insurance for hospitals

assessing their needs

Every medical facility should have general liability insurance coverage

Westwood specializes in advising hospitals on the best insurance coverage they can have to protect them from claims in today’s challenging environment.

Commercial insurance agents working with hospitals should be aware of a broad spectrum of challenges that these institutions face, including but not limited to:

  1. Medical Malpractice and Professional Liability: Hospitals are constantly at risk for lawsuits related to patient care, including surgical errors, misdiagnoses, and other forms of malpractice.

  2. Regulatory Compliance: Hospitals must adhere to numerous federal and state regulations, such as HIPAA for patient privacy, as well as quality and safety standards set by organizations like The Joint Commission.

  3. Cybersecurity Risks: With the digitization of medical records and other patient information, hospitals are vulnerable to cyberattacks that can compromise patient data and result in costly fines and lawsuits.

  4. Workplace Safety: The high-stress, high-stakes environment can result in workplace accidents, injuries, or illnesses, affecting both medical staff and administrative personnel.

  5. Asset Protection: Hospitals have valuable physical assets, including medical equipment and facilities, that are susceptible to damage or loss through theft, natural disasters, or other unforeseen events.

  6. Contractual Liabilities: Hospitals often enter into contracts with various vendors, affiliated physicians, and even with their own staff, opening them up to potential contractual liability issues.

  7. Supply Chain Risks: Dependency on a myriad of suppliers for everything from surgical equipment to pharmaceuticals exposes hospitals to risks if these chains are interrupted.

  8. Reputational Risks: Any incident, from a malpractice suit to a data breach, can severely damage a hospital’s reputation, affecting patient trust and revenue.

  9. Financial Instability: Hospitals are often under financial stress due to fluctuating reimbursement rates from insurance companies, operational inefficiencies, and the high cost of medical equipment.

  10. Pandemic and Mass Casualty Preparedness: As seen with the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals need to be prepared for large-scale health emergencies, which bring their own set of challenges and risks.

By understanding these challenges in depth, commercial insurance agents will be better equipped to provide comprehensive insurance solutions that cover the multi-faceted risks faced by hospitals.

what specific insurance do they need?

Here are the specific types of insurance that hospitals may need:

  1. Medical Malpractice Insurance: This is crucial for covering claims of negligence, errors, or omissions in the treatment of patients.

  2. General Liability Insurance: This provides coverage for bodily injuries, property damage, and other third-party liabilities that can occur in hospital premises.

  3. Workers’ Compensation Insurance: Essential for covering medical expenses and lost wages for hospital employees who may become injured or ill due to their work.

  4. Cyber Liability Insurance: Given the sensitive nature of electronic health records and other patient data, this coverage is vital for risks related to data breaches and cybersecurity incidents.

  5. Commercial Property Insurance: To protect against damage or loss of physical assets like buildings, medical equipment, and other contents due to natural disasters, fires, theft, etc.

  6. Directors and Officers Insurance (D&O): This shields the personal assets of the hospital’s directors and officers if they are personally sued for their managerial decisions.

  7. Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI): Provides protection against claims of wrongful termination, discrimination, or other employment-related issues.

  8. Business Interruption Insurance: Offers financial help for lost income and operating expenses if the hospital has to shut down temporarily for reasons like natural disasters.

  9. Supply Chain Interruption Insurance: Protects against losses caused by supply chain issues, a concern given hospitals’ reliance on a myriad of suppliers.

  10. Crime Insurance: This coverage protects against theft, embezzlement, or other criminal actions by employees or third parties.

  11. Excess/Umbrella Liability Insurance: Offers additional coverage beyond the limits of the underlying liability policies, providing an extra layer of financial protection.

  12. Regulatory and Compliance Insurance: Coverage for legal and other costs related to regulatory or compliance issues, particularly important given the complex regulatory landscape hospitals operate in.

By offering a combination of these insurance types, commercial agents can help hospitals comprehensively manage the broad range of risks they face.

advice for commercial agents approaching hospitals

When approaching hospitals for insurance solutions, commercial agents must conduct comprehensive research to understand the intricate challenges and risks these institutions face. Hospitals are complex ecosystems involving multiple departments, a wide range of professionals, and a broad spectrum of services. Familiarize yourself with the healthcare industry’s current trends and challenges, such as the impact of healthcare reforms, technological advancements, and ongoing issues like the COVID-19 pandemic. Being knowledgeable in these areas will allow you to consultatively approach decision-makers, offering more than just standard insurance packages but genuinely useful, tailored solutions.

Don’t just sell policies; offer value through risk assessment and management services. Utilize this as an opportunity to analyze their current coverage to identify any gaps or redundancies. Speak the language of hospital administrators by tying your insurance solutions to key performance indicators like patient satisfaction, safety metrics, and regulatory compliance. Make it clear how a comprehensive and customized insurance package can help mitigate the complex array of risks they face, from cybersecurity to medical malpractice to property and asset protection. Your ability to act as a trusted advisor, rather than just another vendor, will go a long way in establishing a long-term relationship with these critical healthcare institutions.

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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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General Liability Insurance

Protecting healthcare organizations against increasingly crippling litigation.

Professional Liability Insurance

Protecting medical professionals against increasingly crippling litigation.

Medical Malpractice Insurance

Protecting medical professionals against increasingly crippling litigation.

Cyber Liability Insurance

Protecting healthcare organizations & professionals against cyber attacks.

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insurance for hospitals

Hospital Insurance typically covers all or part of the potential liability for hospital services. It includes medical malpractice, accidents involving hospital employees and equipment, care during surgery or any other invasive treatment, after-hours care arrangements by staff who need help with their children and more.

insurance for long term care facilities

Long term care facilities must protect themselves against potential liability arising from incidents within their facility. Westwood can help you negotiate a package tailored to your long term care facility client.

insurance for physicians

The different types of insurance for physicians includes medical malpractice insurance, professional liability insurance, errors and omissions insurance, an umbrella policy, and professional indemnity. As a physician, you should have access to all of these types of insurance.

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