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Closing the Data Gap on Finance and Risk Management
March 27, 2009 @ 18:10 PM | By Christine Hintze

Convergence of quality risk and finance data will drive performance management, operational improvements and cost efficiencies.

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Honor Roll: This Week's Top Insurance Blogs (Mar. 22-28)
March 26, 2009 @ 17:29 PM | By Nathan Conz

"Why not make the NAIC an arm of the federal government and give the U.S. President the right to appoint its leadership (just as he appoints the head of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve)?" wonders Mike Gantt in a sizable post on federal regulation.

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Geithner Affirms Systemic Risk Regulation, Rejects Regulatory Arbitrage
March 26, 2009 @ 12:37 PM | By Anthony O'Donnell

Secretary Geithner's statement makes explicit what many observers have insisted was inevitable. His comment is less "a shot across the bow" at this point than a statement of the obvious. And the fact that proponents of optional federal charter (OFC) have already muted their emphasis on the word "optional" shows that the message, implied or otherwise, had already begun to sink in.

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Misplaced Outrage or Righteous Anger?
March 25, 2009 @ 12:24 PM | By Nathan Conz

If we took a closer look at the AIG bonuses and the people receiving them, at least the public could decide for itself exactly how outrageous this whole situation is.

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AIG and the Angry Mob
March 20, 2009 @ 13:26 PM | By Anthony O'Donnell

Many have fanned the flames of hysteria against AIG by scapegoating the company, despite the possibility of harm to the company's employees and its fortunes. One such person is Rep. Barney Frank, who attempted to brow-beat Ed Liddy in Washington, despite the fact that Liddy has took on the enormous burden of managing AIG after the company's crash without asking for any meaningful compensation. Frank's behavior is all the more absurd given that the public now holds an 80 percent share in the company.

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Honor Roll: This Week's Top Insurance Blogs (Mar. 15-21)
March 20, 2009 @ 10:11 AM | By Nathan Conz

Our favorite insurance technology-related blog posts from around the Web (March 15-21, 2009):

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The Downside to Increased Healthcare Technology
March 19, 2009 @ 11:19 AM | By Nathan Conz

With $17 billion set aside in the economic stimulus package for electronic health records and the Obama administration's stated goal of digitizing the country's medical records in five years, a lot of people have been wondering: Can we do it? Will we be able to digitize the nations health records and put this kind of healthcare technology in the offices of every healthcare provider, big and small, across the country?

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AIG's Edward Liddy: Pariah or Public Servant?
March 17, 2009 @ 16:35 PM | By Kathy Burger

I wonder if Ed Liddy misses retirement.

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PAS, Legacy Replacement and Honda Accords
March 17, 2009 @ 10:10 AM | By Christine Hintze

The biggest danger for most carriers is not failing to survive the downturn, but rather failing to be competitive as it ends. Long sales and implementation lifecycles mean that carriers trying to get ready for the upswing are already late in starting the process if they haven't already, and few project alternatives offer similarly strong business cases while also being competitive necessities. As a result, we're not likely to see the trend of core systems replacement end anytime soon.

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Northwestern Mutual Quietly Leverages Web 2.0
March 16, 2009 @ 11:44 AM | By Anthony O'Donnell

Northwestern's Lifespan calculator balances credibility and simplicity, and is presented in a low-key but attractive style. For all that, it could be described as just another need-analysis tool among many. What is interesting is the insurer's press release's indirect incitement to circulate the calculator through social networking

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Honor Roll: This Week's Top Insurance Blogs (Mar. 8-14)
March 13, 2009 @ 12:14 PM | By Nathan Conz

Our favorite insurance technology-related blog posts from around the Web (March 8-14, 2009):

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Video as a Service: Christmas in March
March 13, 2009 @ 10:43 AM | By Nathan Conz

I thought I'd wait until Friday to share one last example (to see the other examples, click here) of the Benefitfocus Video as a Service (VaaS) solution put to use by an insurance organization. This one comes from Wingate Insurance, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based individual and group health benefits agency.

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A Bad Time for CIO Job Seekers?
March 11, 2009 @ 11:10 AM | By Anthony O'Donnell

Insurance CIOs may have less to worry than those in other industries, but for those looking for a CIO spot, it could be a tough time to find a job. On the other hand, given the inclination to spend and the reluctance to hire, now may be a better time to find consulting gigs.

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Implementing a New Policy Administration Platform? Don't Pave the Cow Path!
March 10, 2009 @ 10:28 AM | By Christine Hintze

Implementing a new policy administration platform provides the perfect opportunity to evaluate your entire business model. Compare it to souping-up your car: you would not drop in a new, more powerful engine without also considering your tires, brakes and other critical components required to maximize performance.

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BCBS of Kansas City's Video Program In Action
March 06, 2009 @ 17:23 PM | By Nathan Conz

Update: Read an in-depth report on BCBS of Kansas City's video communication efforts. As Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City EVP and chief marketing officer Roger Foreman told I&T, he sees endless applications for use of the carrier's video production capabilities.

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Honor Roll: This Week's Top Insurance Blogs (Mar. 1-7)
March 06, 2009 @ 11:29 AM | By Nathan Conz

Our favorite insurance technology-related blog posts from around the Web (March 1-7, 2009):

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Woo hoo! Insurance Company Sets Record ... for Losses (Doh!)
March 02, 2009 @ 11:11 AM | By Kathy Burger

If there was any hope that insurance companies would be spared the pain and drama that has overwhelmed the banking industry, forget about it.

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Modernizing Policy Admin Too Often Leaves Billing in the Dark Ages
March 02, 2009 @ 10:21 AM | By Christine Hintze

Implementing a standalone billing application allows carriers to achieve the benefits of centralized billing without the effort, expense, or risk of a full-scale policy system replacement project.

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