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Globality Health Strengthens Network Management With Appointment Of Ronald Pritchard

Globality Health is proud to welcome the appointment of experienced senior operations manager, Ronald Pritchard, as Head of Network Management. His mission is to optimize working relationships with partners and the medical provider network, with special emphasis on operational and financial efficiency. He joined Globality...

18-05-2016 iPMI Magazine Executive Appointments Movements News

Globality Health Names Michael Kløcker As New Chief Commercial Officer

As of 1 May, Michael Kløcker is the Chief Commercial Officer of the international health insurer with a special focus on expatriates, Globality Health. His appointment completes Globality’s Board of Management, allowing interim CCO Gregor Schulte to focus on his core role as Chief Financial Officer. "I...

05-05-2016 iPMI Magazine Executive Appointments Movements News

Globality Health Continues UK Market Expansion With Appointment Of New UK Regional Sales Director

Globality Health, the international medical insurer with a special focus on expatriates is excited to announce the appointment of Mr. Gavin Royston, as UK regional sales director. With a wealth of iPMI industry experience spanning over 13 years, including 8 years at Bupa and 4 years posted...

22-06-2015 iPMI Magazine Executive Appointments Movements News

Globality Health Introduces New CEO

Munich Health, the health segment of Munich Re, has appointed Roman Beilhack as new CEO for Globality Health. The appointment is the next step in a comprehensive development program for Globality Health, the international health insurer with a special focus on expatriates within Munich Re. Beilhack...

07-11-2014 iPMI Magazine Executive Appointments Movements News

Globality Health Partners With UAE’s Leading Health Insurer Daman

By partnering with the National Health Insurance Company - Daman, Globality Health is extending its full international health insurance offering, including 24/7 emergency medical assistance and medical evacuation and repatriation services, to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The partnership with Daman allows Globality Health`s clients...

04-11-2014 iPMI Product News

Globality Health Take Lead Sponsorship Position On Maritime Labour Convention 2006 Round Table Business Forum

iPMI Magazine is proud to announce Globality Health has taken the lead sponsorship position on the upcoming Maritime Labour Convention 2006 Round Table Business Forum. Mr. Philip Wright, Chief Commercial Officer at Globality Health will take the head of the round table. The Maritime Labour Convention...

13-03-2014 RT Delegate Sponsor News

EuroAlarm Joins The Globality Health Global Network

Globality Health is strengthening its global network by partnering with leading international assistance provider, EuroAlarm, to provide full international care, including 24/7 emergency medical assistance, medical evacuation and repatriation services, to all group and individual clients. A full support service that clients can depend upon...

03-12-2013 iPMI Magazine Breaking News

iPMI Conferences 2014

Team iPMIM are currently very busy researching a health and medical insurance conference for 2014. We are now at a stage where we need your input. iPMI Conferences (http://ipmiconference.com) facilitate dialog and debate between the various sectors of the international healthcare business. Insurance companies, assistance networks...

08-11-2013 iPMI Magazine Breaking News

New Cover For The Untapped Seafarers Market From Globality Health

Globality Health responded to the need for appropriate insurance for seafarers by partnering with Crewsure (crewsure.com) to offer clients innovative insurance products. From August 20th 2013 all vessels over a certain size have to comply with a new labour convention known as the Maritime Labour...

19-08-2013 iPMI Product News

Globality Health Introduces A New International Health Insurance Plan For Individuals - Yougenio® World

Globality Health has launched its new international health insurance plan for individuals, YouGenio® World. It is replacing YouGenio® with a large number of improvements to the current plan levels Classic, Plus and Top, such as full cancer care. In twelve-months the product development team has...

16-04-2013 iPMI Product News

Activus Joins iPMI Magazine Medical Cost Containment Provider Network

Insurers who focus on IPMI and expatriate healthcare insurance have always had the challenge of finding software that meets their requirements for multi-currency, multi-lingual and multi-tax operations. In recent years, local regulators have added to this complexity by imposing more stringent regulations on external insurers who operate in their local markets. Insurers are now faced with making their ‘global’ products meet local mandatory requirements, operate within the local health ‘ecosystem’ and possibly comply with data residency rules.

Whether integrating with e-claims networks in the UK, US or UAE for example or co-ordinating benefits with state provided coverage, these are the operational scenarios, often requiring multiple legal entities to exist on the one product, for which Actisure was built.  

As a consequence, this rich capability has resulted in Actisure having more IPMI clients (insurers, ‘super brokers’ and managing general agents) than any other software provider.

Activus is a leading worldwide supplier of application software and implementation services to the medical insurance, protection insurance and assistance markets. Activus is now part of Cegedim Insurance Solutions, the market leading and innovative technology company focused on health insurance. Our core platform, Actisure, is at the heart of Cegedim’s international strategy.

Winner of the 2015 XCelent Functionality Award (© Celent 2015), Actisure is a flexible, service oriented software platform that manages domestic and international books of business with installations in the UK, Europe, USA, Middle East, Asia Pacific, China, Africa and Australasia.

Actisure is a modern, best of breed application. Clients can implement a fully integrated system allowing them to replace multiple existing systems. Alternatively clients can deploy specific modules within a wider SoA based architecture.

High levels of configuration provides speed to market advantages and limitless product configuration options whilst lessening the dependence on scarce IT resource. Actisure can be deployed on site or in a private cloud in Cegedim’s world class health accredited data centers.

MedCareProfessional Renews Annual Digital Marketing Program With iPMI Magazine

MedCareProfessional offers international and national ground and air medical patient transport. They co-operate reliably and economically soundly with renowned insurance and assistance companies, air ambulance owners and operators, hospitals and multinationals. 

They realize Europe-wide ground ambulance transports for repatriation purposes.

Patients that require transport in a lying, supine position or in need of a medical escort can thus be taken to a hospital near home in one of our luxurious ambulances.

These ambulances are especially designed for long-distance transports and boast an equipment far above the recommended norm DIN EN 1789, therefore advanced measures can be taken in an emergency. During the transport patients are seen to by our friendly, courteous and experienced medical personnel.

Adjoining countries like Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and the Benelux are the main aim of our operations, though more distant destinations are certainly operated, too.

We guarantee worldwide professional help for injured or sick people with our fleet of ambulance cars, medical intensive care transport engines and with air ambulances or commercial carriers, no matter where you are.

ICU Transport

Our ICU ambulance cars are mobile intensive care wards – they have all the latest equipment available and are always up to scratch. Thus we are enabled to transport our patients without interrupting their life-supporting therapy. Our medical personnel consists of ICU physicians trained in surgery, internal medicine and anesthesia, assisted by paramedics and nurse anesthetists.

These transports gain more and more significance in our work due to the continuous formation of specialty hospitals and medical centers. Therefore outstanding equipment and excellent personnel ensure the best possible transport security.

Medical Technology

  • 2 BREAS LTV 1200 Ventilator

  • 2 Zoll CCT Monitoring

  • 2 Accuvac Rescue Suction Unit

  • 7 Fresenius Syringe Pumps

  • 1 Fresenius Infusion Pump

  • 1 Mobile BloodGasAnalysis Device (EPOC)

  • Mounting for ECMO / IABP

 

 

Quick Air Jet Charter Renews Annual Digital Marketing Program With iPMI Magazine

Quick Air Jet Charter GmbH was established in 1992 at Cologne Bonn International Airport. The company started its operation with three Turboprop aircraft with main focus on air ambulance flights. The company grew steadily over the years expanding its fleet to Learjets with worldwide operation.

Our dedicated air ambulance fleet comprises three Learjet 55s, three Learjet 35s, a Learjet 36 and a Citation 550. We have a team of 7 fulltime employed, highly skilled operations officers working in shifts to be of service round the clock. Our team members come from various backgrounds; pilots, paramedics, military, VIP charters, international sales.

Our common goal is to be of best service to our clients and to understand and support them in their special requirements. Quick Air is part of the Griesemann Aviation Group which is part of the Griesemann Group, an international company specialised in plant engineering and construction. Our parent company employs over 900 people in 9 offices around Europe.

The Aviation group consists of Quick Air which has a fleet of eight dedicated aircraft focused on ambulance flights, CCF manager airline, our airline for business flights with its own fleet as well as our subsidiary maintenance facility Air Service Klausheide based at Munster International airport and Cologne Bonn airport in Germany.  

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A.M. Best Affirms Credit Ratings Of Société Hospitalière d’Assurances Mutuelles

A.M. Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” of Société Hospitalière d’Assurances Mutuelles (Sham) (France). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) remains stable.

The ratings reflect Sham’s balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorises as very strong, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management.

Sham benefits from a favourable position in its niche market, as a leading provider of medical professional liability insurance (MPLI) in France, where it holds a market share of approximately 50%. The company leverages its strong brand recognition and expertise to provide specialist insurance solutions to the medical profession. However, Sham’s underwriting portfolio is concentrated, with MPLI accounting for approximately 70% of gross written premium (GWP) and 95% of gross technical provisions in recent years. This concentration, in what is a specialist class of business, is considered an offsetting rating factor in the business profile assessment. The company mitigates this concentration through disciplined underwriting, pricing and claims handling practices. Additionally, Sham is executing an ongoing strategy to diversify its business mix and geographical footprint, most notably with the acquisition of the French broker, Sofaxis, in 2013, as well as through measured international expansion within Europe. Sham has launched operations in neighbouring European countries in recent years, which generated approximately 7% of the group’s consolidated GWP in 2016.

Sham’s very strong balance sheet is underpinned by risk-adjusted capitalisation at the strongest level, an investment portfolio of good quality and the mutual’s history of prudent reserving practices. A.M. Best expects Sham’s prospective risk-adjusted capitalisation to remain at the strongest level, with growth and development initiatives, supported by good internal capital generation through the full retention of earnings. Sham’s balance sheet strength assessment also factors in the company’s moderate dependence on reinsurance support, with 40% of business written ceded out, although the mutual benefits from a panel of supportive and longstanding partners.

Sham has a track record of operating profitably, evidenced by the company’s five-year average (2012-2016) operating ratio of 82.2% (as calculated by A.M. Best). Over recent years, operating results have been largely driven by investment income, while technical performance has remained a weaker component of performance, returning a five-year average (2012-2016) combined ratio of 101.4% (as calculated by A.M. Best), in part due to management’s prudent reserving philosophy.

Moody's Assigns Aa3 To Partners HealthCare System's (MA) Ser. 2017; Outlook Revised To stable

Issue: Revenue Bonds Partners HealthCare System Issue, Series S-2 (2017); Rating: Aa3; Rating Type: Underlying LT; Sale Amount: $72,385,000; Expected Sale Date: 12/14/2017; Rating Description: Revenue: Other;

Issue: Revenue Bonds Partners HealthCare System Issue, Series S-3 (2017); Rating: Aa3; Rating Type: Underlying LT; Sale Amount: $69,535,000; Expected Sale Date: 12/14/2017; Rating Description: Revenue: Other;

Issue: Revenue Bonds Partners HealthCare System Issue, Series S-4 (2017); Rating: Aa3; Rating Type: Underlying LT; Sale Amount: $80,000,000; Expected Sale Date: 12/14/2017; Rating Description: Revenue: Other;

Issue: Revenue Bonds Partners HealthCare System Issue, Series S-5 (2017); Rating: Aa3; Rating Type: Underlying LT; Sale Amount: $50,000,000; Expected Sale Date: 12/14/2017; Rating Description: Revenue: Other;

Issue: Revenue Bonds, Partners HealthCare System Issue, Series 2017; Rating: Aa3; Rating Type: Underlying LT; Sale Amount: $100,510,000; Expected Sale Date: 12/14/2017; Rating Description: Revenue: Other;

Issue: Revenue Bonds, Partners HealthCare System Issue, Series S-1 (2017); Rating: Aa3; Rating Type: Underlying LT; Sale Amount: $561,585,000; Expected Sale Date: 12/14/2017; Rating Description: Revenue: Other;

Issue: Taxable Bonds, Series 2017; Rating: Aa3; Rating Type: Underlying LT; Sale Amount: $314,270,000; Expected Sale Date: 12/14/2017; Rating Description: Revenue: Other;

Summary Rating Rationale

Moody's Investors Service assigns Aa3 ratings to Partners HealthCare System's (MA) Revenue Bonds, Partners HealthCare System Issue, Series S (2017) issued through the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, Revenue Bonds Partners HealthCare System Issue, Series 2017 issued through the New Hampshire Health & Education Facilities Authority and Taxable Bonds Series 2017. At this time we are affirming our Aa3 and Aa3/VMIG 1 rating, affecting approximately $5 billion of outstanding debt. The rating outlook has been revised to stable based on an expectation of continued margin improvement in fiscal 2018.

Assignment and affirmation of the Aa3 ratings is attributable to multiple factors including Partners' significant scale and leading market presence in eastern Massachusetts combined with a national and international draw for high acuity and complex patients to the system's two academic medical centers. Further undergirding the rating is Partners' large research organization that helps the organization attract high caliber physicians and researchers and supports the system's large fundraising operations. The outlook has been revised to stable based on our expectation that operating performance at the provider division will largely return to historical levels in FY 2018 and that the insurance division will generate roughly breakeven results. Affirmation of the short-term VMIG 1 ratings reflect adequate coverage provided by daily assets (after applying Moody's discounts) and bank facilities used to support the tender features of the affected debt.

Rating Outlook

Revision in the outlook to stable reflects our expectation that the provider division will generate a roughly 2% operating margin and that the insurance division will generate roughly breakeven results. We could revise the outlook to negative if these targets are not met throughout the year or if the acquisition currently being contemplated results in material financial dilution or other challenges.

Factors that Could Lead to an Upgrade

Significant improvement in financial performance at the clinical and insurance divisions

Material deleveraging of direct debt and comprehensive debt liabilities

Factors that Could Lead to a Downgrade

Prolonged weaker performance at the community hospitals and clinical divisions; material disruption or losses caused by new Medicaid program

Return to significant losses at the insurance division

Materially dilutive acquisition

Legal Security

Partners is the sole member of the following entities: Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Brigham Health (parent of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital), NSMC HealthCare Inc. (parent of North Shore Medical Center), Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Partners Continuing Care (parent of several non-acute service providers, including the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network), Neighborhood Health Plan, Partners Medical International and Partners HealthCare International. Partners also controls Partners Community Physicians Organization which is a management services organization that supports an integrated managed care strategy and administers its physician network. MGH is the sole member of The General Hospital (commonly referred to as Massachusetts General Hospital), Cooley Dickinson Health Care Corporation, McLean HealthCare, Martha's Vineyard Hospital, Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.

The parent holding company is the only obligor on Partners outstanding bonded debt. However, system debt issued by Partners is secured by unconditional guarantees of BWH and its parent, Brigham Health, and The General and its parent, MGH. These guarantees may be suspended if certain covenanted financial tests are met, but are automatically reinstated, without board approval, if the covenant tests are not maintained. Although this ratio was achieved at FYE 2002, management has stated that it does not intend to exercise this suspension right.

Use of Proceeds

Bond proceeds will be used to refinance multiple series of debt for savings, refinance Wentworth-Douglass' debt, refinance several series of Term Rate and Floating Index Rate bonds, and provide new money for capital expenditures.

Obligor Profile

Partners HealthCare System is a system based in Boston operating ten hospitals in the surrounding metro area and region. It is anchored by two highly regarded academic medical centers, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Partners is the largest hospital recipient of NIH funding in the country and is a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Partners also operates Neighborhood Health Plan, an insurance company with Medicaid managed care and commercial plans.

Methodology

The principal methodology used in this rating was Not-For-Profit Healthcare published in November 2017. The additional methodologies used in this rating were Rating Methodology for Municipal Bonds and Commercial Paper Supported by a Borrower's Self-Liquidity published in January 2012, Variable Rate Instruments Supported by Conditional Liquidity Facilities published in March 2017 and U.S. Health Insurance Companies published in October 2017. Please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of these methodologies.

Regulatory Disclosures

For ratings issued on a program, series or category/class of debt, this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to each rating of a subsequently issued bond or note of the same series or category/class of debt or pursuant to a program for which the ratings are derived exclusively from existing ratings in accordance with Moody's rating practices. For ratings issued on a support provider, this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to the credit rating action on the support provider and in relation to each particular credit rating action for securities that derive their credit ratings from the support provider's credit rating. For provisional ratings, this announcement provides certain regulatory disclosures in relation to the provisional rating assigned, and in relation to a definitive rating that may be assigned subsequent to the final issuance of the debt, in each case where the transaction structure and terms have not changed prior to the assignment of the definitive rating in a manner that would have affected the rating. For further information please see the ratings tab on the issuer/entity page for the respective issuer on www.moodys.com.

Regulatory disclosures contained in this press release apply to the credit rating and, if applicable, the related rating outlook or rating review.

Please see www.moodys.com for any updates on changes to the lead rating analyst and to the Moody's legal entity that has issued the rating.

A.M. Best Removes From Under Review And Upgrades Issuer Credit Ratings Of Munich Reinsurance Company And Most Of Its Subsidiaries

A.M. Best has removed from under review with positive implications and upgraded the Long-Term Issuer Credit Ratings (Long-Term ICR) to “aa” from “aa-” and affirmed the Financial Strength Ratings (FSR) of A+ (Superior) of Munich Reinsurance Company (Munich Re) (Germany) and most of its A.M. Best-rated subsidiaries. Concurrently, A.M. Best has upgraded the Long-Term ICR to “a” from “a-” of Munich Re America Corporation (Munich Re America) (Princeton, NJ).

At the same time, A.M. Best has upgraded a number of the related Long-Term Issue Credit Ratings (Long-Term IR) of Munich Re and Munich Re America, and assigned Long-Term IRs of “a+” to surplus notes issued by certain U.S. operating companies. A stable outlook has been assigned to all of these Credit Ratings (ratings). (See below for a detailed listing of the companies).

The ratings were placed under review with positive implications on Oct. 13, 2017, following the release of the updated Best’s Credit Rating Methodology (BCRM). The ratings have been removed from under review as A.M. Best has completed its analysis of the Munich Re companies under the updated BCRM.

The upgrades reflect A.M. Best’s opinion that the rating fundamentals of Munich Re, as analysed under the updated BCRM, are supportive of the revised Long-Term ICR. The ratings reflect Munich Re’s balance sheet strength, which A.M. Best categorises as strongest, as well as its strong operating performance, very favourable business profile and very strong enterprise risk management (ERM).

Munich Re’s balance sheet strength is underpinned by risk-adjusted capitalisation which, measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio, is comfortably in excess of the level required to support A.M. Best’s strongest assessment. A.M. Best expects risk-adjusted capitalisation to be maintained at the strongest level, despite the group’s exposure to potentially large losses and its record of substantial dividend payments and share buy-backs. Underwriting and market risks drive Munich Re’s economic capital requirements. In A.M. Best’s opinion, these risks are managed appropriately, supported by a healthy capital buffer, a sophisticated ERM framework and an embedded risk culture.

The strong operating performance assessment considers Munich Re’s robust shareholder returns, active cycle management and diversified earnings profile. A.M. Best expects the group to report a small profit in 2017, assuming average loss experience in the remainder of the year. However, the result will be significantly below its initial target and its cost of capital, principally due to the natural catastrophe losses in the Americas that have affected the entire reinsurance industry. Although ultimate losses from the events in the second half of 2017 remain uncertain, A.M. Best expects them to be broadly in line with the group’s risk appetite.

Munich Re is a leading global reinsurer. Its business profile benefits from excellent diversification, with the performance of its various life, health, property and casualty operations largely uncorrelated. The group’s strong global franchise, superior access to clients and considerable expertise provide some insulation against intensely competitive reinsurance market conditions.

The Long Term ICRs have been upgraded to “aa” from “aa-” and the FSRs of A+ (Superior) have been affirmed for Munich Reinsurance Company and its following subsidiaries:

  • Great Lakes Insurance SE
  • New Reinsurance Company Ltd.
  • Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.
  • The Princeton Excess & Surplus Lines Insurance Company
  • American Alternative Insurance Corporation
  • Munich American Reassurance Company
  • Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada
  • Temple Insurance Company
  • American Modern Surplus Lines Insurance Company
  • American Family Home Insurance Company
  • American Modern Home Insurance Company
  • American Modern Insurance Company of Florida, Inc.
  • American Modern Lloyds Insurance Company
  • American Modern Select Insurance Company
  • American Southern Home Insurance Company
  • American Western Home Insurance Company
  • American Modern Property and Casualty Insurance Company

The following Long-Term IRs have been upgraded:

Munich Reinsurance Company

— to “aa-” from “a+” on GBP 300 million 7.625% subordinated bonds, due 2028

— to “a+” from “a” on EUR 1.0 billion 6.0% subordinated fixed to floating rate bonds, due 2041

— to “a+” from “a” on EUR 900 million 6.25% subordinated fixed to floating rate bonds, due 2042

Munich Re America Corporation—

— to “a” from “a-” on USD 500 million 7.45% senior unsecured notes, due 2026

The following Long-Term IRs have been affirmed:

Munich Reinsurance Company

— “a+” on GBP 450 million 6.625% fixed to floating rate subordinated bonds, due 2042

The following Long-Term IRs have been assigned:

American Alternative Insurance Corporation—

— “a+” on USD 92.5 million 5.0% surplus notes

The Princeton Excess & Surplus Lines Insurance Company—

— “a+” on USD 20.1 million 5.0% surplus notes

2017 Year In Review: Red Cross Delivers More Food, Relief Items And Shelter Stays Than Last 4 Years Combined

2017 was marked with record-breaking disasters, and the American Red Cross mobilized quickly to deliver more food, relief supplies and shelter stays than all of the last four years combined.

In just 45 days, the Red Cross responded to six of the year's largest and most complex disasters. This included back-to-back hurricanes — Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate — the deadliest week of wildfires in California history, and the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history in Las Vegas.

As 2017 comes to a close, the Red Cross is also now responding to devastating and quick-moving wildfires across much of Southern California, opening shelters, and providing food, comfort, and a safe place for people forced from their homes.

242 LARGE DISASTER RESPONSES IN 2017 In addition to hurricanes and wildfires, the Red Cross mobilized more than 56,000 disaster workers — 92 percent volunteers — to provide help to people affected by 242 significant disasters in 45 states and three territories. This aid included:

  • Opening 1,100 emergency shelters to provide 658,000 overnight stays
  • Serving 13.6 million meals and snacks
  • Distributing 7 million relief items
  • Providing 267,000 health and mental health consultations
  • Supporting 624,000 households with recovery assistance

"There was someone every step of the way with a red vest on letting us know everything was going to be okay," said Houston-resident Tabitha Barnes, who received Red Cross services after Hurricane Harvey flooded her home. 

Altogether, Red Cross emergency response vehicles traveled 2.5 million miles to deliver food, relief supplies and support to communities affected by disasters during 2017. That's the equivalent of driving around Earth 103 times.

MOST FREQUENT DISASTER 

Most people likely heard about the large disasters like hurricanes this year, but the most frequent type of disaster the Red Cross responded to in 2017 were home fires. The Red Cross responded to nearly 50,000 home fires this year, and provided casework assistance to help 76,000 families recover.

Through its Home Fire Campaign, the Red Cross and thousands of local partners are working to help prevent home fires and save lives by installing smoke alarms, helping families create home fire plans and offering youth education programs. During 2017, more than 382,000 free smoke alarms were installed and 401,000 people were reached through home visits. Since the Campaign launched in 2014, 303 lives have been saved, more than 1 million smoke alarms have been installed, and 940,000 youth have been taught about the importance of fire safety. 

INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE 

As part of the world's largest humanitarian network, the American Red Cross aided millions of people impacted by disasters around the globe in 2017. This included helping nearly 9,400 families to search for loved ones who were separated during international conflict or disasters, and sending humanitarian aid to 26 countries to help in the aftermath of disasters. The organization also deployed American responders to disaster zones around the world 27 times this year —including to NigeriaMexico, and BangladeshSusan Schaefer, a Red Cross disaster responder, deployed to Dominica after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Her team helped reconnect family members separated by the disaster.

"If you don't know whether your kids or your family members are okay, it's easy to forget to take care of yourself, to remind yourself to eat and sleep. You just can't focus on anything else," said Schaefer. "Being able to provide peace of mind to people helps them to be stronger for themselves so they can focus on their recovery." Read more about Schaefer's experience providing aid in the Caribbean here: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/QA-from-the-field-Reconnecting-loved-ones-in-Dominica

Red Cross volunteers also visited more than 2 million households to encourage families to vaccinate their children against measles in countries like Malawi and Indonesia and helped to save lives by mapping vulnerable communities around the world — using only a computer and wifi connection. 

Lockton St. Louis Grows Employee Benefits Business With Duo Team

Lockton is continuing to grow its employee benefits business in St. Louis with the addition of Mark Haegele and Brian Fallon. As a Producer, Haegele will identify clients and their complex risk exposure, while Fallon will lead a team that handles the day-to-day employee benefits activities of clients.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer clients the knowledge and expertise provided by Mark and Brian relative to direct contracting and Collaborative Care Consulting in the employee benefits field," said Kevin McDaniel, president and chief executive officer of Lockton St. Louis.

"Mark and Brian have been working together for years and their dynamic relationship and knowledge of the employee benefits arena will help clients achieve the results they are seeking," said Peter Caine, chief operating officer of Lockton St. Louis. "We are thrilled to have them onboard as we expand our employee benefits services to better serve clients."

While Fallon is new to Lockton, he's a familiar face. The new Employee Benefits Unit Manager in the Provider Relations Practice collaborated with Lockton Associates in his previous partner role at Halleon Health Advisors. He worked alongside Haegele and together they decided to close their consulting firm Halleon Health Advisors to better serve clients with Lockton.

Most recently, Haegele was managing partner of Halleon Health Advisors. Prior to Halleon, he spent 14 years at HealthLink, Inc., an Anthem Company, as regional vice president of sales. He also worked for HealthScope Benefits as an AVP of network development.

Prior to Halleon, Fallon worked at HealthLink, Inc., an Anthem Company, for 16 years as regional vice president of network management, payer relations and business development. Haegele met Fallon at HealthLink, Inc., where he worked as a regional vice president of sales for 14 years before the duo opened their own consulting firm.

The duo will work together on provider relations activities for clients and hospitals by focusing on three core areas:

  • Collaborative Care Development – designs and implements benefit plans for a targeted facility and their employed or affiliated providers
  • Direct Contracting – help employers with large employee concentrations and negotiate direct contracts with local hospitals
  • Managed Care Outsourcing and Contracting Consulting – help hospitals or carriers engage in sub-contracting. Work with rural facilities to understand revenues related to managed care contracts and provide recommendations

Lockton's St. Louis office is located at Three CityPlace Drive, Suite 900, St. Louis, MO 63141. The phone number is 314 – 432 – 0500. 

International Accrediting Body, For First Time, Approves Online Proctoring of Critical Examinations

The Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA Board) announced today that its credential programs, which recognize practitioners who serve individuals with autism, have been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The accreditation, which acknowledges the QABA Board's partnership with online proctoring pioneer Examity, represents the first-ever ANSI approval of a remote proctoring provider in the sector.

"ANSI accreditation represents the gold standard for rigor and accountability, a critical process for authenticating the skills and competencies of providers – and ensuring that children and families living with autism can have absolute confidence in the qualifications of certified professionals," said Dr. Michael Reid, creator of the QABA Board. "ANSI's recognition of Examity will enable students at QABA Board-certified providers to complete assessments wherever they are while maintaining the highest levels of security and exam integrity, expanding access to training and enabling more practitioners to provide applied behavior analysis."

In recent years, 46 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws mandating that health insurance providers cover the cost of care for children living with autism. Such requirements have fueled increased demand for therapy providers and, in some cases, strained established systems for training and certifying qualified professionals.

"ANSI commends Qualified Applied Behavior Analysis Credentialing Board (QABA Board) for achieving accreditation and demonstrating its commitment to the continual improvement of its certification programs," said Dr. Vijay Krishna, senior director, credentialing programs at ANSI. "Accreditation by ANSI demonstrates compliance to a rigorous internationally recognized accreditation process and creates a valuable market distinction for these credentials."

The QABA Board's accreditation reflects the reliability and security of Examity's unique proctoring platform, which is used by colleges and universities worldwide including Temple UniversityPennsylvania State University, and Yale to make online assessments more secure, efficient, and reliable. Access to Examity's flexible remote proctoring services not only increases access for students in remote areas, but also drives down the cost of test administration by enabling students to take assessments on their own schedules, without the need to visit test centers.

"With a growing number of learners accessing educational opportunities online, remote proctoring plays an increasingly critical role in ensuring the quality and integrity of assessments," said Michael London, Founder and CEO of Examity. "We are proud to support the QABA Board's efforts to increase access and provide high-quality care to children with autism across the country."

Chubb Appoints Tracey Laws Global Government and Industry Affairs General Counsel

Chubb has announced the appointment of Tracey Laws as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Global Government and Industry Affairs.  In this newly created position, Ms. Laws will provide legal, regulatory and policy guidance and advice to Chubb's state, federal and international government affairs team.  She will coordinate and ensure consistency in advocacy throughout the company's government affairs activities and will represent the company in a wide range of regulatory and industry settings. 

Ms. Laws will report to Jodi Hanson Bond, Executive Vice President of Global Government and Industry Affairs, and be based in Washington, D.C.  Most recently, Ms. Laws was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the Reinsurance Association of America.  She was previously a partner at the law firm of Chadbourne & Park and is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.  The appointment is effective January 2, 2018. 

"We are delighted to welcome Tracey to Chubb's government affairs group.  She is highly regarded within the insurance industry for her expertise and leadership on a wide range of regulatory and legislative policy matters and for her effective advocacy to advance the industry's interests," said Joseph Wayland, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Chubb Group.  "She will be a strong addition to our government affairs team."  

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International Private Medical Healthcare Expatriate Travel Insurance Plans

A guide to leading international medical, healthcare, expatriate and travel insurance underwriters, companies and providers operating within leisure, expatriate and corporate travel business markets, globally.

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Medical, Healthcare, Expatriate And Travel Insurance

A guide to leading international medical, healthcare, expatriate and travel insurance underwriters, companies, providers, operating within leisure, expatriate and corporate travel business markets, globally.

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