The Doctors Company Foundation Seeks Patient Safety Grant Proposals

February 24, 2021 by matray

The Doctors Company Foundation announced that it is accepting grant proposals through March 22, 2021, for innovative patient safety projects. Each year, the Foundation supports patient safety education for healthcare professionals and patient safety research with clinically useful applications by funding projects aimed at reducing or eliminating risk of adverse events.

“This year in particular, we welcome proposals for projects that focus on telehealth, diagnostic error and COVID-19,” said William C. Rupp, MD, Foundation chairman. “These grants reflect our mission to advance the practice of good medicine and support our commitment to serving those who provide healthcare.”

The first step in the application process is submission of a letter of intent. Then, the Foundation will ask selected applicants to submit a full proposal. Eligibility criteria and application guidelines can be found on the Foundation website.

In its 13-year history, the Foundation has provided over $6 million in grants for patient safety research and educational training. Grant recipients include the National Patient Safety Foundation (now the Institute for Healthcare Improvement) for developing guidelines on root cause analysis, Northwestern University for The Effect of Clinical Reasoning Feedback on Hospital Medicine Physicians and Residents, and the University of California, San Francisco, for The Family Input for Quality and Safety Study.

The Foundation approved the following grants in 2020:

• Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and NYC Health + Hospitals: An Intuitive, Nonintrusive Approach to Reduce Patient Harm from Inappropriate Dosing of High-risk Drugs in Older Adult Patients Across an Urban Safety Net Hospital System.

• Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School: Immersive Virtual Reality Environment for Training Acute Care Teams (iREACT).

• Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation: Perioperative Deterioration: Early Recognition; Rapid Response; and the End of Failure-to-Rescue.

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The MPL Association Appoints Three New Board Officers

February 12, 2021 by matray

The Medical Professional Liability (MPL) Association, the international organization representing the MPL insurance community, has appointed Sue A. Crook, MD, Constellation/MMIC, Agustin Montalvo, SIMED, and Mark E. Reynolds, the Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions, Inc. (CRICO), to serve on the Association’s Board of Directors. The new appointments will fill three recently vacated positions.

Sue A. Crook, MD, FACR, is a partner in Midwest Radiology in Minnesota. She is also the chair of the Board of Directors of Constellation/MMIC. Dr. Crook is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and a member of the Minnesota Radiological Society. She holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin and received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Between 2017 and 2019, Dr. Crook participated in the MPL Association Fellows Leadership Program.

Agustin L. Montalvo is president of SIMED, the leading provider of medical malpractice insurance for physicians in Puerto Rico. Prior to joining SIMED in 2015, Mr. Montalvo served as vice president of Property & Casualty at Aon Risk Solutions, and as senior vice president & COO at AIG Insurance Company in Puerto Rico. Mr. Montalvo attended the University of Central Florida, earning a B.S. in industrial engineering.

Mark E. Reynolds has been president and CEO of the Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions Inc. (CRICO) since 2012. The CRICO insurance program serves all of the Harvard medical institutions and its affiliates, providing coverage to 32 hospitals, 15,500 insured clinicians, more than 325 other healthcare organizations, and more than 135,000 other clinicians and employees. Mr. Reynolds has 30 years of experience in the healthcare and insurance industries. Prior to CRICO, he was CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, among the nation’s top 10 Medicaid health plans. Mr. Reynolds attended Swarthmore College and MIT.

“These distinguished leaders bring considerable knowledge and unique perspectives to the MPL Association,” said MPL Association Chair James Q. Swift, DDS. “We are fortunate to have them serve on the Association Board and look forward to their contributions as we work to advance the mission of the organization and its members.”

Each of the new Board members will serve on an interim basis until their nominations are presented to the Association membership in May 2021 for approval to serve three-year terms.

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Coverys Announces Retirement of CEO and President Gregg Hanson, COO Joseph Murphy to Takes Helm Effective April 1, 2021

February 5, 2021 by matray

Coverys announced that its president and chief executive officer Gregg L. Hanson will retire, effective March 31, 2021. As part of this planned transition, the company’s board of directors named current chief operating officer Joseph G. Murphy will succeed Hanson as CEO and President, effective April 1, 2021.

After 25 years in the industry, Hanson began his career with Coverys in 2000 as chief underwriting officer. He was promoted to president and CEO in 2012.

“It has been a pleasure, both personally and professionally, to have worked beside Gregg over the course of my time with Coverys,” said Brenda E. Richardson, MD, board chair. “The board and I recognize that, under Gregg's leadership, Coverys has grown into the successful international medical professional liability company that it is today. We wish Gregg and his wife, Deb, much happiness in this next phase of their lives.”

Murphy joined Coverys as chief operating officer in 2015 and has played a pivotal role in the execution of Coverys’ long-term strategic plan. He has overseen underwriting, business development and distribution, business analytics and risk management, claims, and Coverys Insurance Services.

“Joe came to Coverys with a wealth of knowledge and experience. He has proven to be a great asset as COO, so this was a natural transition and a longstanding part of Coverys’ succession planning process. The Board is confident of our continued success with Joe leading Coverys into the next chapter,” Richardson said.

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Marsh Appoints Gisele ‘GiGi’ Norris U.S. Healthcare Practice Leader

February 3, 2021 by matray

International insurance broker and risk advisor Marsh announced today that Gisele “Gigi” Norris has joined the firm to lead its US HealthCare Practice. In this role, Norris is responsible for the delivery of healthcare risk management knowledge, expertise and transactional services to clients across the U.S.

Norris joins Marsh from Aon, where for the last 20 years she served as the Western region HealthCare Leader and Pandemic Task Force co-leader. Based in San Francisco, Norris reports to Jeffrey Alpaugh, Marsh’s US and Canada Growth and Industry Leader.

Norris brings to the role more than 25 years of experience creating innovative risk solutions to help health care providers and payers achieve organizational and financial objectives. She also holds a doctorate in public health, with a concentration in epidemiology, and has provided counsel on prevention and mitigation of infectious disease risk to a diverse range of industries.

“Gigi joins the firm at a critical time for the healthcare industry as the pandemic has dramatically altered the risk profile of traditional health care providers,” Alpaugh said. “Her proven track record of providing strategic risk consulting and advice to some of the nation’s largest and most complex healthcare companies, coupled with her epidemiological expertise, will further help our clients confront today’s healthcare challenges.”

“Healthcare companies today need a risk advisor that can deftly identify emerging risks, assist in re-prioritizing risks and proactively bring risk management solutions to the table,” Norris said. “Marsh’s dedicated team of healthcare professionals coupled with its data and analytics are second to none in the industry. I’m excited to join the firm and lead this distinguished group.”

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