Coronavirus Policy Updates
Alert: Premium Relief
PSIC is offering billing support for those policyholders who have been impacted by efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are also continuing to monitor directives from State Departments of Insurance that may provide additional options to assist those who have been impacted by recent events. If you would like to speak with a PSIC representative, please contact us at 1-800-788-8540.
Policyholders may request a COVID-19 Related Part-Time Discount on their Professional Liability Policy based on decreased patient visits and/or office hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The discount is a temporary measure; policyholders will receive a 30-day notice before they are changed back to full-time status. At that time, they may reconfirm their qualification for part-time status as appropriate.
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Coverage for COVID-19 Related Claims
Will I Be Covered for Patient Claims Related to COVID-19?
Generally, yes. It is PSIC’s intent to cover allegations of malpractice related to COVID-19. PSIC does not plan to restrict coverage for patient claims related to the pandemic. However, the policy is subject to generally applicable terms and conditions. Ultimately, any coverage determination will be based on the specific facts and allegations of the claim.
Note: Your PSIC policy only provides coverage for professional negligence. If you are concerned about coverage for other COVID-19 issues related to running your office, please review your other insurance coverages and contact your carrier or agent directly with any insurance questions, not related to your malpractice coverage with PSIC.
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Leave of Absence
Request for COVID-19 Leave of Absence
PSIC recognizes the impact the Coronavirus pandemic has had. We want to provide options to our policyholders to help them through this difficult time. As a result, we created a new Leave of Absence option for the PSIC policy to provide additional flexibility to lower costs by suspending coverage for a period of time, yet maintain malpractice policy through PSIC.
Allowable Time Frame Option
PSIC has added an allowable time frame for a new Leave of Absence option from a minimum of 15 days. Previously, the only option for Leave of Absence was 60 days minimum leave. This new option provides policyholders the flexibility to reactivate their policy if they are unable to practice for shorter time frames due to circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus Premium Charge Waived
The premium for Leave of Absence related to the coronavirus pandemic is being waived. The premium charge for other Leave of Absence reasons is 10% of the policy’s base premium. This will not be charged on this new endorsement.
Incidents During Leave Of Absence
Note: While a policy is on Leave of Absence status, coverage is not available for incidents which may occur during the Leave of Absence period. A Leave of Absence is not advised for those who continue to treat patients in any manner. In this case, please contact PSIC to explore other options. Coverage for incidents which may occur as a result of treatment by other professionals will still apply to insured entities during the leave of absence period unless specifically requested to suspend coverage for insured entities as well.
Maintain Longevity Benefits
By placing a policy on Leave of Absence status, policyholders are able to save money on the premium for their policy yet maintain longevity benefits through PSIC, such as the claims-free discounts.
Incidents Prior to Leave of Absence
During Leave of Absence status, coverage is still in place for incidents which may have occurred prior to the beginning date of the Leave of Absence. For policyholders with claims made coverage, you can still report claims which took place prior to your leave of absence. You do not need to purchase ERE (tail coverage) during a Leave of Absence.
It is important to call PSIC when practice resumes to remove the Leave of Absence and reactivate their policies. Remember, coverage will not apply for incidents that occur during the Leave of Absence period.
Disclaimer: The Covid-19 Leave of Absence is not available in all states.
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