The Growing Risk of Wound Care Negligence for Home Health Providers

Posted Monday, June 6, 2022

Wound care services are becoming more prevalent in the home health care world, and the risk of being liable for negligence has become greater for providers.

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and changing demographics — among other reasons — have made wound care front and center among home health care providers of late. Many providers may not be completely attuned to this aspect.

“Wound care is the second most common lawsuit after a wrongful death — so that litigation is not going away.” Amy Cassata, vice president of clinical success at Swift Medical, told Home Health Care News. “The average settlement for a pressure injury malpractice lawsuit is about $250,000. About 33% of all malpractice claims are from failure to diagnose, and 87% of those are in favor of the plaintiff.”

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