MEDEFENSE

Medefense covers legal expenses, fines, and penalties associated with disciplinary actions, such as actions by the Texas Medical Board, a hospital review committee, or a federal regulatory agency.

COVERED DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS INCLUDE:

  • actions by a state medical licensing authority;
  • a professional review action regarding clinical privileges;
  • a proceeding instituted by a state department of insurance, state workers’ compensation commission, state department of health and human services, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services alleging medical services were performed in violation of guidelines;
  • Medicare billing audits conducted by Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC) or other private contractors as well as allegations of non-compli­ance with Medicare/Medicaid regulations or procedures;
  • proceedings alleging violations of EMTALA, HIPAA, Stark law; and
  • a tax practitioner's fees to assist a policyholder in an IRS audit of a federal tax return.

AVAILABLE LIMITS

Legal expenses: $50,000 per claim / $100,000 per policy period
Tax expenses: $5,000 per policy period (included in legal expense)
Deductible: $1,000 per claim

Policyholders have free choice of counsel. However, we will waive the deductible and pay legal expenses directly if the policyholder hires an attorney from a panel provided by TMLT. 

Medefense claims must be reported to TMLT no later than 60 days from the date you received notice of the insured event.

HIGHER LIMITS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE*

$100,000 per claim — $250
$200,000 per claim — $350
$500,000 per claim — $550

For current TMLT policyholders, new limits can be purchased at renewal. For prospects, new limit options can be offered during the quoting/application process.

* Subject to approval by the Underwriting Department.

TAIL COVERAGE

Policyholders also have the option to purchase tail coverage for Medefense. This coverage is subject to underwriting approval and is available at the following limits:   

$50,000 / $100,000
$100,000 / $100,000
$200,000 / $200,000
$500,000 / $500,000

This coverage allows for continuous reporting of Medefense claims that arise for professional services rendered during the time a physician was insured with TMLT. This coverage is available only at time of cancellation. Questions? Please contact your underwriter.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
 

  • You Received a Notice from the TMB — Now What?
  • Law Requires Texas Physicians to Query PMP Before Prescribing Opioids
  • Case Closed: HIPAA and patient privacy
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