Kanawha County (W. Va.) Circuit Court Judge James Stucky granted summary judgment to R. E. Hamrick Jr., M.D., in one phase of a lawsuit he had filed against Charleston Area Medical Center in September 2004. The lawsuit alleged that CAMC administrators improperly pulled Hamrick's privileges after he established a $1 million self-funded program instead of obtaining medical liability coverage through a commercial insurer. Stucky said Hamrick's self-funding program meets the definition set forth by the Medical Professional Liability Act approved by the state Legislature in 2003 of 'medical professional liability insurance' and provides the same protection as coverage by a commercial insurer. He also said CAMC did not present any evidence showing that Hamrick's self-funded program was not actuarially sound and that the hospital's policies did not require doctors to obtain medical malpractice coverage from a commercial insurer. -- by the Associated Press
W.Va. doc wins fight to self-insure
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