Hospital Considerations

While there is no easy answer to the question "How much insurance is enough insurance?", we recommend periodically reviewing your hospital's current coverage, risk and risk tolerance to help you reach your answer. The following information is intended to assist you in analyzing your insurance needs and a number of the key factors worth considering as you determine to what degree your hospital is capable of bearing the risk and/or recovering from an unfavorable judgment, should there be one.

Specialty/Emergency Care
  • Level of risk affiliated with procedures offered and frequency and severity of claims.
  • Does your facility perform procedures which have a higher likelihood of resulting in a high damage award should there be a claim?
  • Are emergency care services provided at your facility?
Operating Budget
  • Is there cushion in your hospital's operating budget to cover claims-related expenses without impacting the day-to-day operations for any period of time?
Personal financial responsibilities
  • For all appropriate parties, are there E&O policies in effect should the parties be individually named?
Geographic location
  • Population density.
  • Provide care for high exposure groups such as pro-athletes, etc.?
Litigious community
  • Extensive media coverage on jury awards?
  • Active trial lawyers association or Plaintiffs' Bar?
Ability to handle stress
  • What is your "sleep factor?" Do you worry excessively; has your hospital experienced a claim/trial previously?
  • Impact to reputation of the health care facility.
  • Board of Directors, investors, and family support.
Tort laws/caps
  • What does the current legislative landscape look like?
  • Are there any cases pending which could result in a change in the law or caps on non-economic damages?
  • Is your facility qualified for protection under the Kansas Tort Claims Act?
Services available through insurance provider
  • Loss Prevention education and resources;
  • Practice Management services;
  • Litigation support programs ;
  • Claims philosophy and services; and
  • Advocacy efforts on the behalf of health care professionals.
Cost of the coverage
  • Affordability of additional insurance premiums.
  • Impact of malpractice settlements on future premiums.

The Basics of Medical Professional Liability Insurance can be a helpful resource as you consider purchasing coverage or when you have basic questions about your policy.