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    Willis National Health Care Practice to Present at ASHRM


    Willis is a major force in Health Care Risk Management

    NEW YORK, October 11, 2010 – Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, announced today that experts from its National Health Care Practice will present at the 2010 American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) Conference & Exhibition at the Tampa Convention Center Oct. 13-16, 2010.

    As part of an educational program on Risk Financing, Joe Picone, National Director of Regional Operations, Willis Strategic Outcomes Practice and Jeffrey Seibert, Technical Director Casualty and Critical Incident, Willis Strategic Outcomes Practice will present: When and Why Losses May Not Be Covered by Insurance on Friday Oct. 15, 2010 at 3:45 p.m.

    The presentation details the various scenarios that may result in an organization’s claims being denied and offers recommended steps to overcome coverage disputes with insurance carriers. Speakers will discuss the key coverage issues that arise in the medical professional and general liability, product liability, and employment practices liability lines as they relate to this sector.

    As part of an Enterprise Risk Management program, Mary Lynn Curran, Vice President, Clinical Risk Management, Willis of Illinois, Inc. will present Managing Elopement in a Health Care Setting Friday at 3:45 p.m. Elopement, a term used to describe the scenario when a patient with dementia or psychosis escapes a health care facility without a sense of self safety, is a growing risk for health care organizations. Speakers will address methods to screen for potential elopers and response techniques.

    The Willis Health Care Practice is a world wide network of professionals dedicated solely to the health care industry. The practice provides a wide variety of brokerage, risk financing, clinical risk consulting, risk analytics and enterprise risk management capabilities to minimize the total cost of risk for health care entities. We serve hospitals and integrated delivery systems, physician groups, managed care organizations, assisted living facilities, ancillary health care facilities and others.

    “ASHRM is the leading industry educational and professional networking event for health care risk managers and Willis is proud to be a part of this experience,” said Mary Botkin, Managing Director, Willis National Healthcare Practice. “Currently health care organizations are facing a variety of challenges as the legal and regulatory landscape evolves. Accordingly, the value of effective risk management is even more evident,” she said.

    In addition, the U.K-based publication Captive Review will release its Captive Health Care Guide at ASHRM featuring an article entitled “Managing Financial Risk” by Ken Felton, RN, MS, CPHRM, FASHRM, Senior Vice President, Willis National Healthcare Practice. The article details the use of alternative risk financing vehicles such as captive insurance companies to help health care organizations manage financial risks.

    Over 40 Willis National Health Care Practice experts are participating in ASHRM, and additional information will be available at the Willis booth in the exhibition hall.

    About Willis

    Willis Group Holdings is a leading global insurance broker. Through its subsidiaries, Willis develops and delivers professional insurance, reinsurance, risk management, financial and human resource consulting and actuarial services to corporations, public entities and institutions around the world. Willis has more than 400 offices in nearly 120 countries, with a global team of approximately 17,000 employees serving clients in virtually every part of the world. Additional information on Willis may be found at www.willis.com.

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