractice claims in which nurses are named the primary responsible party. With this understanding, researchers describe actions healthcare leaders can take to enhance the role of nurses in diagnosis. Read more >

Journal of Healthcare Risk Management | Nov 2019

Harnessing the Power of Medical Malpractice Data to Improve Patient Care

This case study describes how one organization, UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester, Massachusetts, harnesses its deeply coded medical malpractice data and benchmarks its performance against national peers to catalyze clinical improvements. Read more >

Anesthesia & Analgesia | July 2019

Considerations to Reduce Medicolegal Claims in Interventional Pain Procedures

Editorial on a study that uses CRICO Strategies Comparative Benchmarking Data (CBS) states, “Based on data from the article, several valuable insights can be made.” Read more >

A Contemporary Medicolegal Analysis of Outpatient Interventional Pain Procedures

Closed malpractice claim studies allow a review of rare but often severe complications, yielding useful insight into improving patient safety and decreasing practitioner liability. Read more >

Diagnosis | July 2019

Serious Misdiagnosis-related Harms in Malpractice Claims: the "Big Three" - Vascular events, Infections, and Cancers

New research conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and CRICO finds one in three malpractice cases with serious patient harm is due to misdiagnosis. Read more >

Journal of Patient Safety | June 2019

Electronic Health Record–Related Events in Medical Malpractice Claims

Analysis of a CRICO medical malpractice claims study of cases involving health IT. Read more >

International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics | March 2019

Medical Malpractice Analysis in Radiation Oncology: A Decade of Results From a National Comparative Benchmarking System

Researchers used the CRICO Strategies’ national database of medical liability claims, Comparative Benchmarking System, to analyze the issue of medical errors in radiation oncology (RO). The closed RO cases reviewed ranged from years 2005 to 2014. Read more>

Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing | Jan/Feb 2019

Nurses Are Key in Preventing Deadly Diagnostic Errors in Cardiovascular Diseases

Cardiovascular nurses have tremendous potential to reduce unnecessary cardiovascular deaths from misdiagnoses and lead efforts to address diagnostic errors in both independent and collaborative practices. Read more>

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Medical malpractice devastates individuals and exposes weaknesses…and it is uncomfortable to talk about. But discussing and analyzing malpractice cases is essential to bringing about the changes necessary to prevent similar injuries. Indeed, the human tragedy of malpractice cases drives our mission to turn that data into credible evidence: what failed, why, and changes in vulnerabilities over time.


Michael Paskavitz Vice President, CRICO Strategies