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Mar 22, 2017 : Two Minutes: What’s the Risk? Physicians Under Pressure: Helpful Strategies to Reduce Liability
Setting clear plans, goals, and expectations from your first patient encounter is critical when caring for patients. A patient must know they have access to their physician, and how medical decisions are being made. In “Physicians Under Pressure: Helpful Strategies to Reduce Liability” the latest short video (2 minutes, 13 seconds) on our Risk Resource Department’s YouTube channel, Dr. Stephen Dallas discusses several important tools to help develop trusting relationships, potentially reducing [...] Read More
Feb 27, 2017 : Wisconsin Medical Society Member Benefit Plan 2017 Video
In "Wisconsin Medical Society Member Benefit Plan," our newest short video, Shawna Bertalot, CIC, ACI describes this program for Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) members. Developed by the Society and ProAssurance, the Member Benefit Plan includes competitively priced professional liability insurance, plus $25,000 Legal Defense and $150,000 annual aggregate Cybersecurity coverage at no added cost. Visit ProAssurance.com/Wisconsin for coverage information and WMSIFS agents. [...] Read More
Feb 22, 2017 : The February 2017 ProVisions
The February issue of ProVisions, our monthly ProAssurance healthcare professional liability newsletter for agents, was emailed this week and is posted to the secure portal. Articles in this edition include: > A Word from CMO Jeff Bowlby: Developing Strong Relationships > Don’t Miss our Cybersecurity Issue > Webinar: High Dollar Claim Solutions in a Changing Healthcare Market > Single Risk Resource Toll-Free Number > NHT Conference Schedule > The Homepage: When the Suggested is Suggestive > Sal [...] Read More
Feb 15, 2017 : New Job Posting on LinkedIn
We are seeking candidates for 12 currently open positions. Apply yourself… with a company whose core values are integrity, leadership, relationships, and enthusiasm. Your choice of where you want to work and build your expertise is an important one. Visit our jobs website for details on any of open positions or to join our talent network for alerts when new jobs matching your interests become available. Visit our jobs website: ProAssurance.com/Careers [...] Read More
Feb 14, 2017 : Two Minutes: What's the Risk? Physicians Under Pressure: Non-Compliant Patients
Non-compliant patients present a variety of risks, causing grave concerns for physicians. If a medical issue arises due to a patient’s non-compliance, who is responsible—particularly when a patient received medical advice from another source? In “Physicians Under Pressure: Non-Compliant Patients" the latest short video (2 minutes, 37 seconds) on our Risk Resource Department’s YouTube channel , Stephen Dallas, MD, MA describes some of these scenarios with alternatives which may satisfactorily re [...] Read More
Feb 9, 2017 : Our Madison, Wisconsin Office is Moving
Our Madison, Wisconsin office is moving on Wednesday, February 15. The new address is: 1600 Aspen Commons Suite 980 Middleton WI 53562 Telephone and fax numbers will remain the same. [...] Read More
Jan 24, 2017 : New Job Postings on LinkedIn
We are seeking candidates for 9 currently open positions. Apply yourself… with a company whose core values are integrity, leadership, relationships, and enthusiasm. Your choice of where you want to work and build your expertise is an important one. Visit our jobs website for details on any of open positions or to join our talent network for alerts when new jobs matching your interests become available. Visit our jobs website: ProAssurance.com/Careers. [...] Read More
Jan 23, 2017 : Check Out NEW Live Loss Prevention Seminars Near You
Another exciting seminar season is upon us thanks to the work of ProAssurance’s Risk Resource professionals. In this year’s live loss prevention seminar—Best Case Scenario—you will hear physicians and others who have been through litigation describe how everything about a patient encounter is relevant when defending a medical malpractice claim. From the actual clinical decision-making to the way those decisions are communicated and documented—your clients will learn from their peers what makes u [...] Read More
Jan 20, 2017 : The January 2017 ProVisions
The January issue of ProVisions, our monthly ProAssurance healthcare professional liability newsletter for agents, was emailed this week and is posted to the secure portal. Articles in this edition include: > A Discussion from Chairman and CEO Stan Starnes: A Team for the Future> A Word from CMO Jeff Bowlby: New Year, New Goals> Our Madison, Wisconsin Office is Moving...> Your Clients' Top 10 Challenges in 2017> The Homepage: High Cohesion; Loose Coupling> Spotlight on Risk Resource: New 2017 Li [...] Read More
Jan 18, 2017 : Two Minutes: What’s the Risk? Physicians Under Pressure: Friendships and Distractions
Patients may desire a social relationship beyond the boundaries of professionalism with their physician. But social interactions are distracting, and may cause a medical error to occur. In “Physicians Under Pressure: Friendships and Distractions,” the latest short video (1 minute, 59 seconds) on our Risk Resource Department’s YouTube channel, Stephen Dallas, MD, MA, says—besides a brief greeting—he advises physicians keep relationships in the exam room professional and leave social interactions [...] Read More
Jan 18, 2017 : New Job Postings on LinkedIn
    We are seeking candidates for 4 currently open positions. Apply yourself… with a company whose core values are integrity, leadership, relationships, and enthusiasm. Your choice of where you want to work and build your expertise is an important one. Visit our jobs website for details on any of open positions or to join our talent network for alerts when new jobs matching your interests become available. Visit our jobs website: ProAssurance.com/Careers.   [...] Read More
Jan 18, 2017 : Attend the next Medmarc and MedAccred webinar: “Heat Treating” – Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., ET
As part of its continued collaboration with the Performance Research Institute (PRI), developer of the MedAccred program for medical-device supply-chain accreditation, Medmarc is hosting a six-part webinar series on critical manufacturing processes. Electronics: PCBAs and PCBs – Recorded on December 7, 2016 ​ Heat Treating – January 18, 2017  Plastics: Injection Molding and Extrusions – March 22, 2017  Electronics: Cable and Wire Harnesses – May 17, 2017  Sterilization – July 12, 2017  Welding [...] Read More
Dec 20, 2016 : The December 2016 ProVisions
The December issue of ProVisions, our monthly ProAssurance healthcare professional liability newsletter for agents, was emailed this week and is posted to the secure portal. Articles in this edition include: > CMO Jeff Bowlby’s Word: Thank You for a Tremendous Year> New A.M. Best Ratings Brochure> HHS Names Top Challenges for 2017> Request 2016 Value-Added Books for Gifts> Focus on Risk Resource: Diagnostic Errors in Medicine—a Follow-up> The Homepage: We Heard You and Fixed It—Part 3> Sales Tip [...] Read More
Nov 30, 2016 : HIPAA Compliance Audit Alert
During the 2016 Practice Administrator Seminar, ProAssurance staff informed insureds of upcoming HIPAA compliance audits conducted by the DHHS’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Initial contact for these audits is being made by OCR via email rather than standard mail. We have recently been made aware of a phishing email being circulated purporting to be from the OCR relating to the HIPAA compliance audits. A recent article from Data Breach Today provides more detailed information on how to determine [...] Read More
Nov 16, 2016 : The November 2016 ProVisions
The November 2016 issue of ProVisions, our monthly ProAssurance healthcare professional liability insurance newsletter for agents, was emailed this week and is posted to the secure portal. Articles in this edition include: > CMO Jeff Bowlby’s Word: Investing in our Future, Sharing What We Learn> Marketing Plan Season is Upon Us!> Ransomware, Malware Among Health IT Executives' Top Concerns> Cybersecurity Seminar Available December 2016> HIPAA Enhanced Cyber Protection Webinar> Focus on Risk Reso [...] Read More
Nov 15, 2016 : Two Minutes: What’s the Risk? Three Most Important Issues for Practice Administrators
Statistics show the question of whether a physician will be sued is “when” not “if.” Careful preparation, policies, procedures, and training help ensure there are no regrets when a plaintiff attorney raises questions about patient care. In “Three Most Important Issues for Practice Administrators,” the latest short video (2 minutes, 38 seconds) on our Risk Resource Department’s YouTube channel Randall A. Juip, JD, offers three suggestions to aid practice administrators in insulating physicians, [...] Read More
Oct 27, 2016 : The October 2016 ProVisions
The October 2016 issue of ProVisions, our monthly ProAssurance healthcare professional liability insurance newsletter for agents, was emailed this week and is posted to this secure portal. Articles in this edition include: > CMO Jeff Bowlby’s Word: Performance Award Winners> Spotlight on Risk Resource: New Cybersecurity Online Seminar> New Two-Minute Video: Using Scribes> Ob-Gyn Risk Alliance (OBRA)> The Homepage: Can QR Codes Find a Home in Business?> Sales Tips from the "Old School" - Building [...] Read More
Oct 14, 2016 : Two Minutes: What's the Risk? Using Scribes
Scribes enter patient information in the EHR, freeing the physician to focus exclusively on patient care. A scribe’s role must be clearly defined and communicated—with documented job descriptions and set policies and procedures—to optimize their use and minimize challenges. In “Using Scribes,” the latest short video (2 minute 6 seconds) on our Risk Resource department’s YouTube channel , Mark Hakim, Director, Strategic Partnerships, ProAssurance Risk Resource Department, describes the risks and [...] Read More
Oct 13, 2016 : Stan Starnes Claims Made Video
Many companies offer occurrence policies as their default professional liability insurance option. At ProAssurance, we largely focus on claims made policies because of their flexibility and assurance for the future. In our new video, Chairman and CEO Stan Starnes reveals why ProAssurance offers claims made policies as part of our commitment to treating our insureds fairly. Claims made policies help our insureds stay in control—they choose the coverage they need for today and are free to change [...] Read More
Oct 7, 2016 : Cancelled Seminars due to Hurricane Matthew
Due to severe weather, ProAssurance cancelled the Loss Prevention Seminar in Coral Gables, Florida scheduled for October 6, 2016—and the Practice Administration Professionals Seminar scheduled for October 7, 2016. Eligible physicians who preregistered for the seminar in Coral Gables may take our online seminar, “The Anatomy of a Claim,” to earn a 5 percent premium credit. Physicians who did not preregister may attend our seminar online to be eligible to earn a 2.5 percent premium credit. Underwr [...] Read More
Sep 21, 2016 : Dental Sedation Anesthesia Checklist
A new Risk Resource sample form, Dental Sedation Anesthesia Checklist, is now available on the secure portal. A Risk Resource Advisor can work with you to update this form or review your changes to ensure it fits your practices’ unique needs. To access our full library of sample forms, checklists, and letters, sign in to the ProAssurance secure services portal, then select “Sample Forms and Letters” from the “Managing Risk” menu. [...] Read More
Sep 20, 2016 : Two Minutes: What's the Risk? Jury Expectations and Test Results
Jurors often think that if a physician orders a test, they require the information and care about the results. If a physician later testifies that following up on the test was unnecessary, this can cause a disconnect in the juror's mind. In “Jury Expectations and Test Results ,” the latest short video (2 minute 13 seconds) on our Risk Resource department’s YouTube channel, Randall A Juip, JD, describes how test follow-up helps demonstrate thoughtful physician care in the context of litigation. [...] Read More
Aug 16, 2016 : Two Minutes: What's the Risk? Informed Consent
While state laws may vary, informed consent must be treated as a process which simultaneously educates the patient and protects the physician. In “Informed Consent”, the latest short video (2 minute 14 seconds) on our Risk Resource department’s YouTube channel , Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President Dr. Hayes Whiteside discusses effective and thorough methods for meeting informed consent requirements. [...] Read More
Aug 15, 2016 : New Online Physician Seminar: Anatomy of a Claim
The online version of “Anatomy of a Claim” is now available after signing in at ProAssurance.com.  Visit our physician seminars’ webpage to participate or watch a preview video of this seminar on the Risk Resource YouTube channel. Approximate Seminar Duration: Two hours Cost: No additional cost to ProAssurance insured physicians Description: Understanding a patient’s health and disease process requires detailed knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of tissues, organs, and systems that compose [...] Read More
Aug 12, 2016 : GNOSIS Online Continuing Education from OBRA
ProAssurance’s Ob-Gyn Risk Alliance® (OBRA) members have access to GNOSISTM online continuing education, an Ob-Gyn clinical learning program designed to reduce risk and improve patient safety. In our new video, “Become a Lifetime Learner with GNOSIS,” David C. Giammittorio, MD offers his testimonial regarding the benefits of the GNOSIS platform—both as a GNOSIS learner and an OBRA board member/advisor. Physicians using GNOSIS can measure their current level of clinical proficiency with a person [...] Read More
Jun 15, 2016 : Two-Minutes: What’s the Risk? “Documentation”
Medical records document patient care and are a critical reference tool for the physician and healthcare staff. Sadly, we also see medical records used as a legal document against the physician—challenging the healthcare that was provided to the patient. In our new “Documentation” two-minute video, ProAssurance Risk Resource Director Mark Hakim offers ten useful tips for mindful medical record documentation to help physicians deter litigation.  [...] Read More
May 18, 2016 : Two Minutes: What’s the Risk? Cybersecurity
Electronic health records contain valuable personal and financial data. A data breach can result in multiple, often expensive, challenges. In “Cybersecurity”, the latest short video (2 minute 02 seconds) on our Risk Resource department’s YouTube channel , Risk Resource Advisor Aaron Hamming discusses how cyber-attacks can occur and ideas for safeguarding private healthcare information. [...] Read More
Apr 23, 2016 : Two Minutes: What's the Risk? Don’t Abandon Medical Judgment to Please a Patient
Today’s patients are less likely to blindly heed a physician’s recommendations for care. In “Don’t Abandon Medical Judgment to Please a Patient”, the latest short video (2 minute 08 seconds) on our Risk Resource department’s YouTube channel , Stephen Dallas, MD, MA discusses ways to encourage patients to follow doctors’ recommendations. [...] Read More