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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions and Risk Resources
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is generating questions and concerns. As your risk resource partner, we are here to help you with prevention strategies as well as with navigating emerging issues related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are also here to serve you, our customers, as you continue to play a vital role in supporting the health care in our communities. We can share the latest information and problem-solve difficult issues together. We are stronger together.
The Constellation Client Online Forum is available exclusively for our MMIC, UMIA and Arkansas Mutual customers. Join the COVID-19 conversation, and many other risk and patient safety discussions, with your peers and the Constellation Patient Safety team. Connect to share, collaborate and learn from each other.
Our standard medical professional liability insurance provides coverage for an adverse or unanticipated outcome resulting from professional services provided or that should have been provided by an insured or someone for whom the insured is liable.
Please note the FAQ responses are general in nature and based on our standard insuring agreements. All coverage is subject to the actual terms and conditions of your policy and specific allegations of any claim. Please contact your agent or underwriter for the most accurate and comprehensive information on your policy.
- Does my policy cover me for patient claims involving treatment and care of COVID-19?
Yes. We anticipate allegations of professional negligence related to COVID-19 would be covered. However, actual coverage determination would be based on the specific allegations of the claim.
COVID-19 Risk Resources
- A Calm and Controlled Approach to Managing the Coronavirus webinar with Padilla and Constellation
- AHA CyberSecurity Resources
- AMA A Physician’s Guide to COVID-19
- CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 resources and situation updates
- CDC Information for health care professionals
- CDC Interim U.S. Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Healthcare Personnel with Potential Exposure in a Healthcare Setting to Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Original Presentation date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Presented by Bob McNaney
Padilla Senior VP of Crisis + Critical Issues
Effectively preparing for and managing a coronavirus outbreak is something virtually every smart organization in all corners of the world and across the U.S. are thinking about right now. Constellation, in concert with its crisis communication partner Padilla, is hosting a live webinar to address best practices. Identifying your key stakeholders and communicating with them in a calm, timely manner can mean the difference between a well-managed event or a situation that puts patient’s/resident’s health at risk and your organization’s reputation in peril.
Rebecca Tutton, RN, JD. has retired from Arkansas Mutual as our Risk Manager and Patient Safety Consultant as of December 25, 2019. She is a huge asset to our company and many of you, our policyholders, have talked to her and taken advantage of her wealth of knowledge. We are sad about her departure but know she will enjoy her retirement.
Going forward, please direct whatever questions you would have posed to her to Betty Van Woert, RN BSN, CPHRM. Betty will be able to work with you as Rebecca did. Please click her name for her Bio and Contact Information. You may also contact Joyce Wilson, Customer Service at our office 501-716-9190.
As always, you will still have access to the ‘Patient Safety’ section of our website to access all of our Risk Management and Patient Safety resources: https://www.arkansasmutual.com/risk-management/
Please click here for information about the Family Medicine Update at UAMS.
2018 Financial Highlights – Constellation Insurance Companies
Constellation is a growing portfolio of medical professional liability insurance companies, which currently includes MMIC in the Midwest, UMIA in the Mountain States, and Arkansas Mutual. Together, these organizations collaborate throughout much of the country to offer our health care and long-term care clients a market-leading blend of financial stability, highly responsive customer service, and innovative approaches to liability risk management. Our dedication to care teams informs all we do, as we believe that what’s good for care teams is good for business. In 2018, we worked “together for the common good” to achieve another year of impressive results, as well as strong positioning for our future.
“A” rated by A.M. Best
A.M. Best, the most widely recognized insurance rating agency, affirmed our financial stability with an “A” (“Excellent”) rating. Our ongoing financial strength enables us to deliver superior service to our policyholders while continuing to invest in opportunities that will drive future growth. Ultimately, our solid financial position fuels our mission to help physicians and all those who devote their lives to health care attain their dream—to help, heal and serve.
Google said it would begin showing people where to discard unneeded medications, at places such as local pharmacies, hospitals and government buildings.
Users can type “drug drop off near me” or “medication disposal near me” to see locations on Google Maps (a free app).
To: Arkansas Mutual Policyholders: OB/GYN, Family Practitioners, Plastic Surgeons
From: Rebecca Tutton, RN, JD, Risk and Patient Safety, Arkansas Mutual Insurance Company, Rebecca.email@example.com
I have provided a link to an FDA warning that came out June 30, 2018 regarding the use of energy-based devices to perform vaginal “rejuvenation” or vaginal cosmetic procedures, at the end of this memo.
An FDA August 2, 2018 update letter included some manufacturers that had been overlooked in the June 30 letter. I have included the link to this letter as well.
The warning states
“we alert patients and health care providers that the use of energy-based devices (commonly radiofrequency or laser) to perform vaginal rejuvenation, cosmetic vaginal procedures or non-surgical vaginal procedures to treat symptoms related to menopause, urinary incontinence, or sexual function may be associated with serious adverse events. The safety and effectiveness of energy-based devices for treatment of these conditions has not been established.”
By Jason Hendren with Wright, Lindsey & Jennigs LLP (Rogers, AR)
Original Publication in Arkansas Hospitals (AR Hospital Association), Summer 2018 Publication
On November 6, 2018, Arkansans will have the opportunity to vote on “issue 1,” which if passed would put several “tort reform” measures into effect beginning 1/1/2019. Issue 1 contains five proposals: (1) limits on attorney contingency fees; (2) caps on non-economic damages; (3) caps on punitive damages; (4) changes in the way rules of pleading, practice and procedure are governed in civil court cases; and (5) preservation of the right to trial by jury.