An evolving regulatory landscape and changing economic conditions continue to affect business organization and capital requirements in the global insurance industry, leading to new participants, new transactions, and new challenges. PLI s new Insurance and Investment Management M&A Deskbook provides attorneys with an essential reference to keep up with emerging trends in insurance and investment management M&A. The Deskbook covers topics such as acquisitions of public insurance companies, blocks of insurance business and private acquisitions; the regulatory environment of the insurance industry and the financial services industry; investment in the insurance industry by private equity and pension funds; and the expansion of insurance industry participants into emerging markets around the globe. The Deskbook also provides specific guidance for understanding Lloyd s of London and the M&A market for mutual life insurers."
Since the end of the eighteenth century, the insurance industry has cast a safety net around the world, first in the British Isles and then further afield, irrespective of cultural, political and ideological divides. Unlike previous publications on insurance history, which tend to discuss the development of national markets or individual companies, this book focuses on the creation of networks across borders from the end of the eighteenth century to the present day.
This book presents a market-consistent valuation framework for implicit embedded options in life insurance contracts. This framework is used to perform an empirical analysis based on more than 110,000 actual and in-force life insurance policies and with a focus on the modeling of interest rates. Its results are the answer to the central question posed in the objectives: What value do the embedded options and guarantees considered have? This question is answered both absolutely and relative to the current policy reserves, from the perspective of the insurer, the policyholder and the shareholder respectively
The National Cancer Institute gives a sobering assessment on the potential of cancer striking an American family. "Three out of every four American families will have at least one family member diagnosed with cancer" (Life After Cancer Treatment, 2006). Since both of my parents died from cancer, it should be no surprise that my siblings and I may suffer from this deadly disease. I think my siblings quietly wondered which one of us cancer would debilitate first. I do not recall ever discussing the devastation of cancer with any sibling. We only spoke of the free spirit life style of our now deceased older brother or the heart problem of our oldest sister. Nevertheless, I was numb when two female doctors said I had colon cancer. These ladies made it clear that I was in a life and death struggle to survive cancer. I found myself confronted with radical changes in my lifestyle where things that were important yesterday were no longer important today. I could no longer take tomorrow for granted and each new day became a celebration of life. I decided that there are four mindsets I will follow during my cancer treatments. First, I will do whatever the doctors say without giving them a great deal of consternation. Second, I will be nice to everyone because I want them to give me their 110 percent effort versus the 80 percent effort they are obliged to give through professional courtesy. Third, I will abdicate decision making to Gwynelle and Dr. Carl Turner because I am too emotional to make sound life and death decisions. Fourth, I want to regain as much of my pre-cancer zeal and potency as possible as I evolve into a cancer survivor. These mindsets will undergird a realistic narrative on my effort to regain my pre-cancer passion. I will not entertain you with a lot of happy talk; I will share the successes and failures in both decisions and treatments. My goal is to allow you to share in the thinking and outcomes of the decisions surrounding my progress including my anxieties.
Understanding Health Insurance: A Guide to Billing and Reimbursement, 8th Edition is a comprehensive source for teaching the subject of health insurance and reimbursement. The book contains chapters on introductory information on the health insurance field, managed health care, legal and regulatory issues, coding systems, reimbursement methodologies, coding for medical necessity, and common health insurance plans. Each chapter contains exercises to illustrate content and reinforce learning. Numerous opportunities are provided throughout the book for manual completion of CMS-1500 claims. A CD-ROM at the back of the book allows for electronic data entry of CMS-1500 claim form information. End of chapter review questions in objective format (e.g., multiple choice) test learners on their understanding of book content. Appendices I and II provide case studies that are also included on the Student Practice CD-ROM. Additional appendices provide instruction in dental claims processing and completion of the UB-92 (claim used for inpatient and outpatient hospital claims). The accompanying workbook provides application based assignments for each chapter, additional content review (multiple choice questions), and additional case studies for practice in completing CMS-1500 claims. This edition of the book contains the most up to date information regarding health insurance claims processing and coding and reimbursement issues.
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