North P&I Club launches tool to help track coronavirus

North P&I Club | February 05, 2020

North P&I Club has announced the launch of a digital tool to help shipowners and operators track the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. North has developed its MyGlobalView platform so that it can now provide live updates on the number of confirmed cases of the virus, countries at risk, and what to look out for, the company said. The software sources its data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other sources, and can assist ships with chartering and operations and help prepare staff for what to expect when arriving in port. “We are committed to ensuring that our shipowner members have easy access to up-to-date advice and guidance to operate safely,” said Simon McLeod, deputy director for loss prevention at North P&I Club. “So we take outbreaks like the coronavirus very seriously and have acted quickly to release this latest update to our MyGlobalView platform. As well as receiving information from the WHO, Johns Hopkins University and other organizations tracking the virus, we also have a huge network of contacts in ports across the world who are updating us with local information as the infection spreads. This means the software is as up-to-date and informative as possible.”

Spotlight

According to BCG's Lucy Pilko, the need for protection against cyber risks "is clear, compelling, and growing." But insurers need to understand a lot more about the risk they are taking on as they enter this sector.


Other News
INSURANCE TECHNOLOGY

Cannabis Insurance Company TRICHOME Announces Organizational Changes and Improvements in Dispensary Product

TRICHOME | June 06, 2022

Attender Underwriting Managers dba TRICHOME, a managing general agency, with the only cannabis dispensary insurance product endorsed by the National Cannabis Risk Management Association, today announced new initiatives designed to improve its ability to offer its unique products to a cannabis marketplace in need of broader solutions. Jeffrey C. Conway will assume the combined role of CEO and President of TRICHOME. Conway is currently the CEO and a founding member the company with over 30 years of underwriting, reinsurance, wholesale, program, and captive management experience. He replaces Rocco Petrilli who served in a role as interim president before accepting the role of CEO and president of National Cannabis Risk Prevention Services (NCRPS). Conway is joined by Thomas Cioletti, who was recently promoted to Vice President of Underwriting and Operations. Together they lead a team that builds, underwrites, launches, and manages property and casualty insurance coverages focused solely on cannabis. TRICHOME has upgraded its dispensary offering to "A" rated paper and continues to make improvements to its easy-to-use agent platform and extremely user-friendly application process. TRICHOME features extensive risk management and loss control, broad coverage enhancements, a proprietary property rating systems that rates perils from a single point geographic location, and a pseudo-Insurtech approach to dispensaries, which enables their team to turn quotations around within 24 hours. "We are wildly excited about the future and extremely thankful to Rocco Petrilli for his leadership and brilliant approach to truly risk management-based insurance products", stated Conway. "We will continue the vision to build and offer risk management and insurance that promotes the long term sustainability needed in the cannabis marketplace."

Read More

HEALTH INSURANCE

HealthSmart® Launches DFW SmartCare™ Health Plan

HealthSmart | May 20, 2022

HealthSmart, one of the nation's largest third party administrators of health plans for employers and plan sponsors, announced the launch of DFW SmartCare™, a comprehensive level-funded health plan that offers market leading discounts to DFW-area small to mid-sized employers. The plan offers significant savings and protection for plan sponsors and features access to the Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance (BSWQA), inclusive of Catalyst Health Network (CHN). BSWQA is a clinically integrated network of hospitals, facilities, and doctors that members can access through Employers Health Network (EHN). DFW SmartCare delivers a transparent, all-inclusive model that offers predictable costs through a level-funded plan with no additional risk for employers and significantly lower premiums than mainstream fully-insured programs. The program also offers financial security with stop loss coverage to protect plans from catastrophic claims. In addition to a comprehensive health benefits plan, DFW SmartCare boasts a superior member experience through its Concierge Advisor Team who works to guide members and help them navigate their healthcare journey every step of the way. This new health plan designed especially for the DFW Metroplex is a perfect example of how HealthSmart approaches our organizational mission of reducing costs for plan sponsors and delivering premium healthcare solutions to our members, This program demonstrates an innovative approach to help plan sponsors in North Texas control their health benefit costs by providing deeply discounted access to the BSWQA clinically integrated network through EHN.This is big news for DFW small and medium employer groups and DFW SmartCare is truly a game-changer for our broker community in terms of providing quality healthcare options with deep discounts." Craig Julien, CEO for HealthSmart. Plan sponsors typically must work with several players to build their health plans, By bringing together experts in the areas of most concern to small and mid-sized plan sponsors, we have created a one-stop solution that offers a top-quality, focused provider network, critical stop loss coverage, and comprehensive third-party administration services, relieving area health plan sponsors of the burden of shopping for these services individually." Omar Haedo, president of Elan Insurance Group About HealthSmart HealthSmart is one of the largest third party administrators in the country and the premier provider of innovative, customizable and scalable healthcare solutions for employers, brokers and payers. We partner with plan sponsors to provide key services needed to reduce healthcare costs and manage members with dignity and respect. HealthSmart is the one-stop source for health plan needs, including health plan benefit administration, pharmacy benefit management, care management and wellness programs and provider networks.

Read More

AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE

The Plymouth Rock Company Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Plymouth Rock | July 27, 2022

The Plymouth Rock Company, parent company of a leading group of auto and home insurance providers in the Northeast, announced that Andrew McElwee has been named President and Chief Operating Officer, taking over responsibility for the firm’s day-to-day operations from Hal Belodoff, following Belodoff’s planned retirement. Based in Boston, McElwee will report directly to Jim Stone, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Plymouth Rock Company. “I have known Andy for some years now and watched him excel as President of Homesite Group,” said Stone. “I have known Andy for some years now and watched him excel as President of Homesite Group,” said Stone. “We are thrilled to have him join our Plymouth Rock Assurance leadership team. His unique background and proven technical strengths will be invaluable in driving operational excellence and continuous improvement across the company. As COO, Andy will oversee all of our group presidents in formulating and executing strategies for profitable growth. I feel very lucky he has joined us.” McElwee joins Plymouth Rock from American Family Insurance, where he was most recently the Enterprise Chief Underwriting Officer. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Homesite Group, an affiliate of American Family. McElwee has more than 30 years of insurance industry experience, 25 of which were spent within the Chubb Corporation in various roles of increasing responsibility, including Executive Vice President of Chubb & Son and COO of Chubb Personal Insurance and Chubb Accident and Health. “I have long admired Jim Stone as an entrepreneur, innovator and industry leader,” said McElwee. “I’m delighted to join him by taking on the role of President and COO for The Plymouth Rock Company. In Hal, I succeed a beloved leader, and my immediate focus will be to carry on his great work for our customers, agents, and employees.” Belodoff is retiring as Plymouth Rock’s President and COO after serving the company in various roles for 31 years. He will continue to support the company as a member of Plymouth Rock’s Board of Directors and in an advisory role. “Hal has helped build and shape the culture of this company, as well as its results, for over 30 years,” added Stone. “The decision to hire Hal back then was one of the best I’ve made in my life. I am grateful for his partnership and friendship and glad he is remaining on our board and available for occasional assignments.” “I’m extremely thankful to have had such a fulfilling career working with great people at a place whose mission I believe so deeply in,” said Belodoff. “I’m looking forward to the next chapter of life, spending more time with family and enjoying a slightly slower pace. I have great confidence in Plymouth Rock’s future and believe Andy’s leadership will help the company continue to grow and advance.” About Plymouth Rock Plymouth Rock was established to offer its customers a higher level of service and a more innovative set of products and features than they would expect from an insurance company. Plymouth Rock’s innovative approach puts customers’ convenience and satisfaction first, giving them the choice to do business the way they want – online, with a mobile app, by phone, or by contacting their Plymouth Rock agent. Customers can chat, text, or email to get answers quickly and easily. Plymouth Rock Assurance® and Plymouth Rock® are brand names and service marks used by separate underwriting, managed insurance, and management companies that offer property and casualty insurance in multiple states. Taken together, the companies write and manage more than $1.7 billion in auto and home insurance premiums across Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Read More

RISK MANAGEMENT

RingCentral Enables Preferred Risk Insurance Services to Improve Customer Service as Call Volume Expands

RingCentral, Preferred Risk Insurance Services | July 26, 2022

Preferred Risk Insurance Services (PRIS), a professional services company and subsidiary of Warrior Invictus Holding Co., enables its employees and clients to stay better connected and productive with RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE: RNG), a leading provider of global enterprise cloud communications, video meetings, collaboration, and contact center solutions. With RingCentral MVP™ (Message, Video, Phone) and RingCentral Contact Center™, Preferred Risk Insurance will enable their employees to more efficiently respond to the needs of its fast growing customer base while giving employees the flexibility of working remotely. Like many companies, Preferred Risk Insurance encountered significant challenges during the pandemic using legacy on-premises communications technology which caused call quality issues and broken customer experiences. It became vital for the company to upgrade to a cloud communications solution that would allow employees to call, message, and meet in one app. They also required a cloud contact center that would provide detailed routing and reporting capabilities, while enabling their agents to work from home. “In risk insurance, there is no room for mistakes and delays. Because our call volume has grown tremendously, we chose RingCentral for its ability to scale and because it offers a tightly integrated communications solution that will enable us to continue providing top notch service to our customers,” said Sumit Roy, CIO for Preferred Risk Insurance Services. “In risk insurance, there is no room for mistakes and delays. Because our call volume has grown tremendously, we chose RingCentral for its ability to scale and because it offers a tightly integrated communications solution that will enable us to continue providing top notch service to our customers,” said Sumit Roy, CIO for Preferred Risk Insurance Services. “Our prior solution did not allow our employees to work from home effectively. It became mission critical for us to choose a mobile-first cloud communication solution–which RingCentral delivers. Finally, RingCentral provides the most secure solution on the market – extremely important for Industry/Government Compliance in the insurance industry. With RingCentral, we have a win-win for both our customers and employees.” Preferred Risk Insurance Taps Into Advanced Capabilities of RingCentral Contact Center With RingCentral Contact Center, Preferred Risk Insurance will have the ability for their Claims Agents to take a recorded statement that can be added to an insurance claim, while also ensuring that they can still leverage end-to-end, automated call recordings for compliance purposes. In the next phase of their rollout of the RingCentral solution, Preferred Risk Insurance aims to address other needs by adding omnichannel interactions, quality analytics and other management tools, plus a custom CRM integration to streamline workflow and improve customer engagement. "We're proud to be the provider of choice for Preferred Risk Insurance. Choosing our market leading UCaaS and CCaaS as an integrated solution will transform Preferred Risk's employee and customer experience,” said Carson Hostetter, chief revenue officer of RingCentral. “We look forward to working with them on the journey toward reduced costs, better scale, greater mobility, and reliability. Ultimately this will lead to happier employees, happier customers and greater success." About Preferred Risk Insurance Services Headquartered in Bedford Park, Illinois, Preferred Risk Insurance Services (PRIS) is a professional services management company owned and operated under the Warrior Invictus Holding Co. umbrella. Managed by a team of executives with over 90 years of experience in the insurance industry, PRIS specializes in accounting, marketing, legal, IT, printing, and claims processing services for regional auto and health insurance carriers. Preferred Risk Insurance Services, 6640 S. Cicero Ave., Bedford Park, IL 60638, 708-552-2424, PRISCorp.net. About RingCentral RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE: RNG) is a leading provider of business cloud communications and contact center solutions based on its powerful Message Video Phone™  (MVP®) global platform. More flexible and cost-effective than legacy on-premises PBX and video conferencing systems, RingCentral® empowers modern mobile and distributed workforces to communicate, collaborate, and connect via any mode, device, and device location. RingCentral offers three essential products in its portfolio, including RingCentral MVP™, a Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) platform including team messaging, video meetings, and cloud phone system; RingCentral Video®, the company's video meetings solution with team messaging that enables Smart Video Meetings™; and RingCentral Cloud Contact Center solutions. RingCentral's open platform integrates with leading third-party business applications and allows customers to customize business workflows easily. RingCentral is headquartered in Belmont, California, and has offices worldwide.

Read More

Spotlight

According to BCG's Lucy Pilko, the need for protection against cyber risks "is clear, compelling, and growing." But insurers need to understand a lot more about the risk they are taking on as they enter this sector.

Resources