The COVID-19 pandemic has caused NASW Assurance Services and the NASW Risk Retention Group to receive an inordinate number of phone calls from social workers asking a variety of questions. We have found that most of the calls relate to remote practice methods. With the immediate social distancing shift away from in-person therapy, many social workers are asking how to begin online and telehealth therapy and requisite guidelines.
Avoiding Malpractice Tips
We buy insurance for many reasons to mitigate our risk. Insurance policies come in many forms, variations, and sizes, such as risk protection for life, health, auto, home, and liability. The one thing that they all have in common is shifting risk to another party in exchange for premiums paid.
We buy insurance policies in one form or another to protect ourselves against our risk of perils. We shift certain risks to the insurance carrier when we buy an insurance policy contract. So, what is happening behind our policy purchase at the insurance company?
The New Year marks the start of new goals like pledges to be more organized, to lose weight, to manage income better, or to engage in other healthy actions. It is also an excellent time to complete another important healthy action: conduct an insurance review. Basically, this is a security review to assess your risk exposures.
This month’s tip article gives you the highlights of where the liability insurance market recently was and is heading, particularly the professional liability market within the medical malpractice segment. The supporting information was obtained from four sources: Deloitte Center for Financial Services, Insights, December 2019; USI 2019 Sponsored National Practice Leaders; Marsh’s Global Insurance Market Study, 2019; and NASWRRG first-hand experience.
Extended Reporting Period (ERP), in connection with a professional liability insurance policy, also known “tail coverage,” is an option sometimes offered in a claims-made policy. The keyword here is “Reporting Period” because that term drives the difference between a claims-made policy and an occurrence policy.
In early November, each crisp fall day’s golden sunlight grows shorter and wanes into the cold dark night. We see the bright, colorful, and radiant leaves sparkling in the autumn sun sinking low on the horizon. We smell the woodsy humus fragrance of the fallen leaves and acorns from the tall oak trees rooted in the damp dark earth. As our minds wander in a sort of Freudian free-associative state, we remember our happy childhood memories of days gone by.
In the property and casualty insurance world, which includes liability covers such as Errors and Omissions, Medical Malpractice, General Liability, Cyber Liability, Professional Liability, and Employers Professional Liability, the chain of claim is virtually the same.
Insurance policies are legal contracts. As such, they are very complicated and loaded with legal terms and precise definitions. Insurance carriers are in business to maximize profits, especially the Wall Street insurance companies. As a result, they utilize their decades of claims history and loss experience to carve out certain risks and perils from their insurance policy coverages.
General Liability insurance is important for you to own. Even if you have no office, or your employer already has a General Liability insurance policy. If you perform your services in any venue, there is a risk that your client will suffer a property loss like a stolen wallet for example and blame you.
Did you know that recently the City of Baltimore suffered a cyber attack that froze its ability to operate, including processing parking tickets? In early June of 2019, Philadelphia’s court system was attacked which froze its ability to operate.
Well, it’s that time again here in sunny June, where we go on vacation to enjoy life, get together with friends and loved ones, see the many wonders in our world, and maybe just simply recharge our batteries from our exhaustive work lives.
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.