California Expands Order for Medical Malpractice Insurance Companies to Partially Refund Premiums Amid ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

May 18, 2020 by matray

Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a Bulletin last week that extends his previous order requiring insurance companies to return partial insurance premiums to consumers and businesses and provide financial relief amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Insurance reports that it intends to review all premium adjustments to ensure they are fair and… Continue reading...

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Elizabeth Leedom, Margaret Byrnes Named Recipients of the 2020 MPL Industry Defender Award

May 13, 2020 by matray

The Medical Professional Liability (MPL) Association announced that it will award Elizabeth A. Leedom and Margaret Byrnes with its MPL Industry Defender Award. Leedom and Byrnes are being recognized for outstanding lifelong contributions to defending physicians, other healthcare professionals, hospitals and clinics, and their exceptional work on behalf of medical… Continue reading...

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Two Houston Medical Malpractice Plaintiff Law Firms Reject Coronavirus Lawsuits

May 12, 2020 by matray

To honor and support the heroes of the healthcare system in Texas, Houston-based law firms Brown, Christie & Green and McGehee, Chang, Landgraf, Feiler have announced that they will not accept COVID-19 cases that seek to sue doctors, hospitals or nursing homes for their good-faith efforts in treating COVID-19 patients.… Continue reading...

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Health Coalition on Liability and Access Announces 2020 Board of Directors, Executive Committee

April 24, 2020 by matray

The Health Coalition on Liability and Access (HCLA) announced the organization's Board of Directors and Executive Committee members for 2020, following the annual meeting held earlier this month. As Sustaining Members of the HCLA, Board seats were granted to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American… Continue reading...

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MagMutual Rolls Out Discount Plan for Policyholders Impacted by COVID-19

April 14, 2020 by matray

MagMutual announced new premium discounts on medical professional liability policies as they renew next year for policyholders who experienced lower patient volumes in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Discounts will extend through to 2023 policy renewal period. “This COVID-19 crisis has altered the way our country is… Continue reading...

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California Orders Medical Malpractice Insurance Companies to Refund Premiums Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency Where Appropriate

April 13, 2020 by matray

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara ordered insurance companies to return insurance premiums to consumers and businesses and provide much-needed financial relief during the COVID-19 emergency. The Commissioner's Bulletin covers premiums paid for at least the months of March and April — including the month of May if “shelter in place” restrictions continue… Continue reading...

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Senator Pushes Liability Shield for Coronavirus Doctors

April 2, 2020 by matray

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced the Facilitating Innovation to Fight Coronavirus Act. The emergency legislation would limit liability for healthcare professionals who are fighting coronavirus. “In ERs and ICUs across America, doctors and nurses are writing the playbook as they fight this virus… Continue reading...

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Wisconsin Gov. Evers, Insurance Commissioner Ask Malpractice Insurers to Cover Telemedicine, Out-of-State Providers

April 2, 2020 by matray

At the direction of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, Insurance Commissioner Mark Afable issued a request to medical malpractice insurers aimed at expanding access to telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic and at ensuring retired and out-of-state health care workers can get the medical malpractice coverage in order to support the state's… Continue reading...

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Physicians Protector Plan Launches PracticePRO and PracticePRO+ Insurance Products in Texas

December 18, 2019 by matray

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… Continue reading...

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ACS NSQIP recognizes 88 participating hospitals for achieving meritorious surgical patient care outcomes

November 11, 2019 by matray

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) has recognized 88 of an eligible 592 hospitals participating in the adult program for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2018. ACS NSQIP participating hospitals are required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical… Continue reading...

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