WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
There are two types of medical professional liability insurance policies to consider.
What is a claims-made policy?
Generally, this type of policy protects you when you are named in a practice-related legal proceeding (e.g. lawsuit) if both the legal proceeding is “made” against you and the psychiatric service was provided during the policy period. The limits of liability in effect at the time the legal proceeding is filed will apply. Should you cancel your policy, generally with this type of coverage, you should consider additional coverage to extend the reporting period - commonly called tail coverage. Premium for tail coverage may be waived in cases such as retirement, longevity with the program, death or permanent disability. However, when switching another company’s claims made policy to PRMS, you may not need to buy their tail coverage. Click here to see how and when tail coverage may not be necessary with PRMS.
What is an occurrence policy?
This type of policy protects you in a practice-related legal proceeding as long as the policy was active at the time the treatment or incident occurred, regardless of when the legal proceeding is filed. The limits of liability in effect at the time of the “occurrence” will apply. Should you cancel your policy, you do not need to buy tail coverage with the occurrence policy.
Interested in learning more about tail coverage, what it is, and whether you need it? Click here.
Contact Rich Stagnato with your questions about tail coverage.