A Certified Registered Nurse Anaesthetist (CRNA) can be found working in the same environments as the anesthesiologist, such as in labor and delivery rooms, hospital operating rooms, critical and intensive care units, pain management centers, outpatient clinics, and military and government medical facilities. Basically, a patient’s life rests in the hands of the anesthesia’s provider.
With this great responsibility, CRNAs are expected to apply, with utmost care, every aspect of their anesthesia education, nursing skills, as well as the scientific knowledge they have acquired. Otherwise, they could be subject to a lawsuit if something untoward happens to the patient. And since they are often involved in critical conditions, CRNAs need to be covered by insurance. Without this insurance, the CRNA would be personally responsible for a lawsuit that could occur if something goes wrong with a patient. With insurance, the fees for the lawsuit will be paid by the insurance company less any deductibles or fees from the company.
How much does it cost?
- Like any insurance policy, the costs of CRNA insurance will really come down to what kind of coverage that is needed and the work history of the CRNA. The average cost of CRNA insurance is going to be anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 annually. On an online forum at Allnurses.com. someone shared that a malpractice insurance for a CRNA costs about $12,000 to $18,000 a year. According to the Cliftoninsuranceagency.com. the average cost of a full time CRNA malpractice insurance is around $3,900 annually. While the average part time coverage can cost around $2,230, based on a 1,000-hour per year policy.
What is going to be included?
- Expenses associated with defense for a CRNA against an alleged medical malpractice claim, covering investigation costs, attorney fees, expert witness fees, and indemnity payment. Coverage limits are usually anywhere from 1 to 10 million dollars. Usually, the malpractice insurance coverage includes:
- Administrative hearing defense, such state disciplinary hearings, licensure actions, and Medicare/Medicaid billing defense. HIPAA proceedings Medical payments, regardless of fault Deposition defense when not named in
a suit Aggregate for loss of earnings while assisting in your defense
What are the extra costs?
- Insurance companies do not provide reimbursement for conscious sedation. If you are an independent CRNA contractor, you will have to pay for your own insurance coverage. Do keep in mind, however, that many professional companies will include malpractice insurance as part of their benefits package.
Factors that influence the price:
- The cost of insurance depends on the history of the CRNA. If there have been any incidents with this nurse in the past, insurance coverage can cost a lot more or could even be denied altogether. The hospital at which the CRNA works will determine how much money will be taken out of the check each pay period in order to cover the cost of this insurance. The location of the hospital as well as its reputation may govern the price that the insurance company charges.
Tips to know:
- CRNAs should be aware of the complexities of medical malpractice insurance in order to safeguard their assets and protect their professional practices. Certified Registered Nurse Anaesthetists have the right to malpractice insurance in all states. You may opt to purchase malpractice insurance on your own capacity or allow yourself to be covered under a hospital policy that safeguards the institution and its staff members. The cost of having a malpractice insurance coverage is sometimes passed along to consumers or patients in the form of high professional fees during visits and procedures. In many hospitals, this insurance will not be optional. The fees for the insurance will be taken out of the salary of the CRNA in the same way that benefits or taxes will be. Even if the hospital does not require it, this insurance should be a must to this profession. It must be remembered that doctors and nurses are human beings, and just like everyone else, they are capable of making mistakes. This is the reason that this insurance exists.