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Third Quarter 2020

 

Charting the New COVID-19 MPL Landscape

As new COVID-19 outbreaks continue to impact many countries, a next normal is taking shape where insurers and practitioners apply the lessons they’ve learned and prepare for more unknowns. If there’s anything that the coronavirus is teaching us, it’s that there are no certainties.

BY AMY BUTTELL


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Swift Chairs Association in a World of Challenges

When Jim Swift, DDS, planned to take over as chairman of the Medical Professional Liability (MPL) Association at the annual meeting in May, he had no idea that the global COVID-19 pandemic would transform not just the practice of medicine, but also the foundations of MPL.

BY AMY BUTTELL


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The Big Grab

For decades, private equity made inroads into virtually every industry in America except healthcare. Then, private equity moved into healthcare through large acquisitions such as hospitals and nursing home chains.

BY AMY BUTTELL


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Perspective

The Power of Our Work Together

The word “unprecedented” has appeared in nearly all the articles and news reports about the COVID-19 pandemic and the unique place businesses around the world find themselves in right now. However, borrowing from motivational speaker and author Simon Sinek, what we’re seeing now isn’t really without precedent.

BY PRESIDENT, BRIAN ATCHINSON


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Telemedicine 2014-2018

A recent review of the MPL Association Data Sharing Project (2014-2018) indicated 2% (677 of 33,151) of claims and lawsuits involved a telehealth service ranging from phone calls with doctors, mobile health, remote patient monitoring, and live video conferencing. A more in-depth review of telemedicine claims will be the focus of the next issue of Research Notes.


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Human Resources

Case Study: Managing HR in a Pandemic

Labeled as essential due to our support of healthcare, the professionals at LAMMICO are fortunate. In this time of uncertainty and disruption, the plunge into full remote work generated surprisingly little disruption for LAMMICO and our employees.

BY CYNTHIA COX


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Tech Talk

The New Normal: Working from Home

Moving from an office environment to work-at-home has been an increasingly available option. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, work began to shift to home. This change accelerated in April as more states shut down. Even as states open up, work from home (WFH) is here to stay.

BY MARTIN LIPPIETT


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Legislative Update

Policy Success Stems from Political Success

Every election season seems to start earlier than the previous one. While few congressional races start as immediately as the presidential contest—which seems to commence the day after the previous election—in this cycle many were well underway before the calendar turned over to 2020.

BY MICHAEL C. STINSON


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And, Finally

Where Are We Now?

The verdict on the real long-term impact of COVID-19 on the world economy, on healthcare, and on patients and healthcare professionals is far from final.

BY SUSAN BEACH


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