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Smart Home Technology Poses New Opportunities and Challenges for Insurers

The smart home market is a mess, according to a new report from Aite, an independent research and advisory firm. The Smart Home: Opportunities for Insurers, written by Gwenn B├ęzard, co-founder and research director, said insurers should care about the …

Researchers Find Electronic Medical Records Often Targeted by Hackers

For 10 days in February one hospital’s records hung in limbo. At Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in California, a ransomware attack kept health care records in control of anonymous hackers, until hospital officials paid $17,000 to take back their system. …

Less Severe Wildfire Season Expected in 2016

The upcoming wildfire season across the U.S. isn’t expected to be as bad as last year’s infernos, when a record 15,800 square miles burned, the nation’s top wildland firefighting official said Wednesday. But parts of the nation should expect a …

Safety Groups Urge Stronger Action by CPSC on IKEA Furniture Tipping Hazard

Kids In Danger (KID), Consumer Federation of America (CFA), Consumers Union and the National Center for Health Research called on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to secure a formal recall of IKEA furniture responsible for the deaths of …

Concussion Deal Critics Seek Court Review of $1B NFL Settlement Offer

Critics of the proposed $1 billion settlement of NFL concussion claims want a full U.S. appeals court in Philadelphia to review a recent court decision that upheld the deal. The challengers believe the lead players’ lawyers negotiated away compensation for …

Autonomous Cars Confused by America’s Shabby Roads

Volvo’s North American CEO, Lex Kerssemakers, lost his cool as the automaker’s semi-autonomous prototype sporadically refused to drive itself during a press event at the Los Angeles Auto Show. “It can’t find the lane markings!” Kerssemakers griped to Mayor Eric …

People Moves

Cutshaw Appointed Garden City Group CEO Atlanta-based Crawford & Company, a global independent providers of claims management services to insurers and self-insured entities, named Kenneth A. Cutshaw president and chief executive officer of the Garden City Group, LLC (GCG). Cutshaw, …

Feds End Honda Probe for Failing to Report Deaths, Injuries

The U.S. government has closed an investigation into Honda’s failure to report deaths and injuries, saying that the company has met all of its obligations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Monday that …

Already Soaked Central U.S. Faces More Severe Thunderstorms

More severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and heavy rain are expected this weekend. Through the next few days, four to 8.5 inches (10 to 22 centimeters) of rain could fall from the Great Plains to the Gulf of Mexico, with most of …

Oft Criticized Utilization Review in Workers’ Comp Not Just About Savings

While critics say utilization review (UR) in workers’ compensation claims is nothing more than a cost savings mechanism, an industry expert outlined its benefits recently. During a multimedia series, Inside Workers’ Comp, Todd Andrew of Genex, a medical managed care …

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