Jeff Smith

Medical Procedure Informed Consent is a Process Not a Form

Informed Consent is a Process Not a Form Often informed consent is viewed as another form to be signed by the patient that protects the physician or facility in the event of litigation. In truth it is the process of obtaining informed consent – and documenting the process – that offers protection.  More importantly though, …

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NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company Responds To Recent Credit Crisis

Norcal Mutual Insurance Company is a leading, California-based, Medical Malpractice Insurance company.  In direct contrast to the volatility of some of the major insurance players (particularly AIG), the CEO of Norcal, James Sunseri,  is very reassuring about Norcal’s financial stability. NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company has no significant exposure to the credit crisis that recently sent shockwaves up …

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Are Physician Owners Responsible for the Acts of their Employees?

As a client advocate and representative, we often research areas of potential liability for our healthcare clients.  Often in the course of evaluating exposures to risk, we turn to experts in the legal industry for guidance.  The following is an article provided by one such expert in the arena of vicarious liability for employers.   Employer …

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The Doctors Company Acquires SCPIE (AHI)

The medical malpractice insurance industry has been buzzing with the news of the SCPIE (Southern California Physicians Insurance Exchange/American Healthcare Indemnity) acquisition by The Doctors  Company.  The Doctors Company, based in Napa, California, is now the largest insurer of physician and surgeon medical liability in the country.  Whether or not this proves to be better …

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Teleradiology Prompts Medical Malpractice Insurance Quandry

A California Radiology Group plans to hire a radiologist to read films from his home in Colorado.  A practice commonly referred to as teleradiology, a branch of telemedicine. This teleradiology practice raises questions concerning whether the physician is practicing medicine in California or Colorado and subsequently will the California-based insurance carrier extend coverage for this …

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