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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

MetLife to contest super-risky tag Monday

Published October 28, 2014 - 3:33pm CST

(Reuters) — MetLife Inc. will plead against being branded a super-risky financial firm at a meeting next week with regulators, a company spokesman said, as the U.S. insurer tries to escape oversight by the Federal Reserve.

Boeing offers lump-sum, immediate annuity options to 40,000 former employees

By: Barry B. Burr, Pensions & Investments

Published October 28, 2014 - 3:04pm CST

Boeing Co. is offering an option of a lump-sum payout or an annuity to 40,000 former employees who have not yet retired, the first time the Chicago-based company has offered such choices from its existing defined benefit plans.

While executives more aware of cyber risks, only half buy insurance

By: Bill Kenealy

Published October 28, 2014 - 2:35pm CST

A survey Zurich Insurance Group Ltd. and Advisen Ltd. released Tuesday finds the recognition of cyber risk rising among risk managers and corporate boards, but the purchase of cyber liability insurance is leveling off.

Insurance broker Aon launches Ebola liability cover

Published October 28, 2014 - 2:25pm CST

(Reuters) — U.S. insurance broker Aon has launched Ebola liability cover for hospitals and other health care institutions, the company said on Tuesday.

Fed revises risk management policy for clearing, settlement firms

Published October 28, 2014 - 1:11pm CST

(Reuters) — The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Tuesday it has revised its policy which sets the risk management standards for the country’s largest clearing, payment and settlement firms.

HCA to acquire urgent-care provider, sets share buyback

Published October 28, 2014 - 9:50am CST

(Reuters) — HCA Holdings Inc., the largest U.S. hospital operator, on Tuesday announced a deal to acquire a Dallas-based provider of urgent-care services and said its board authorized the repurchase of up to $1 billion of its outstanding shares.

Captives may help with emerging Ebola, cyber risks

By: Sheena Harrison

Published October 27, 2014 - 5:42pm CST

Captives can be a useful tool to help insure and manage emerging threats in the health care industry, such as cyber risks and the Ebola virus, a panel of captive and health care industry experts said Monday.

Malpractice suits often tap electronic medical records

By: Judy Greenwald

Published October 27, 2014 - 4:22pm CST

Electronic medical records can save money and improve medical outcomes, but using them incorrectly can create significant liability problems for health care providers, medical malpractice defense attorneys said.

U.S. safety regulators probe Chrysler Ram pickup recalls

Published October 27, 2014 - 3:11pm CST

(Reuters) — U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation of Chrysler Group’s handling of two recalls for potential steering issues affecting nearly 1 million Dodge Ram pickup trucks in the United States.

PBGC takes over food wholesaler’s pension plan; warns of 2015 rate hikes

By: Jerry Geisel

Published October 27, 2014 - 3:03pm CST

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. has taken over the underfunded pension plan of White Rose Inc., an independent Carteret, New Jersey-based independent food wholesaler that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month and now is selling off assets.

Preparation, practice essential to control Ebola

By: Judy Greenwald

Published October 27, 2014 - 10:15am CST

“Get a flu shot,” the president and CEO of the American Hospital Association advised health care risk managers on how to deal with the Ebola threat. “That's not a request; that's a homework assignment.”

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