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The Association between Health Care Risk Management Staffing Arrangements and Organizational Performance


In 2009, the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) fielded a survey to gather basic information about current staffing models and practices in health care risk management. By linking this information to measures of organizational performance, HRET is exploring whether certain risk management staffing arrangements are associated with higher performance.


The purpose of this project is to provide ASHRM and their members with useful information regarding the link between hospitals' health care risk management staffing arrangements and organizational performance, and to the extent possible, offer guidance on optimal staffing models. At the conclusion of this project, we will be able to describe:

  • The healthcare risk management staffing arrangements at top performing hospitals and how they compare to other hospitals.
  • Whether and how measures of organizational performance vary across hospitals with different risk management staffing arrangements.

The table below shows items to be investigated in the analysis

Risk Management Staffing Arrangements

Measures of Organizational Performance

Size of Risk Management Staff

Number of Claims and Lawsuits

Levels of Professional Staff

Patient Mortality

Primary Functions of Risk Management Staff


Reporting Relationship to the CEO

Patient Satisfaction

Various Combinations of the Arrangements Above

Financial Margins

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