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  • George Ghareeb MD, Chair
  • Najmosama Nikrui MD
  • Svend Bruun MD
  • Rusty Van Houten MD
  • Judd Kline MD
  • Ammar Sarwar MD
  • Neil Nayan Shah MD
  • Richard Mazzarella
  • Paul Auffermann, Esq.
  • John Burns
  • Michael Farrell
  • Jack King, Immediate Past President
  • Kathleen Finnerty-Schroth, CIC, President


  • Barbara Lawrence

January 2014 Bulletin: Malpractice

PIAM Malpractice Bulletin

Welcome to the PIAM Malpractice Bulletin.

This bulletin will be looking at a wide range of issues that may impact your practice. We hope you find this information helpful and we look forward to your comments.

Negligent Credentialing in Massachusetts – Implications of Rabelo v. Nasif, et al.

— Natalie A. Heineman, Esq.

On December 12, 2012, a Worcester Superior Court judge ruled that hospitals may be held liable for negligently granting physicians priveleges to treat patients at their facilities.  Rabelo brings Massachusetts in line with approximately 30 other states recognizing this cause of action, and, as discussed below, while other applicable law may make it difficult for plaintiffs to obtain the credentialing information needed to prove their claims, physicians and hospital staff should be aware of this change in the law and its potential implications.

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Emergency Equipment and Training in the Medical Practice

— Denise Condron, Director of Loss Prevention, CMIC

Some of the most frequently asked questions to the CMIC Loss Prevention department are: Should we have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in the office? What type of emergency medication and equipment should we have? Am I required to have an emergency plan? The answer is not a simple one and a review of the practice and discussion of the following topics should guide you in making a decision that is best for your practice.

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Jack King Retires as President of PIAM

Jack King has retired after 21 years as head of Physicians Insurance Agency of Massachusetts (PIAM), the insurance agency for the Massachusetts Medical Society. He has been with the Society since 1984 where he previously served as the Society’s Director of Human Resources. He is one of the original founders of PIAM, incorporated in January of 1993. Since then, PIAM has taken its place as one of the leading malpractice insurance brokers in the Commonwealth. Mr. King will continue to serve as consultant to PIAM for the next year.

Taking over the helm as president, is Kathleen Finnerty-Schroth, who has been PIAM’s Vice President of Operations. Ms. Finnerty-Schroth began her work at PIAM sixteen years ago. Her background includes over 30 years in the insurance industry. She graduated with a BA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is a licensed Property and Casualty broker, earning the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.

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