Patient Safety Programs Pay Off for Healthcare Workers

John Commins, December 4, 2012

The patient safety movement has made the healthcare workplace safer for employees too, a risk analysis suggests.

"We think the intense emphasis on patient safety has a direct implication on worker safety," Martha Bronson Posey, senior consultant and actuary with the Actuarial & Analytics group within Aon Global Risk Consulting. "The patient and worker safety programs share a lot of the same characteristics. So if your environment is safer for your patients it is inherently safer for your workers."

Aon projects that healthcare systems across the nation will experience an annual loss rate of $.79 per $100 of payroll in 2013, which continues the stability that has been in place since 2008. That loss rates will continue to increase at a 1% annual rate.

The findings are detailed in Aon's Health Care Workers' Compensation Barometer report, representing workers' compensation exposures from more than 1,000 healthcare facilities across the nation.

John Commins

John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders Media.

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