SOURCE: The Doctors Company

June 11, 2008 11:00 ET

The Doctors Company Launches New Patient Safety Program for Obstetricians to Help Reduce Risk and Improve Quality of Patient Care

NAPA, CA--(Marketwire - June 11, 2008) - The Doctors Company, the nation's leading physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, today launched a new patient safety program for obstetricians (OB) that helps reduce risk for the most common types of OB claims, and rewards members who successfully complete the program requirements with a 10 percent premium credit.

Partnering with Harvard's Risk Management Foundation and Advanced Practice Strategies, The Doctors Company is offering its physician members a free online bundle of perinatal courses. To qualify for the premium credit, physicians must complete the courses and implement a patient safety communication protocol plan in a 12-month period. Physician members can access the courses via The Doctors Company's Member Area (www.thedoctors.com).

"The Doctors Company is committed to supporting patient safety and risk management to advance the practice of good medicine," said David B. Troxel, MD, medical director at The Doctors Company. "This program is built around the most common types of OB claims and helps our members reduce their risk and improve the quality of care for their patients."

As the first medical malpractice insurer to establish a patient safety department, The Doctors Company is committed to setting the industry standard with innovative products and services that improve patient care and reduce physician risk. The Doctors Company offers comprehensive patient safety programs and a wide array of tools, support, and services to make practicing medicine easier and more rewarding for members.

To participate or learn more about The Doctors Company's obstetrician patient safety program, members can call (800) 421-2368 extension 1243.

About The Doctors Company

Founded by doctors for doctors in 1976 to advance, protect, and reward the practice of good medicine, The Doctors Company (www.thedoctors.com) is the nation's leading physician-owned medical malpractice insurer. With $2.6 billion in assets, 34,000 physician members, an A- rating by A.M. Best Company, and an A rating by Fitch Ratings, The Doctors Company enjoys a reputation as the industry vanguard.

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