Medical Malpractice and Credentialing FAQ's

Credentialing - Medical Malpractice Requests

What is Credentialing?

"Credentialing" describes the process of establishing the qualifications of licensed professionals and organizations and their backgrounds, including claims history, for purposes of establishing legitimacy.

The University receives requests from prospective employers, UPMC, and other health care institutions to provide medical malpractice loss/claims history & dates of past insurance coverage for credentialing purposes.

Evidence of malpractice dates of coverage and claims history requests for credentialing purposes may be directed to Tri-Century Insurance Company attention Tisha Parise.

NOTE: UPMC requires a minimum of 30 days for processing of requests.

Current Year Malpractice Insurance Requests

What if I am asked to provide evidence of only current year medical malpractice insurance?

Although sometimes called 'credentialing', current year insurance is typically needed for hospital accreditation purposes (JCAHO), e.g. from the UPMC Credentialing Verification Office.

If no claims or insurance history is needed:

  • Use the Certificate Request Form.
  • Check 'Medical Professional Liability (Medical Malpractice)' - and indicate person type.
  • Check 'Current Year Only'.
  • Certificates for multiple employees may be included in the same request. Please provide list.
  • Requests must be resubmitted annually.

Licensed Dentists Only

What am I to do if I am asked to provide evidence of individual coverage?

If evidence of your individual coverage is needed, check with the appropriate administrators in the School of Dental Medicine as current certificates of insurance have been provided.

Additional Insured Status

Can a third party be named as Additional Insured on Medical Professional Liability insurance policies?

Unlike General, Automobile and Excess/Umbrella Liability policies, in most cases, a third party CANNOT be named as Additional Insured on Medical Professional Liability insurance policies.