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New International Structure At Crawford & Company®

Crawford & Company, has revealed its new international management structure, with a fully aligned ‘G6’ executive team and shared services leadership in place.

Crawford International’s new management structure is as follows: G6—Andrew Bart, CEO, Asia Pacific; John Jenner, commercial director, International; Clive Nicholls, CEO, UK & Ireland; Stephen Pearsall, finance director, International; Kieran Rigby, CEO, Europe & Latin America; and Pat Van Bakel, CEO, Canada. International Shared Services—Benedict Burke, chief client officer, International; Phil Churchman, chief information officer, International; Pauline Holroyd, vice president of human resources, International; Mike Jones, chief operating officer, UK & Ireland; and Chris Pinney, general counsel, International.

The G6 team reports to Ian Muress, executive vice president and chief executive officer (CEO), International, and comprises regional and country CEOs from the organisation’s largest collective operations around the world. Aligned with the G6 team are five heads of the international operation’s shared services functions in client management, general counsel, technology, human resources and commercial operations.

“As Crawford® clients and stakeholders are aware, the Company has made considerable efforts in recent months to simplify its global structure and provide an increasingly competitive service to the market,” Muress said. “The new structure ensures that each aspect of our international business is fully represented at executive level, enabling rapid decision-making and tactical implementation up and down the chain of command.”

“The way I often describe the global capabilities of Crawford is that we ‘join the dots.’ We are a cohesive, joined-up organisation at both a local and global level. This is viewed as a key advantage by clients across the board, from insurance companies through to Fortune 500® companies. In an increasingly interconnected world, we are able to maintain our position as a truly global provider.”

 

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International Private Medical Insurance Magazine (iPMIM) is the ultimate International Private Medical Insurance (iPMI) online platform and health insurance magazine, serving global expatriate, corporate, health and travel insurance markets. Become A Global iPMI Health Care Insider with iPMI Magazine.

Due to the nomadic nature of the international healthcare industry iPMI Magazine is an internet based news service for worldwide healthcare professionals, who need to understand the impacts of healthcare and insurance policy, regulatory, and legislative developments. iPMI Magazine is the leading international industry voice, of the international travel, health, expat, assistance and private medical insurance market.

iPMI Magazine details private medical insurance providers; the advantages and disadvantages of private medical insurance; international private medical insurance Vs travel insurance; private medical insurance comparison; iPMI Magazine acts as a worldwide guide to private medical insurance, with the most up-to-date news and views from leading providers of private medical insurance plans, including international private medical insurance (IPMI) companies like APRIL, Globality Health, Aetna International, Generali Global Health, Cigna Global IPMI, Globality Health, ALC Healthcare, GeoBlue, Integra Global, Expatriate Healthcare, Strategic Insurance Services and many more.

Health insurance cover and risk protection for expatriates, business travellers, tourists, mobile and remote workers and multinational corporations managing global mobility programs and frequent corporate travel plans.

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Top 5 International Private Medical Insurance (iPMI) Magazine Global Medical Insurance Providers And Companies 2015

Congratulations to Globality Health, the most popular iPMI (international private medical insurance) provider of iPMI Magazine in 2015. 

Globality Health is the international health insurer with a special focus on expatriates. People who study, live or work abroad.

Special mentions also go to our runner ups including Cigna Global iPMI, Integra Global, Expatriate Group and ALC Health. 

Globality Health 

Cigna Global iPMI

Integra Global

Expatriate Group

ALC Health

 

 

 

 

 

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Three North Texas Medical Groups Start Cigna Collaborative Care Programs to Improve Health and Lower Costs in Metroplex

Cigna (NYSE: CI) has launched collaborative care initiatives with three North Texas medical groups. The new arrangements with Catalyst Health Network, Dallas Methodist Physicians Network (DMPN) and Genesis Accountable Physician Network (GAPN) aim to improve patient access to health care, enhance care coordination, and achieve the goal of improved health,affordability and patient experience. With the launch of these three programs, which became effective April 1, Cigna now has nine collaborative care initiatives in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Cigna Collaborative Care is the company’s approach to accomplishing the same population health goals as accountable care organizations, or ACOs. These three new programs will benefit more than 22,000 individuals covered by a Cigna health plan who receive care from more than 260 primary care doctors at the three groups.

In places where it’s been introduced, Cigna Collaborative Care is helping to improve the health of Cigna customers while effectively managing medical costs. The programs are helping to close gaps in care, such as missed health screenings or prescription refills, reinforcing the appropriate use of hospital emergency rooms, increasing the number of preventive health visits and improving follow-up care for people transitioning from the hospital to home.

“We’re looking forward to this collaboration with Cigna, which is an excellent opportunity for our independent physicians to continue bringing real value to our communities by delivering superior quality of care while holding the line on cost,” said Dr. Christopher Crow, president of Catalyst Health Network.

“Improving the lives of our patients through quality care is at the heart of our mission, which is why this collaboration with Cigna is a great fit for us,” said Michael S. Marshall, M.D., chair of the DMPN board of directors. “Care coordinators will play a pivotal role because better coordinated care is fundamental to better health and lower costs.”

“We believe that health care relies on solid relationships, and this new collaboration builds relationships between our independent physician members, patients, and Cigna,” said Dr. Jim Walton, president and CEO of Genesis Physicians Group. “Care coordination, which is central to this collaboration, supports our members as they help patients manage chronic conditions and live healthier lives.”

“Through these types of collaboration we have the opportunity to help transform the health care delivery system,” said Dr. Frederick Watson, Cigna’s senior medical director for North Texas. “When we reward doctors for results and focus on prevention, wellness, health improvement and care coordination, we can create a system that works for everyone who uses, pays for or delivers health care.”

Under the program, the medical groups will monitor and coordinate all aspects of an individual’s medical care. Patients will continue to go to their current physicians and automatically receive the benefits of the program. Individuals who are enrolled in a Cigna health plan and later choose to seek care from these medical groups will also have access to the benefits of the program. There are no changes in any plan requirements regarding referrals to specialists. Patients most likely to see the immediate benefits of the program are those who need help managing chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

Critical to the program’s benefits are the registered nurse clinical care coordinators, employed by the medical groups, who will help patients with chronic conditions or other health challenges navigate the health care system. The care coordinators are aligned with a team of Cigna case managers to ensure a high degree of collaboration between the medical groups and Cigna, which will ultimately provide a better experience for the individual.

The care coordinators will enhance care by using patient-specific data from Cigna to help identify individuals being discharged from the hospital who might be at risk for readmission, as well as individuals who may be overdue for important health screenings or who may have skipped a prescription refill. The care coordinators are part of the physician-led care teams that will help people get the follow-up care or screenings they need, identify potential complications related to medications and help prevent chronic conditions from worsening.

Care coordinators can also help individuals schedule appointments, provide health education and refer people to Cigna's clinical support programs, such as disease management programs for diabetes, heart disease and other conditions; and lifestyle management programs, such as programs for tobacco cessation, weight management and stress management.

Cigna will compensate the medical groups for the medical and care coordination services they provide. Additionally, the physician groups may be rewarded through a “pay for value” structure if they meet targets for improving quality and lowering medical costs.

Cigna has been at the forefront of the accountable care organization movement since 2008 and now has 122 Cigna Collaborative Care arrangements with large physician groups that span 29 states, reach more than 1.3 million commercial customers and encompass more than 50,000 doctors, including more than 24,000 primary care physicians and more than 27,000 specialists.

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Supplementary Healthcare Plans For Employees Of EU Institutions

Allianz Worldwide Care’s new EuroSanté health plans provide employees of European Institutions with cover which is supplementary to EU’s Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme (JSIS).

While the JSIS scheme reimburses members with approximately 80 per cent of eligible medical expenses; Allianz Worldwide Care’s EuroSanté plans offer cover for the medical costs which are not reimbursed by the JSIS scheme, giving members, and their dependants, access to a more comprehensive level of healthcare cover and associated peace of mind.

Commenting on the new plans, Hendrik Boelens, Head of Inter-Governmental Organizations at Allianz Worldwide Care, said: “We already have a strong presence in the IGO market, so providing supplementary cover to staff employed by European Institutions was a natural extension of our existing offering. Allianz Worldwide Care has developed EuroSanté as one of the strongest supplementary insurance plans available in this market, offering individuals greater choice than ever before as well as a market leading level of service.”

There are three plans to choose from - EuroSanté Optimum, Equilibre and Tranquillité – each offering different levels of cover for a wide range of in-patient, out-patient and dental expenses which are not fully reimbursed under JSIS. These include hospital accommodation, surgical fees, diagnostic tests, MRI scans, complementary therapies, rehabilitation, speech therapy, prescribed glassed and contact lenses, periodontics and orthodontics.

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ADP’s Air Wing Department Rescues an Emirati Family after a Traffic Accident in Swaihan

Abu Dhabi Police’s Air Wing Department rescued a local family with an air ambulance after a traffic accident took place in the Swaihan area. A mother and her two children were transported to Tawam Hospital.

The medical team that accompanied the air ambulance provided medical care and helped in transporting the family to the hospital. The Operation Room received a tip about a traffic accident in the Swaihan area that had caused injuries. The air ambulance immediately took off to reach the specified location. The medical team found the mother and her two children. The victims had sustained some injuries. Abu Dhabi Police’s Air Wing Department was involved in a number of other missions this week.

They transported three injured people to hospitals. In their first mission, they transported a local patient after his situation deteriorated at Al Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi. They took him to Rashid Hospital in Dubai. The medical team took all necessary procedures to ensure the stability of the patient’s situation.

In their second mission, Abu Dhabi Police’s Air Wing Department took an Indian man, whose situation deteriorated at Al Hurair Clinic, to Tawam Hospital in Al Ain after receiving a tip from the operation room.

The air ambulance that was in Al Ain took off to the clinic and transported the man. Necessary medical procedures were taken to ensure safe transport of the patient. On its third mission, the air ambulance transported a patient from Dalma Hospital in the Western Region “Al Gharbia” to Al Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi, due to the patient’s deteriorating situation.

For more ground and air ambulance medical transportation news, including company and provider information, log on to iPMI Magazine and head for the Ground and Air Ambulance company and providers services directory.

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Squaremouth Launches Travel Insurance Products from APRIL Travel Protection

Squaremouth, America's fastest growing travel insurance comparison site, is proud to introduce APRIL Travel Protection as its newest travel insurance provider.

APRIL Travel Protection adds five new travel insurance policies to Squaremouth's growing product list, increasing the total number of available policies to 114. APRIL's policies are designed to enhance a 21st century travel experience with a range of insurance and assistance services, including Stress Less benefits and one touch support from anywhere in the world. APRIL offers concierge and assistance services that help travelers locate doctors and medical facilities, translate paperwork, re-book tickets and even schedule dinner reservations. In most cases, medical and travel-related emergencies can be immediately paid for by APRIL because of its Stress Less benefits approach. This means policyholders can avoid the inconvenience of filing claims and paying bills when they return home. Travelers can access their APRIL insurance and assistance services via Skype, live chat, text, email or phone while away from home.

APRIL's U.S. based call center specialists are equipped to communicate with a global network of contacts in over 100 countries.

"We believe that to successfully provide travelers with superior experience, we need to offer comprehensive and hassle-free travel insurance and assistance that doesn't stop with insuring the things we don't want to happen," says Philip Namiech, CEO of APRIL Travel Protection.

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Travel Advice and News Thailand

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

Over 800,000 British nationals visit Thailand every year. Most visits are trouble-free, but incidents of crime (sometimes violent) can affect visitors.

Rubber farmers in Nakhon Si Thammarat in southern Thailand have been involved in violent anti-government protests which have blocked roads and caused disruption.

You should avoid demonstrations and protests.

The majority of road traffic accidents in Thailand involve motorcycles, but accidents involving other vehicles including cars, coaches and mini-buses also occur.

By law you must carry your passport with you at all times.

Tourists have been arrested because they were unable to produce their passport.

Penalties for possession, distribution or manufacture of drugs are severe and can include the death penalty.

Medical, Travel, Health Insurance for Expatriates, Business Travel and Leisure Travelers/Tourists

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel to Thailand.

Top tips for Travel to Thailand

Seeking medical, health, travel or expatriate insurance for travel or relocation to Thailand?

You can find a wide range of medical, travel, expatriate and health insurance companies that may be able to provide insurance plans and cover, for group and individual healthcare, when travelling to Thailand, in the iPMI Magazine Thailand Travel, Medical, Expatriate and Health Insurance company guide, click here.

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Archipelago Insurance Ltd Enters Malaysian Medical Insurance Market

Archipelago Insurance Ltd Enters Malaysian Medical Insurance Market

Archipelago Insurance, a general insurer, licensed by the Labuan Financial Services Authority is launching Ultracare medical insurance plans, developed by InterGlobal, a UK private health insurer. Ultracare will be marketed through both offshore and locally registered insurance brokers, plus through licensed financial advisors at the Bank Negara Malaysia.

Commenting, Archipelago Insurance Group director Alan Chew Cheong Yew said: “We hope to attract 500 clients within our first year of selling the product, generating about RM7.5 million in gross premiums.”

According to Chew, the target market will be expatriates and high net-worth individuals looking for customized comprehensive international private medical insurance plans that will provide the right cover, at the right time. Target market will initially focus on the Klang Valley growing to include areas with high a concentration of expatriates like Johor Baru, Penang and cities in East Malaysia.

The International consultant company Roland Berger Strategy Consultants recently reported, that Malaysia’s medical and insurance sector is expected to more than triple by 2020 to reach US$5 billion, from its current US$1.5 billion, presenting excellent growth opportunities for the health insurance sector.

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Travel Advice Thailand

Travel Advice Thailand

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all but essential travel to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla on the Thai-Malaysia border.

The FCO advise against all travel to the Preah Vihear (Khaoi Pra Viharn in Thai) temple area and the Ta Krabey/Ta Moan temple area located on the Thai-Cambodian border due to the presence of troops in the area and the risk of outbreaks of fighting. There is a high threat of terrorism.

There may be an increased risk of anti-western sentiment linked to the possibility of military action in Syria. Keep up to date with developments, be vigilant and avoid any protests or demonstrations.

The majority of road traffic accidents in Thailand involve motorcycles, but accidents involving other vehicles including cars, coaches and mini-buses also occur.

By law you must carry your passport with you at all times. Tourists have been arrested because they were unable to produce their passport. Penalties for possession, distribution or manufacture of drugs are severe and can include the death penalty.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Over 800,000 British nationals visit Thailand every year. Most visits are trouble-free, but incidents of crime (sometimes violent) can affect visitors.

Medical, Travel, Health Insurance for Expatriates, Business Travel and Leisure Travelers/Tourists

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel to Thailand.

Top tips for Travel to Thailand

Seeking medical, health, travel or expatriate insurance for travel or relocation to Thailand?

You can find a wide range of medical, travel, expatriate and health insurance companies that may be able to provide insurance plans and cover, for group and individual healthcare, when travelling to Thailand, in the iPMI Magazine Thailand Travel, Medical, Expatriate and Health Insurance company guide, click here.

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