I want to take this opportunity to reach out to you personally and convey some information that can help you deal with some of the trials and tribulations you are currently experiencing.
If your practice or facility has been financially impacted by this pandemic and/or you're treating fewer patients, please contact our Underwriting or Marketing Departments at 800.452.2120 to discuss options that may be available to you. Some insureds have already opted to reduce their coverage to part-time, or defer their premium payments, subject to the following emergency rules:
Louisiana Department of Insurance Emergency Rule 40
Louisiana Patient’s Compensation Fund Emergency Rule 6
Arkansas Insurance Department Bulletin No. 6-2020
Mississippi Bulletins 2020-3 as amended and 2020-4
Our COVID-19 Resource Webpage is updated throughout the day with new valuable information, organized into sections by topic. I encourage you to check the webpage frequently. In particular, you may find it helpful to download the Telemedicine Billing and Coding Matrix. The matrix contains information about specific payor billing policies, coding requirements and links to their provider resource webpages.
LAMMICO is a member and I serve on the Board of Directors of the Medical Professional Liability (MPL) Association, the insurance trade organization that represents medical professional liability insurance companies and their interests. In response to recently expressed willingness by U.S Congressional leaders of both parties to consider national MPL protections in the next stimulus package, the Association has launched an email campaign to urge immediate action in this regard. Please use the preceding link to send your federal legislators a message about the critical need for uniform liability protection during the COVID-19 outbreak, and share the link with your colleagues and friends who may be willing to do the same. It is important that Congress hear from as many supporters of liability protection as possible and that you use your personal/home contact information when engaging so that the Association can link you to your legislators. (Lawmakers will be more responsive to constituents who vote in their districts than those who only work in their districts.)
LAMMICO continues to operate effectively while most of our team works remotely to meet your needs. Our main office in Metairie remains open with limited personnel on-site. We are available to you by telephone during our normal business hours (Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). Please do not hesitate to reach out to us and our family of companies - Medical Interactive Community, Elatas Risk Partners and LAMMICO Risk Retention Group.
As your partner, LAMMICO remains strong and committed to meeting your needs. We're inspired by your dedication to your patients and are here to support you. Thank you for your service and compassion.
J. Michael Conerly, M.D., FACS, MBA
President and CEO