Underwriting

Selective underwriting is key to the success of Preferred Physicians Medical (PPM). By insuring only high quality anesthesia practices, PPM reduces its exposure to malpractice losses and is able to offer policyholders affordable malpractice premiums. PPM policyholders are required to adhere to practice standards adopted by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

The PPM professional underwriting staff averages in excess of 25 year of casualty underwriting experience. In addition to a positive peer review recommendation, PPM's underwriters must also be satisfied with an applicant's qualifications as measured by education, claim history, adherence to the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) practice standards and supervision plans for residents and CRNAs. In addition, underwriters examine practice facilities and additional information is required for pain management practices, office-based anesthesia and ambulatory surgical centers. Efforts are made to identify frequent areas of concern and developments in the practice of anesthesia.

PPM's Underwriting and Policyholder Service Department

Brent G. Hodges, CPCU -- Vice President-Underwriting

Mr. Hodges' responsibilities include the day-to-day direction of all underwriting and policyholder service activities. Since joining PPM in early 1989, he has seen the Company grow from approximately 200 policyholders to nearly 3,000. Mr. Hodges has over forty (40) years of insurance underwriting experience beginning his career with Fireman's Fund Insurance Company in 1971. Over the years, he has served in the capacity of Personal Lines Underwriting Supervisor, Senior Commercial Lines Underwriter, Assistant Vice President of Underwriting with American Continental Insurance Company (a subsidiary of MMI Companies), a major medical malpractice carrier, and Vice President of Marketing for a large Midwest brokerage firm. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and received his CPCU designation in 1978. Along with teaching Insurance Institute of America classes for ten years, Mr. Hodges has served as President of both the Kansas City Chapter of CPCU and the Kansas City Underwriters Association.

John Morhiser -- Underwriting Supervisor

Mr. Morhiser is the supervisor of the Underwriting and Policyholder Service Department. He also personally works with PPM insured anesthesia groups and individual policyholders, most of who are in the Midwestern and Eastern United States. A graduate of the University of Missouri College of Business with a degree in Economics, Mr. Morhiser had worked with countrywide commercial insurance programs for two large international insurance groups prior to joining PPM in 1992.

Patsty Kremer -- Senior Underwriter

Ms. Kremer is the Senior Underwriter who works directly with PPM insured anesthesia groups and individual policyholders located in Midwestern and the Western United States. Ms. Kremer graduated from Penn Valley Community College with a degree in Liberal Arts. She has taken several insurance classes earning her the designation of CPIW, Certified Professional Insurance Woman. Ms. Kremer has served in several positions within the company since joining PPM in 1987, including Adminstrative Assistant, Policyholder Services Supervisor, Underwriter and Senior Underwriter.

Patty Cothran -- Policyholder Services Representative

Ms. Cothran is the policyholder service representative for the eastern half of the United States. Ms. Cothran provides customer service, such as adding or modifying coverage, adding additional insured LTs, updating practice locations, updating contact information, address and telephone numbers, providing certificates of insurance and credentialing reports. She has worked in the insurance industry for 34 years. Ms. Cothran joined PPM in 1995.

Susan Nachbar -- Policyholder Services Representative

Ms. Nachbar joined PPM in 2001. Ms. Nachbar provides customer service for the western portion of the United States. She is responsible for providing certificates, credentialing, billing and other service items. Ms. Nachbar has been in the insurance industry for 38 years.