Medical Malpractice Insurance for Gastroenterology
Gastroenterologists have unique needs for medical malpractice insurance because of their endoscopy labs and interaction with other physicians and hospitals. We can keep their policies separate from the general and other surgeons with whom they work, from their corporate entities, from the internists who refer to them; and, we can create some synergies which result in discounted medical malpractice insurance. This is where it is important to work with an agent familiar with the underwriting guidelines of a specialty carrier. The Doctors’ Insurance Agency works with underwriters to find make sure the practice fits, to find the discounts which apply and to ensure that the additional coverage sub limits are offered.
The Doctors’ Insurance Agency will work tirelessly to place your gastroenterology medical malpractice insurance as well as your corporate entity insurance properly, with direct representation to The Doctors’ Company. There are occasions when the endoscopy labs can be included in the separate limit provided to the gastro entity, and there are other situations in which a separate limit just for the endoscopy lab is required.
Regardless of the practice structure, employed, part of the group, contracting with the hospital, a gastroenterologist has a slightly higher chance of being named in a law suit.
The Gastroenterologist specializes in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and disorders of the digestive tract. The challenge for this subspecialty is that the tract is a 25 foot long tube from the mouth to the anus through which food is processed. The digestive tract includes the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine (colon), pancreas, liver and gallbladder. Gastroenterologists are called upon by patients to perform colonoscopies, sigmoidoscopies, CT colonographies, and endoscopies, and to treat a variety of diseases. Where a gastroenterology doctor fails to order the appropriate test, or treat a digestive disorder appropriately, he or she may be liable for medical malpractice.
Common diseases treated by gastroenterologists include:
- Colorectal Cancer
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Ulcerative colitis
- Celiac disease
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Peptic ulcers
- Food allergies
- Gallbladder disease
Gastroenterology physicians use a variety of different procedures and tests to diagnose and treat these disorders. The Doctors’ Insurance Agency will work with our patient safety specialists to make sure you know about all of the resources available, the online, in office and phone consultations which can help you reduce the risk of this unique, complicated and increasingly important specialty.
Tests which can come under scrutiny for performance or failure to performance allegations are the following: ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography); colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, laproscopic Colectomy, and EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy). Some of the more commonly performed radiographic imaging studies utilized by GI physicians include x-rays, barium swallow studies, abdominal ultrasound, Cholescintigraphy (HIDA Scan), and PETscans.
Making sure you are completely covered, for your risk and the vicarious risk units all around the Gastroenterologists is paramount to the success of the practice and the risk transfer of the growing likelihood of being named in a claim. Gastroenterologists accurately perceive themselves to be at increased legal risk because they perform invasive procedures. However, there is little published information about gastroenterology malpractice claims
The Doctors Insurance Agency is committed to helping gastroenterologists find medical malpractice insurance quotes from the top insurance carriers. With so many different medical malpractice insurance companies competing for your business, the task of purchasing medical malpractice insurance can seem daunting. Our job is to provide gatroenterologists assistance by providing the most affordable coverage, including the important insurance limit covering the lab or the endoscopy center which can be a part of so many physician groups. Researching the lab coverage with reputable gastroenterology medical malpractice insurance quotes, finding the lowest rates, and helping to decide which plan fits best for your situation. We understand the importance of gastroenterology medical malpractice insurance and will help in any way possible to help you make a worthwhile decision.
Professional customer service is our number one priority in building a long-term relationships with our gastroenterology physicians. We notify you of changes made within the malpractice insurance industry and make sure you are kept up to date. Before you renew your malpractice insurance policy every year, we will double check to make sure that you are still with the right gastroenterology medical malpractice insurance policy on the market. Our goal is to make sure you maintain the best medical malpractice insurance coverage for your situation.
For more information regarding gastroenterology medical malpractice insurance, contact us or fill out the form to receive customized gastroenterology medical malpractice insurance quote.