OneBeacon Healthcare Group is headed to Chicago this week to attend the annual PLUS Medical PL Symposium. We look forward to seeing you there!
On Wednesday morning Patricia Hughes, Senior Vice President of Risk Management, will participate on a panel titled, “Bitter Pill to Swallow: The Painful Liability Exposures Presented by Opioids.” This panel will examine how opioid use is a national crisis in the United States with multidimensional implications for healthcare providers, employers, law enforcement, patients and families. A $17.6 million dollar verdict against a physician and his employer spelled out how expensive this emerging exposure is becoming. The panel will explore the issues involved and solutions needed to be better equipped to address this ominous trend in medical professional liability.
Due to a winter storm expected to hit the Northeast on Thursday, several OneBeacon offices will be closed on February 9 including:
- Connecticut- Farmington
- Massachusetts- Boston, Canton and Quincy
- New Jersey- Holmdel and Morristown
- New York- New York City
- Pennsylvania- Blue Bell
Those employees able to work from home should be reachable by phone and email. All offices are anticipated to be open for business as usual on Friday, February 10.
Why OneBeacon? “It’s a small company with a great community feel,” says OneBeacon Healthcare Underwriter Hannah Schleker. Watch the short clip to hear Hannah share what makes OneBeacon a special place to work.
For more employee insight on our culture and workplace, stay tuned for additional clips in the coming weeks! And for current job opportunities, please visit our Career Center.
OneBeacon Healthcare Group’s Linda McSmith is speaking today at the Tennessee Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Fall Conference and Tradeshow. Her session titled, “A Risk Management Approach to Managing Patient Safety,” reviews the national guidelines and strategies that have assisted clinicians in reducing the occurrence of surgical misadventures, and explores potential strategies to further reduce incident rates. Taking place in Franklin, TN, this conference brings together ambulatory surgery center professionals with industry experts to discuss topics ranging from clinical to management to business.
March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate women’s contributions to society as well as to our industry. From underwriters to senior executives, a wide range of occupations within the insurance industry are held by women. According to the Insurance Information Institute, women accounted for nearly 60% of our industry’s workforce last year. We caught up with a few OneBeacon women who shared their experience working in insurance.
OneBeacon Accident Group President Lori Cernera says the industry has given her ample room to use her skills and foster collaborative teams. “I don’t identify as a woman in the insurance industry,” says Lori, “but rather as an insurance professional who has had the opportunity to stimulate career growth for my teammates and colleagues. It’s been a blast!”
Actuarial’s Holly High, a Predictive Modeling Specialist, says she is thankful to be a part of an industry that offers fantastic opportunities for women. “The industry has allowed me to utilize my skills and background to grow both personally and professionally,” added Holly.
Brenda Craig, who oversees OneBeacon Healthcare’s Medical Facilities & Senior Living Organization divisions, says her favorite part about working in insurance is introducing young people to the industry and watching them enjoy rewarding careers.
Though Women’s History Month is coming to a close, we are grateful year-round for women’s contributions – and commitment – to our industry!
Know a woman in insurance who’s inspired your career? Add your comments here.
We are pleased to announce a new Federally Qualified Community Health Clinics and Providers policy, which provides additional protection for potential gaps in the coverage afforded to community health centers and providers under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).
Product features include:
- Claims made or occurrence professional liability coverage;
- A broad definition of covered contracts and of professional services including activities while acting as a Navigator, Certified Application Counselor or In-Person Assister in the health insurance marketplace
- Privacy breach event coverage
- An enhanced coverage structure for certain employed medical practitioners
The product is exclusively available through its managing general underwriter Sobel Affiliates, a Brown & Brown company. Agents and brokers interested in additional information regarding the product should contact Alan Labadorf at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, you may contact Brenda Craig – OneBeacon Healthcare Group at 781.332.7545.
Linda McSmith, Assistant Vice President, OneBeacon Healthcare Group, will participate as a panelist at the upcoming American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Indianapolis. She will join three additional risk management specialists in a session titled, “Network Security and Privacy: Dealing with Cyber Exposures,” which will review the range of cyber risks that particularly impact the healthcare industry, and will discuss possible mitigation strategies. The session will take place at the Indiana Convention Center on Tuesday, October 20. For more information on the conference, please visit http://www.ashrm.org.
David Pulley, second from left, is pictured here with the Full Board of Governors of CABC.
David Pulley of OneBeacon Healthcare Group recently attended the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. While at the conference, David was approached by the Executive Director of the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC) and was formally asked to become a member of the CABC’s Board of Governors. Shortly after the invitation, he was nominated and appointed Treasurer of the Board of Governors. As a Governor of the Board, David will be responsible for helping to set strategic direction for CABC and for the oversight of all CABC operations.
Linda McSmith, Assistant Vice President of Healthcare Risk Management, and Bruce McCarthy, Assistant Vice President of Healthcare Claims, will participate as speakers at the upcoming New England Alliance Fall Regional Conference in Portland, Maine. The session, “A Leadership’s Road Map for Risk Management – Strategies for Loss Prevention in Long Term Care Facilities,” will outline key objectives for the design and implementation of risk management programs, and how to handle claims filed against a facility. The session will take place at the Portland Regency Hotel on Thursday, September 24. For more information on the conference, please visit http://thenealliance.org.
OneBeacon Healthcare Group salutes the work of healthcare risk managers. We understand the risk management professional’s role in today’s complex healthcare environment is broader and more challenging than ever. And so, while we pay fitting tribute to the healthcare risk management professional of today, we offer a thought-provoking look at the healthcare risk management professional of tomorrow. Written by Fay Rozovsky, President, The Rozovsky Group, this article provides a glimpse into the future of healthcare risk management. We encourage you to read the full article.