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Asia Medical Assistance Renews Advertising Deal With iPMI Magazine Until 2015

Asia Medical Assistance (AMA) was rebranded from PEMA in the year 2005, to mark the inception of MR. ABHIJEET SINGH SACHDEV, as its new CEO.

The company, then a regional provider of medical assistance has flourished into a multinational company and into one of the largest independent assistance companies of Asia. AMA has grown steadily every year over the last 8 years and now boosts international partnerships that bring value to the leading health and travel insurance companies. AMA is capable of being flexible with all the different parameters of service delivery ranging from emergency planning to execution.

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AMA has a dedicated team of professionals driving the business in the right direction. With vast experience of over 12 years each on average, our team of paramedics is capable of providing you the best possible care to your evacuations and critical care. Our team of doctor’s spans more than 30 specialties and are all in-house hence are providing your clients reliable service all year round. Our response times of the alarm center are always pushing global standards further due to our investments in technology.

More information: http://www.asiamedassist.org

 

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Aetna Names Tim Cocchi As Country Manager For Hong Kong Operations

Aetna (NYSE: AET), a leading global diversified health care solutions company, has named Tim Cocchi, 52, as country manager for its business operations in Hong Kong.

The appointment is effective immediately. In this new position, Cocchi will be responsible for sales and account management for Aetna’s growing business in Hong Kong and Macau and general management guidance for the company’s Hong Kong office.

“We’re pleased that Tim will be leading our dynamic team in Hong Kong, which is an important growth area for Aetna,” said Larry Hartshorn, Aetna International’s interim general manager, Greater China. “With his deep industry knowledge and years of experience in countries around the world, Tim will help us further expand our role as a major provider of individual and group health care benefits plans for expatriates and local nationals.”

Cocchi brings to Aetna more than 30 years’ experience in the employee benefits and insurance industries, both in the United States and internationally. He began his overseas career in Dubai as AIG’s regional head for group medical and managed care business in the Middle East. He later held similar regional roles stationed in Paris, Tokyo and Athens, where he continued to lead profitable growth in AIG’s Accident & Health lines of business. Most recently, Cocchi worked for AIA in a regional role based in Hong Kong. Cocchi received an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. in business administration from Western New England College.

Aetna has maintained offices in Hong Kong since 2007 and employs 48 people there. Through a strategic alliance announced earlier this year, Aetna’s medical insurance policies in Hong Kong are underwritten by Starr International, a leading insurance firm licensed by the Hong Kong Insurance Authority.

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Travel Advice Israel And The Occupied Palestinian Territories

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the Sheba’a Farms and Ghajjar along the border with Lebanon (the ‘Blue Line’). The FCO advise against all travel to Gaza.

There remains a risk of rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel and Israeli air strikes on Gaza. You should take extra care in areas of Israel close to the border with Gaza. Don’t attempt to enter Gaza by sea, breaching the restrictions imposed by the Israeli navy.

The FCO advise against participating in flotillas or overland convoys to Gaza because of the risks involved.

The Rafah border with Egypt regularly closes with no warning and for long periods of time. At these times it may be impossible to enter or leave Gaza.

The ability of the FCO to provide consular assistance in Gaza is extremely limited.

If you’re in Gaza you should register with the British Information and Services Office (BISO) on arrival, review your security arrangements regularly and make sure you know what to do if you hear a warning siren.

Be extra vigilant and take great care when travelling anywhere in the West Bank, particularly in areas close to refugee camps, in and around Israeli settlements across the West Bank and in the cities of Jenin, Nablus and Hebron.

Demonstrations and other forms of civil unrest can occur at short notice and often turn violent.

Regional developments can have an impact on the local security situation. Monitor local media and avoid all protests. Stay alert in and around the Old City in Jerusalem, especially after Friday prayers and on religious holidays.

Isolated protests and demonstrations can occur both in the Old city and in East Jerusalem. Leave the area immediately if there is evidence of tension or unrest. Keep up to date with developments, be vigilant and avoid any protests or demonstrations.

On 22 August, 4 rockets were fired towards northern Israel from southern Lebanon. There were no reported injuries.

On 13 August a rocket was intercepted by an Iron Dome anti- missile battery over the southern city of Eilat. No injuries were reported.

Visa and other entry requirements are complex. Make sure you are aware of Israeli immigration policies before you travel.

There is a high threat from terrorism.

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Travel Advice Philippines: 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits The Island Of Bohol

Around 113,282 British nationals visited the Philippines in 2012. Most visits are trouble-free. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. A major 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Bohol on Tuesday at 08:12 local time (0012 GMT).

The epicentre was 629 km from Manila. Cebu City is about 60 km away. There have been some reports of casualties on Cebu. The initial earthquake was followed by two aftershocks, each measuring more than 5.0 in magnitude. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a Pacific-wide tsunami threat. The United States Geological Survey have issued a yellow warning saying “some casualties and damage are possible and the impact should be relatively localised.

Past yellow alerts have required a local or regional level response.”

British nationals affected by the earthquake are asked to contact the Consular Section in Manila at +63 02 858 2200.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to south-west Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago because of on-going terrorist activity and clashes between the military and insurgent groups. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the remainder of Mindanao for the same reasons. There is a high threat from terrorism, including kidnapping.

The FCO is aware of a credible and imminent kidnap threat against foreigners in Zamboanga del Norte Province in Mindanao.

On 10 October the US Embassy issued an emergency message to US citizens warning them of the continuing threat from terrorism in southern Mindanao, including Davao, North and South Cotabato, Sultan Kudurat, Sarangani and Maguindinao.

On 16 September 2013 the Philippine Bureau of Immigration warned foreign nationals against joining rallies and other mass action protests. Foreign nationals taking part in these rallies may face deportation for violating Philippine immigration laws.

On 9 September 2013 armed clashes took place between militants and the Philippines security forces in Zamboanga city. Sporadic fighting continues and the city’s airport has been closed. A curfew is in place from 8pm until 5am.

The FCO advise against all travel to this region. Any British nationals in Zamboanga city should remain indoors and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Around 20 typhoons hit the Philippines each year, usually between June and November. You should monitor local weather reports and follow the advice of local authorities. With the exception of Philippine Airlines (PAL), all air carriers certified in the Philippines are banned from operating to/from the EU. 

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Aetna Brings New iTriage Employer Technology to Mid-Sized Businesses

Aetna (NYSE: AET) and iTriage®, one of the market leaders in consumer healthcare technology, today jointly announced the launch of a customizable employer enhancement to the iTriage consumer health app. Nearly 4,000 Aetna mid-sized employer clients can now offer their employees a company-specific, enhanced version of the iTriage app.

The iTriage employer-customized app: Customizes information for consumers based on their specific health benefits plan; Helps employees understand how using an in-network health care provider can be more affordable, which can also create cost savings for employers; and Reduces administrative work for health care providers, who will benefit from informed patients who have selected the right physician, facility and level of care based on their individual needs.

“The launch of the iTriage employer-customized app solution to Aetna’s mid-sized employer clients supports our shared vision of creating a better health care experience for our customers and their employees,” said Vibha Jha, vice president and head of Key Accounts for Aetna. “For the first time, employees and their families are able to use all of the unique features of iTriage with information based on their specific benefits plan.”

Founded in 2008, iTriage’s free consumer health care app has been downloaded nearly 10 million times, with 50 million uses each year, helping connect consumers with answers to “What could be wrong?” and “Where can I go for care?” With the launch of the new customizable app, employers can also now guide their employees who are looking for care within their network.

“iTriage is using innovation to change the health care delivery landscape,” said Dr. Peter Hudson, CEO and co-founder, iTriage. “We believe consumers and their employers are uniquely positioned to sculpt the next horizon of health care, and our products are focused on accelerating that change. Working with such a large group of employers and members is a huge milestone that underscores our mission to help consumers make better health care decisions.”

Helping Employees, Employers and Providers

With millions of Americans using smartphones to access health care information, the iTriage® app educates members about health conditions and where they can be treated – about two people every second. The employer-customized version of the iTriage app then encourages employees to consider in-network, clinically appropriate, lower-cost care through information about health care costs and care alternatives. Pop-ups alert members if they’ve chosen an out-of-network health care provider. Employers can help engage their employees and their families at the time of their health care decision through the customized app.

Through increased use of in-network health care providers and reduced cases of avoidable ER visits, employers can see an overall reduction in health care costs. The employer-customized version of the iTriage app will also help health care providers by providing a platform to reach potential patients at a time of need. In certain locations, once a patient identifies a health care provider in their network, they can book an appointment conveniently through the iTriage app.

For more information, visit http://about.iTriageHealth.com.

About iTriage

iTriage LLC, an Aetna subsidiary headquartered in Denver, Colo., is a global healthcare technology company founded in 2008 by two emergency medicine physicians. The company’s market-leading platform and mobile/website applications offer a proprietary Symptom-to-Provider™ pathway that empowers consumers to make better health care decisions. iTriage helps people answer the two most common medical questions: “What could be wrong?” and “Where can I go for care?” Millions of consumers around the globe have downloaded the free iTriage mobile app through the iTunes App store or Android Market, or used the iTriage website at www.itriagehealth.com. In addition, thousands of health care providers already use the iTriage platform to reach more consumers and increase patient engagement.

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 44 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers' compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna's customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.

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Latest Egypt Travel Intelligence

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai due to the significant increase in criminal activity and recent terrorist attacks on police and security forces that have resulted in deaths.

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In view of continued unrest and the evolving political situation in Egypt, the FCO advise against all but essential travel to the rest of Egypt except for resorts on the Red Sea in South Sinai and those resorts on the Egyptian mainland in Red Sea governorate (including Hurghada). In the governorate of South Sinai the FCO advise against all but essential travel, with the exception of (i) the Red Sea Resorts including those in the entire region of Sharm el Sheikh, Taba, Nuweiba and Dahab; (ii) the St Catherine’s Monastery World Heritage Site; (iii) road travel between the Red Sea resorts; (iv) road travel from the Red Sea resorts to St Catherine’s Monastery approaching from the east; and (v) transfers between the resorts and the airports of Taba and Sharm el Sheikh.

The FCO do not advise against the use of Cairo airport as a transit stop providing you do not leave the airport grounds. There have been access problems on some of the roads to Cairo airport, chiefly Saleh Salem Road. If you are already in a part of Egypt where the FCO advise against all but essential travel, you should consider whether you have a pressing need to remain.

If you decide to remain in Egypt, you should stay at or close to home or a place of safety (eg your hotel), keep a low profile and pay close attention to your personal safety, particularly in the larger cities.

You should avoid crowds. You should follow the regulations set by the local authorities and obey curfews. Make sure you keep valid photographic identification with you at all times.

Protests and demonstrations

In Cairo on 14 August Egyptian security forces ended sit-in protests at Nahda Square close to Cairo University in Giza and at Rabaa Al-Adaweya mosque in Nasr City.

This resulted in at least 500 deaths. Violent clashes also occurred near Mostafa Mahmoud Square in Mohandiseen, Cairo. On 17 August there were further violent clashes in Ramses Square and at the Al Fatah Mosque between protesters and security forces. Demonstrations planned for the afternoon of Sunday 18th August, including outside the Constitutional Court in Maadi and Roxy Square in Heliopolis were cancelled by the organisers because of security concerns.

There have been demonstrations in other parts of Egypt, including Alexandria, Hurghada and Luxor, some of which have turned violent. Further demonstrations are likely and could take place in any part of the country. Army and security forces have been deployed in anticipation of further protests and rallies in the coming days. Train services across Egypt are suspended. A curfew was declared on 14 August between 7pm and 6am local time.

This is expected to continue for several weeks. The governorates affected by this are Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, South Sinai (except for Sharm el Sheikh, Taha and Dahab) North Sinai, Suez, Behera, Minya, Assiut, Souhag, Beni Suef, Ismailia, Qena and Fayoum. A national state of emergency has been declared for Egypt for a period of 1 month. You are strongly advised to avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings. If you become aware of any nearby protests, leave the area immediately. Don’t attempt to cross road blocks erected by the security forces or protesters. There is a serious risk of violence and sexual assault at demonstrations. NGOs report more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults against women in demonstrations since 30 June. Foreign and Egyptian women have been attacked. See Political and security situation

Red Sea Resort areas

Enhanced security measures are in place to protect the resort areas. There have been no violent protests in the South Sinai resorts during recent disturbances in Egypt In Hurghada on 14 August there were some violent clashes, in an area away from tourist resorts. One man was killed.

On 16 August there was a demonstration near the marina area. You are strongly advised to follow the advice of the local authorities and avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings. If you become aware of any nearby protests, leave the area immediately. Do not attempt to cross road blocks erected by the security forces or protestors.

Terrorism

There is a high threat from terrorism.

Although security is tight throughout the country, especially in resort areas, there remains a high risk of attacks which could be indiscriminate, including in public places frequented by foreigners.

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GMMI

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GMMI is a leading ISO 9001:2008 certified provider of cost containment and medical risk management solutions. At GMMI, we have been setting the industry standard for quality customer service, medical management, and competent claims administration since our inception in 1992. And we do it better than any other company. We are Passionate for People. Focused on Client Results. Driven by Legendary Service. Our Core Competency is Medical Cost Containment and Case Management.

Based in Florida, USA, GMMI, Inc. (Global Medical Management) is a leading ISO 9001:2008 certified provider of cost containment and medical risk management solutions. At GMMI, we have been setting the industry standard for quality customer service, medical management, and competent claims administration since our inception in 1992. Since our founding in 1992, we have been a pioneer in the delivery of managed care and cost containment services to the international health care payers and their members. GMMI’s client list includes many of the world’s leading insurance and assistance companies. In 2008 GMMI joined the Europ Assistance Group of companies. Our mission is to support the success of insurers, re-insurers, self-funded groups, and assistance companies via complete cost containment services for medical management, cost savings and 24 hour customer care in the U.S. and globally.

By virtue of our services and our provider contracts, GMMI’s Clients pay significantly less for their healthcare expenses in the USA. Clients may choose to contract GMMI for a single service component, such as claims repricing. Others may engage GMMI for their complete customer service and cost containment needs – from web-based and telephonic patient directing, to 24/7/365 Customer Service Call Center, Catastrophic Claims Management, Organ & Tissue Transplant Services Administration, to Claims Management, Medical Case Management, Claims Payment and beyond. GMMI can help our Client with a single service component, or serve as a Third Party Administrator (TPA), a one-stop-shop for all medical and case management services needs.

Company: GMMI, Inc.

Address: 1300 Concord Terrace, Suite 300 Sunrise, Florida 33323 USA

24 hr Customer Service Phone: +1-954-370-6404

Free of charge in the US: 1-800-682-6065

Fax: +1-954-370-8130

Web: https://www.gmmi.com

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Egypt In-Touch Assistance

 

Egypt In-Touch Assistance is the first ISO9001:2008 certified Assistance Company in Egypt, specialized in offering medical & non-medical assistance services all over Egypt and the Middle East. Our Mission is to keep costs to a minimum without affecting the quality of the healthcare and assistance services provided. Our goal is to be the leading assistance company in Egypt and the Middle East, providing medical and non-medical assistance services to local citizens and international business, leisure and medical tourists.

The key to our success is our local presence and knowhow, committed staff, customer focus and quality and transparency in our case processing. We deliver true value through quality care and competitive pricing. The EIA founders have been working in Egypt with more than 15 years experience in the healthcare market.

Company: Egypt In Touch

Address: El-Nasr St, El-Dahhar, Hurghada, Red sea, P.O.Box 491, Egypt.

Cairo office: 312 Al-Sudan St. 4th floor – Flat 14 Mohandessein

Phone: +201 2024 0504

Fax: +206 5355 5332

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Web: www.egypttravelassistance.com

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Egypt In-Touch Assistance

 

Egypt In-Touch Assistance is the first ISO9001:2008 certified Assistance Company in Egypt, specialized in offering medical & non-medical assistance services all over Egypt and the Middle East. Our Mission is to keep costs to a minimum without affecting the quality of the healthcare and assistance services provided. Our goal is to be the leading assistance company in Egypt and the Middle East, providing medical and non-medical assistance services to local citizens and international business, leisure and medical tourists.

The key to our success is our local presence and knowhow, committed staff, customer focus and quality and transparency in our case processing. We deliver true value through quality care and competitive pricing. The EIA founders have been working in Egypt with more than 15 years experience in the healthcare market.

Company: Egypt In Touch

Address: El-Nasr St, El-Dahhar, Hurghada, Red sea, P.O.Box 491, Egypt.

Cairo office: 312 Al-Sudan St. 4th floor – Flat 14 Mohandessein

Phone: +201 2024 0504

Fax: +206 5355 5332

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Web: www.egypttravelassistance.com

A founding member of The International Assistance Network

 

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