The Doctor’s Advocate | Fourth Quarter 2016
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A.M. Best Affirms Our Excellent Ratings and Stable Outlook

A.M. Best has affirmed our financial strength rating of “A” (Excellent), our issuer credit rating (ICR) of “a” (Excellent), and our “stable” outlook. The A (Excellent) rating is assigned only to select companies with excellent ability to meet ongoing insurance policy and contract obligations. The “a” ICR is assigned to entities that have an excellent ability to meet their ongoing senior financial obligations.

This position as the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurance company has been achieved through profitable underwriting, favorable reserve development, strong patient safety and risk management programs, and successful acquisition strategy, A.M. Best noted.

“We are pleased that A.M. Best continues to recognize The Doctors Company’s exceptional financial strength and mission-driven operational excellence,” said Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, chairman and CEO of The Doctors Company.

New Complimentary CME Courses

We continue to develop complimentary on-demand courses that focus on timely topics and on trends identified through our claims data.

The latest offerings include two additions to Lessons Learned, our series based on closed claims studies. The new courses present findings from recent internal medicine and plastic surgery analyses.

We are also offering Understanding Malpractice Claims and Litigation Proceedings, an introductory course for physicians and staff that provides an overview on the elements of a malpractice claim.

A timely new course, Cybersecurity and Data Breaches, covers the basic steps everyone in your office should take to prevent cyber attacks, monitor security, and respond in the event of an attack.

Find details on these on-demand courses and a list of upcoming seminars and webinars at

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