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Frequently Asked Questions - Medical Malpractice and Credentialing

 

1) Credentialing - Medical Malpractice Requests:

What is Credentialing?

"Credentialing" describes the process of establishing the qualifications of licensed professionals and organizations and their backgrounds, including claims history, for purposes of establishing legitimacy.

 

The University receives requests from prospective employers, UPMC, and other health care institutions to provide medical malpractice loss/claims history & dates of past insurance coverage for credentialing purposes.

 

2) Current Year Malpractice Insurance Requests:

What if I am asked to provide evidence of only current year medical malpractice insurance?

Although sometimes called 'credentialing', current year insurance is typically needed for hospital accreditation purposes (JCAHO), e.g. from the UPMC Credentialing Verification Office.

 

If no claims or insurance history is needed:

 

3) Licensed Dentists Only:

What am I to do if I am asked to provide evidence of individual coverage?

If evidence of your individual coverage is needed, check with the appropriate administrators in the School of Dental Medicine as current certificates of insurance have been provided.

 

4) Additional Insured Status:

Can a third party be named as Additional Insured on Medical Professional Liability insurance policies?

Unlike General, Automobile and Excess/Umbrella Liability policies, in most cases, a third party CANNOT be named as Additional Insured on Medical Professional Liability insurance policies.