Dr. Sharps founded Positive Physicians Insurance Exchange in 2002 and has served as the CEO and President since its inception.
Dr. Sharps served as President of the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society (POS) from 1999 to 2000. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Political Action Committee (PAC) of POS and was Chairman of the PAC from 1993 to 2011. During that time, the POS PAC became a major factor in Pennsylvania politics, protecting the long-term needs of the medical and orthopaedic communities.
His experience and insights as a spine surgeon have greatly benefitted our Risk Management and Claim Management process. He works closely with Kurt Gingrich our TPA. He is a strong advocate of Integrated Risk Management, whereby we partner with our insureds and train their in-house staff as to the benefits of notifying Positive Physicians of any unforeseen events and then working aggressively to resolve the issue.
Dr. Sharps has also been instrumental in developing technologies that promote patient safety in the operating room and continues to stress the need for integrated risk management in the freestanding outpatient office environment.
Ms. Latta served as the Executive Director for Positive Physicians Insurance Exchange since 2003, and in 2017, was promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer of Diversus Management, Inc. Under her watch, the company has significantly grown its database of physician clients, partners, board members and medical community associates.
Ms. Latta has also been instrumental in the company's aggressive expansion plans and now oversees the medical malpractice insurance for our physicians and their offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, South Carolina and Ohio.
Ms. Latta has worked with each of our physician groups and strategic partners to ensure rates, protection, and service exceed all expectations. Ms. Latta is a graduate from East Stroudsburg University with a degree in Health Education. She is licensed in Property & Casualty, Life, Health, & Annuities.
Douglas R. Fahringer:
Douglas R. Fahringer, Esquire is the Director of Claims and Risk Management for Professional Casualty Association. He is a cum laude graduate of Wilkes College and The Dickinson School of Law. He has more than a decade of litigation and trial experience with the law firm, O’Brien & Ryan, where he successfully defended physicians and other healthcare providers in the Commonwealth. Thereafter, as Claim Supervisor with the Pennsylvania Property & Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association, he managed the medical claim department and supervised defense counsel handling claims of several insolvent medical malpractice insurance companies. He has 30 years combined experience specializing in legal, risk management and insurance issues.
Debbie Gass is our Director of Underwriting. She brings her vast knowledge and experience as well as leadership to the underwriting department and risk management services of our company.
Prior to her career at Positive Physicians, Debbie worked with hundreds of individual and large physician groups, organizations and facilities as a Senior Account Manager. Debbie’s experience also included the role of Supervisor & Office Manager for Boynton and Boynton, one of the Tri-State’s largest privately held insurance firms focusing on commercial, personal, institution, and healthcare property and casualty health benefits programs.
A graduate of the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington D.C., Jason has excelled in marketing and advertising since his graduation in 2005.
Jason has been responsible for overseeing several strategic marketing initiatives designed to attract qualified prospects and brokers. He was also responsible for overseeing several customer relationship management programs with the objective of ensuring each client received the counsel, service, and opportunity they were looking for.
Since joining Positive Physicians Insurance Exchange as the Director of Sales and Marketing, the company has experienced tremendous growth in both physician group and broker partnerships.