The Fund offers several valuable core services that are tailored to the members’ risk management needs. Following is an overview of some of the many things the Fund provides. These are services and features are unique to the Fund, and are not available through other insurance providers.
A legal loss prevention consultation service is available to all members through a toll-free number. This service is provided by Fund attorneys who have extensive experience with community centers and Texas public entities. The objectives of this program are to provide specialized legal advice to assist the Fund and members in limiting liability. Services related to liability issues include consultations and meetings with community center staff consortia and with staff of individual centers on questions and concerns related to employment, governance, contract and professional liability issues. Legal consultation is provided by a senior attorney with employment law, center governance and a psychiatric nursing background.
The Fund began offering liability workshops in 1992 as a response to community center staff’s and trustee’s concerns about potential claims and lawsuits related to community center operations. Each year the Fund provides four liability workshops to help community centers reduce their risks.
The Fund workshops are unique learning opportunities for Fund members who want to gain deeper insight into medical malpractice liability, employment practices disputes and other current issues affecting Texas community centers.
Over the past two and a half decades, workshops have investigated subjects such as management of crisis services, confidentiality, employment risks, corporate compliance, peer review and credentialing, contracting, community center law, and HIPAA requirements among other issues. Participants have benefited from the knowledge and expertise of center attorneys and other professionals, many of whom are frequent presenters at the workshops.
Flyers and registration forms are sent to centers a few weeks in advance of each program. Participants can also access this information and register electronically on this web site.View upcoming Liability Workshops
Professional risk control consultants provide site surveys, claims analysis, safety training, van driver training, defensive driver training, safety committee coaching, remote site safety training and consulting for members on specific safety matters and programs. Risk control consultants can help with safety program design, evaluation of new construction and remodeling for life safety codes and are well versed in the safety requirements as part of Joint Commission certification. They develop and present the topics in the annual safety seminars and conduct accident investigations.
Risk management consultations are a unique service that the Fund provides for its members. Risk management consulting is provided by a risk management consultant with over twenty years of risk management consulting experience. A risk management review examines member systems in place to prevent losses from
The review includes extensive on site interviews with management and other staff members. Visits to selected facilities; review of risk management programs and systems; analysis of loss history; and review of coverage documents, limits of liability, deductibles, and endorsements. Member contracts with vendors and certificates of insurance are also examined for effective risk transfer.
Each consultation culminates in a report to management that details findings and makes recommendations for improvement. The recommendations are offered with the Fund’s pledge of assistance in their implementation. The report is presented to the center’s management team and governing board, if desired. Follow-up visits and involvement help address the needs identified in the report or any additional risk management issues for which the center needs assistance.