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At Your Service
What You Need to Know To Be a Volunteer
Psychiatric News
Volume 40 Number 21 page 32-32

Q. I am currently insured with the Psychiatrists' Program. I practice in Ohio but will soon be leaving for two weeks to serve as a volunteer in the Gulf Coast areas affected by the recent hurricanes. Will my insurance policy cover my volunteer psychiatric services?

A. Yes. Psychiatrists insured through The Program are covered for the rendering of psychiatric services as a volunteer. However, psychiatrists who wish to volunteer in a state where they are not licensed must check with the licensing authority before providing treatment. Please go to the Web site at<www.psychprogram.com> or call (800) 245-3333 for more information regarding the licensing requirements and other risk management information related to volunteering.

Q. I am opening a private practice next year. My lawyer told me that I need insurance to cover liability exposures on my premises. Does the Psychiatrists' Program offer this type of coverage?

A. The Psychiatrists' Program provides premises liability coverage at no additional cost as part of your professional liability insurance coverage. The limits of liability are equal to the liability limits for your malpractice coverage (coverage and limits may vary by state).

Premises liability insurance is necessary to protect your practice. It is also widely known as "slip and fall" coverage. It provides coverage for claims of bodily injury, property damage, and/or personal injury caused by an occurrence and arising out of the ownership, maintenance, or use of a medical office or clinic of the insured premises. Without this coverage, you are gambling with your financial future.

Q. Now that the compliance deadlines for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations have passed, I have the appropriate policies and procedures in place, and my employees have all been trained. However, as time passes, I am finding that some more complex situations regarding the regulations are beginning to arise. Can you recommend a resource to help me understand these issues?

A. Professional Risk Management Services Inc. (PRMS) has recognized the need for an even more in-depth understanding of the intricacies of these complicated regulations as new and complex situations arise. To that end, PRMS has developed a resource book, Beyond the Basics, featuring a compilation of risk management resources addressing HIPAA. From easy-to-use checklists to in-depth articles, this book answers many tough questions. Among them:

To order Beyond the Basics, which costs $79.95, please visit<www.prms.com> or call (800) 245-3333, ext. 347.

This column is provided by PRMS, manager of the Psychiatrists' Program, for the benefit of members. More information about The Program is available by visiting its Web site at<www.psychprogram.com>; calling (800) 245-3333, ext. 389; or sending an e-mail to TheProgram@prms.com.

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