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I often have conversations with doctors regarding tail coverage and always receive the same two questions: what is it, and do I need it if I want to switch my insurance to PRMS? What is it? Tail coverage only applies if you have a claims-made policy.  The insurance term for “tail” is an extended reporting period.  Having this coverage allows you to report claims after the poli ...

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Background: Under HIPAA’s Breach Notification Rule, individuals must be notified if their protected health information (PHI), which includes demographic and medical information, has been improperly accessed or disclosed. However, if the information is encrypted consistent the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) guidance, using the Advanced Encryption Standa ...

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1.  Encrypt! Admittedly, this lesson should have been learned quite some time ago. In 2014, one-third of Office of Civil Rights’ (OCR) resolution agreements were related to the improper disclosure of protected health information (PHI) due to the theft of an electronic portable device.  In 2015, half of OCR’s case resolution agreements involved the theft of portable devices.  W ...

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On January 4th, President Obama released a series of executive actions to reduce gun violence, including a final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services.  This final rule amends HIPAA’s Privacy Rule to “remove unnecessary legal barriers preventing States from reporting relevant information about people prohibited from possessing a gun for specific mental health ...

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Join our panel of PRMS risk managers on the first Friday of every month for “On Our Minds®.”  You can listen in as they discuss: Emerging trends in psychiatry Current events that may impact your practice Advice on protecting you, your patients and your practice New risk management publications and educational articles And more!     Clients: to listen live, visit P ...

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In my prior posts, I have provided an overview of the Florida law restricting physicians’ right to inquire about firearms, and I’ve reviewed the three-judge appellate decisions from 2014 and July 2015. WHY DO WE HAVE YET ANOTHER OPINION? As expected, the July 2015 opinion vacating the injunction against enforcement of the law was appealed. The doctors filed a petition again ...

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The holiday season is in full force, and PRMS is getting into the spirit by making contributions to a trio of charitable groups that work tirelessly to help foster and promote good mental health. Instead of sending holiday cards or gifts, PRMS, which manages a medical malpractice professional liability insurance program for psychiatrists, is continuing its tradition of makin ...

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Psychiatrists and psychiatric residents took a break from their busy schedules recently for a 5K run and walk designed to help them get better acquainted with colleagues while promoting mental health awareness in the community. The Brooklyn Psychiatric Society’s second annual Fun Run, Walk & Meet, sponsored in part by PRMS, manager of a medical malpractice professional lia ...

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With sadness, we relay the news that our former colleague, Cora Watley, passed away on November 19, 2015. She was living in Pittsburgh, PA at the time of her death. Cora joined the PRMS Insurance Department in 1994, retiring in 2012 as Assistant Vice President. She returned home to Pittsburgh and enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and family. She will be remembered f ...

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  As vulnerable Arlington County families gather together for Thanksgiving dinner this week, many of their plates will include beans and rice packaged by PRMS.  PRMS employees got into the holiday spirit recently by taking time out from their schedules to carefully package 1,600-one pound bags of beans and rice for the Arlington Food Assistance Center, a food bank providing ...

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