Michelle M. Ursini Appointed Director of Marketing and Business Development at CMIC Group

February 14, 2018 by matray

CMIC, a medical professional liability insurance company, is pleased to announce that Michelle M. Ursini of Wethersfield, Conn., previously a senior underwriter with the company, has been promoted to director of marketing and business development. Ursini has more than a decade of experience in the professional liability insurance industry. Before joining CMIC Group in 2016, she worked directly for a brokerage firm, overseeing key accounts and working closely with the firm’s clients. Prior to that, she spent several years as the underwriting manager for Oceanus Insurance Co. In addition to her underwriting duties, Ursini also served as a liaison to the insurance carrier’s broker partners, as well as the company’s physician insureds. “Shelly’s in-depth knowledge of underwriting practices and expertise in territory expansion will not only enable us to continue to grow our membership, but to accomplish many of the Company’s strategic goals as well,” said Stephen J. Gallant, chief executive officer of CMIC Group. “Likewise, her extensive experience collaborating with brokers will prove to be an asset as we expand our geographic presence as well as strengthen our bonds with our current broker partners.”

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Cooperative of American Physicians to Share Insights on Practice Risk Management at 2018 Association of Dermatology Administrators & Managers (ADAM) Conference

February 6, 2018 by matray

With the myriad issues that face the ever-evolving medical care sector, medical practices are likewise facing multiple legislative and regulatory headwinds in approaches to office risk management. To help bring these issues into clearer focus for practice managers, the Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. (CAP) will be represented on a panel at the 2018 Association of Dermatology Administrators & Managers (ADAM) Conference, to be held in San Diego February 12–14, 2018.

Carole Lambert, MPA, RN, CAP’s vice president for practice optimization, will be speaking at ADAM’s annual conference on February 12. Joining her will be Randie Minovitz BSN RN, director of ambulatory risk management at PIH Health Whittier, a nonprofit regional health network serving Southern California. Their presentation, entitled “Risk Management Forever—Because Everything Old is New Again,” will outline key takeaways for medical risk management professionals as they navigate and continue to develop their strategies for effective practice administration:

  • Describe four elements in successfully managing risk in dermatology.
  • Identify three forces impacting healthcare risk management.
  • List three activities that are central to mitigating risk.
  • Outline a simple strategy for evaluating, mitigating and managing risk.

“Given the daily barrage of regulatory acronyms and issues that compete for risk managers’ time, it is more crucial than ever for healthcare professionals and practices to have a clear set of guidelines activities in place,” Lambert said. “At the same time, as the name of our panel suggests, these are techniques that are tried, tested, and have shown promising results for our member practices.”

"Ambulatory care in particular is an area for medical practices to grow and examine their risk management procedures," added Randie Minovitz, a registered nurse with more than 35 years of experience in hospital and ambulatory settings. "As healthcare systems increasingly turn to ambulatory care as a way to minimize unnecessary hospitalizations, having a risk management outline in place at such practices will be paramount.”

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Coverys Syndicate 1975 Appoints Stephanie Crowther as Underwriter

February 5, 2018 by matray

Coverys Syndicate 1975 has appointed Stephanie Crowther as underwriter for its specialist medical professional liability account beginning February 2018. Syndicate 1975 commenced underwriting on Jan. 1, 2018, and is a source of London-based insurance and reinsurance capacity. Syndicate 1975 provides traditional and innovative coverage for physicians, hospitals and other providers of healthcare. This is coupled with risk management and mitigation solutions to improve margins and increase patient safety. Crowther obtained a law degree from Exeter University and previously served as underwriter for healthcare and cyber business with Hiscox Syndicates Limited. “We are delighted that Stephanie is joining us to work alongside Keith Bryceland to help build out the Coverys offering at Lloyd’s and to work closely with the group’s activity in the United States in the medical professional liability sector,” said Robin McCoy, CEO, Coverys Managing Agency.

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Constellation Announces Strategic Collaboration with CliftonLarsonAllen

February 2, 2018 by matray

Constellation, Inc., a partnership of mutual liability insurers and healthcare service organizations, announced a strategic collaboration with CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA), a healthcare professional services firm whose clients include more than 8,300 healthcare and senior living clients across the country. “Our agreement with CLA marks a significant milestone as we expand our offerings beyond managing the risk of medical professional liability,” said Bill McDonough, CEO of Constellation. “CLA is a reliable advisor who understands the business of health care. As CLA puts it, its advisors ‘transform complexity into opportunity’ by considering its clients’ financial, strategic and operational needs. CLA’s deep industry specialization and ability to integrate with customers’ existing programs and products, combined with its desire to truly understand and help its customers make it an excellent fit for Constellation. We are proud to help connect CLA with our physician, hospital, and long-term care clients.” “The passion and advisory approach that Constellation provides to its client base facilitated a collaborative alignment which we foresee as very beneficial to the clients we will serve together in the future,” said Jeff Vrieze, chief industry officer of CLA’s healthcare practice. “Forging this relationship with a trusted medical professional liability firm with an excellent reputation will allow us to demonstrate our capabilities to a larger healthcare network.” Under the agreement, Constellation member companies MMIC, UMIA and Arkansas Mutual Insurance Company will market CLA’s portfolio of healthcare services in the 16 states where it currently conducts business. Those states include Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The collaboration marks Constellation’s second expansion of services beyond medical professional liability insurance. Last year, it introduced the Physician Empowerment Suite, an online platform designed to help healthcare providers deliver a better patient experience and improve operational performance and effectiveness.

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NORCAL Group Foundation Awards First Grants

February 1, 2018 by matray

The NORCAL Group Foundation, dedicated to improving healthcare in local communities, announces its inaugural group of grant recipients.

Seven organizations have been awarded funding for initiatives and programs that support any of three critical healthcare areas: patient care, patient safety and physician wellness. The seven recipients are: •    Anchorage Project Access (Anchorage, Alaska), a physician-led volunteer network that serves low-income and uninsured Alaskans, received a grant to support Anchorage Project Access, which provides low-income, uninsured adults primary care and dental services. •    Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Inc. (Los Angeles, Calif.) was awarded a grant to support their Caregiver Support Group and workshops for managing diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The programs are presented through their wellness center that provides comprehensive healthcare services to more than 14,000 patients who speak limited English and are at or below 200% of Federal poverty level. •    California Public Protection and Public Health (Fresno, Calif.), which provides physicians risk monitoring to ensure patient safety and training on physician wellness topics for respective practices and facilities, received a grant to support a series of statewide- training sessions on physician wellness and combatting physician burnout. •    Community Service, Education and Research fund of the SEDMS (Sacramento, Calif.) was awarded a grant to support training opportunities for the SMART Medical Clearance program. This program, created by the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, is designed to standardize clearance protocol for psychiatric patients in emergency departments. •    Project Angel Food (Los Angeles, Calif.), the only non-profit in Southern California providing free meals and nutrition consultations for people living with critical illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, HIV/AIDS and renal failure, received a grant to expand its services. Funding will help grow the program which currently serves more than 2,100 clients and delivers over 550,000 meals annually. •    The San Diego County Medical Society Foundation (San Diego, Calif.) received a grant to support Project Access, which provides low-income, uninsured adults primary and specialty care services for disabilities and potentially life-threatening conditions. Community health activities provided through this program include free immunizations, blood pressure screening, breast screening and mammography, and health education. •    San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium (San Francisco, Calif.) received a grant for its Street Outreach Services (SOS) program, a mobile medical clinic that brings urgent and preventative medical care to homeless at various locations. They connect patients to primary and specialized care, mental health and substance abuse services, benefits and housing programs, and more. Program is staffed by physicians, nurses, outreach workers and volunteers. “We are extremely proud to support such worthy organizations and programs that enhance patient and physician wellness in our communities,” said Joy Corso, president of the NORCAL Group Foundation. “NORCAL Mutual has a 40-plus-year legacy of giving and advocacy in the communities we serve, and the Foundation further strengthens our commitment and support of the healthcare community.” The NORCAL Group Foundation will open its next application cycle in March 2018. For information on the Foundation’s grant application process and eligibility, visit www.norcalgroupfoundation.org.

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