Long term care liability loss rates and claim severity have reached an eight-year high and are expected to grow steadily in 2013 against a backdrop of health care provider budget constraints and uncertainty about health care reform, according to Aon Risk Solutions, the global risk management business of Aon plc. This analysis is reflected in the 2012 Long Term Care General Liability and Professional Liability Actuarial Analysis from Aon Global Risk Consulting and published in partnership with the American Health Care Association.
Since 2005, the annual loss rate (liability costs relative to occupied long term care beds) has grown from $1,040 to a projected $1,480 in 2012 and is expected to increase again in 2013 to $1,540, according to the report based on 19,500 individual claims from long term care facilities. Claim severity (claim size) also has grown from a low of $109,000 per claim in 2005 to a projected $168,000 per claim in 2012 and $175,000 in 2013. Claim severity and loss rates have been growing consistently since 2009 at a rate of 4 percent annually, even though claim frequency has been stable since 2008.
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