NORCAL Group Works for You to Protect the Standard of Care

NORCAL Group Works for You to Protect the Standard of Care

San Francisco, CA (July 29, 2013) — Over the past several years, NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company and its coalition partners have advocated for legislation that would maintain the status quo in determining the standard of care in medical liability lawsuits.  We are pleased to report that such language is now included in the bipartisan bill aimed at fixing the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) system.

“The concern is that federal payment rules will be used to prove standard of care in medical liability cases,” said Jaan E. Sidorov, MD, Chair of the Board of Directors at NORCAL. “Determining liability is a complex process and payment rules were not intended to play a role in such determination.”

The bill moved out of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee last week and should be approved by the full Committee July 30th. Further legislative action in the House and Senate will take place in the fall.

We still have much to do before the bill becomes law. Be assured, NORCAL will continue to advocate for this and other legislation to protect our doctors and the art of medicine.

For additional resources, please read the PIAA’s Press Release.

The NORCAL Group of Companies

NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company, PMSLIC Insurance Company and Medicus Insurance Company, members of the NORCAL Group of companies, are medical professional liability insurers providing protection to more than 28,000 physicians, healthcare extenders, medical groups, hospitals, community clinics and allied healthcare facilities in the nation. The companies share a group rating of “A” (Excellent-Stable) by A.M. Best for their financial strength and stability.

NORCAL Mutual is based in San Francisco, CA, and operates in California, Alaska and Rhode Island. PMSLIC is based in Mechanicsburg, PA, and operates in Pennsylvania and Delaware. Medicus is headquartered in Austin, TX, and is licensed to sell medical professional liability insurance in 37 states across the nation.