The Doctor’s Advocate | Fourth Quarter 2012
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Fourth Quarter 2012

Reduce Diagnostic Errors with Complimentary NPSF CME Module

As the industry’s patient safety leader, we are committed to providing clinical tools and resources that can help you reduce risk and enhance safety within your practice.

Diagnostic errors account for 45 percent of malpractice claims in nonsurgical specialties. In partnership with the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), we’re helping members hone their skills to reduce the prevalence of diagnostic error.

We are giving complimentary access to the first 200 members who register for Reducing Diagnostic Errors, an NPSF online module certified for 2.0 CME credits.

Get instructions to access the module at www.thedoctors.com/npsfmodule.

Fitch Affirms Our “A” Rating

Fitch Ratings has affirmed our “A” (Strong) Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) rating and that its rating outlook for all ratings is “Stable.”

The ratings are based on our above-average underwriting performance and profitability compared to peers in the medical malpractice industry, favorable loss reserve levels, strong statutory capital position, and experienced management team that employs a conservative operating strategy that is focused on long-term underwriting profitability.

The ratings also take into account the acquisition last year of First Professionals Insurance Company, Inc. (FPIC). Fitch noted that integration efforts to date have not encountered any significant issues and that the acquisition gives The Doctors Company the opportunity to better compete, particularly in Florida and Texas.

 

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New YouTube Video Series Features Experts on Health Care in Transition

Our new Executive Advisory Board Speaker Series features video vignettes posted on YouTube. Among the videos currently available for viewing are “Health Care in Transition: Accountable Care Organizations” featuring Laura Jacobs, MPH, executive vice president, The Camden Group in California; and “Physician Leadership: How They Can Lead Health Care Reform” by Robert J. Jackson, MD, MMM, president and medical director, Accountable Healthcare Alliance in Michigan.

In her video, Ms. Jacobs provides insight on the challenges of reducing the cost of health care while improving quality, on how doctors can better organize themselves, and on how physicians can work efficiently with other physicians, hospitals, and physician-hospital organizations.

In “Physician Leadership: How They Can Lead Health Care Reform,” Dr. Jackson states that physicians should be at the center of all heath care changes and should be leaders in developing the programs to improve health care.

Both Ms. Jacobs and Dr. Jackson were featured speakers at our recent 2012 Executive Advisory Board meeting, a forum where dynamic thought leaders explored topics of importance to modern medical practices in the evolving health care environment.

To view these videos and to subscribe to other videos we’ve produced, go to www.youtube.com/doctorscompany.


The Doctor’s Advocate is published by The Doctors Company to advise and inform its members about loss prevention and insurance issues.

The guidelines suggested in this newsletter are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful outcome. They attempt to define principles of practice for providing appropriate care. The principles are not inclusive of all proper methods of care nor exclusive of other methods reasonably directed at obtaining the same results.

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