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  • Risk Management Workshop [ Event]

    Risk Management Workshop going over topics such as Workers Compensation, CORE360, Management Liability and Healthcare Reform.

  • First Quarter 2017 Real Estate and Hospitality Market Update [ Market Report]

    Professional Liability is becoming more complicated by the day and it’s not just the owners/managers who are concerned, but also many attorneys and generic insurance agents don’t understand the exposures and the options. Given the personal nature of the liability for the owner/manager, we cannot stress enough the importance of working with a specialist.

  • Medical Professional Liability Risks of Telemedicine [ Whitepaper]

    In the near future, we anticipate that any telemedicine specialty that runs a risk of failure to diagnose a serious disease coupled with the probable lack of a longstanding provider-patient relationship could lead to increased liability losses.

  • A Change in Brokers Meant a 30 Percent Savings for one Radiology Practice [ Case Study]

    A large radiology practice with multistate teleradiology exposure found its operations expanding, translating into an increase in claims activity and malpractice renewal premium increase of 35%. Cost containment was critical, but the organization did not want to sacrifice coverage. Additionally, with the expansion into new territories, the healthcare organization wanted to ensure it had all the proper coverage in force.

  • Medical Device Cybersecurity [ Whitepaper]

    This paper will review the cyber security risks that medical devices may present and how current insurances may respond to bodily injury exposures. We will also examine the current regulatory oversight of medical device software and security and provide a framework to analyze which insurance policies might respond to the breach, the parties that might be implicated in the chain of responsibility and how those policies collectively respond to bodily injury arising out of the failure of security of a medical device.

  • Insuring Your Reputation [ Whitepaper]

    An organization’s reputation takes years to build. But every company is only one disaster away from a temporary financial downfall or in some cases, permanent financial ruin. The risk of reputational harm is a common thread across every industry. This Whitepaper discusses some examples of companies that have experienced reputational harm.

  • Equipment Maintenance Alternatives in Healthcare [ Whitepaper]

    Extended warranties and maintenance agreements provide piece of mind when purchasing new equipment. But with high profit margins and large commissions for the sales rep, are they really a good deal?

  • Humidity Levels in Surgical Settings: [ Whitepaper]

    Recently, risk managers around the country have been called into internal discussions regarding “relative humidity" (RH) requirements in a surgical setting or operating room (OR). There have been a number of questions and conflicting interpretations of standards concerning this topic. Many hospitals are following the “categorical waiver” which was granted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in March 2012 - allowing for the reduction of RH from at least 35% to 20% with levels adjusted in various procedure and surgical scenarios. What should you be doing?

  • Healthcare: The Financial Impact of a Data Breach [ Whitepaper]

    Re-Release: As healthcare organizations become increasingly exposed to risks from data security breaches involving protected health information (PHI) or personally identifiable information (PII), it is important to understand the risks and their origin.

  • A Cost-Effective Plan for Managing Violence in the Kidney Care Setting [ Whitepaper]

    Healthcare workers face an increased likelihood of being a victim of workplace violence, as compared to workers in other industries. According to OSHA, healthcare facilities, including kidney care facilities, must have procedures in place to train staff on proper responses to such disturbances to reduce the risk of violence, injury and even death to staff members and patients. This paper identifies strategies and tools for managing security risks with minimal associated costs.

  • Social Media and Healthcare: Best Friends or Worst Enemies? [ Whitepaper]

    The social media revolution has affected every industry, yet it poses unique challenges for the healthcare sector. Given the presence of social media in the workplace, this can make protecting patient information and other confidential data extremely difficult for healthcare providers.

  • How to Combat Adverse Medical Opinions in Workers Compensation [ Newsletter]

    Too often the Independent Medical Exam (IME) process does not fairly represent the employer in the claim arena. A simple IME process does not get the job done. It is important to find a physician consultant who understands the legal dilemma and is able to give employers more control over their claims’ destiny in spite of seemingly overwhelming odds. A physician consultant is familiar with the way doctors think and knows when they are being less than honest or do not have adequate or truthful information.

  • Investing in a Medical Home [ Whitepaper]

    Marketplace factors and economic forces are coming together to position medical homes at the center of the U.S. healthcare delivery system, creating efficiencies that help produce a healthier population and reduce expenditures to contain costs.

  • The Accountable Care Journey: Getting Started [ Whitepaper]

    A productive environment for accountable care starts with a comprehensive and robust data warehouse that tracks claims data as well as financial, engagement and quality data.

  • The Risk of Duplicate Patient Records [ Whitepaper]

    An issue of growing concern for hospitals and healthcare providers is duplicate patient records within their Master Patient Index (MPI). This situation increases the risks of poor patient outcomes and medical malpractice liability.

  • Accountable Care Organizations: Insurance Ramifications [ Whitepaper]

    A key issue in health reform is striking a balance between healthcare costs and quality health care. One tool to achieve this is the use of accountable care organizations (ACOs) in both traditional Medicare programs and private insurance programs. Whether or not ACOs will proliferate in the future is unknown, but there could be risk management ramifications to their structures.

  • Healthcare News: June 26, 2017 [ Newsletter]

    In this issue, Target settles another action arising from its 2013 mega-breach; the Supreme Court saves billions for religiously-affiliated health systems; economic damage caps lifted; shielding expert reports from breach-related litigation; and EMTALA and telemedicine in the ED.

  • Healthcare News: June 1, 2017 [ Newsletter]

    In this issue, SNIF staffing issues; nonprofit hospital finances; arbitration agreements in nursing homes; growing concern (and urgency) about medical device cybersecurity; and the OCR continues to set new records for its settlements.

  • Healthcare News: May 9, 2017 [ Newsletter]

    In this issue, New Mexico’s breach law; loss of paper records is still a major cyber exposure; new theories of cyber liability from the plaintiff’s bar; hospital-satellite ED’s can relieve the pressure; and a forthcoming webinar on regulatory liability

  • Healthcare News: April 19, 2017 [ Newsletter]

    In this issue, fraud and abuse enforcement in 2016; where to work if you are a physician; will 403(b) plans follow the litigation experience of 401(k) plans; the cost of preventable errors measured against Leapfrog ratings; and ransomware as a service.

  • Healthcare News: March 28, 2017 [ Newsletter]

    In this issue, when will the MPL market turn; General Counsel’s exposure during cyber incidents; medical device malware; facial injuries in SNFs; as well as a reminder that employee information held by retirement plans must also be protected.

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  • Second Opinion - What’s Missing in Your Workers Compensation Program? [ Newsletter]

    Every year during budget planning and insurance renewal season, hospital executives grapple with increasing workers compensation costs. Directors and managers are asked to do what they can to lower expenses. Staff members listen as the hospital’s Safety Officer or Occupational Health Nurse explains the costs of injuries and maybe even shares the organization’s workers compensation loss experience.

  • Second Opinion - Ransomware [ Newsletter]

    In the first quarter of 2016, we saw a large increase in ransomware attacks across the United States. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, victims of ransomware paid $209 million in ransom in the first three months of this year alone — more than 10 times the amount paid in all of 2015.

  • Second Opinion: Recent Legislation Doubles Civil Monetary Penalties for Violations of False Claims Act [ Newsletter]

    The United States Government continues to invest heavily in pursuing billing errors and healthcare fraud. The False Claims Act (FCA) is the government’s primary civil remedy to combat false claims for government funds and property under government contracts and government-funded programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE.

  • Healthcare Reform FAQs [ Article]

    Are you overwhelmed with all the details of healthcare reform? As regulations are issued, you may need further clarification. Gallagher has compiled an extensive list of frequently asked questions with answers provided by our compliance experts. Sections of the FAQs include Employer Responsibility, Individual Responsibility, Taxes and Subsidies, and Miscellaneous. Updated April 2017.

  • Healthcare Reform: An Analysis of the Impact on Healthcare Providers [ Whitepaper]

    Healthcare reform is going to change the payor mix. It's important for providers to create an action plan to better understand who their customers will be, what these customers want and how to deliver outcomes to meet those expectations.

  • Healthcare Reform Update - June 15, 2017 [ Healthcare Reform Newsletter]

    Stay informed on the latest healthcare reform news. Gallagher's Healthcare Reform Update newsletters provide timely, easy-to-understand information about new and revised regulations. Download this month's latest release.

  • Healthcare Reform Update - House Passes Bill to Repeal and Replace PPACA [ Healthcare Reform Newsletter]

    The United States House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”) by a narrow margin (217 to 213) that was generally along party lines. As you will recall, the AHCA is the House Republicans’ health care overhaul legislation that seeks to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”). Twenty House Republicans voted against the bill, along with all House Democrats. Read the HCR Update for the impact to employers.

  • Healthcare Reform Update - May 3, 2017 [ Healthcare Reform Newsletter]

    Stay informed on the latest healthcare reform news. Gallagher's Healthcare Reform Update newsletters provide timely, easy-to-understand information about new and revised regulations. Download this month's latest release.

  • Healthcare Reform Update - House Republicans Release Bill to Repeal [ Healthcare Reform Newsletter]

    On the evening of March 6th, House Republicans' unveiled their long-anticipated legislation, named the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”). Learn what PPACA provisions the AHCA seeks to repeal, modify or delay in the HCR Update from Gallagher.

  • Healthcare Reform Update - March 1, 2017 [ Healthcare Reform Newsletter]

    Stay informed on the latest healthcare reform news. Gallagher's Healthcare Reform Update newsletters provide timely, easy-to-understand information about new and revised regulations. Download this month's latest release.

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  • 2015 Updated - Gallagher Higher Education Think Tank Study: Infectious Disease Emergency Protocol for Colleges and Universities [ Whitepaper]

    Even in a modern world of advanced health care, it is distressingly easy to encounter infectious disease conditions that might present a college or university campus with challenges including recently reported U.S. cases of Ebola and measles. For these reasons among others, we felt it was time to update and re-release our 2006 Gallagher Higher Education Think Tank Study - Blueprint for Pandemic Flu with new information.

  • Ebola: Preparation Continues to be Key [ Article]

    Healthcare leaders and organizations around the country continue to closely monitor recommendations from the (Centers for Disease Control) CDC and actively plan training programs in response to the Ebola threat. An important step in this process is to ensure healthcare teams are actively managing and maintaining the resources and systems we have designed into our facilities to manage these risks. This paper will offer recommendations for such considerations.

  • Risk Management Safety Insight - Ebola and Employer Liability Issues [ Risk Management Safety Newsletter]

    There are many risks and liabilities being evaluated with the reporting and spread of the Ebola hemorrhagic virus (EHV) - also known as the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) World health organization, the media and other federal government entities are aggressively working to find more answers and possible solutions. The United States has only had several cases of the virus, but that hasn't prevented many medical officials from raising concerns about when or if the disease surfaces in more cases and populated common areas in the U.S. How does this issue possibly this impact employers?