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A Cloud of Uncertainty Hangs over Claims Tied to Vaping

By: Dom Palmieri January 15, 2020
The news is full of stories about health-related vaping incidents. At this point, medical professionals haven’t even determined all the ways in which e-cigarettes can injure the human body – and vaping was initially promoted (somewhat innocently) as “an alternative to cigarettes.” But there have been issues ranging from breathing challenges to lengthy hospital stays for life-threatening lung conditions to a shocking number of deaths now being tied to the ingredients in vaping products.
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The Path to Timely and Accurate Claims Payments

By: Dom Palmieri October 3, 2018

All roads through a Stop Loss carrier lead to paying claims. Self-funded groups purchase our coverage so we can protect their finances from the impact of high-dollar claims, so with a Stop Loss contract in hand, they expect that their catastrophic claims will be paid. And as a responsive carrier that has applied exceptional underwriting practices to the groups we enroll, we have committed to having the right resources in place to deliver quick and accurate claims payment.

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Taking Action Against High Cost Claims

By: Dom Palmieri September 11, 2017
Well, the Stop Loss industry seems to be a rousing one these days. Claim incidences and expenses are on the rise (with no end in sight) – and we have to figure out how to contain the costs to protect everyone’s bottom line. Our sleeves are rolled up at HM. Who else is in? This is going to take a pretty big effort from all of us if we are to minimize the risk.
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Strong Communication, Education Essential to Managing Catastrophic Costs

By: Dom Palmieri April 27, 2017
When you’re facing the challenges of a market that’s experiencing continued growth in medical and pharmaceutical costs, fueling the frequency of catastrophic claims exceeding the $1 million mark, you have to take a proactive approach to managing claims. At HM, we know that excellent medical management creates the foundation for successful cost containment for self-funded employers, and we encourage its use with our partners and clients through strong communication and education.
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Chronic Conditions Add to Costs for Self-Funded Plans

By: Dom Palmieri April 27, 2017
As a result of the changing health care landscape, we have seen a growing number of employers turn to self-funding to better manage costs and meet coverage needs through a more controlled approach. They see value in taking on financial risk to gain plan design flexibility and potential savings. And we work with their brokers to demonstrate the importance of Stop Loss insurance in guarding financial health in a health care environment where catastrophic claims are on the rise.
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