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CDC tightens safety rules at U.S. hospitals treating patients with Ebola

The U.S. CDC tightened safety rules nationwide for all hospitals that treat patients with Ebola after two nurses contracted the disease when treating a Dallas hospital patient who died earlier this month from the virus.


Murder-suicide exposed training, communications gaps

The need to improve staff training and communications are among lessons learned following a murder-suicide at a hospital in Pennsylvania, a hospital executive said Wednesday.

SPECIALTY RISKS

Dialysis firm to pay $350M to settle physician kickback charges

A national dialysis services provider has agreed to pay $350 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit involving charges that it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to induce physicians to refer patients to its clinics.


Canada tightens train handbrake rules, will impose 'audit blitz'

(Reuters) — Canada will require railways to secure unattended trains with a minimum number of handbrakes and other physical defenses to prevent runaways, Canada’s transport ministry said on Wednesday in its latest response to last…

BENEFITS MANAGEMENT

McConnell's claims on Kentucky exchange, Obamacare baffle experts

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has made a habit of saying that repealing the ACA would not necessarily mean shutting down Kentucky's popular insurance exchange.


Cigna says third-quarter revenue increased with customer growth

Cigna Corp. on Thursday reported a higher-than-expected third-quarter profit as it signed up more medical customers and collected more insurance premiums and administrative fees.

BROKERS & INSURERS

Time of disruptive transformation sets stage for 2014 conference

The theme of this year’s Property Casualty Insurers Association of America’s annual conference — “Leading in an Age of Disruptive Transformation” — comes at a time when the insurance industry, the nation and…


Commercial insurance rates stable in third quarter: CIAB

Average rates for commercial property/casualty insurance barely moved in the third quarter of 2014, the quarterly pricing survey released by the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers finds.

MID-MARKET EXECUTIVE

HHS form for health reform law reinsurance fee to be available Friday

A long-awaited form employers will use to provide the HHS with information regulators will need to calculate the amount of a “reinsurance” fee mandated by the health care reform law will be available online starting Friday.


Hub International acquires benefits consultant Laurus Strategies

Chicago-based Hub International Midwest, a division of broker Hub International Ltd., is acquiring the assets of Laurus Strategies, an employee benefits, human resource technology and global benefits consulting business also based in Chicago.

WORKERS COMP

Humana looks to sell urgent care subsidiary Concentra: Sources

(Reuters) — Health insurer Humana Inc. is exploring a sale of its urgent care subsidiary Concentra in a deal that could value it at around $1 billion, according to three people familiar with the matter.


Look beyond patients' medical needs: 'Magic' Johnson

Former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Earvin “Magic” Johnson said health care professionals can help patients just by showing an interest in their lives.

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