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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

San Francisco health care spending requirement adjusted for managers

By: Jerry Geisel

Published October 27, 2014 - 2:53pm CST

Managerial, supervisory or confidential employees who earn at least $90,745 in 2015 are exempt from a San Francisco law that requires employers to spend a certain amount of money on their employees’ health insurance.

Senators want rules on corporate pension de-risking

By: Jerry Geisel

Published October 23, 2014 - 1:36pm CST

The chairmen of two Senate committees are asking the heads of several federal agencies to develop guidance on one of the hottest defined benefit pension plan trends: employer moves to “de-risk” the plans.

Justice Department to increase focus on cyber threat, economic espionage

By: Judy Greenwald

Published October 22, 2014 - 12:33pm CST

The Justice Department is making strategic changes to put additional focus on the protection of national assets from the threat of state-sponsored economic espionage and proliferation, including through cyberspace.

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

By: Jerry Geisel

Published October 21, 2014 - 9:54am CST

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.

FERMA, audit group release guide on E.U. company law

By: Sarah Veysey

Published October 20, 2014 - 12:00pm CST

BRUSSELS — The Federation of European Risk Management Associations and the European Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditing on Monday launched a joint best practice guide to help companies respond to E.U. company law.

Workers' compensation rates drop again in Michigan

By: Chris Gautz, Crain's Detroit Business

Published October 15, 2014 - 10:22am CST

Businesses in Michigan are continuing to see savings in their workers compensation rates and have saved more than $277 million since 2011, a fact the state now touts to companies interested in coming to Michigan.

SEC's Piwowar takes a swing at 'broken windows' enforcement policy

Published October 14, 2014 - 3:18pm CST

(Reuters) — A top U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission official said on Tuesday the agency’s the “broken windows” enforcement strategy, of pursuing violations big or small, hinders its ability to set priorities and maintain robust, healthy markets.

Airlines need tough rules to stop battery fires: Global advisory group

Published October 13, 2014 - 4:40pm CST

(Reuters) — An advisory panel has recommended tightening restrictions on bulk shipments of lithium batteries via commercial airplanes, after a fiery crash that pointed to the risks of the volatile batteries on board aircraft.

Deloitte launches global crisis management product

By: Bill Kenealy

Published October 07, 2014 - 10:41am CST

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. announced the launch of the Deloitte Center for Crisis Management on Tuesday.

FDA finalizes cyber risk advice for medical device manufacturers

By: Judy Greenwald

Published October 02, 2014 - 4:30pm CST

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized recommendations to medical device manufacturers for managing cybersecurity risks to protect patient health and information.

SEC charges two with insider trading on hedge fund's bet on Herbalife

Published October 01, 2014 - 2:44pm CST

(Reuters) — U.S. regulators on Tuesday charged two men with insider trading after they learned that hedge fund manager Bill Ackman was planning to announce a $1 billion bet against Herbalife Ltd. based on a view the company was merely a “pyramid scheme.”

National Council proposes workers comp rate hike for Hawaii in 2015

By: Bill Kenealy

Published October 01, 2014 - 12:26pm CST

The National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. has proposed a 3.2% rate increase in Hawaii workers compensation advisory rates for 2015.

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