Legal Notices and Privacy Policy

Legal Notices

Hospitals Insurance Company strives to ensure that information contained on our Web site is current, accurate, and reliable. Factors beyond Hospitals Insurance Company’ control, however, preclude us from any offer of any warranty or guarantee of any nature concerning the accuracy or reliability of any information contained on our Web site. Hospitals Insurance Company additionally assumes no responsibility for any linked content.

Hospitals Insurance Company Web site is intended to serve as a resource to physicians and other persons interested in professional liability insurance and issues affecting the practice of medicine. Users of Hospitals Insurance Company Web site are warned that they rely on any information contained on the Web site at their own risk.

All policy provisions are subject to underwriting approval and may vary from state to state. Information on this Web site should not be construed as a coverage interpretation of the policy in whole or in part. Any actual coverage determination is subject to all of the terms and conditions of the actual policy, endorsements, application, and any actual claims.

By accessing Hospitals Insurance Company’ Web site, you have directed your system to a computer located in the State of California. Any and all disputes arising from the content of Hospitals Insurance Company’ Web site are to be governed exclusively by the laws of the State of California and jurisdiction shall be subject exclusively to courts located within Napa County, California.

Privacy Policy

Hospitals Insurance Company recognizes the importance of respecting and maintaining the privacy of our applicants and members. In the course of providing you with a wide array of services designed to fulfill your insurance needs, it is necessary for Hospitals Insurance Company to gather information about you. We assure you that we strive to take all reasonably available steps to safeguard all such information of a confidential nature. Hospitals Insurance Company will not voluntarily disclose or use the information except as outlined in this statement.

Although Hospitals Insurance Company has procedures and technologies in place to protect against unauthorized disclosure of confidential information, because of the current regulatory climate surrounding use of the Internet, as well as the possibility of unintended disclosures caused by third-party negligence or malfeasance, Hospitals Insurance Company cannot guarantee that information posted on this site will remain confidential at all times. In addition, to the extent you provide or access information on Hospitals Insurance Company’ system through the use of a password, we encourage you to keep your password confidential and secure, as we cannot be responsible for acts resulting from the unauthorized use of your password.

We must sometimes ask our members for medical information protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Our applications, for example, ask for information regarding any claims made against you in the past, and our claims staff may need medical information to provide claims service; our Risk Management/Patient Safety staff may also need medical information to assist you. Some of this information is covered by HIPAA. To address this, we have added provisions to each of our policies that confirm we will keep the protected information confidential as required by HIPAA. This is referred to as a “Business Associate Agreement,” which simply means that persons sharing protected information in the course of authorized business will do so in compliance with the requirements of HIPAA. This endorsement does not change your insurance coverage.

The types of information that may be gathered by Hospitals Insurance Company in connection with your use of this site includes information relevant to your policy and coverage, including information about your training, credentials, work history, and license status. We may also gather information concerning any claims previously instituted against you by patients or licensing bodies.

The information above illustrates, but does not exhaust the kind of information that may be necessary for Hospitals Insurance Company to collect in order to serve your insurance-related needs. Subject to the provisions above, we will not intentionally disclose any information of a confidential or sensitive nature unless you authorize us to disclose the information or we are required to disclose the information pursuant to a court order or request from the courts, law enforcement, or regulatory officials.

By utilizing this site, you agree to the terms and conditions of this privacy statement and Hospitals Insurance Company to collect information about you as outlined above and to use the information Hospitals Insurance Company  internal needs relating to your application for coverage or policies of insurance with Hospitals Insurance Company. In addition, by using this site, you agree to hold Hospitals Insurance Company harmless for any liability or damage arising from disclosure of confidential information gathered by Hospitals Insurance Company in connection with your use of this site.

Our Cookies

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Third Party Cookies

Third party sites hyperlinked from Hospitals Insurance Company may contain cookies that are collected by the third party site owner. These cookies are beyond our control and we do not have access to this information.

Hyperlinks to Third Party Sites

Hospitals Insurance Company Web site content consists of a number of hyperlinks to the sites of third parties. These hyperlinks are provided as a service to our users when the site might contain some pertinent information for our users. The privacy policies of these third party sites, such as the types of information collected and the use of the collected information, is unknown to and beyond the control of Hospitals Insurance Company.

Copyright Policy

You may cite or refer to the information on this site and make copies of the information for your own use. You must have our written permission to distribute copies of the information to others. To request such permission, send a message via e-mail using our contact form.  Please include your name, address, and the purpose of the requested distribution.