Physicians Protector Plan Launches PracticePRO and PracticePRO+ Insurance Products in Texas
December 18, 2019
The Physicians Protector Plan (a division of B&B Protector Plans, Inc.) is now writing medical professional liability coverage for physicians in the state of Texas. Underwritten by Aspen American Insurance Co., the Physicians Protector Plan offers two unique insurance products designed specifically for today's physician practice.
PracticePRO is a medical professional and cyber liability insurance product that features comprehensive professional and cyber liability coverages, risk management benefits as well as interest free payment plan options.
PracticePRO+ is a professional package policy created specifically for independent physician practices. PracticePRO+ replaces multiple insurance policies with the ease and convenience of one policy. PracticePRO+ policies are completely customizable to the needs of the physician practice and can include:
• Medical Professional Liability
• Cyber Liability
• Commercial General Liability
• Commercial Property
• Employment Practices Liability
• ERISA Fiduciary & Employee Benefits Liability
AM Best Affirms the Credit Ratings of MLMIC Insurance Company
December 17, 2019
AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A+ (Superior) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) of “aa-” of MLMIC Insurance Company (MLMIC) (New York, NY). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) is stable.
The ratings reflect MLMIC’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its adequate operating performance, limited business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management. The ratings also benefit from the financial support provided by MLMIC’s direct parent company, National Indemnity Company, which is ultimately owned by Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
AM Best categorizes MLMIC’s risk-adjusted capitalization as strongest, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR) and it’s expected it to remain at a similar level going forward. The balance sheet strength assessment also considers the company’s track record of positive reserve development, as well as the strong financial flexibility its publicly traded ultimate parent, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., can provide.
MLMIC has generated an adequate level of operating results historically, supported by modest underwriting profits and investment returns. Underwriting results have consistently benefited from reserve releases on prior accident years. Going forward, AM Best does not expect any material change in the company’s operating performance.
MLMIC’s insurance portfolio is concentrated in the medical malpractice line of business. The company underwrites risks only within New York state, which is one of the nation’s most challenging markets for medical professional liability. However, management has been able to operate successfully through underwriting cycles while maintaining MLMIC’s leading market position within New York. In addition, risk management capabilities have proven appropriate for the risk profile of the company.
A.M. Best Places Credit Ratings of NORCAL Group’s Members Under Review With Negative Implications
December 10, 2019
A.M. Best has placed under review with negative implications the Financial Strength Rating of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings of “a” of the members of NORCAL Group (NORCAL). (See below for a detailed listing of the companies.)
The under review status follows NORCAL’s third-quarter 2019 results, which included $30 million of adverse loss reserve development, significantly deviating from projections. These reserve charges predominantly impact accident years 2016 through 2018, and reflect significantly higher claim settlements following operational process changes initiated by the group in 2017, which is also causing an increase in the 2019 accident-year loss ratio relative to expectations.
Following the reserve increases and the resultant decline in policyholders’ surplus, NORCAL’s risk-adjusted capitalization declined but remained in the strongest category. However, these actions raise questions regarding internal controls and oversight of operational processes, as well as price adequacy, underwriting practices and the potential for future reserve strengthening. A review of full-year 2019 results, including the associated reserve analysis, as well as a number of management’s operational and strategic initiatives, is necessary to provide AM Best with sufficient information to resolve the under review status.
The FSR of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term ICRs of “a” have been placed under review with negative implications for the following members of NORCAL Group:
• NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company
• NORCAL Specialty Insurance Company
• Medicus Insurance Company
• FD Insurance Company
• Preferred Physicians Medical Risk Retention Group, a Mutual Insurance Company
ProAssurance Declares Quarterly Dividend, Announces Annual Shareholder Meeting Date
December 10, 2019
The Board of Directors of ProAssurance Corp. declared a cash dividend of $0.31 per common share, payable on Jan. 14, 2020, to shareholders who own our stock as of Dec. 27, 2019.
“The dividend declared today reflects our ongoing commitment to our customers and shareholders,” said Edward L. Rand, Jr., president and chief executive officer. “It is our responsibility and privilege to be good stewards of the trust they’ve placed in us, as we maintain a disciplined capital management strategy that protects the integrity of our balance sheet. That discipline becomes ever more important as the property & casualty insurance market faces an evolving claims environment, which will test companies unprepared for the challenges ahead. Our view of claims severity in the broader healthcare professional liability market, and the potential for strategic opportunities therein, has led our Board to conclude that we should maintain a higher level of capital.”
ProAssurance’s dividend policy anticipates a total annual dividend of $1.24 per share, to be paid in equal quarterly installments. However, any decision to pay future cash dividends will be subject to the Board’s final determination after a comprehensive review of the company’s financial performance, future expectations and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.
The ProAssurance Board also set May 20, 2020, as the date of the 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held at its headquarters in Birmingham, Ala. The record date for the meeting is March 27, 2020.
Hub International Acquires Nebraska-based SilverStone Group
December 5, 2019
Hub International Ltd. announced that it has acquired SilverStone Group. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. With SilverStone, the company creates a new regional hub to be called Hub Great Plains, which will include and cover existing operations in Omaha, Neb.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and St. Paul, Minn.
Headquartered in Omaha, Neb., with additional offices in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Sioux Falls, S.D., SilverStone specializes in insurance and surety, risk management, employee benefit services, retirement plans, wealth management and estate planning. SilverStone was founded in 1945 and has more than 4,600 employer clients and more than 3,700 individual clients, located across the United States and around the world.
“Hub remains bullish on the growth we are experiencing, and it’s opening new M&A opportunities for us with various product, distribution and geographic channels. The differentiating value we can deliver to the staff of our new partners has helped us to attract larger firms such as SilverStone,” said Marc Cohen, Hub’s president and chief executive officer. “Those that have joined Hub brought us talent, leadership, expertise, specialization and new geographies.”
According to Hub, it has completed 66 acquisitions in 2018, accounting for more than $200 million in additional revenue over the past year. To date, Hub has completed 60 deals in 2019.
“SilverStone’s employees and clients will immediately have full access to a broad range of resources, tools and specialists that are part of Hub’s value and differentiating proposal,” Cohen said. “We have invested significantly to meet the needs and priorities of our clients and look forward to sharing those with SilverStone. As is the case with all of our individual Hub offices, we eagerly anticipate becoming an even bigger part of this community.”
The Hub Great Plains leadership team will include Mr. Nelson as president, Todd Rogge as CFO/COO, Grant Matthies as chief sales officer, Brett Sesker as group benefits practice leader, Jeff Sharp as wealth management practice leader, Glen Gahan as retirement practice leader and John Sutton as managing director - Dakota Territories. The leadership team will work with Trey Biggs, Hub president of U.S. West.
ISMIE Mutual Announces Completion of SEMPIC Merger
December 2, 2019
The ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company is pleased to announce the completion of a merger with the Southeast Michigan Physicians’ Insurance Company (SEMPIC) after receiving all required regulatory approvals.
SEMPIC has been providing comprehensive medical professional liability insurance for Detroit Medical Center (DMC) physicians for more than 10 years with high-quality risk management and claims services. Under the terms of the merger, SEMPIC will continue to operate under the same name, but as a division of ISMIE Mutual. Global professional services firm Marsh will continue to operate as the SEMPIC administrator under the new structure.
“I extend a warm welcome to the Detroit Medical Center’s medical professionals, who will now receive their medical professional liability coverage from ISMIE Mutual,” said Paul H. DeHaan, MD, ISMIE chairman. “We expect a very seamless transition for our new policyholders.
“ISMIE is always looking for strategic opportunities to offer our tailored coverages to markets nationwide. Through our due diligence process we found that SEMPIC and ISMIE align well in many areas. This addition is a great business fit with the benefit of helping to significantly grow ISMIE’s presence in Southeast Michigan.”
The merger was approved by the Illinois Department of Insurance and the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services. Access to coverage through SEMPIC will remain limited to DMC health professionals.