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OMS Gaurdian Second Quarter 2018

 

A Risk Management Newsletter from OMSNIC

Feature Article - Reducing the Incidence of Failure to Diagnose Claims: Colin Bell, DDS, MSD - Patient Safety and Risk Management Committee Member

"OMSNIC closed claims data over the past 10 year period reveals that less than 5% of claims and indemnity payments are classified as “failure to diagnose.” Most significant among these claims includes failure to diagnose oral malignant disease, primarily squamous cell carcinoma, as well as infections, osteomyelitis, and fractures. Although these claims represent a small percentage of claims reported to OMSNIC, legitimate failure to diagnose malignant disease matters may result in dire consequences for patients and sizeable costs to adjudicate such claims".

 

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