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Cigna says third-quarter revenue increased with customer growth

Published October 30, 2014 - 9:55am CST

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.

Federal judge blocks new HHS workaround for birth-control coverage

By: Lisa Schencker, Modern Healthcare

Published October 30, 2014 - 9:44am CST

A federal judge in Florida on Tuesday jumped into the latest round in the legal wrangling over a Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provision involving birth-control coverage and how it applies to religious institutions.

Will the Supreme Court accept the Obamacare subsidy challenge Friday?

By: Lisa Schencker, Modern Healthcare

Published October 30, 2014 - 9:24am CST

The U.S. Supreme Court justices are scheduled on Friday to discuss whether to accept a case with the potential to severely disrupt health coverage for millions of Americans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. If they take the case, it could introduce an unexpected issue into next Tuesday's elections over the future viability of the healthcare reform law.

Look beyond patients' medical needs: 'Magic' Johnson

By: Sheena Harrison

Published October 29, 2014 - 4:34pm CST

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

Murder-suicide exposed training, communications gaps

By: Judy Greenwald

Published October 29, 2014 - 4:25pm CST

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.

Hub International acquires benefits consultant Laurus Strategies

By: Joanne Wojcik

Published October 29, 2014 - 4:04pm CST

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.

Commercial insurance rates stable in third quarter: CIAB

By: Bill Kenealy

Published October 29, 2014 - 3:39pm CST

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.

OFF BEAT: Insurer fights back on claim of injury

Published October 29, 2014 - 2:43pm CST

A British man's attempt to pin a preexisting back injury on his employer almost came back to bite him in the rear.

Honeywell latest firm to draw EEOC scrutiny over wellness program penalties

By: Matt Dunning

Published October 29, 2014 - 1:46pm CST

Honeywell International Inc. on Wednesday called the EEOC's recent lawsuit against the company over plans to penalize workers who refuse to participate in its workplace wellness program “frivolous” and “out of step.”

Q&A: Robert Dubraski, Dubraski & Associates Insurance Services L.L.C.

Published October 29, 2014 - 1:24pm CST

Robert J. Dubraski is president and CEO of Dubraski & Associates Insurance Services L.L.C. in San Diego, an insurance brokerage that specializes in serving the health care industry across all lines of business. He spoke with Business Insurance Senior Editor Judy Greenwald about risk management issues facing the health care industry. Edited excerpts follow.

Arkansas appeals court says man failed to prove work accident caused injury

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 29, 2014 - 1:14pm CST

A “morbidly obese” worker in Arkansas failed to prove that his umbilical hernia resulted from a work-related injury and not pre-existing conditions, the Arkansas Court of Appeals has ruled.

Idaho workers comp rates mostly stable for 2015

By: Stephanie Goldberg

Published October 29, 2014 - 11:25am CST

Idaho employers will see a “slight” reduction in workers compensation rates as of Jan. 1, 2015, the state Department of Insurance said Monday.

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

Published October 29, 2014 - 11:10am CST

(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 year’s deadly crash in Quebec.

Ford recalls 204,448 Ford and Lincoln crossovers for fire hazard

Published October 29, 2014 - 11:00am CST

(Reuters) — Ford Motor Co. said it will conduct a regional recall of 204,448 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossover vehicles to correct an issue that could cause a fire.

Gatorade's workplace fitness program not your average wellness initiative

By: E.J. Schultz, AdvertisingAge

Published October 29, 2014 - 10:45am CST

Imagine setting a fitness goal — and then announcing it to your entire workplace. Or joining your office-mates in a daily round of planks or jumping jacks.