Medical Liability Monitor is a specialty publisher of information for the medical professional liability (medical malpractice) insurance industry. Product offerings include a monthly newsletter reporting on the medical professional liability insurance industry, an annual catalog of medical malpractice insurance base rates and educational webinars.
Published monthly, Medical Liability Monitor is the authoritative source of consistent coverage and fresh perspectives on the medical professional liability (medical malpractice) insurance industry. The monthly publication reports all the critical business happenings as well as political, legal and risk management issues that affect the healthcare industry’s malpractice risk profile. No other source offers the latest information on medical professional liability insurance premium rates and trends, tort reforms, significant jury verdicts and what’s happening with medical malpractice insurers across the nation.
Medical Liability Monitor subscribers include medical professional liability insurance and reinsurance executives, underwriters, producers, risk managers, plaintiff and defense attorneys, hospital administrators, physicians, medical societies, universities and government agencies. Subscribers of note include the American Medical Association, Congressional Budget Office, Medical Professional Liability Association, American Association for Justice, American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and National Library of Medicine.
Founding publisher and editor Carol Golin launched the publication in 1975 at the peak of the United States’ first medical malpractice insurance crisis. Medical malpractice insurance premium rates were escalating precipitously, major medical malpractice insurance companies had withdrawn from certain markets altogether and physicians were reporting difficulty obtaining coverage. Originally titled Malpractice Lifeline, the newsletter quickly became the voice of record for a medical professional liability insurance industry confronting unprecedented challenges as physician groups nationwide began founding mutual insurance companies to replace the insurers that had exited the market. Ms. Golin rebranded the publication as Medical Liability Monitor in 1981.
Ms. Golin sold Medical Liability Monitor to James H. Cunningham in 2003. A veteran of the medical professional liability insurance industry, Mr. Cunningham is the publication’s current publisher. Michael Matray has been the publication’s editor since 2006.
In addition to monthly coverage of the medical professional liability insurance industry, Medical Liability Monitor publishes its Annual Rate Survey every October. The Annual Rate Survey catalogs mature, base-rate medical malpractice insurance premiums for every medical liability insurer of consequence. Rates are published state-by-state, county-by-county because where a physician practices largely determines the premiums they will pay. Accompanied by an executive summary analyzing nationwide trends in physician malpractice premium costs, the Annual Rate Survey is the most comprehensive report on medical professional liability rates available. It is regularly cited in legislative debates about the necessity of tort reform.
Four times a year, Medical Liability Monitor publishes an analysis of the financial health of the medical professional liability insurance industry written by the international actuarial and consulting firm Milliman Inc. This quarterly analysis looks at reporting data from a composite of medical malpractice insurance companies within the context of historic outcomes in order to recognize trends and forecast the industry’s future, both short and long term. The composite includes 176 medical professional liability specialty companies with a total direct written premium of approximately $6 billion.
Since 2017, Medical Liability Monitor has been hosting regular webinars featuring industry experts who dissect the most-pressing issues and challenges affecting the medical professional liability insurance industry. Webinar topics have included how to blunt the growing cost of defending medical malpractice claims, reducing the impact of a hardening reinsurance market, mitigating the risk of MPL batch claims, and more. To be informed of future Medical Liability Monitor webinars, please join our email list.