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Pacific Ocean’s El Niño Likely to Continue into Summer

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Japan’s weather bureau this week said the El Niño weather pattern appeared to be continuing, with a 70-percent chance it would stretch into the northern hemisphere summer. El Niño is a warming of ocean surface temperatures in the eastern and … Source: Claims Journal

Ascot, Beazley Launch $50M Cargo Claims Consortium for Small-Medium Firms

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Ascot and Beazley announced the launch of a Lloyd’s-based cargo consortium using insurtech technologies to help manage risk and claims performance. Led by Ascot and Beazley, the consortium brings together a range of cargo carriers that will provide a maximum … Source: Claims Journal

Traffic Deaths Top 40,000 Again

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Traffic fatalities on U.S. roads reached an estimated 40,000 in 2018, the third year in a row in which at least that many people died in vehicle crashes, according to new figures from the National Safety Council. The 2018 total … Source: Claims Journal

The Art of Creating a Physician Peer Review Panel, Part II: Contracting and Training

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This article is the second in a two-part series about best practices for building a physician peer review panel. Click here to read the first article in the series, The Art of Creating a Physician Peer Review Panel, Part I. … Source: Claims Journal

Navigating the Nuances of Digital Claim Files

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While the essence of claims adjusting has stayed the same – investigation, evaluation, negotiation – the way a file is documented has changed significantly. Digital files have made paperless claims a reality, according to Kevin Quinley, founder and principal of … Source: Claims Journal

FDA Warns Doctors of Rare Cancer With Breast Implants

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U.S. health officials are telling doctors to be on the lookout for a rare cancer linked to breast implants after receiving more reports of the disease. The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter Wednesday to family doctors, nurses and … Source: Claims Journal

North Dakota Bills Aim to Improve Medical Marijuana Access

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As North Dakota’s Health Department enters the final stages of implementing a statewide distribution system for medical marijuana, state lawmakers are considering proposals that would make it easier for patients to get doctor approval for the drug. Medical marijuana advocates … Source: Claims Journal

Business News: Kemper, PDA, Sage Adjusting LLC

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Kemper Announces Retirement of Director Douglas Geoga Kemper Corporation (NYSE: KMPR) announced today that Douglas G. Geoga has informed the company’s Board of Directors of his intention to retire as a director at the end of his current term, expiring … Source: Claims Journal

Pilot in Deadly California House Crash Was Disciplined

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The pilot whose plane broke apart and crashed into a Southern California home, killing five people, was disciplined for dangerous flying years earlier, it was reported Friday. Antonio Pastini, 75, of Gardnerville, Nevada, was flying home after visiting his daughter … Source: Claims Journal

2 Payouts Endanger New Jersey’s Post-Sandy Dune Work

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After Superstorm Sandy pummeled the New Jersey coast, then-Gov. Chris Christie set out to build protective sand dunes along most of the state’s 127-mile (204-kilometer) shoreline. Despite lawsuits from homeowners throughout the shore seeking to block the project, the state … Source: Claims Journal