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rShare: Alternative insurance coverage.
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rShare allows hospitals and large group practices to lower their medical professional liability insurance premiums by sharing a portion of the financial risk of covering the costs associated with claims. It's a flexible program that allows you to weigh various discounts and associated degrees of risk sharing that best fit your organization, as well as its ability to pay a greater portion of losses on claims.
Best of all, unlike joining a risk retention group or entering into a captive insurance arrangement, you get all the benefits associated with being a member-policyholder of Medical Mutual — complimentary, best-in-class risk management services and a historical track record of excellence in claims management and defense, in addition to local client services that allow you to focus on your core business with worry-free confidence that your insurance program is in good hands.
With rShare, as with many care plans, you have options.
Traditionally, deductibles apply to indemnity payments only. This leaves the responsibility for defense expenses — which are more common and predictable than indemnity expenses — with the insurance carrier. Under the rShare program, Medical Mutual can structure the deductible to include defense expenses, and in turn provide greater cost savings on your premium. Whatever the deductible limit or structure, it will typically apply per incident, with a maximum aggregate of three times the deductible for the policy year.
Let's look at an example where you choose a $200,000 combined deductible on a policy with a $2 million per-incident limit and you further choose a 50/50 Co-Participation Option for the layer above the deductible. If a claim against your organization resolves for the full $2 million, whether by settlement or judgment, you will be responsible for $900,000 of the indemnity payment above and beyond your deductible payment — that is, half of the remaining $1.8 million liability after the $200,000 deductible.
When a hospital or practice chooses a Co-Participation Agreement to cover both the organization and its physicians, they will also share the per-incident and aggregate liability limits. This means settlements of judgments that involve two or more persons in the same claim will be paid from the one set of shared limits. In addition, the hospital or practice may also be required to substantiate its ability to pay its share of liability, in the event of one or more large claims settlements or judgments. Depending on your organization's size, financial position and track record with claims, the significant premium savings this option provides may or may not be worth the risk you share. There are no guarantees either way. That's simply the nature of risk. But as groups and hospitals become larger in today's healthcare environment, co-participation may well become an attractive option for some.
How much savings can you afford? It's a matter of risk vs. reward.
The chart below depicts costs associated with a claim under three different deductible scenarios:
- Combined – legal defense costs and indemnity both count toward the deductible
- Expense Only – only legal defense costs count toward the deductible
- Indemnity Only – only indemnity costs count toward the deductible
rShare savings scenarios (Chart)
|Combined Deductible||Expense Only Deductible||Indemnity Only Deductible|
|Risk Factor||Highest Risk||Moderate Risk||Lowest Risk|
|Reward Factor||Biggest Premium Savings||Moderate Premium Savings||Smallest Premium Savings|
|Risk/Reward Rationale||The hospital/group has exposure to both legal expenses and indemnity||All claims have defense costs associated with them, regardless of merit. Therefore, the group/hospital will incur defense costs for every alleged claim up to the deductible limit.||Since most claims settle without any indemnity payment, this option carries the smallest potential premium savings.|
|$40,000 toward deductible for legal defense costs |
$60,000 toward indemnity
|$40,000 toward deductible for legal defense costs |
|$100,000 toward deductible for indemnity
|MMIC pays||$440,000 toward indemnity |
MMIC Net Total: $440,000
|$500,000 toward indemnity |
MMIC Total: $500,000
|$40,000 in legal defense costs plus
$400,000 toward indemnity
MMIC Total: $440,000
$40,000 in legal expenses incurred for defense of the case
The aggregate limit yields a smaller discount, but caps your exposure.
Is an rShare prescription right for your organization?
This is the fundamental question to consider before selecting a medical professional liability insurance policy that offers anything other than standard first-dollar coverage.
Even when you know the savings and understand the limits of your deductible and/or co-participation options, the answer may not be easy. And keep in mind that qualification for rShare, as with any Medical Mutual insurance plan, is subject to underwriting.
By reviewing your organization's claims history, our underwriters can provide you with an initial picture of what risk sharing at various levels could mean to your practice or hospital under different scenarios. Of course, enrollment in the rShare program, as with any Medical Mutual insurance program, is subject to underwriting. But with the free assessment, you'll at least be able to make a truly informed decision on whether pursuing rShare is right for you and, if so, at what level.
To take advantage of this free assessment, talk to your authorized agent of Medical Mutual, your Medical Mutual underwriter, or simply contact John Doyle, Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Communications, at (800) 942-2791 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.