A male practitioner sent sexually-oriented communications to a mentally and emotionally disturbed female adult client through voice mail, verbally directly by telephone, email, texts, letters, and cards by mail. A blatant case of a clinical setting boundary violation and sexual misconduct with no physical interaction, this indefensible sexual misconduct claim is valid regardless of the lack of physical, sexual interaction.
A client trips on your waiting room carpet, falls and breaks an ankle. Does your General Liability policy cover you? Maybe! Maybe NOT!
While reflecting on your recent summer vacation, it’s a good time to ask yourself why you buy insurance? Are you looking to comply with a state licensing requirement, a requirement by your employer, or simply your need for protection? Are you only price-driven, or do you evaluate your insurance policy to understand the actual benefits, limits, sub-limits, and value?
Client sessions occurring in person will eventually return to normal. But in our opinion, a new normal is sprouting with greater use of teletherapy. Congress is considering legislation to loosen teletherapy restrictions and allow more use of teletherapy across state lines.
Traveling is picking up again as the nation comes out of COVID-19 and as the vacation season approaches. Moreover, some practitioners must travel overnight for work. Whether for work or vacation, traveling has risks even while providing professional services during the day. For your safety, it is important to be Mindful and aware; Watchful: vigilant; and Careful: prudently cautious to avoid danger and harm.
NASW RRG is owned by its policyholders and is not controlled by profit-obsessed Wall Street investors. We strive to take cost out of every aspect of our business while delivering the best coverage in the nation to you at the lowest price, along with many free support services. Our record proves it—no price increases in over 45 years.
Insurance is all about numbers and using numbers and statistics to predict outcomes. That is because some people say that insurance is like gambling. Why is that? While similar to gambling, however, insurance is not a zero-sum game where the dealer wins the bet and you lose.
Just about any insurance carrier allows the buyer of an insurance policy or an active insured covered under an insurance policy to buy a “Rider,” referred to as an “Endorsement.” When you add an Endorsement to an insurance policy contract, think CHANGE. It could amend anything.
Today we will talk briefly about certain statistical tools and perspectives that you may want to use in your practice so you get a better handle on your cases and general work activity. The goal here is to help you work smarter, not harder while managing your risk better. The first thing to ask is: “What’s my story?” Is your practice driven by a few types of cases or is it widespread among many diverse case types?
COVID-19 caused the closing of state licensing boards and civil courts for many months, depending on the state, some are still recovering. Historically, our experience has shown that state licensing boards normally require on average 8 to 15 months to resolve a case. With COVID-19 delays, we are now looking at years.
According to the Deloitte Center for Financial Services, Deloitte Insights’ survey of 200 industry leaders reported on December 3, 2020, the pandemic from COVID-19 hurt the property and casualty insurance business significantly. The trend will continue perhaps into Q3 2022.
Whether it is life, health, hospital, dental, vision, accident, property, casualty, auto, renters, homeowners, mortgage, credit, or liability, insurance is a part of everybody’s life. So, like it or not, you are an insurance policy customer, and you should know how the insurance distribution process works. It will save you money.
NASW Risk Retention Group (NASW RRG) shares information based on our helpline inquiries, corresponding claims history, and an understanding of a varying nationwide professional state regulatory environment.
Due to COVID-19, many states have implemented or waived specific regulations; it is the individual professional's responsibility to research, implement, and monitor those regulations; and apply our risk management content as a consideration in your practice environment. Do not interpret this risk management material as any means to alter professional training, standards, nor any ethics information provided by your professional association.
Please understand, the NASW RRG makes no representations or warranties other than those stated to our current policyholders in the insurance policy contract. Please contact us if you have further questions.