insurance for hospices

insurance for hospices

Westwood will work with you to ensure your Hospice clients have adequate insurance coverage for every possible threat they face.

assessing their needs

Hospices are specialized healthcare facilities that provide end-of-life care to patients with terminal illnesses. While hospices play a vital role in providing comfort and support to patients and their families, they also face several challenges that commercial insurance agents should be aware of. Some of these challenges include:

  1. Liability Risks: Hospices are responsible for providing appropriate care to patients with complex medical needs. Insurance agents should ensure that hospices have appropriate liability coverage to protect against malpractice lawsuits and other potential claims.
  2. Employee Retention: Hospices rely on skilled healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, and social workers, to provide care to their patients. Insurance agents should work with hospices to identify ways to attract and retain talented staff, such as offering competitive salaries, benefits, and professional development opportunities.
  3. Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement: Hospices rely heavily on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement to fund their operations. Insurance agents should be aware of the complex reimbursement rules and regulations that govern hospice care and ensure that hospices have appropriate coverage to protect against potential billing errors or other reimbursement-related issues.
  4. Cybersecurity: Hospices store sensitive data such as patient records, financial information, and confidential medical data. Insurance agents should ensure that hospices have robust cybersecurity measures in place to protect against data breaches and cyber attacks.
  5. Regulatory Compliance: Hospices must comply with a range of federal and state regulations related to patient care, safety, and staffing. Insurance agents should ensure that hospices have appropriate coverage to protect against potential claims related to non-compliance with these regulations.

Overall, commercial insurance agents should be aware of the unique risks and challenges faced by hospices and work with them to identify and mitigate potential risks.

what specific insurance do they need?

Hospices may require a range of insurance policies to protect against various risks. Some of the specific insurance policies that hospices may need include:

  1. General Liability Insurance: This type of insurance protects hospices against claims of property damage or bodily injury caused by the hospice’s operations.
  2. Professional Liability Insurance: Also known as malpractice insurance, this coverage protects hospices and their staff against claims of negligence, errors, or omissions related to the provision of medical services.
  3. Workers’ Compensation Insurance: This coverage protects hospices and their employees in case of work-related injuries or illnesses.
  4. Cyber Liability Insurance: This type of insurance covers hospices against the financial losses associated with data breaches, cyber attacks, and other cyber incidents.
  5. Property Insurance: This type of insurance protects hospices against damage or loss to their buildings, equipment, and other property due to various risks such as fire, theft, or vandalism.
  6. Directors and Officers Liability Insurance: This insurance protects the hospice’s directors and officers against claims of mismanagement, breach of fiduciary duty, or other wrongful acts.
  7. Business Interruption Insurance: This coverage provides financial support to hospices in case of a disruption to their operations due to a covered event, such as a natural disaster or equipment failure.

The specific insurance policies that a hospice may need will depend on its unique risks and circumstances. It’s important for insurance agents to understand the nature of hospice care, the risks associated with end-of-life care, and the regulatory requirements that apply to hospices to provide tailored insurance solutions.

advice for commercial agents approaching hospices

If you are a commercial insurance agent approaching hospices, it is important to understand the unique risks and challenges that these facilities face. Hospices provide end-of-life care to patients with complex medical needs, and they rely on a team of skilled healthcare professionals to provide this care. Additionally, hospices store sensitive data such as patient records, financial information, and confidential medical data, making them vulnerable to cyber threats. As an insurance agent, you can help hospices mitigate these risks by recommending appropriate insurance policies and risk management strategies.

To effectively approach hospices, it is essential to build a strong understanding of their operations, challenges, and goals. You can begin by researching the hospice industry, reading industry publications and blogs, and attending professional conferences and events. Reach out to hospice administrators and staff and ask questions to better understand their needs, priorities, and concerns. You can also work with industry associations and regulatory bodies to gain insights into the insurance and risk management issues that matter most to hospices.

When recommending insurance policies to hospices, it is important to consider their unique needs, budget, and risk tolerance. Work with them to assess their specific risks and develop a comprehensive risk management plan that includes both insurance and non-insurance strategies. Be transparent about the coverage and pricing options available, and provide clear explanations of policy terms and conditions to ensure the hospice fully understands the protection being offered. By taking a consultative approach and providing tailored insurance solutions, you can build long-lasting relationships with hospices and help them protect their patients, staff, and operations.

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General Liability Insurance

General Liability insurance cover medical expenses and attorney fees which result from bodily injuries and property damage that your company or organization could be legally responsible for.

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Professional Liability Insurance

Professional liability insurance, also known as errors and omissions insurance (E&O) and medical malpractice insurance, protects your business against claims of negligence, malpractice, errors, and omissions which may have occurred during the fulfillment of a professional service.

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Telemedicine Malpractice Insurance

telemedicine malpractice insurance—also known as digital health insurance or eHealth insurance—has become increasingly vital for healthcare providers. to  protect them against claims of negligence, malpractice, errors, and omissions which may be the result of the limitations of webcam quality or the inability of a patient to properly photograph a condition. It can also cover cyber liability, such as remote controlled medical devices being hacked.

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Directors and Officers Liability (D&O) insurance

D&O insurance (Directors and officers liability insurance), shields the personal assets of company directors and officers, and where necessary, their spouses, from claims which could arise as a result of the decisions they made and actions they took within the scope of their regular duties.

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Cyber liability insurance

Cyber liability insurance covers the financial costs associated with a breach of your cyber security, such as a ransomware attack. It also covers first party costs including event management, data restoration, financial costs to third parties, network interruption, and cyber extortion.

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HNO Insurance

HNOA, (hired non-owned auto insurance) is designed for organizations who regularly hire vehicles or require employees to use their own vehicles in the course of their work. In the case of an accident where your employee was liable, it could cover physical damage to that other person’s vehicle, medical expenses, the cost of hiring an attorney to defend your business.

Workers’ Comp. Insurance

Workers’ compensation insurance covers your employees for workplace injuries or illness. It provides them with medical and wage benefits.

This coverage is mandated by each state, with the wage and medical benefits varying from state to state. Workers compensation also protects business owners from civil suits by workers who become injured on the job.

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Employment Practices Liability

Employment practices liability insurance (EPL insurance or EPLI), covers employers (PDF) against claims made by employees for:

  • Discrimination (based on sex, race, age or disability, for example)
  • Wrongful termination
  • Harassment
  • Failure to promote and other employment-related issues
Sexual Abuse & Molestation (SAM)

Sexual Abuse and Molestation Insurance provides coverage for organizations against claims arising from alleged sexual misconduct or molestation by an employee or other representative of the organization. 

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Environmental Liability insurance

Environmental Liability insurance is liability insurance specifically designed to protect environmental liabilities. This is a specialized form of general, commercial liability insurance that provides financial protection against litigation and clean-up costs resulting from claims of injury or damage caused by pollution, contamination or hazardous waste disposals. 

Commercial Property Insurance

Commercial property insurance is a fundamental component of risk management for healthcare and senior living providers. It is designed to protect the organization’s physical assets, such as buildings, medical equipment, furniture, and supplies, from financial losses due to damage or theft.

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Crime Insurance

Crime Insurance covers the insured party a reimbursement if their property is damaged due to a crime. Crime Insurance usually has a huge range of options and comes in different forms. It can be either a rider that can be attached to the existing insurance policy, or it is available as a completely separate product.

Commercial Auto Insurance

Commercial auto insurance is a crucial aspect of risk management for healthcare and senior living providers. It offers vital financial protection against vehicle-related incidents and is often required by law.

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Fully/Partially Funded insurance

Partially Funded insurance gives facilities the opportunity to pay a set premium for, and then in turn is  partially covered for specific risks.

Fully Funded Insurance allows facilities to pay premiums to have coverage against all risks. In return, if they are unfortunate enough to incur any of the covered loss or injury, they are reimbursed their insurance policy amount.

Excess and umbrella coverage

Excess coverage provides an additional layer of protection over and above what an underlying policy provides. It applies to a single policy only.

An umbrella policy on the other hand, provides additional liability coverage over and above what is provided by a number of underlying policies.

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Medical Malpractice Insurance

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Cyber Liability Insurance

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