17:30D-5. Powers and duties of association
The association shall, pursuant to the provisions of this act and the plan of operation, have the power:
a. To assume or cede 100% reinsurance or a lesser percentage on any policy of insurance or binder subject to this act;
b. To provide separate accounts for categories and subcategories of insureds reinsured or insured by the association;
c. To maintain relevant loss, expense and premium data relative to all risks reinsured in or insured by the association and to require each member to furnish statistics in connection with insurance ceded to the association at such times and in such form and detail as may be deemed necessary;
d. To establish fair and reasonable procedures to assess members whenever the assets of the association and the New Jersey Medical Malpractice Reinsurance Recovery Fund are insufficient to pay claimants as required by this act for their appropriate shares in accordance with participation ratios to be established in the plan of operation on the basis of the ratio of the members' net direct premiums written bears to the total net direct premium written by all members in this State on insurance against liability for damages to persons or property as provided in R.S. 17:17-d. and e., excluding workmen's compensation and employer's liability insurance written in connection therewith;
e. To receive and distribute all sums required by the operation of the association;
f. To establish procedures for reviewing claims procedures and practices of providers and in the event that the claims procedures or practices of any provider are considered inadequate to properly service the risks ceded by it to the association, the association may establish a claims program that will undertake to adjust or assist in the adjustment of claims for the provider on risks ceded by it, and in such event shall charge such provider a reasonable fee for establishing and operating such claim program;
g. To audit the operations of member companies to such extent as the board of directors determines to be necessary to assure compliance with this act, in a reasonable manner and at such reasonable time or times prescribed by the board of directors;
h. To sue and be sued, provided that no judgment against the association shall create any direct liability in the individual member companies, and the association may provide for the indemnification of its member companies, members of the board of directors and officers and employees and such other persons acting on behalf of the association to the extent permitted by law;
i. To review the market for insurance subject to this act throughout this State to make certain that eligible risks can readily obtain such insurance, to provide in the plan of operation a reasonable means for achieving this objective by requiring all members, in a fair and equitable manner, to discharge their responsibilities under this act and to establish for each category or subcategory of insureds limits of liability for medical malpractice liability insurance;
j. To prepare and file rates, rating plans, rules, classifications and policy forms to be used by the association in writing medical malpractice liability insurance on a direct basis;
k. To issue binders or policies of medical malpractice liability insurance in accordance with this act and to adjust and pay losses with respect thereto, or to appoint service companies to perform those functions.
L.1975, c. 301, s. 5, eff. Jan. 30, 1976. Amended by L.1978, c. 153, s. 4.
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