Boston, MA—The American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) has granted the ASHRM Writing Excellence Award to the journal article, “Harnessing the Power of Medical Malpractice Data to Improve Patient Care,” by authors from CRICO Strategies and UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc. The article was published in ASHRM’s Journal of Healthcare Risk Management Volume 39, Number 3 which was released in Q1 2020.

The ASHRM Writing in Excellence Award was established in 1991 to recognize journal articles with exceptional technical merit and practical value. The 2020 review included 11 articles from Q4 2019, Q1 2020, and Q2 2020, and were scored by ASHRM’s Editorial Review Board.

Study authors include Dana Siegal, RN, CPHRM, CPPS and John Swift, MBA of CRICO Strategies and Janell Forget, RN, BSN, JD and Tim Slowick, MBA of UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc.

UMass’ story offers a tangible, repeatable example of how health systems can use their medical malpractice data—and national comparative data—to improve patient care,” said Michael Paskavitz, Vice President of CRICO Strategies. “UMass has invested in leveraging its medical malpractice data and, more importantly, sharing the learnings from the data across its institution. The return on this investment is borne out of its ability to reduce future medical malpractice claims, as described in the article.”

The article describes how, 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. This strategy has proven successful in yielding positive change in such areas as ED ultrasound coverage, obstetrics communication, and airway management training. UMass Memorial’s ability to embed claims data use into its culture and to share learning across clinical services offers lessons for health care organizations of any size.

The article is available in the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management (open access until Oct. 31, 2020). A webinar is available that shares key takeaways from the article and is available to all.

The Writing Excellence Award winners will be recognized during the ASHRM 2020 40th
Anniversary Conference, an online-only virtual event to be held October 12-14, 2020.

About CRICO Strategies (now Candello)

CRICO Strategies is a division of The Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions Incorporated, a CRICO company. CRICO Strategies mission is to unite the medical and insurance communities into a single voice with reliable and actionable data as our shared language. Partnering with national organizations,CRICO Strategies works to strengthen their ability to reduce medical malpractice risks with powerful analytics derived from its Comparative Benchmarking System (CBS).CBS reflects the medical professional liability experience of more than 550 hospitals and health care entities and 190,000 physicians from commercial and captive insurers nationwide.


The American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM) ( is a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA) with nearly 6,000 members representing risk management, patient safety, insurance, law, finance and other related professions. ASHRM promotes effective and innovative risk management strategies and professional leadership through education, recognition, advocacy, publications, networking and interactions with leading health care organizations and government agencies.

Media Contact:
Mike Paskavitz
CRICO Strategies

You might also be interested in the recording of the webinar based on the original journal article.

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