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Physician Safety Nets
Buying Disability and Malpractice Insurance

Two forms of insurance can help save a physician's income and career if unexpected negative events occur: disability insurance and malpractice insurance. It's important for physicians to choose the right disability insurance policy in case they become ill or otherwise physically unable to practice. Also, medical malpractice lawsuits are an ongoing threat; having the appropriate policy can affect how a lawsuit proceeds. This course will cover:

  • Why physicians need disability insurance
  • The right level of disability coverage and key issues to watch out for
  • The importance of malpractice insurance
  • Elements within a malpractice policy that affect coverage
  • Factors that affect premium price
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6 CHAPTERS
Why Physicians Need Disability Insurance
This chapter discusses the chances of becoming disabled and unable to work as a physician; elements of a disability policy; and the differences between individual and group disability policies.
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Deciding On Your Level of Coverage
This chapter describes the degree of coverage a physician may need, and the exclusions, limitations, and denials that can affect the type of coverage that is best for you.
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How Much Does Disability Insurance Cost?
This chapter describes the variables that affect premiums, and tells how physicians can choose which factors are right for them and will keep their premiums under control.
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Buying Medical Malpractice Insurance
This chapter discusses the importance of malpractice insurance; elements of coverage that are important, including tail coverage, occurrence and claims-made coverage; and the consent-to-settle clause.
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Purchasing Your Malpractice Policy
This chapter covers elements of purchasing a policy; how to choose a broker or an insurance carrier; when you need to get surplus lines coverage; and what to expect to pay in premiums.
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Pricing Malpractice Insurance
Physicians will learn about the factors and choices that can affect their premium price, such as group discounts, risk management discounts, and claims-free discounts.
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AUTHORS
Leigh Page
Freelance writer, Chicago, Illinois
Lawrence B. Keller, CFP, CLU
Physician Financial Services, Woodbury, New York
Dan Cavanaugh
Assistant Vice President, Membership Development, Cooperative of American Physicians, Los Angeles, California
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PHYSICIAN BUSINESS ACADEMY

Medscape Physician Business Academy is designed to help all physicians, employed and self-employed as well as new and more established practicing physicians, become successful in their medical practice and career by providing the essential business information that most medical schools and residency programs don't teach.

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BY COMPLETING 8 COURSES YOU WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION. AFTER COMPLETING EACH COURSE, YOU’LL RECEIVE A LETTER OF COMPLETION.

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