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Securing Medical Professional Liability Insurance Coverage

Tips for Doctors Looking for Malpractice Insurance

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA, CMP™

[Publisher-in-Chief]

dem2The following are buying tips for healthcare professionals who are shopping for medical professional liability insurance coverage:

** Shop well in advance of your renewal or expiration date. Your agent should have all of the necessary information to the insurer at least six to eight weeks before your coverage expires.  See below for more tips and  the type of information your agent will need.

** If you do not know an agent who can place your coverage, the Bureau of Insurance has a list of agencies that are licensed and appointed with at least one of the insurers on the Bureau’s list of “Insurers Writing New Business for Physicians and Surgeons.”

  • Contact one or two agents and be sure to ask each agent which insurer will be contacted for a quote. Ask the agent if an application will also be submitted to a surplus lines broker.  If so, ask for the name of the surplus lines broker and ask which surplus lines insurers will be contacted.  Provide this information to the other agent to avoid multiple applications being submitted to one insurer from different agents.  If the application is being submitted to a surplus lines broker, be sure to ask the agent for information on the coverage provided and specifically request information on exclusions.
  • If the agent recommends coverage through an unlicensed company (such as a surplus lines insurer or a risk retention group), be aware that, in the case of insolvency, the insured will not have coverage through the [State] Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association.  However, if the healthcare professional has had several claims or an open claim, they may only be able to obtain coverage through a company not licensed in their state.
  • Ask the agent for information on the financial rating of the company and if the surplus lines insurer has its own guaranty fund.  Also, if shopping, the medical professional should feel free to check with the Insurance Bureau of their respective state to see if the company and agent are licensed or authorized to do business.
  • The agent should fully understand the healthcare professional’s business.  If incorporated, ask the agent what coverage is needed to protect the corporation as well as any individual doctors.
  • Ask the agent about the availability of “tail coverage” or if the new insurer will provide coverage for “prior acts.”  If coverage is offered with two insurers, ask the agent what each insurer charges for “tail coverage.”  This information may help in deciding which insurer has the most competitive price.
  • Complete the application for coverage in its entirety.  Don’t omit any information and be sure to provide as much detail as possible, especially about prior claims.  Many insurance companies want 10 years of information.  They may also request information about any risk management practices and procedures.
  • Discuss deductible options with your agent.  These may help lower your premium.
  • Find out if the insurance company offers any risk management or loss prevention programs.  Such programs may lower the premium and help reduce exposure to losses.

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The author has been an expert medical witness in both state and federal court. He is a former licensed insurance agent and certified financial planner, advisor and consultant.

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And so, your thoughts and comments on this Medical Executive-Post are appreciated. Have you ever considered a more modern liability coverage method, such as an RRG, etc?

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