Cooperative of American Physicians Promotes Two Members of its Risk Management Team

November 30, 2017 by matray

The Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. (CAP) announced that it has promoted vice president Ann Whitehead, RN, JD, to lead its Risk Management & Patient Safety Department. In a concurrent announcement, the organization made known that Kimberly L. Danebrock, JD, BSN, RN, CPPS, has been promoted to director of risk management for CAPAssurance, A Risk Purchasing Group.

Ann Whitehead has been part of CAP’s risk management team for 11 years, beginning as a risk management and patient safety specialist. In 2013, she was promoted to vice president of risk management, a role she co-shared until her most recent promotion. Whitehead is a former hospital risk manager, risk management consultant and medical group risk management director. She is a licensed attorney and registered nurse with experience in medical malpractice defense and critical care nursing management. Whitehead earned her JD from Southwestern Law School and has a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration.

“Ann has always had a strong leadership role in the risk management department, and I look forward to working with her in her new position,” said Jeffrey L. Stoner, senior vice president, Claims & Risk Management Services. “She will play an important role as we continue to refine and improve our risk management efforts to better serve our members.”

Kimberly Danebrock has most recently served six years as senior risk management and patient safety specialist for CAP. Prior to this, she was a medical legal specialist for Beach Whitman Cowdrey, LLP, a law firm in Oxnard, Calif. Danebrock earned her JD from Ventura College of Law, her BSN from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and her RN from Ventura Community College.

“Kim’s proven risk management expertise, along with her background in nursing and law, will be tremendous assets to our team,” said Alyson Lewis, CAP senior vice president and chief underwriting officer. “She will be a key resource and provide great value to our CAPAssurance clients.”

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Paul Darcy, MD, Elected Chairman of CMIC Underwriting Committee at Company Board Meeting

November 20, 2017 by matray

CMIC Group, a member-owned medical professional liability insurance provider, recently appointed CMIC board member Paul Darcy, MD, as chairman of the Underwriting Committee.

“Dr. Darcy is a highly skilled, experienced and well-respected physician whose attributes will benefit not only the Underwriting Committee but the company as a whole,” said Denise Funk, chief executive officer of CMIC Group. “His unique skillset will further enhance our highly diligent and responsible underwriting processes and decisions.”

Darcy graduated from Johns Hopkins University and received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He completed his residency and fellowship training at Beth Israel Hospital/Harvard Medical School. As a board certified anesthesiologist, he is chairman of the Department of Anesthesia and medical director of Perioperative Services at Milford Regional Medical Center in Milford, Mass., and president of Milford Anesthesia Associates (Massachusetts). He serves on the Board of Trustees and the Medical Executive Committee at Milford Regional Medical Center.

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Medscape Malpractice Report 2017 Finds the Majority of Physicians Sued

November 15, 2017 by matray

The majority (55 percent) of U.S. physicians have been sued, and nearly half of them more than once, according to the results of Medscape’s Physician Malpractice Report 2017.  The survey of 4,000 doctors across more than 25 specialties was published online today. This marks a 15 percent increase over Medscape’s 2013 Malpractice Report. The Malpractice Report is located here

Specialists, particularly surgeons (85 percent) and OB/Gyns (85 percent), were far more likely to be sued than primary care doctors; psychiatrists (29 percent) and dermatologists (28 percent) were the specialists named least frequently in lawsuits.  Accordingly, malpractice insurance premiums range from nearly $200,000 annually for a New York City OB/Gyn to about $38,000 for an internist.

Failure to diagnose a patient’s condition or complications arising from treatment were the most common reasons that patients sued.  

However, malpractice suits took most physicians by surprise (58 percent) and an almost equal number (51 percent) said the experience changed their attitudes towards patients — with 26 percent saying they no longer trust patients or treat them differently, i.e., practicing ‘defensive medicine’; 6 percent left the practice setting and 3 percent changed insurers.)  

While the survey found most suits were dismissed or settled before trial, it also found being sued takes a toll. One-third of those surveyed spent more than 40 hours preparing their defense and an almost equal number took three to five years to resolve their case. The majority of physicians cited better communication with patients as a way to reduce the number of malpractice suits, along with medical screening panels to determine the merits of a suit and caps on non-economic damages.

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Alera Group Acquires Medical Liability Insurance Brokerage Flagship Healthcare

November 14, 2017 by matray

Alera Group — an Illinois-based specialists in employee benefits, property and casualty, risk management and wealth management — acquired Flagship Healthcare, a physician-owned insurance brokerage specializing in professional liability insurance solutions for healthcare providers. The acquisition was effective Nov 1, 2017. Flagship Healthcare will join Alera Group through local firm GCG Financial in Chicago, IL.

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Edmund Schiavoni, MD Elected President of CMIC RRG Board of Directors

November 10, 2017 by matray

CMIC Group announced that Edmund Schiavoni, MD, has been elected president of the CMIC Risk Retention Group Board of Directors. “Dr. Schiavoni brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience to his new role on the CMIC RRG Board of Directors,” said Denise Funk, CMIC Group chief executive officer. “His extensive expertise will be an asset to the company as well as the RRG Board itself.” Schiavoni has practiced primary care internal medicine for more than 25 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, his medical degree from Georgetown University and his postgraduate medical training at Georgetown University Medical Center. He is the president of Southern New Hampshire Internal Medicine Associates and has been in a variety of hospital leadership roles, including chief of medicine, chair of credentials and chair of the Board of Trustees. He has also served on the Executive Council of the New Hampshire Medical Society.

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ISMIE Expands Profile in Wisconsin

November 8, 2017 by matray

ISMIE Mutual Insurance Co. and ISMIE Indemnity announced plans yesterday for expanded product and service availability in Wisconsin. With a recently updated state rate filing, the companies will offer medical liability coverage for health professionals, groups and healthcare facilities.

“ISMIE has served medical professionals in Wisconsin for many years and we have exciting plans for our future in the state,” said Paul H. DeHaan, MD, ISMIE vice chairman. “We expect a strong response as the Wisconsin healthcare sector becomes more familiar with ISMIE’s diverse products and services.”

ISMIE Executive Vice President Wayne de Nazarie added, “Over four decades, ISMIE has built a national reputation as a carrier known for its financial strength, unparalleled policyholder service and unwavering defense of physicians and healthcare facilities," said Wayne de Nazarie, ISMIE executive vice president. "As ISMIE continues its expansion, we look forward to strengthening ties with our new policyholders and the best agents and brokers in Wisconsin.”

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Iowa Medical Society Endorses COPIC as Medical Professional Liability Insurance Carrier of Choice for its Members

November 7, 2017 by matray

The Iowa Medical Society (IMS) recently announced that COPIC was selected as the preferred medical professional liability insurance provider for its members and will serve as an IMS Strategic Partner.

During the last year, IMS has worked closely with COPIC on several initiatives, which lead to discussions about a potential partnership. In September, the IMS executive committee and board of directors met and unanimously decided to endorse COPIC. “COPIC is nationally recognized for its expertise in patient safety and risk management and has demonstrated a strong commitment to healthcare in Iowa,” said Joyce Vista-Wayne, MD, DFAPA,Iowa Medical Society president. “We are always looking for ways to improve how we support our members, and working with a trusted, proven partner like COPIC is essential to this.” According to IMS, COPIC has been instrumental in helping it work with medical professionals to better understand and utilize Iowa’s Candor law. Candor offers a “communications and optimal resolution” approach to deal with unexpected outcomes that addresses patients’ needs, and COPIC’s experience has offered expert guidance in this area. “COPIC is very proud to partner with the Iowa Medical Society,” said Ted Clarke, MD, COPIC chief executive officer. “Our mission is to improve medicine in the communities we serve, and we look forward to working with our colleagues to help them navigate the challenges in health care and provide the best care to their patients.”

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Cooperative of American Physicians Publishes Second Edition of ‘Medicine on Trial’

November 7, 2017 by matray

The Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. (CAP) announced that seven years after the release of its highly popular Medicine on Trial, it has published a new second edition as an educational resource for its member physicians.

Inspired by the positive response to its original edition, Medicine on Trial – Risk Management Lessons from Litigated Cases, Second Edition is a compilation of more than 80 real-life, litigated cases, providing insights into the experience of physicians who have been involved in court or arbitration disputes with their patients. Each case, accompanied by a commentary from CAP’s general counsel Gordon Ownby, sheds light on the various policies and routine procedures that physicians can implement to minimize risk in their own practice.

This comprehensive medical malpractice case reference, available in a desktop book as well as electronic versions, is offered to CAP members as a complimentary resource, explaining how physicians in private practice and hospital settings can better communicate with their patients — and each other — to mitigate risk. It also addresses topics such as dealing with challenging patients, adhering to patient rights and confidentiality requirements, end-of-life conversations and more.

“No healthcare provider wants to be embroiled in a legal dispute, but the reality is that – regardless of their commitment to employing best practices – most physicians will be sued for medical malpractice at least once during their lifetime,” Ownby said. “By offering these real-world case studies, CAP is providing its members with the insight to build on those practices that improve medical outcomes and minimize risk.”

"Today’s physicians must practice expert medicine with a keen understanding of technology and law – and that can present myriad challenges," said Sarah Pacini, CAP chief executive officer. "That’s why CAP has built a formidable team of risk management specialists whose extensive acumen spans all facets of the healthcare and legal professions. Their expert consultations and guidance, paired with invaluable content offerings such as Medicine on Trial, continue to provide immeasurable value to CAP members.”  

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NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company announced that it is now offering coverage to healthcare professionals in Tennessee

November 6, 2017 by matray

NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company announced that it is now offering coverage to healthcare professionals in Tennessee.

This is the latest in NORCAL’s national expansion, which now reaches 39 states, including the District of Columbia. “We are excited to be a part of the medical community in Tennessee and to introduce healthcare professionals to the NORCAL’s products and exceptional service, which we believe sets us apart,” said Ron Rumin, NORCAL senior vice president and chief operating officer.

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John Hornby, MD, Elected President and Chairman of CMIC Board of Directors

November 2, 2017 by matray

CMIC Group announced the election of John Hornby, MD, as the chairman and president of the CMIC Board of Directors.

A CMIC policyholder since 1987 and a member of the CMIC Board of Directors since 2006, Hornby has a long and impactful history with the company. His most recent role was as vice chairman on the CMIC Board of Directors.

“Having served as vice chairman of the CMIC Board and also as Chair for many CMIC Committees, Dr. Hornby is well positioned to guide the various facets and inner workings of the company as the chairman and president,” said Denise Funk, CMIC Group chief executive officer. “CMIC Group as a whole will benefit from his continued leadership in this new role.”

Hornby graduated from St. Francis College, Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1973. He is board certified in ophthalmology and is senior attending at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn. Dr. Hornby is currently in private practice in Old Saybrook, Conn.

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