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Medical Spa

Is the Medical Director Covered by the Facility?

A common question that we are asked at  The Doctors Insurance Agency – (an agency for The Doctors Company) and a national broker for medical professional liability insurance is in regards to whether a physician needs to purchase a separate Medical Director Liability Insurance Policy.  If you are asked to sign a contract as medical director for an Assisted Living FacilitiesPathology Labs, Endoscopy LabsMedical Spas and other similar health care organization, you might be asked to provide your own medical director liability insurance policy. 

You may need one (regardless of whether the organization carries their own liability policy);  the key to understanding whether you need to purchase your own is understanding the contract language in the Medical Professional Liability Insurance Policy for the healthcare organization. 

We are often asked if the medical professional liability insurance policy that ‘covers’ the health care organization also provides liability cover for the Medical Director. 

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You Only Need One Insurance Policy to Cover your Anti Aging and Aesthetic Practice

Is there one medical malpractice, medical professional liability policy that covers a physician practicing some conventional, primary care medicine (taking histories, physicals and even prescribing appropriate "Pharma" remedies, antibiotics, topicals, meds) but diagnoses chronic disease with an eye toward 'integrating' a holistic solution. 

Do you need more than one medical malpractice insurance policy to cover your anti - aging practice: One to cover Testosterone  supplements, hormone therapies, stem cell injections, or other anti aging treatments.  Another policy which covers the lifestyle, 'medical consultations, including nutrition, life environment, food choices, exercise routines, ....And a third to cover aesthetic (laser, skin treatments, injectables or other aesthetic services). 

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Insurance for MediSpa Professionals is Easier Than you Might Think.

The Doctors’ Insurance Agency has been working with our partners at Program Professional Insurance and World Wide Facilitites to develop, promote and underwrite policies that cover individual RN’s doing Aesthetic services, The medical professional policies are a great solution for Midlevel Providers working in or owners of a MediSpa.  These specialized liability insurance policies cover as many employees or independent contractors as necessary (according to your growth and business model).

The policies are underwritten by American and London based Carriers with years of supporting this industry. They have access to informed consent forms, risk management tools and fair, competitive premiums that will allow your business to grow in those sensitive early years. 

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Starting the Process of Medical Malpractice Insurance for Telemedicine Doctors, Midlevels and Organizations

Where do you  start to apply for and obtain medical malpractice insurance if you are going to practice telemedicine.

Start by listing the Telemedicine Organization address and describe your niche, describe the medical service that your innovation is bringing.
The underwriters need some ‘data points’ to assign a premium to your telemedicine organization.
The organization is the Named Insured, or as I like to call it, the anchor of the medical malpractice insurance policy;  From this ‘center’ of the policy, the insurance carriers build, sort of from the inside out:  they consider the total number of telehealth consultations provided by your physicians and mid levels,
the type of medical service,  the location of the physician and the location of the patient and the annual revenue

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Nurse Practitioners opening their own Aesthetic Medical Practice or Medical Spa

More and more nurse practitioners are opening practices catering to cosmetic procedures. Dependent on the state, nurse practitioners can start their entrepreneurial business independently, without requirements for supervision by a Medical doctor while others mandate that a physician is involved in the practice on a supervisory/collaboration basis or even ownership basis. If you are considering an independent practice, be sure to check with your state nursing board prior to spending money on an injectable education and practice. States vary as to who can start a practice with/or employ a physician or even other nurses or aestheticians. You must also investigate whether your employees that are providing cosmetic procedures will require supervision. Again this varies state by state.
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Do I really Need to buy Professional Liability Insurance as a Laser Technician, Aesthetician or Electrologist?

In our 25 years of experience working with professionals, I think the best answer to this question is personal responsibility of mind there is nothing more unsettling than persistent sometimes automated aggressive legal counsel making demands and threats that potentially can undermine everything you worked for, including your carefully guarded reputation. Professional liability insurance policy brings with it a team of experts, attorneys, accountants and counselors to come to your defense so that you can continue to work.
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Are You Providing Noninvasive Skin Solutions?

We recently helped to find coverage for two Aestheticians performing noninvasive skin solutions.

The scope of work they were seeking for coverage only required an esthetician license. They did not need to have a medical director physician as a supervisor and do not perform laser, invasive treatments, injectables and peels. But they wanted to ‘upgrade’ their staff from Aestheticians to RN’s and their current policy allows for coverage for up to 4 estheticians but does not cover RNs, only estheticians.

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Are You Providing Sculptra Injection Treatments?

The Doctors Insurance Agency works with well-known carriers to find the best coverage for our MediSpa/Aesthetic, Injectable, Laser, and Wellness Centers.

We insure many Aestheticians providing Injectable Advanced Services. Sculptra Injections are a form of Injectable Advanced Services and coverage may be difficult to find for any injections other than the face. Sculptra is an FDA-approved injectable that is designed to fill wrinkles and reduce hollow, sunken cheeks. The treatment increases your body’s natural production of collagen, which is key for tightening skin. The effect of Sculptra will increase over time.
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Are You Looking for The Right Insurance for your Aesthetic Spa?

Professional Liability Insurance for Spa, Injectables and Laser

When you've been looking online and asking friends for the perfect answer :
affordable, comprehensive appropriate insurance for your injectable, aesthetic skin and laser – your spa business.

You want to find the right insurance with a stable insurance carrier and you have finally done so!…only to be asked to sign the bold disclosure form indicating that the company with which their insurance is place is not licensed by the state of California.

What is up with these ‘disclosure forms’ that you’re asked to sign in order to buy your liability insurance to insure your laser, injectable spa business:??

Question: There is a disclosure that this Insurance company is not licensed in California and therefore if I get this policy I don't have the protection of the Insurance Guarantee Funds created by California Law, which for many reasons I obviously would like to have!!??
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Can I insure my Expanding Wellness Center to Cover Nutritional Counseling via Telemedicine?

Do I need to cover my Independent Contractors?

I'm a Chiropractor , I have my own insurance, I just need you to cover everyone else..? We've started doing Injectables off sight to expand the business, how can I cover my Aesthetician for doing Botox Injections or IV Hydration therapy at businesses, parties, association meetings? My Medical Director is going to prescribe medicine and lifestyle counseling to men suffering from Erectile Dysfunction or Age Related Hormone related issues.

These are the questions that are becoming more frequent and the problems that The Doctors Insurance Agency in Northern California can solve (with our national healthcare liability insurance brokerage network).
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