Difficult Conversations Podcast

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Episode 172 | June 6, 2022

Conversations About Malpractice

Jennifer Wiggins

CEO and Founder of Aegis Malpractice Solutions


Welcome to Difficult Conversations with Dr. Anthony Orsini. On this episode, the conversation we’ll be having not only affects physicians but quite possibly affects everyone who is listening. We’ll be talking about the complex world of medical malpractice liability coverage. It affects the cost of care, it affects physicians, patients, and hospitals, often even dictating care by a doctor. My special guest today is Jennifer Wiggins, who’s the CEO and Founder of Aegis Malpractice Solutions in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which is a niche insurance agency focused exclusively on medical malpractice insurance solutions for independent healthcare providers and medical groups. Jen brings a depth of knowledge with nearly twenty years of experience in the malpractice industry.

Jennifer tells us about two big gaps in the marketplace she observed while working at MedPro, and why she decided to start her own business. We hear some great recommendations from Jennifer explaining what doctors should be asking at the time of their initial contract negotiations about having malpractice insurance. She touches on Good Samaritan laws and how they differ based on where you practice. Dr. Orsini and Jennifer chat about having outside malpractice insurance and how it’s important to be your own advocate when it comes to getting an attorney if you need it. We learn the importance of communication in malpractice lawsuits. Jennifer explains the two biggest control levers that you can pull to make yourself safer as a practitioner that has to do with communication and documentation. Dr. Orsini tells us about the workshops they do at The Orsini Way for physicians to help them avoid malpractice lawsuit. Apology Laws are different in every state and Jennifer touches on taking advantage of any risk management courses you can take to make yourself aware of other tools and resources out there. We hear about a podcast Jennifer does, Malpractice Insights, and we find out how she helps someone who needs malpractice insurance, but she can’t find a carrier for them. If you enjoyed this podcast, please go ahead and hit subscribe on your favorite podcast platform. Go ahead and download this episode now!

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