Keystone News
The Opioid Crisis

This is a hot topic in the news and among politicians in the state of Missouri. Many are aware of the Governor’s actions to move forward on a prescription drug monitoring program by executive order, even as the matter is debated in the House of Representatives and Senate. In March of 2018, letters were sent […]

St. Louis Metro Medical Society Renews Approved Provider Status for Keystone Mutual

February 23, 2018; ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society (SLMMS) announced it has renewed its agreement with Missouri-based Keystone Mutual as the only approved provider of medical professional liability insurance for its members. “We applaud the product Keystone Mutual has provided to our St. Louis member physicians over the past five years,” […]

Keystone Mutual Appoints David von Gontard as Firm’s New General Counsel

St. Louis, Mo., July 7, 2017 – Keystone Mutual Insurance Company, a Missouri-based medical malpractice carrier, has appointed David von Gontard as the company’s General Counsel. In this position, von Gontard will be responsible for the legal affairs of the company and its affiliates, including claims management.   “We seek out the best to represent […]

PSN Renews its Exclusive Endorsement of Keystone Mutual

PSN Renews its Exclusive Endorsement of Keystone Mutual Now to include Cogeris Insurance Group October 24, 2016, ST. LOUIS – Premier Specialty Network, a healthcare provider for rural communities throughout the US, recently announced its decision to renew its exclusive endorsement of Keystone Mutual Insurance Company, and include Cogeris Insurance Group. Cogeris Insurance Group was […]

The Health Care Provider’s Simple Guide to Responding to a Board of Healing Arts Complaint

The letter appears to be an innocuous business letter in a non-descript envelope. The text is usually passive in tone, asking you to respond to what is normally a one-page handwritten complaint by a disgruntled former patient. It would be easy to view it as a casual request to be dealt with in a casual […]

“Altogether Now” – The Necessity of Practice-Wide Policies and Procedures

Most physicians and other medical professionals have developed “their” way of doing things over the course of their careers, and changing those practices can be difficult. However, when it comes to operating a successful, and claims-free, medical practice, uniformity is required. Effective policies and procedures are needed to ensure everyone understands what is expected of […]

Keystone Mutual Insurance Announces New Captive Agency Alliance

Cogeris to Offer Comprehensive Insurance Tailored to Physicians St. Louis, MO. December 12, 2014 – Today, the board of directors of Keystone Mutual Insurance, a St. Louis-based medical malpractice insurance company, announced its alliance with a newly launched insurance agency, Cogeris Insurance Group. In addition to Keystone Mutual as the preferred med-mal insurance, Cogeris offers […]

St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society Once Again Names Keystone Mutual as Approved Provider

November 05, 2014; ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society (SLMMS) announced it has renewed Keystone Mutual as an approved provider for medical professional liability insurance. Since 2012, Keystone has been an approved provider with SLMMS, the largest regional physician association in Missouri. This recent renewal extends the exclusive approved provider status for […]

Document Your Way Out of a Claim

If it isn’t written, it wasn’t done.   Nowhere is this maxim more applicable than medical charting. However, these days documenting a visit in the usual SOAP format (Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan) may not be enough, as adroit plaintiffs’ attorneys fill in blanks in the charting with explanations far from your thought process, but believable […]

Communication is the Key: Take Small Steps to Avoid Big Problems

You have surely heard it several times: patients who believe they have a good relationship with their physician are considerably less likely to sue in the event of an adverse outcome. But a physician need not spend hours with each patient, have a stunning personality or exhibit world-class bedside manner to be held in high […]