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How Group Health Claims-Shifting Affects Workers’ Compensation: WCRI

Workers’ compensation insurers should expect more cost shifting from group health plans as a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes hold, according to new research from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The claims shift is already …

Aon Risk Solutions Identifies 5 Big Geopolitical Risks for 2015

Critical events of early 2015 – cheap oil and Middle East violence – will probably continue to take their toll as the year goes on, according to a new projection of geopolitical hotspots. Lower overall prices for commodities may hurt the …

Internal Corporate Whistleblowers Swayed by Protections, Not Pay: Study

Offering monetary incentives does not necessarily influence whistleblowing behavior and might even discourage internal reporting, according to new research. Researchers at North Carolina State University and Bucknell University found that while strong anti-retaliation policies can encourage employees to notify internal …

Terrorists Have Shifted from Attacking Airlines to Mass Transit: Study

Successful terrorists have shifted their focus in recent years away from attacking airlines to attacking subway and rail systems, according to an analysis of terrorist attacks over a 30-year period from 1982 to 2011 by a leading health and safety …

Insurance Carriers Plan Increased Hiring in 2015: Survey

About two-thirds of insurance carriers expect to hire more employees this year, a new survey finds. According to the semi-annual U.S. Insurance Labor Outlook Study conducted by The Jacobson Group and Ward Group, 66 percent of all insurance companies intend …

A.M. Best: New UAE Regulations Should Improve Risk Profile of Insurers

The Insurance Authority (IA) of the United Arab Emirates recently issued new financial regulations, which are well placed to improve the risk profile and policyholder security of UAE insurers, according to A.M. Best in a special report titled “A.M. Best …

Report: Wildfire Risk to Homes in West Tops $237B

In the Western U.S. there are nearly 900,000 homes representing an estimated reconstruction cost of more than $237 billion considered at “very high” or “high” risk from wildfires, a report issued today shows. CoreLogic’s Wildfire Risk analysis is the latest of …

2014 Insured Losses Hit Lowest Level in Five Years: Guy Carpenter

Insured losses in 2014 were at the lowest level seen since 2009, according to Guy Carpenter’s annual Global Catastrophe Review. The report says that significant insured losses in 2014 totaled approximately USD33 billion, a dramatic drop when compared to the …

As Health Data Goes Electronic, Medical ID Theft Increases

Medical identity theft jumped 22 percent last year as more U.S. health data becomes electronic and easier for cyber criminals to steal from doctors’ offices, hospitals and insurers. Incidents of medical identity theft in 2014 saw almost 500,000 people fall …

Financial Markets Warned Aging Population Means End to Savings Glut

The global “savings glut” that has driven stocks to record highs and bond yields to record lows will soon start to disappear, leading to higher interest rates around the world as populations age, according to a Barclays study. After three …