Category Archives: Health Care Industry

5 questions hospital board members should ask about enterprise risk management

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Risk management in health care can vary greatly across different organizations. Yet the focus on managing risk should be an integral part of all boards of directors’ ongoing discussions. So what should the directors and their senior executives be thinking … Continue reading →

Understanding the motivations behind medical malpractice

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In our last post, we examined the motivations of so-called rogue medical practitioners— physicians, nurses and other medical personnel responsible for causing multiple patient injuries. For the most part, such bad actors may be described as either reckless, financially motivated, … Continue reading →

How to make your employees even smarter (when it comes to benefits decisions)

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Melissa Halverson, Benefits & HRIS Manager for WAXIE Sanitary Supply shares how her company modernized their benefit delivery with Rob Harkins of Willis Towers Watson at the 9th Annual Employer Health Care and Benefits Congress. In my experience interacting with … Continue reading →

What does innovation really mean for the health care and benefits industry?

Steve Blumenfield, left, Director of Strategic Operations and Alliances for Willis Towers Watson’s Health and Benefits practice, talks innovation with Jonathan Edelheit, Principal & Founder, Global Healthcare Resources, at the 9th Annual Employer Health Care and Benefits Congress. Earlier this … Continue reading →

Rogue practitioners: What motivates them, and what can be done to protect patients?

Last month, it emerged that a German male nurse, currently serving a life sentence for the murder of two patients, is being investigated for 84 other suspected murder cases. If confirmed, this would make him Germany’s worst post-war serial killer. … Continue reading →

Multi-patient losses create real financial challenges for medical professional insurers

Recent headlines have confirmed that health care providers are increasingly being held liable for multiple patient injuries and deaths, an issue previously highlighted in research by Willis Re. Since our initial blog following the conviction of breast surgeon Ian Paterson, reports … Continue reading →

Following up: U.S. health care debate

With the July 28 defeat of health care reform legislation on the Senate floor, the ACA remains in effect. However, the political uncertainty surrounding the law continues. So, as policymakers determine their next steps, here are a few points for … Continue reading →

Employer priorities shaping demand for value-based care delivered by health systems

Health systems are facing a number of factors that are significantly changing the industry, including emerging consumerism, expanding use of technology, regulatory complexity and disruptive competition. Out of all of this, the issues with a fee-for-service model within health care … Continue reading →

Health systems urged to be disruptors – Not disrupted

A record 3,000 U.S. (and beyond) hospital business and strategy leaders, attending the 2017 Becker’s Hospital Review Annual Meeting in Chicago recently, heard recurring themes about how to create opportunities for health systems to thrive. The dual challenge: improve patient … Continue reading →

Doctor’s conviction throws multiple patient injuries back into spotlight

In late April, UK breast surgeon Dr. Ian Paterson was found guilty of 17 counts of “wounding with intent,” throwing a spotlight on the topic of multiple patient injuries and how they affect insurers and health care providers. One bad … Continue reading →