Can you avoid a malpractice suit?


While it is impossible to guarantee an avoidance of malpractice suits, Stanford Hospital has developed a program that has significantly reduced its malpractice suits.

We can help your practice stay on top of the latest healthcare news, rules, regulations and trends.  Subscribe to stay current and up to date on important matters that will impact your practice.  (To subscribe to our blog ).

Stanford’s program is called Pearl (Process for Early Assessment, Resolution and Learning).

Pearl is a model that encourages more communication and resolutions with patients to avoid litigation when things go wrong.

A resolution under Pearl can include an apology, an explanation, a waiver of the medical bill and a monetary settlement for pain a suffering.

Does this method of settlement reduce costs?

It has at Stanford.

From 2009 – 2014, the frequency of lawsuits at Stanford was 50% less and indemnity costs in paid cases were 40% lower than from 2003 to 2008.

Similar programs are being developed and implemented at other hospitals nation-wide. They require more transparency about risk and complications or problems.

In the past, hospitals were hesitant to make financial offers and physicians were reluctant to admit errors for fear of their own liability.

After many hospitals have encountered backlash about not being transparent, they are more receptive to programs like Pearl.

We help our clients manage their risks and deal with problems before they result in litigation.

In our next blog post, we will keep you informed of related issues.  To get this important information delivered directly to your mail box, 

Do you need help staying current and compliant with the latest laws, rules and regulations?  We can help. To contact us about your practice’s risk assessment, malpractice issues, adverse effects, or about your other legal needs:  CLICK HERE.

P.S. If you or your patients are interested in consumer healthcare issues, check out

Related Posts


Recent Posts

Getting Remarried? Here’s What You Need to Know
March 21, 2024
What is the Biggest Threat to Healthcare?
January 30, 2024
How Can I Simplify Estate Planning?
January 11, 2024
I Have a Trust. Now What?
December 7, 2023
Breaking: Corewell Health Breach
December 5, 2023


Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Subscribe and get your FREE copy of Easy Guide to HIPAA Risk Assessments

An essential tool for all healthcare providers, Easy Guide to HIPAA Risk Assessments breaks down the requirements of HIPAA so you can successfully complete your required risk assessment. (an $8.99 value)

Thank you for subscribing to the Rickard & Associates healthcare blog. You'll receive a confirmation email shortly. After verifying your subscription request, you'll be sent to the "Easy Guide to HIPAA Risk Assessments" download page.