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TriMed Insurance Physician Advisory Committee Develops Protocols to Address Patient Safety Issues.

CINCINNATI -- A physician advisory committee of TriState Medical Insurance Company (TriMed) met in Dayton, Ohio, last month to identify patient safety issues and to develop guidelines designed to prevent adverse occurrences.

The TriMed Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) Physician Advisory Committee met with risk management experts and insurance claims specialists to determine the most common high-risk obstetrical circumstances and procedures and devise preventive measures to reduce associated patient injuries and adverse outcomes. The top three high-risk obstetrical patient safety issues identified by the OB/GYN Advisory Committee included shoulder dystocia, vaginal births after cesarean sections, and complicated forceps and vacuum extractions. The Committee's findings will be posted on the TriMed website at www.trimedrrg.com.

TriMed's physician advisory committees illustrate the uncompromising commitment to patient safety issues shared by the insurance company and its physician-policyholders. TriMed insures physicians of all specialties -- from family practitioners and pediatricians to radiologists -- and plans to form specialty-specific physician advisory committees to address patient safety issues in individual medical specialties as issues are identified. Members of TriMed's OB/GYN Physician Advisory Committee include Ohio TriMed-insured obstetrician/gynecologists: David Doucette, MD; Susan M. Komorowski, MD; William M. McCullough, Jr., MD; Warren Metherd, MD; Kenneth Palmer, MD; and Richard G. Scharrer, MD.

As a physician-owned and governed risk retention group, TriMed represents a unique model in the current Ohio professional liability insurance market. Physicians practicing medicine in Ohio today continue to face large numbers of malpractice lawsuits of increasing severity in addition to shrinking availability of professional liability insurance. To combat both, TriMed physician-insureds are taking control of patient safety issues in their specialties.

TriMed offers individual physicians and medical groups of all specialties a progressive business solution that allows physicians to take control of the uncertainties of the current liability insurance environment with site-based risk assessments and patient safety initiatives. TriMed's insured-physicians are protected with high-quality, nonassessable, claims-made liability coverage. The insurer's board of governors -- comprised of its local physician-policyholders -- sets TriMed policy. TriMed and its physician-insureds are dedicated to the highest standards of patient safety and risk management.

TriMed-insured physicians are served by an experienced team of underwriting, patient safety, claims management, and defense experts and are backed by blue-chip reinsurers. Well established in the tristate area, TriMed insures physicians in central, northwest, and southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky, and eastern Indiana. For more information on TriMed Insurance, call 513-772-5057 or visit their website at www.trimedrrg.com.
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