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Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e31829d22f7
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Committee Opinion No. 567: Professional Liability and Gynecology-Only Practice

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ABSTRACT: Fellows of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists may choose to limit the scope of their practices to gynecology and, accordingly, may choose not to carry professional liability coverage for obstetrics. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists considers early pregnancy care to be within the scope of gynecology and gynecologic practice. Liability insurers that provide coverage for gynecology-only practices should provide coverage for clinical practice activities that involve the management of first-trimester and early second-trimester pregnancy and its complications.

Fellows of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists may choose to limit the scope of their practices to gynecology and, accordingly, may choose not to carry professional liability coverage for obstetrics. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists considers early pregnancy care to be within the scope of gynecology and gynecologic practice. Management of early pregnancy failure, ectopic pregnancy, spontaneous or elective abortion, and early prenatal care may be properly undertaken in such practices. Liability insurers that provide coverage for gynecology-only practices should provide coverage for clinical practice activities that involve the management of first-trimester and early second-trimester pregnancy and its complications.

© 2013 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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