Medical Liability Monitor June 2022 Issue Highlights

June 9, 2022 by matray

The June 2022 issue of Medical Liability Monitor features the following articles and more. Click here to subscribe today.

MPL Industry Losses Narrow, Barriers to Underwriting Profit Remain The U.S. medical professional liability insurance (MPLI) market posted an underwriting loss for the sixth consecutive year, with a 108% combined ratio in 2021. This result represents a significant improvement from 113% in 2020, and reverses a trend of four consecutive years of weakening performance. Strong written premium growth, driven by a level of premium rate increases unseen in many years, provides a basis for further performance improvement in 2022. However, the segment’s return to a future underwriting profit is tempered by uncertainty about the durability of pricing momentum and the effects on incurred losses from economic volatility, higher inflation and any post-pandemic revival of heightened litigation activity …

AM Best Report, Webinar Examine the Difficult Environment for MPL Despite improving its profitability last year, AM Best maintained a negative outlook for the medical professional liability (MPL) insurance segment in 2022. In correlation with the publication of this year’s MPL market segment report, Difficult Environment for U.S. Medical Professional Liability, Best hosted a roundtable-style webinar on the state of the MPL market, where industry leaders discussed the data underlying the report. The following consists of data from the special report and commentary from its corresponding webinar ...

COVID Still a Concern as Medical Professional Liability Association Annual Conference Looks Toward the Future The Medical Professional Liability (MPL) Association hosted its annual conference at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City from May 16 - 18. With two-thirds of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and a majority of states having lifted health-related restrictions, an optimism that the U.S. healthcare delivery system is settling into a new normal permeated the three days of in-person educational sessions and networking events. Following are some highlights from the educational sessions at this year’s MPL Association Conference …

Ripple Effects of Abortion Restrictions Confuse Care for Miscarriages As the Supreme Court appears poised to return abortion regulation to the states, recent experience in Texas illustrates that medical care for miscarriages and dangerous ectopic pregnancies would also be threatened if restrictions become more widespread. The laws in Texas — and perhaps elsewhere soon — could boost physicians’ vulnerability to medical malpractice lawsuits. Consider the patient whose miscarriage care is delayed and who develops a serious infection …

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