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Did Justice Kennedy offer a clue to the Supreme Court's pending decision?

Published March 25, 2015 CST

No one can read the U.S. Supreme Court justices' minds, so everyone in health care is parsing their words for signs of how they'll vote in King v. Burwell.

Wellness programs urged to focus on employees' overall well-being

Published March 18, 2015 CST

SAN FRANCISCO — Employers can more deeply influence their employees' health management habits by expanding their workplace wellness programs to account for a more comprehensive view of their workers' overall well-being.

Corporate boards urged to devote more resources to cyber security

Published February 05, 2015 CST

NEW YORK — The potential fallout from cyber-related losses is devastating, and boards of directors need to spend much more time on this issue, said Mary L. Schapiro, the former chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Allianz leads insurance coverage on Germanwings crash

Published March 24, 2015 CST

Allianz S.E. is the lead insurer of the coverage for the Germanwings GmbH plane that crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday.

(subscription required)Higher doctor fees may get injured workers back to work faster

Published March 22, 2015 CST

Some state workers compensation systems and payers are increasing provider payments to ensure that injured workers are treated quickly and effectively.

Insurer not required to defend trademark infringement case

Published March 26, 2015 CST

Selective Insurance Co. of America was not required to defend a trademark infringement suit filed by a lighting company because its policy covered only slogan infringement, an appeals court said Thursday in upholding a lower-court ruling.

Air crash co-pilot's sick notes, alleged depression raises liability questions

Published March 27, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — German authorities found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy, which he apparently hid from the airline.

'Threat-sharing' cyber security bill introduced in House

Published March 24, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Tuesday introduced long-awaited legislation intended to enhance information sharing between private companies and intelligence agencies about cyber security threats.

(subscription required)Information is key in complex business interruption claims

Published March 22, 2015 CST

Superstorm Sandy, which hit the northeast U.S., and massive flooding in Thailand are among catastrophes that have reshaped the way insurers and buyers deal with business interruption claims.

Hospital health plans heighten tensions with insurers

Published March 23, 2015 CST

Kevin Lofton, CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives, says his health system's entry into the insurance market has complicated its negotiations with insurers.

David Copperfield’s pool water does 20-floor vanishing act

Published March 24, 2015 CST

David Copperfield’s neighbors probably wish his disappearing swimming pool was just an illusion.

Employers sweetening the wellness pot

Published March 26, 2015 CST

More employers are offering financial incentives through wellness programs to improve employees' health, while many are boosting the value of those incentives.

EEOC revising rules on financial incentives for wellness programs

Published March 20, 2015 CST

The EEOC on Friday signaled that it has completed a set of rule revisions to address practical conflicts in the regulations governing the use of financial incentives in workplace wellness programs.

Congress finally takes up cyber insurance

Published March 24, 2015 CST

The shape of the cyber insurance market continues to shift, according to an insurance executive who testified before Congress' first formal hearing on cyber insurance.

Tennessee opt-out route for workers compensation hits roadblock

Published March 25, 2015 CST

The Tennessee Advisory Council on Workers' Compensation has unanimously decided not to recommend a bill that would allow employers to opt out of the state's workers compensation system.

Health exchanges attracting low-income participants

Published March 25, 2015 CST

Participation in public health insurance exchanges is heavily skewed in favor of those with very low incomes, according to a new analysis.

(subscription required)Return-to-work programs expand beyond workers compensation

Published March 22, 2015 CST

Return-to-work programs are getting greater consideration among employers for workers who are on leave because of disabilities that are not related to their job.

Fireman's Fund to pay $44 million to settle U.S. charges

Published March 23, 2015 CST

(Reuters) — Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. agreed to pay $44 million to settle U.S. charges that it knowingly issued policies that did not qualify for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's federal crop insurance program, and also falsified documents.

Humana shifts away from occupational injury care with Concentra sale

Published March 26, 2015 CST

Humana Inc.'s $1 billion sale of occupational health and physical therapy unit Concentra Inc. apparently marks the health care insurer's exit from the workers compensation field.

(subscription required)Criminal background checks create dilemma for employers

Published March 15, 2015 CST

Employers are struggling to deal with vague U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines on how they should conduct criminal background checks.

(subscription required)Health exchange subsidy ruling by Supreme Court may spur action in Congress

Published March 15, 2015 CST

A U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down premium subsidies for millions of people obtaining health insurance through the federal exchange could result in the first major bipartisan congressional effort to change the health care reform law.

Employers should lead scrutiny on compounded drugs, physician dispensing

Published March 23, 2015 CST

Employers should work with brokers, claims administrators and pharmacy benefit managers to control workers compensation medical costs related to compounded drugs and physician dispensing.

Health care reform credited with $7.4 billion drop in uncompensated care

Published March 24, 2015 CST

Hospitals’ uncompensated-care costs in Medicaid expansion states were reduced by $5 billion in 2014, according to a Health and Human Services report published Monday, the fifth anniversary of President Obama’s signature health care law.

Private sector lags on cyber security

Published March 20, 2015 CST

CHICAGO — Despite the recent spate of highly-publicized data breaches, companies and their insurers are still struggling to get their arms around the risks represented by cyber crime.

Cyber risk models take cues from natural catastrophe tools

Published March 20, 2015 CST

CHICAGO — Slowly but surely, researchers are beginning to adapt the modeling tools that have helped insurers and policyholders quantify the risks arising from natural disasters for use on another vexing problem: cyber risk.