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    Willis National Health Care Practice to Present at ASHRM

    Health Care Organizations Confront Emerging Risks in Response to Changing Industry

    NEW YORK, October 11, 2011 –Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings plc (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker announced today that experts from its National Health Care Practice will present at the 2011 American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM) Conference & Exhibition at the Phoenix Convention Center Oct. 16-19, 2011.

    This industry leading educational and networking event convenes more than 5,000 health care risk managers from the American Hospital Association along with insurance and legal experts to address the most pressing issues facing health care organizations today. This year’s theme is “Risk & Resilience.” As Health Care Reform alters the way health care is delivered, health care organizations face an evolving landscape of risks and liabilities.

    Willis’ health care experts will lead a variety of educational sessions including:

    • Protecting Your HCO: Know Your ACO’s Risks and Impacts: Many health care organizations are considering forming their own Accountable Care Organizations to take advantage of the Shared Savings Program mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Forming an ACO creates new risks and insurance challenges for health care organizations. Mary Botkin, Managing Director, Willis National Health Care Practice and Deana Allen Senior Vice President, Willis National Health Care Practice, will join a panel of experts to share strategies for addressing the many risks, the potential impact of these risks and mitigation techniques to consider when performing due diligence on the formation of an ACO.

    • Children’s Chatter: Pediatric Liability Trends for Children’s Hospitals:
      Minor patients treated in children’s hospitals and other pediatric facilities pose distinct risks. Paul Greve Jr. Executive Vice President, Willis National Health Care Practice, will join a panel of experts to identify the most common causes of claims against children’s hospitals and pediatricians and help organizations use national claim data to filter internal claim trends and improve quality initiatives.

    • OB Liability: Making the “Seemingly Inevitable” Financially Manageable:
      Obstetric risks remain at the top of the clinical liability concerns for most health care risk managers. Paul Greve Jr. Executive Vice President, Willis National Health Care Practice, will join a panel of experts to explore case studies of how transformational innovation has been used to significantly impact the cost of risk in obstetrics.

    • A-Team Approach to Decreasing Defense Costs: This session features an expert panel discussing different methods of cutting defense costs, including enterprise risk. Amanda Mount, Senior Vice President, Willis National Health Care Practice will explain how to decrease defense costs once counsel is retained.

    • Determine Hospital Risk Management Staffing Through Analytics: Risk managers currently have limited ability to determine required department staffing levels, based on the lack of quantifiable staffing models. Kenneth W. Felton Senior Vice President, Willis National Health Care Practice and Chrystina Howard, Willis Enterprise and Risk Finance will present the results of their independent research study using tracking tools to gather data on 24 risk management activities, analyze data to determine required staffing necessary to support risk management and communicate with senior leadership.

    Commenting on ASHRM, Ms. Botkin said, “This conference comes at a critical time as health care organizations face tremendous uncertainty and challenges stemming from healthcare reform. Risk managers need effective and innovative risk management strategies and leadership. Willis is proud to be a part of this experience.”

    Over 50 Willis National Health Care Practice experts are participating in ASHRM, and additional information will be available at the Willis booth in the exhibition hall. You can also follow Willis experts on Twitter from the event at @WillisGroup.

    For more information and a complete agenda click here. Or visit www.ashrm.org/ashrm/education/annual_conference.

    About Willis:

    Willis Group Holdings plc 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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