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How Much is Telehealth Malpractice Insurance in 2024? Best Carriers

Liz Clarke, MPH
Liz Clarke, MPH3 Jun 2024
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Understanding Medical Malpractice Insurance for Telemedicine

Medical malpractice insurance covers the costs associated with defending against claims of malpractice, including legal fees, settlements, and judgments. The primary purpose is to provide financial protection and peace of mind to practitioners, allowing them to focus on patient care without the constant fear of litigation.

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Specific Considerations for Telemedicine

Telemedicine involves providing healthcare services through digital communication technologies, such as video conferencing, phone calls, and mobile apps. This mode of healthcare delivery introduces several unique considerations for malpractice insurance:

Cross-State Practices: Telemedicine often allows providers to treat patients across state lines. This raises questions about which state's laws apply in the event of a malpractice claim. It's essential for malpractice insurance to cover multi-state practices and ensure compliance with varying state regulations

Protection for Telehealth-specific Issues: The nature of telemedicine means that providers must rely on patient-reported symptoms and remote diagnostic tools, which can increase the risk of misdiagnosis or inadequate treatment. Insurance coverage must address these risks by providing robust protection for telehealth-specific issues.

Cyber Liability: Telemedicine relies heavily on electronic health records (EHR) and digital communication, making it susceptible to cyberattacks and data breaches. Comprehensive malpractice insurance for telemedicine should include cyber liability coverage to protect against the financial and reputational damage of such events.

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Three Common Misconceptions About Telemedicine Malpractice Insurance

1. "General Medical Malpractice Insurance Covers Telemedicine Automatically"

Many healthcare providers assume that their standard medical malpractice insurance will cover telemedicine practices without any additional provisions. However, traditional malpractice policies are often designed for in-person patient interactions and may not account for the unique risks associated with telehealth services. 

2. "Telemedicine Is Less Risky, So Less Insurance Coverage Is Needed"

Some believe that telemedicine inherently carries less risk because it doesn't involve direct physical interaction with patients. In reality, telemedicine presents distinct challenges, such as potential misdiagnosis due to the lack of physical exams and the increased risk of data breaches. 

3. "Cyber Liability Insurance Is the Same as Telemedicine Malpractice Insurance"

While cyber liability insurance covers data breaches and other cybersecurity issues, it does not protect against malpractice claims arising from the provision of medical advice or treatment. Telemedicine malpractice insurance must include coverage for clinical errors and omissions, in addition to any cyber liability components.

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Liz Clarke, MPH

Liz holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Her research area is health disparities in the underserved and underserved communities.

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