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April 12, 2018

For Immediate Release:

HANYS and MLMIC Collaborate With Aim to Reduce Patient Harm

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) and Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company (MLMIC) are collaborating to conduct an in-depth analysis of claims data.  This effort will explore potential linkages between patient safety protocols, patient health outcomes, and adverse events. 

Averting the consequences of an adverse event for patients and the economic and professional impact for physicians, hospitals, and all other healthcare provider organizations are a high priority for HANYS, our members, and MLMIC, an insurer of many of these practitioners and organizations.

 “We are hopeful that this analysis will provide valuable insight and best practices for providers across New York to improve risk mitigation and patient safety.  Over time, improvements in patient safety could reduce medical malpractice claims and in turn, serve to counter medical malpractice premium inflation,” said HANYS President Bea Grause.

“The shared goals of reducing patient harm, advancing patient safety, and helping New York providers mitigate risk, coupled with the considerable subject matter expertise and robust data capabilities of both organizations, will serve to advance the interests of New York physicians, healthcare facilities, and providers,” said Ms. Grause.

John Lombardo, M.D., President of MLMIC, in commenting on the collaboration, noted that “MLMIC, since its creation, has always believed in risk management by experienced personnel who truly understand the unique New York medical community.  MLMIC can not only improve patient safety but can also assist both physicians and hospitals in their pursuit of quality improvement for all patients.  We look forward to working with our new partner, HANYS, in developing many new and cutting-edge vehicles to accelerate these efforts and achieve these worthwhile goals.”  

The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) is the statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York State, representing hundreds of non-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and other healthcare organizations.

Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company (MLMIC) is the largest writer of medical professional liability insurance in the State of New York and one of the largest companies of its kind in the nation. Across New York State, MLMIC insures nearly 13,000 physicians, 3,000 dentists and dozens of hospitals.