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Affordable Individual Physician Assistant Medical Malpractice Insurance

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Diederich Healthcare, a division of Diederich Insurance Agency, LLC, a leading provider of medical professional liability insurance has announced that the agency has obtained access to a new Individual Medical Professional Liability Protection Plan designed specifically for Physician Assistants (PAs) nationwide.   Although physician assistants may be covered under the employer’s policy, personal risk for negligence attributed to the physician assistant in a malpractice lawsuit still exists.  Diederich Healthcare recommends that physician assistants consider obtaining their own professional…

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Innovative Option Now Available For Ob-Gyn Group Medical Malpractice Insurance

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Diederich Healthcare is proud to present an innovative and cost-effective option now available to Obstetrics/Gynecology groups for their medical professional liability insurance.  Working with a National “A-Rated Insurance Carrier—participating groups can save 25% or more on their malpractice insurance premiums. The program includes the following activities and resources: In-depth Medical Practice Site Survey by a Risk Management Consultant Hospital Ob-Focused Risk Mapping (with hospital consent) Patient Safety Information Survey Basic Ob Tool Kit (including prenatal…

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Lower Medical Malpractice Insurance Premiums in the Southeast

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Doctors have seen the premiums for their professional liability insurance policies decrease for several years in a row throughout the Southeast.  Physicians have enjoyed decreases since 2004 in many states and now often pay less that 50% for their policies than they did six or seven years ago.  Many states have enacted tort reform and have placed caps on non-economic damages involving medical malpractice lawsuits.  Physicians in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina,…

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Tampa Bay, Florida – Medical Malpractice Insurance Market

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Many physicians in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties have experienced lower annual premiums for their medical malpractice insurance.  Many specialties, including Family Practice, OB/GYN, General Surgery, Cardiology, Neurology, Internal Medicine, and Orthopedic Surgery have benefited from lower medical malpractice insurance premiums.   Physicians and Surgeons have been able to develop a more profitable business by lowering their cost of their Professional Liability insurance. The standard limits of liability in Florida are $250,000 / $750,000. The discounts that…

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California Physicians: Know Your Policy Form (Claims Made vs. Claims Paid)

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California physicians have a number of options when it comes to shopping for their professional medical liability insurance. A common question from medical physicians is, “Why are claims paid insurance policies less expensive than claims made insurance policies?” A policy that has continued to attract California medical providers is the “claims paid” policy form. This policy offered by physician cooperatives or medical trusts offers extremely low insurance rates that are considered “assessments” rather than annual…

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Alabama Medical Malpractice Market Update

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Multiple events in 2011 have continued to lower medical malpractice premiums in Alabama. Carrier competition has created an Alabama marketplace where the physicians can benefit from lower costs of professional liability coverage. The following changes contributed to the rate decreases many physicians are now seeing in their practices: Medicus Insurance Company enters Alabama Norcal Mutual acquires Medicus Insurance Company The Doctors Company acquires FPIC group Medicus Insurance Company receives “A” rating from A.M. Best A.M….

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Effects of Healthcare Reform on Medical Malpractice Insurance & Claims

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According to the Insurance Information Institute (2011), although “premiums are now stable and the frequency and severity of claims has moderated, some observers see the beginning of a reversal”.  A 2010 study by Conning notes that “medical malpractice profitability cycle has peaked…a number of factors will challenge insurers and possibly lead to higher losses over the next few years”.  These factors include: Outpacing other tort areas, costs to defend/settle medical malpractice cases are continually rising…

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Florida Medical Malpractice Insurance Market Update

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Multiple events in 2011 have continued to lower Florida Medical Malpractice premiums. Carrier competition has created a Florida marketplace where the physicians can benefit from lower costs of professional liability coverage.  The following changes contributed to the rate decreases many physicians are now seeing in their practices: Medicus Insurance Company enters Florida Norcal Mutual acquires Medicus Insurance Company The Doctors Company acquires FPIC group Crum and Forster acquires Valiant Insurance Company Medicus Insurance Company receives…

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New Jersey Medical Malpractice Insurance Market Softening

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New Jersey policyholders’ surplus increased $7.8 billion to $564.7 billion at March 31, 2011, from $556.9 billion at year-end 2010. Additions to surplus in first-quarter 2011 included insurers’ $7.8 billion in net income after taxes, $3.9 billion in unrealized capital gains on investments (not included in net income), $1.5 billion in new funds paid in (new capital raised by insurers), and $0.4 billion in miscellaneous additions to surplus, according to ISO, Inc. As a result,…

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Florida Medical Malpractice Insurance Market Update – 2012

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The new year usually brings many changes in the medical malpractice insurance marketplace for physicians.  Many doctors have professional liability insurance policies that renew in January.  In the past, many companies have traditionally filed rate decreases in December that take effect for renewal business in the 1st quarter of the following year.  This year has been relatively quiet in regards to rate changes, but one company has filed to decrease rates for some specialties.  Physicians…

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