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Four recognized categories of hospital-acquired conditions, "never events" that have received more attention in recent years, make up 12.2% of total medical professional liability costs, according to the 2008 Hospital Professional Liability and Physician Liability Benchmark Analysis released recently by risk management services provider Aon Corp. and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM), both in Chicago.

'Never events' tied to one of six med-mal claims