Do I have malpractice insurance coverage when I work an assignment with Weatherby?
Yes, Weatherby provides professional liability (medical malpractice) insurance for contracted physicians and advanced practice providers while working on assignment for Weatherby. In some instances, Weatherby coordinates with the facility to provide professional liability insurance.
What are the claim limits on the malpractice policy provided by Weatherby?
Standard coverage is a claims-made policy with limits of $1,000,000 per claim/$3,000,000 annual aggregate per provider, although this can vary by contract or state. For example, New York State law requires limits of at least $1,300,000 per claim/$3,900,000 aggregate. Other states have patient compensation funds, discussed below, which may limit liability and/or act like an excess layer of coverage.
What is the difference between a claims-made policy and an occurrence-based policy?
A claims-made policy covers a claim made against the insured during the policy period, regardless of when the incident that gave rise to the claim took place.
An occurrence-based policy covers claims that arise out of an incident that took place during the policy period, regardless of when the claims are made.
Will I be covered if a claim is made after my assignment has ended?
Yes, the coverage applies even if you’re no longer working for Weatherby at the time a claim is made. Weatherby can procure an optional extended reporting period endorsement (“tail coverage”) under the current policy, should the need arise.
Is there coverage for other administrative actions, like board investigations or peer reviews?
Yes, the insurance coverage obtained by Weatherby provides defense costs, typically up to $25,000, for responding to such actions if they arise out of your assignment.
Are there any exclusions to the policy?
Yes, any criminal or intentional acts or omissions are excluded from the policy. Additionally, the policy only covers care that you’ve been approved to do within your scope of work.
What should I do if I’m notified about a claim made against me?
You should immediately contact CHG’s claims management team at chgrisk.management@ chghealthcare.com. CHG is Weatherby’s parent company which handles all malpractice claims. The team will then begin creating a file and put you in touch with experienced local council to assist you with the case.
Will I get help from Weatherby if a claim is made against me?
Yes, the claims management team has extensive experience and expertise handling these types of cases and can offer you personalized assistance should any issues arise.
What happens if a claim is decided against me in excess of what the malpractice policy will pay?
While this situation is uncommon, you would be responsible for any additional liability. For this reason, some providers opt to purchase secondary coverage.
Can I continue to work with Weatherby if a claim is made against me?
A claim will not automatically disqualify you from continuing to work with Weatherby. If a claim is made against you, the quality management team will review your case and decide whether you can continue working for Weatherby. These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.
What is a patient compensation fund?
A patient compensation fund (PCF) is a fund administered by some states to compensate individuals harmed by acts or omissions alleged to have occurred in the course of treatment by a medical provider or entity that participates in that state’s fund.
What states have patient compensation funds?
Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Does Weatherby enroll all providers in the various patient compensation funds?
Providers with assignments in Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin will be enrolled in their state’s PCF.
Who can help me if I have additional questions?
Please contact your consultant directly for additional information or call 954.343.3050.