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General


Does PIAA offer MPL insurance coverage?

PIAA is a non-profit trade association whose members are MPL insurance providers. For information on insurance coverage in your state, please access the PIAA Member Directory and search by state of coverage for companies you can contact for further information.


Is PIAA incorporated?

Yes. PIAA is a corporation. It was incorporated in the state of New Jersey.


What kind of non-profit organization is PIAA?

PIAA qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (C) 6 of the Internal Revenue Code and its income is exempt from federal and state income taxes except for unrelated business income.


Does PIAA have affiliates?

Yes. PIAA has a PAC and a Foundation. PIAA Political Action Committee (PAC) is organized under Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code. The PIAA Education and Research Foundation is formed as a non-profit, non-private foundation under Section 501(C) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code.


Government Relations


Does the Government Relations Department provide state based information?

Historically, PIAA has predominately focused on Federal policy, but as part of our strategic plan we are reaching out to our member companies and their government relations staff to find ways we can work together to further state specific tort reform measures. PIAA has also formed a state-based government committee where ideas and updates on state specific information are discussed. We will soon have updated state legislative alerts available, as well, as state legislatures’ debate legislation impacting PIAA members.


What other advocacy organizations does PIAA partner with?

The government relations team has a robust network of organizations they work with encompassing healthcare and insurance issues. We are also the chair of the Health Coalition on Liability and Access (HCLA), which is a key resource for Members of Congress and their staffs, state and federal government agencies, healthcare policy experts, the media, and the public. In addition to analyzing legislative policy initiatives, testifying before the U.S. Congress, sponsoring congressional staff briefings, conducting public opinion polling and candidate surveys, the HCLA sponsors Protect Patients Now (PPN), a grassroots advocacy organization comprised of physicians, patients and concerned citizens dedicated to reforming our nation’s broken liability system.


Meetings/Workshops


How do I register for a Workshop or Meeting?

Click here to go to our Meetings and Workshops page.


Are your Meetings open to non-members?

The Medical Liability Conference, formerly known as our Annual Meeting, is open to non-members, as is the 2016 Introduction to Medical Professional Liability Workshop. All other workshops and meetings are for members only.


Where/When are the 2017 Meetings and Workshops?

Click here for a list of our 2017 Meetings and Workshops.


I can no longer attend a meeting I registered for and it is past the refund date. Can I send someone in my place?

Yes. You may send a substitute in your place. Please fill out a registration form for the new attendee. In the payment section write "transfer from (your name)". Please fax or e-mail the new registration form to 301.527.0410 or send to PIAAmeetings@piaa.us.


Do you offer continuing education credits?*

Continuing Education
The delivery method for all sessions is group live. Credit certification for individual sessions may vary dependent upon the terms of compliance and conflict of interest issues and resolution. Continuing Education credits issued for participation in the CE activity may not apply toward license renewal in all states. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the requirements of his/her state licensing board(s). The Introduction to MPLI program content is designed for basic to intermediate level knowledge. Advanced preparation for attendees is not necessary. For all inquiries regarding continuing education, including complaints and administrative policy, please contact Jan Ross at 301.947.9000, ext. 210 or jross@piaa.us. The PIAA is an accredited provider of the following CE programs:

Continuing Medical Education
The PIAA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education for Dentists
The PIAA is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www/ada.org/cerp.

Continuing Professional Education
The PIAA is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

* Please refer to each program for continuing education details.


Research & Data Sharing Project


Do you release state data?

We do not release state data because claim data for a participating company may be identified.


What is the definition of no medical misadventure?

"No medical misadventure" is a code used in the absence of a medical mishap. If a claim has no medical misadventure, but is felt to have legal merit, there is an appropriate associated issue designated in the database. These can be problems with records, consent issues, laboratory issues or even assault/battery, abandonment, etc.


Do you have premium information?

No, there is no national repository of this information. Individuals should consult their state insurance departments. Some states collect premium data, others do not. The Medical Liability Monitor has some premium information, their website is www.medicalliabilitymonitor.com.


I want to see what claims are named for X medical condition or the Y medical specialty. What data do you have on this issue?

We recommend purchasing either the PIAA MPL Closed Claims Comparative or the PIAA MPL Specialty Specific Series.


How can I request specific information that is not published in your reports?

Please complete the Data Request Form to request a special query to be performed in the PIAA Data Sharing Project. There is an associated fee charged based on membership status (PIAA members: $100/hr, DSP participants: 1 hour free per reporting cycle then $50/hr, and non-PIAA members: $200/hr). During reporting cycles, we may not take requests for special queries from nonmembers.


How do I cite PIAA data?

Please provide a citation in the reference list of your publication, including this content, irrespective of the specific format for references in your publication:

[Author name(s)], [title of publication], [year of publication], PIAA, [year of publication].

Please also complete the Citation Request Form.


Can I reprint PIAA newsletters (Research Notes or Cryptogram) in our company websites or publications?

Yes, we just ask you give proper credit to PIAA. You must include the following credit line, acknowledging PIAA as the source of material(s) to be used:
“Reprinted with permission of PIAA. Copyright, [year of publication].”


Does the PIAA Data Sharing Project collect exposure data?

No, exposure data is not collected; therefore, the relative frequency of the claims reported cannot be measured. In addition, the identities of claimants, insureds, or other parties are not captured.


IT Support


PIAA e-mails going to Junk-Mail folder or not being received at all?

PIAA recently moved to a new e-mail platform and we want to make sure that important information and communications arrive at your employees' inboxes. We ask that you add the following IP addresses to your whitelist to facilitate delivery.

Thank you very much. If you have any questions, please contact Wen-Lu Chao, PIAA IT & Database Manager, WChao@piaa.us.

Assigned IP Address: 209.18.93.138
209.18.93.139


Member Login Instructions for the New PIAA Website

The newly redesigned PIAA website, www.piaa.us, has an enhanced individualized login feature that allows all board members, employees, and authorized representatives of PIAA member companies access to personalized member services and information. Create an online account to register for meetings and workshops, access enhanced content for members only, and utilize the restructured online store and shopping cart system. The setup is one-time, quick, and easy. Simply click here to follow the steps.


How do I change my password?

You can change your password via "My Account" after you have logged into the website. If you have forgotten your password, click here, and select "forgot password", or contact TechSupport@piaa.us, or call 301.947.9000 for further assistance.


How do I update my e-mail address which serves as my username?

If you forgot your username, please click here and select "forgot username". If you need to update your e-mail address,which serves as your username, due to change of corporate domain name or company, please contact TechSupport@piaa.us or call 301.947.9000 for further assistance.


Who should I contact if I do not receive an e-mail from the system to reset my password?

Please contact TechSupport@piaa.us or call 301.947.9000 for further assistance.


Who should I contact if my account has been locked?

Please contact TechSupport@piaa.us or call 301.947.9000 for further assistance.


Who should I contact if I have trouble completing online transactions?

Please contact TechSupport@piaa.us or call 301.947.9000 for further assistance.


How do I login to The Forum, PIAA's internal social media site?

The Forum is PIAA members online community where you can connect and communicate with your colleagues via discussion forums, listservs, and libraries. You don't need a separate login if you already have an online account. If you would like to gain access to the Forum, please refer to "Member Login Instructions for the New PIAA Website" above or contact TechSupport@piaa.us for further assistance.