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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.

Gates' support of extending federal terrorism backstop praised

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published October 29, 2014 - 10:07am CST

The Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism is welcoming former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' call to extend the federal government's terrorism insurance backstop.

WellPoint beats Wall Street expectations as customers grow

Published October 29, 2014 - 9:44am CST

(Reuters) — WellPoint Inc on Wednesday reported third-quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations as the company’s customers increased in its Medicaid business and in new subsidized individual health plans under the national healthcare reform law.

U.S. airlines point to additional problems of any Ebola travel ban

Published October 29, 2014 - 9:32am CST

(Reuters) — U.S. airlines have said little publicly about political pressure to close the country's borders to travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa, but in private they have briefed government officials about the challenges to implementing a ban, industry sources told Reuters.

Q&A: Scott D. Buchholz, Dummit, Buchholz & Trapp

By: Judy Greenwald

Published October 29, 2014 - 6:00am CST

Scott D. Buchholz, a partner at law firm Dummit, Buchholz & Trapp in San Diego, spoke with Business Insurance Senior Editor Judy Greenwald about some risks associated with accountable care organizations set up as a result of the federal health care reform law. Edited excerpts follow.

Outgoing PCI chair wins President's Award

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published October 28, 2014 - 9:55pm CST

Robert Restrepo, the outgoing chairman of the board of governors of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, won this year's President's Award for Leadership in Advocacy.

New PCI chairman monitors federal regulatory posture

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published October 28, 2014 - 9:49pm CST

For Terrence W. Cavanaugh, a challenge facing the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America is continuing to provide effective advocacy for its members and the industry in a rapidly evolving risk landscape.

Q&A: Karen Clark, Karen Clark & Co.

By: Matthew Lerner

Published October 28, 2014 - 9:43pm CST

Karen Clark is president and CEO of Boston-based Karen Clark & Co., which she co-founded in 2007 to help insurers, reinsurers and others companies more effectively manage catastrophe risk by using models and other information. Recently, she spoke with Business Insurance Associate Editor Matthew Lerner about developments reshaping the modeling sector. Edited excerpts follow.

Alternative capital keeping pressure on traditional reinsurers

By: Matthew Lerner

Published October 28, 2014 - 9:36pm CST

The amount and type of alternative capital in the reinsurance market was a key topic of discussion among the reinsurance panelists speaking Tuesday at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America’s annual conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Training, simplified processes trim hospital lab errors

By: Judy Greenwald

Published October 28, 2014 - 9:30pm CST

Training hospital staff to have patients state their name and birth date before a specimen is taken and refusing to accept specimens before they are properly labeled are effective ways to reduce diagnostic errors, an expert said.

Medical liability claims flat, but loss rates rising

By: Judy Greenwald

Published October 28, 2014 - 7:41pm CST

Hospitals will not be “fighting fires” concerning their professional liability insurance costs next year, said a co-author of a just-released study on the issue. “Things are pretty flat; things are pretty benign," said Erik Johnson.

Willis reports $812M in third quarter revenue

By: Matt Dunning

Published October 28, 2014 - 5:21pm CST

Willis Group Holdings P.L.C. reported $812 million in total revenue for the third quarter of 2014, a 2.1% increase over results from the same period a year ago, the company announced on Tuesday.

Hartford offering to convert monthly annuity to cash lump sum

By: Jerry Geisel

Published October 28, 2014 - 5:21pm CST

Hartford Financial Services Inc. is offering 13,500 former employees the opportunity to convert their future monthly annuity into a cash lump sum.

ASHRM 2014 Annual Meeting

Published October 28, 2014 - 5:16pm CST

Follow Business Insurance's daily coverage of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management's Annual Conference & Exhibition in Anaheim, California.

Engage families to improve patients' care: Panelists

By: Sheena Harrison

Published October 28, 2014 - 4:56pm CST

Health care organizations should engage the families of patients to improve medical outcomes and experiences while reducing potential medical provider liabilities, a group of medical experts said Tuesday.

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